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Slimantics: Winners all

Posted yesterday in Local Columns

In roughly 25 years as a sports journalist, I've covered all sorts of basketball games - from Final Fours to the NBA Playoffs to innumerable high school and college games from Florida to California. But I never covered a game quite like the one staged Thursday at the Columbus High gym.

Lynn Spruill: Garbage bags

Posted yesterday in Local Columns

Most people would never consider the topic of garbage bags to be a particularly inspiring subject for discussion let alone one that generates untold controversy. That only means they never lived in Starkville.

 

Charlie Mitchell: 'Record high underfunding' for Mississippi K-12 schools

Posted 3/25/2015 in Local Columns

Money, by far, isn't the only woe for some public schools in Mississippi.

 

Slimantics: Carryin' on ...

Posted 3/23/2015 in Local Columns

One of the unintended consequences of the technological age, we are told, is a homogenization of American culture. Through technology, our world has become much smaller, mainly because we can communicate instantly with people everywhere, sharing our ideas, beliefs and opinions.

Ask Rufus: Once we were young and foolish

Posted 3/21/2015 in Local Columns

Last week I purchased two paintings by Josh Meador, Walt Disney's longtime head of animation effects who called Columbus home.

Shannon Bardwell: Finally, there's color in our world

Posted 3/21/2015 in Local Columns

A few weeks ago I looked out the window only to see the earth moving. Then out from under the fallen oak leaves scattered across the field, hundreds of robins popped forth, foraging for worms. Robins move ahead of warm fronts, and the rains had made the ground soft, easier for digging worms.

Lynn Spruill: A new low for Lisa Wynn

Posted 3/20/2015 in Local Columns

Just when I thought we had bottomed out and were surely on the upswing toward some peaceful and non-contentious period with the current term of the Starkville Board of Aldermen, somebody handed alderman Lisa Wynn a really big shovel and a treasure map.

 

Charlie Mitchell: 'Systems' work best when people choose to know

Posted 3/17/2015 in Local Columns

Next time you hear someone say, "I'd rather not know," ask the person to pause and think about it.

 

Possumhaw: It was just another day

Posted 3/16/2015 in Local Columns

A couple of weeks ago I took a short drive from the Prairie, and a disturbing thing happened. I've pondered it ever since.

Ask Rufus: The name in the window

Posted 3/14/2015 in Local Columns

Last week at a Regional Foundation for Mental Health meeting I heard a most interesting story.

Birney Imes: More than a game

Posted 3/14/2015 in Local Columns

In the Sandfield Community, not far from the intersection of 23rd Street and Fifth Avenue South, there is an abandoned slab of concrete about 30 feet square. On the east and west edges of the square are light poles with "Keep Out" signs on them. At one time, the place served as a basketball court for neighborhood kids.

Lynn Spruill: Packing heat at Walmart

Posted 3/13/2015 in Local Columns

There seems to be a growing trend in some parts of the country for some people to visit retail stores openly wearing guns. It recently happened at a Kroger in Virginia where the store manager asked them to leave the property.

Slimantics: Legislature should reject special needs education bills

Posted 3/10/2015 in Local Columns

Today, the Mississippi Senate and House will vote on a pair of bills previously passed by the other chambers that would establish a voucher system to allow parents of special-needs students to enroll children in private schools where, at least theoretically, those students to have a better chance at earning a high school diploma.

Possumhaw: How birds keep their feet from freezing

Posted 3/9/2015 in Local Columns

For the second time in a week the ground was covered with snow and ice. The first storm left mounds of snow covering outbuildings, vehicles and piling right up to the lake water's edge. The pristine snow made the white ducks look dingy.

Ask Rufus: Unsung heroes

Posted 3/7/2015 in Local Columns

People often ask me not some question about history but where do the ideas for my columns come from.

Birney Imes: Ed Phillips, requiescat in pace

Posted 3/7/2015 in Local Columns

Ed Phillips looked like a man you might have seen sauntering down the gangplank of a Mississippi riverboat at the foot of Canal Street sometime in the mid-1800s. Barrel chested, uncommonly handsome and with a voice that rumbled like distant thunder, Ed would have been a more-than-adequate stand-in for Clark Gable in that actor's most memorable role. Ed died Saturday a week ago. He was 80.

A letter home: A Christian response to the Paris terrorist attacks

Posted 3/7/2015 in Local Columns

When the two terrorist killings happened in France, we were all glued to our TVs. First was the attack Wednesday morning Jan. 7 at the Paris office of Charlie Hebdo, a satirical magazine where eight journalists, two policemen and two other people were shot and killed. The next morning a policewoman was killed by a second terrorist south of Paris.

 

Local voices: Remembering Ed Phillips

Posted 3/5/2015 in Local Columns

I learned of Ed's passing while onboard a small yacht in Keppel Marina in Singapore in a brief email from my dear friend Capt. Sid Caradine, obviously sent well after Sid's normal early-to-bed-and-early-to-rise routine.

 

Slimantics: Memo to the Mayor: You break it, you own it

Posted 3/4/2015 in Local Columns

Tuesday evening, the Columbus City Council appointed two members to the Columbus Municipal School District - Stephen Jones and Currie Fisher.

 

Charlie Mitchell: Attitudes about work are inconsistent, at best

Posted 3/4/2015 in Local Columns

Imagine being a farmer. Imagine plowing, sowing and, when the time is right, harvesting your best crop ever.

 

 

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