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Slimantics: More on the care and feeding of ghosts

Posted earlier today in Local Columns

Alan Brown has been writing about ghosts for 20 years now. He's authored 17 books about the ghosts of the South, including his latest effort: "Ghosts of Mississippi's Golden Triangle."

Partial to Home: Bob Nolan's Trumpian encounter

Posted 10/22/2016 in Local Columns

A couple weeks ago, Bob Nolan and I were standing around in my backyard talking. Actually, I was doing the talking; Bob was repairing a crack in a rowboat made of polyethylene plastic with a heat gun. I was trying to stay out of his way.


Local Voices: Life as a minority

Posted 10/22/2016 in Local Columns

Ever heard of Yazidi, a very small community in Northern Iraq? Probably not. We never heard of them until ISIS started massacring its residents in 2014.


Ask Rufus: Horned serpents, a portal and a witch

Posted 10/22/2016 in Local Columns

Next Friday there will be a Chickasaw Indian Heritage Festival in Tupelo. That event provides the perfect backdrop for an interesting ancient Chickasaw legend. It is the legend of Tibbee Lake, which is between Columbus and West Point.

Lynn Spruill: The value of showing up

Posted 10/21/2016 in Local Columns

Many years ago one of my exs attended a prestigious management seminar on the East Coast.

Possumhaw: Oh starry, starry night

Posted 10/17/2016 in Local Columns

Dark was the night, darker the trees. Only the moon allowed me to see ...

Partial to Home: Bobby and Big Joe

Posted 10/16/2016 in Local Columns

Wonder what Joe would have said about "Bobby" winning the Nobel.

Ask Rufus: The art of history

Posted 10/15/2016 in Local Columns

I recently bought a painting by Josh Meador from a Nevada art dealer. It arrived today and got me thinking about how history and art are intertwined.

Slimantics: Dickie Scruggs and second chances

Posted 10/12/2016 in Local Columns

Dickie Scruggs' visit to Columbus Tuesday -- he spoke at the Rotary Club to make his pitch for his non-profit designed to provide support for adult literacy/job training -- captured my attention as soon as his visit was announced.


Local voices: The plight of refugees

Posted 10/12/2016 in Local Columns

Last month, there was monsoon flooding along the borderline of Bangladesh and India.



Charlie Mitchell: Barbour sees media trends as fuel for polarization

Posted 10/10/2016 in Local Columns

Before he was governor of Mississippi, Haley Barbour was a national Republican insider, serving as a senior adviser to President Ronald Reagan and, during the same career phase, chairman of the Republican National Committee.


Ask Rufus: An elegant sufficiency

Posted 10/8/2016 in Local Columns

I recall from my childhood an elderly cousin, Dr. William Richards. After a good meal he would often look up and announce that he had had an "elegant sufficiency."

Possumhaw: Successful soil and seeding

Posted 10/8/2016 in Local Columns

"Where flowers bloom, so does hope." Lady Bird Johnson Planting has always been pretty much hit or miss around here.

Lynn Spruill: Being there from day one

Posted 10/7/2016 in Local Columns

I recently spoke to the Day One Leadership class on the MSU campus.


Home Base: Pushing up Daisies

Posted 10/6/2016 in Local Columns

"So how serious were you when you said you wanted to help?"


Slimantics: Coming soon: The Columbus-Lowndes Parks and Ruin Authority

Posted 10/4/2016 in Local Columns

Monday, the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors met with city of Columbus and members of the Columbus-Lowndes Recreation Authority to dig deep into the issues facing the parks system.

Ask Rufus: Columbus and Mississippi's Bicentennial

Posted 10/1/2016 in Local Columns

Today, the Bicentennial of Mississippi kicks off here in Columbus but another bicentennial is also fast approaching -- that of the founding of Columbus.

Slimantics: Ban a book, rob a mind

Posted 9/30/2016 in Local Columns

This week is Banned Books Week, a week the American Library Association (ALA) sets aside each year to call attention to what, in the minds of literate people, is the one of the most frustrating, wrong-headed, counter-productive practices in civilized society.


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