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Possumhaw: Bees knees and knotholes

Posted earlier today in Local Columns

With my own eyes I saw the carpenter bee wiggle into a hole in the wall right beside the recycle bin.

 

Bill Crawford: Boyce takes hot seat at IHL

Posted earlier today in Local Columns

Ready or not, Dr. Glenn Boyce has been named IHL Commissioner. He steps into the hot spot abandoned by MUW president Dr. Jim Borsig and recently vacated by now University of Nebraska system president Dr. Hank Bounds.

 

Birney Imes: A case for maps

Posted 4/18/2015 in Local Columns

Not all who wander are lost. --J.R.R. Tolkien Before venturing to the outer reaches of Noxubee County last week to visit Charlie Dahlke's farm, I took my "Mississippi Atlas & Gazetteer" and made an enlarged photocopy of page 39. You know the books, the red oversized atlases dedicated to a single state.

Local voices: The expensive, competitive world of day care

Posted 4/17/2015 in Local Columns

And so it was ... This phrase, often used in fairy tales or movies when one of the main characters resigns to an interim of less than ideal conditions, is meant to glance over minor details so the consumer can get to the good stuff.

Slimantics: When mama fell, we knew her wishes

Posted 4/16/2015 in Local Columns

It was in 2004, one of those warm, sunny mid-March days that suggests an early spring when mama fell.

 

Rheta Johnson: At least not landlocked

Posted 4/16/2015 in Local Columns

It was a "magical place," she says, back in 1992, when her parents bought the big house overlooking the Mississippi Sound in the quaint harbor town of Pass Christian.

 

 

Charlie Mitchell: Miss. dips its toe in the solar power experiment

Posted 4/14/2015 in Local Columns

Among Mississippi's abundant blessings -- and the state is abundantly blessed -- is sunshine.

 

Possumhaw: Jungle Jane is alive

Posted 4/13/2015 in Local Columns

I suspected Jane Goodall was dead, only to discover she is very much alive and, on April 3, celebrated her 81st birthday.

Ask Rufus: Historical highlights of early Columbus

Posted 4/11/2015 in Local Columns

The first Columbus Pilgrimage was held 75 years ago on April 14 through 16 in 1940. A Pilgrimage guidebook was published that contained a section called "Historical Highlights" of Columbus.

Lynn Spruill: Have some fun: Volunteer

Posted 4/10/2015 in Local Columns

Next week is National Volunteer Week. Volunteer Starkville uses that week to hold an awards banquet to show appreciation for the copious hours spent by members of the community on causes they hold near and dear. Starkville is joined by co-host, the Maroon Volunteer Center, in sponsoring the event and recognizing MSU volunteers. Volunteer Columbus has a similar recognition luncheon for its cast of outstanding volunteers.

 

Marty Wiseman: State's shortage of 'human capital' should be cause for concern

Posted 4/9/2015 in Local Columns

The fact that the 2015 legislative session ended with the status quo having been maintained may be viewed as a victory of sorts -- but alas all indications are that it may be only a temporary reprieve. Just prior to the beginning of the session

 

 

Possumhaw: All-American pastimes

Posted 4/6/2015 in Local Columns

Spring is unpredictably crazy. Nine days ago it was sleeting at the Mississippi State baseball game. There's something very wrong when a March day leaves ice pellets on your baseball cap.

 

 

Trends: Wedding bells ringing later for Mississippi millennials

Posted 4/6/2015 in Local Columns

"Yours is going to be the next wedding we all get together for!" This is something a relative said to me at my 21-year-old cousin's wedding a few years ago. I had just turned 15.

 

Birney Imes: Backyard hijinks

Posted 4/4/2015 in Local Columns

Friday afternoon temperatures hit the mid-80s, so I put several inches of water in a plastic swimming pool for Val. She immediately came over, took a drink then lowered herself into the liquid and sat there as if she was a Persian princess waiting on her attendants to come bathe her. Allowing that Val is of mixed parentage, has a bad eye and was found on a gravel road (dragging a chain), her attitude is, well, charming.

Lynn Spruill: It took the village

Posted 4/3/2015 in Local Columns

We had the formal groundbreaking for the Lynn Lane multi-use path project this week complete with MDOT gold shovels. It has been years in the making -- literally, years and lots of effort from a dedicated group of people.

Possumhaw: The humming of a deaf cat

Posted 3/30/2015 in Local Columns

Jack Henry, Jack for short, is my cat, and he's finally given up trying to force himself on top of my laptop computer.

 

Wyatt Emmerich: Our broken prison system

Posted 3/30/2015 in Local Columns

The Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC) reform task force held an open hearing in downtown Jackson at the Woolfolk building recently. About a hundred people attended.

 

Ask Rufus: The Columbus pilgrimage is 75 years old

Posted 3/28/2015 in Local Columns

It was 75 years ago that the first Columbus Pilgrimage was held.

Birney Imes: Mack Banks: At 80, still one be-bopping daddy

Posted 3/28/2015 in Local Columns

My friend Axel called from Germany the other day. When I told him I was going to be interviewing Mack Banks later in the week, he threw out a quote from one of Mack's X-rated songs and asked me if I still had the album he gave me years ago.

 

Bill Crawford: Behavior part of IHL board/Jones discord

Posted 3/28/2015 in Local Columns

"It was pride that changed angels into devils," taught Saint Augustine.

 

 

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