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Possumhaw: The restorative power of nature

Posted yesterday in Local Columns

Who doesn't want to live better? Since the column on sauntering a few folks have shared ways they enjoy nature and its restorative benefits.

Partial to Home: Collecting the past

Posted 7/22/2017 in Local Columns

Not long ago a man walked up to me in Kroger and, in a barely audible voice, said, "My wife told me I ought to get in touch with you; I have something you might be interested in."


Other Editors: Possible changes to high school diplomas worth discussion

Posted 7/22/2017 in Local Columns

Students, parents and teachers have an opportunity for the next 30 days to weigh in on proposed changes to the diplomas offered to Mississippi's young people graduating from high school.


Ask Rufus: Highway 45 North to the Ocean

Posted 7/22/2017 in Local Columns

My grandchildren Harper and Sykes are visiting from Virginia and wanted to go hunting, dinosaur and shark hunting.

Possumhaw: The art of sauntering

Posted 7/17/2017 in Local Columns

My friend and I met down by the Riverwalk along the Tombigbee River. We had already agreed this was to be a leisurely walk.


Charlie Mitchell: Mississippi's millennial drain

Posted 7/17/2017 in Local Columns

The new crop of Americans has several markers, experts say. One helps explain why fewer of them choose to live in Mississippi.


Partial to Home: Marion Fairchild's wonderful (racing) life

Posted 7/15/2017 in Local Columns

Late Tuesday afternoon five people are sitting in the living room of the small brick house Marion Fairchild shares with Joyce, his wife of 50-plus years.

Ask Rufus: The local press

Posted 7/15/2017 in Local Columns

In history books we read the big picture of important events, but all too often the details and working personalities behind those events are overlooked.

Slimantics: Men at work: Thompson's celebrates a milestone in Hamilton

Posted 7/14/2017 in Local Columns

As you enter the town of Hamilton and turn onto Old Highway 45, the first thing you notice is the sprawling Tronox facility.

Home Base: Using the Lord's name in vain

Posted 7/13/2017 in Local Columns

There's nothing wrong with being a Christian. In fact, I highly recommend it. There's also nothing wrong with people allowing their faith to inform their decision-making, in any sphere.

Possumhaw: A time to plant and a time to pluck

Posted 7/10/2017 in Local Columns

Passing by the raised beds, I noticed weeds popping up so I stopped, plucked a few, and flung them into the grass. Either Sam would mow over them or perhaps they would take root in the bare spots, but probably not.


Charlie Mitchell: Today, left and right confused with right and wrong

Posted 7/10/2017 in Local Columns

Charlie Faulk was patient. As the first managing editor to shepherd me, he had to be. He's gone now -- 27 years -- but America and American journalism are in sore need of his gentle good humor and wisdom.


Partial to Home: Old 'Mr. No-Shoulders'

Posted 7/8/2017 in Local Columns

The three-foot-long rat snake sprawled across the entrance of the barn like he owned the place. I could feel the hair on the back of my neck tingle. "He's here for the mice, the rats," I said to myself. "That's a good thing; he means no harm to you."

Ask Rufus: Treasures from camp

Posted 7/8/2017 in Local Columns

Last week, I ventured south to spend a day at Episcopal Camp Bratton-Green, 9 miles north of Canton, at Way.

Possumhaw: The art of giving back

Posted 7/3/2017 in Local Columns

Back at the public library, I slid the book off the shelf.


Charlie Mitchell: Language books tend to gather dust in Mississippi

Posted 7/3/2017 in Local Columns

When you boil it down to the nub, every citizen of Mississippi except bona fide members of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, is an immigrant or descended from an immigrant.


Slimantics: The Hunt High School Class of '67: Everything changes

Posted 7/1/2017 in Local Columns

Ronald Sanders stood at the podium, urging his former classmates to grab a seat so the official 50th class reunion for R.E. Hunt High School could begin.

Ask Rufus: A place out of time

Posted 7/1/2017 in Local Columns

Karen and I began our Independence Day weekend traveling to the Delta and visiting a place that time surely has forgotten.


Home Base: An alternative to wasting money on 'stuff'

Posted 6/30/2017 in Local Columns

A long unused Kindle Fire lay gathering dust on an end table in our living room. Across the room, a gaming system sat similarly idle - its once enthusiasm-fueled glow lost to homework, youth sports, piano lessons and other fixtures of our family's weekly grind.



Wyatt Emmerich: Several deserve credit for pushing against Kemper plant

Posted 6/30/2017 in Local Columns

The announcement that Southern Company was throwing in the towel on Kemper's lignite gasification came as no surprise.



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