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Charlie Mitchell: It's OK for kids to sit around and wonder

Posted yesterday in Local Columns

Quiz: Parent One has little kids who often complain of being bored. Parent Two has little kids who are active, involved in everything, have a schedule tighter than Hillary or Donald. Who is the better parent?

 

Possumhaw: The clock is ticking

Posted 6/27/2016 in Local Columns

Kathleen Norris recounts her introduction to computers in the 1970s in David Steindl-Rast and Sharon Lebell's "Music of Silence." Computers were a marvel, and she was thrilled her work time was reduced remarkably.

Ask Rufus: The origin of 'Mississippi'

Posted 6/25/2016 in Local Columns

With Mississippi celebrating its bicentennial next year, it's interesting to look at the origin of the word "Mississippi."

Partial to Home: Bluegrass in the heart of the county

Posted 6/25/2016 in Local Columns

As Troy Clyde Eaves lay dying, his seven children gathered round to do what they had done with their father all their lives, play music. Bluegrass and gospel music. Around midnight, a curious thing happened.

Lynn Spruill: Another charrette

Posted 6/24/2016 in Local Columns

Starkville served up a city-wide open invitation to participate in yet another community project. This one is to facilitate a vision for arguably our most downtrodden through street, Highway 182.

 

In Mississippi and in Malawi, corruption equals poverty

Posted 6/23/2016 in Local Columns

One nice thing about being a publisher is getting to meet interesting people. One of these people is Lazarus Chakwera, opposition leader of Malawi, a country of 16 million people in southeast Africa.

 

Possumhaw: A hard truth

Posted 6/20/2016 in Local Columns

Early in the morning I sat at the window watching the two surviving ducks forage at the lake's edge.

 

Charlie Mitchell: Gun control discussions are rifled with myths

Posted 6/20/2016 in Local Columns

Today's National Rifle Association is a trade association -- protecting manufacturers -- yet masquerades as a grassroots citizen rights movement.

 

Ask Rufus: Ancient villages, ancient plants

Posted 6/18/2016 in Local Columns

The Chickasaw Nation has returned to the Golden Triangle area.

David Creel: Your rights, their rights, my rights -- and what is right

Posted 6/18/2016 in Local Columns

I am not sure that I have anything new to say about the horrific crimes against humanity committed in Orlando, but I feel compelled to say something, anything really, that keeps the conversation going, that pays respect to the memory of those who lost their lives, that offers solace to their families and friends, and that calls us all to own our part in the open warfare being waged in our cities and towns.

Partial to Home: A steak with Martie

Posted 6/18/2016 in Local Columns

Years ago, when our firstborn was small enough to carry around in a basket, a night on the town was often dinner at the Old Hickory Steakhouse.

Lynn Spruill: Changing attitudes in StarkVegas

Posted 6/17/2016 in Local Columns

For many, in years past, Starkville quickly became a memory when college was over. Even for those of us who called the place home. The future consisted of holiday visits or maybe alumni weekend or the Egg Bowl.

Slimantics: Muhammad Ali: An American original

Posted 6/15/2016 in Local Columns

In the days since the death of Muhammad Ali, much has been said and written in an attempt to capture the essence of the man.

 

Charlie Mitchell: Special funds grab breaks faith, has consequences

Posted 6/14/2016 in Local Columns

Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves says it's Obama's fault, but state agency chiefs are pointing a disappointed finger at Reeves and legislators.

 

Lock & Dam repair plan expected soon

Posted 6/13/2016 in Local Columns

Six months after a pair of barges crashed in the dam at the East Bank of the Columbus Lock & Dam, Corps of Engineers Operations Manager Rick Saucer has an idea of the extent of the damage down the one of the dam's five massive gates.

Possumhaw: Perfectly imperfect

Posted 6/13/2016 in Local Columns

I've discovered that in certain situations I have a tendency to hedge on the truth, and I hate that. I signed up for the Lifeline medical testing held at the Presbyterian church on Bluecutt Road in Columbus.

Ask Rufus: The separation of church and state's deep roots in Mississippi

Posted 6/11/2016 in Local Columns

Prayer in schools, prayer at public events and the public display of religious scenes all too often seem under attack by the courts. The courts base their rulings on more than 200 years of legal precedents that there must be a separation -- a wall -- between church and state.

Partial to Home: Summer in a jar

Posted 6/11/2016 in Local Columns

Pat Burwell is telling me how to get to her house in Steens, but I'm not getting it.

 

Charlie Mitchell: College sports may be state's major growth industry

Posted 6/8/2016 in Local Columns

Ole Miss and Mississippi State -- this state's two members of the Southeastern Conference -- may be financial midgets when compared to most other SEC schools, but the size and scope of their athletics operations is staggering.

 

 

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