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Ask Rufus: No. 27 and Mrs. Harris' Pumpkin Pie

Posted 10/20/2018 in Local Columns

It is the little twist and turns of history which makes it so interesting to delve into. A week ago I wrote of the search for lost Civil War graves in Columbus' Friendship Cemetery. Surprising as it may seem, that story may be tied to the current fad of pumpkin spice.

Slimantics: At long last, I'm a quitter

Posted 10/17/2018 in Local Columns

Not that I am counting the days or anything, but I walked away from one of my oldest relationships 142 days ago. While my friends can't stop slapping me on the back for the break-up -- they said they knew all along ours was a toxic relationship - I confess that I'm feeling a bit guilty about it and I'd be lying if I said I didn't miss it.


Charlie Mitchell: Two ways to go with local special sales tax levies

Posted 10/16/2018 in Local Columns


Possumhaw: The inconsistency of time

Posted 10/15/2018 in Local Columns

I've had some tragic news making each day stretch out like a month. I ordered a winter dress and it has not arrived. It's 79 degrees and I cannot wear the dress, but surely, I could have shorn a sheep by now. At the same time, my hair appointment is due; surely, I was just there. Basically, I am just irritable because I have lost my too-young friends to eternity.

Partial to Home: Funeral food and funeral flowers

Posted 10/13/2018 in Local Columns

Saturday, a week ago, on the way home from a graveside service at Friendship, I drove through Trash Alley where a garage sale and fish fry were in progress. Thinking some levity might be a nice follow-up to what had been a solemn event, I rolled the window down and asked what was cooking. Fish and chicken.

Ask Rufus: Looking Underground

Posted 10/13/2018 in Local Columns

This past four days have been both fun and fascinating. Last Wednesday, the project to locate lost Civil War graves of Union soldiers in Columbus' Friendship Cemetery cranked up.


Charlie Mitchell: Informed communities are the best communities

Posted 10/9/2018 in Local Columns

Newspapers are businesses like no other. While other employers contribute to community life, newspapers, when operating at their best, are centers for community conversation and drive the quality of community life.


Possumhaw: It was a bluebird day

Posted 10/8/2018 in Local Columns

The rains came, filling the lakes and greening the grass again. The temperatures dropped 10 degrees, making the days more pleasant. We seem to be grass cutting and bush-hogging later into the year. Sam tucks away the tractor and the lawnmower for the season, only to pull it out again. "Maybe one more cut," he says.

Partial to Home: Remembering Bob

Posted 10/7/2018 in Local Columns

The characteristic that probably best defined Bob McIntyre was his willingness to help others. Plenty of other adjectives apply: He was smart, kind, curious and very funny. People loved him. The goodness in him was plain to see.

Ask Rufus: The Lost Heroes of Memorial Day

Posted 10/6/2018 in Local Columns

This week a project will commence to try and locate lost graves of Union soldiers who were buried in Friendship Cemetery in Columbus during the Civil War.

Slimantics: State-wide poll gives insight into coming elections

Posted 10/5/2018 in Local Columns

Millsaps College, in cooperation with Chism Strategies, released the finds from its latest quarterly poll of Mississippi voters this week and the results show some intriguing views as Mississippians go to vote next month and next year.


Charlie Mitchell: Hyde-Smith, McDaniel have staked out their positions

Posted 10/2/2018 in Local Columns

Unbeknownst to my media colleagues, the nominal Republicans on Mississippi's Nov. 6 special election ballot have already debated.


Partial to Home: A fruitless search

Posted 10/2/2018 in Local Columns

HONEOYE, NEW YORK -- This time of the year the roadways of rural New York are littered with apples. You see them everywhere. Trees heavy with fruit line hillside orchards; a dozen unkempt trees stand in high grass beside a sagging farmhouse; a single gnarled tree in a hedgerow stands forgotten, its meager crop equally gnarly and forgotten, unnoticed except for the birds and worms.

Possumhaw: Loving and losing

Posted 10/1/2018 in Local Columns

Several people have asked about the cats, Harry and Wilhelmina, since last week when I described searching for them in the dark. Hide and Seek is a game we play most nights. I'll find Harry peeking around a tree, hiding. Harry is mischievous like that.

Slimantics: Hosemann's uphill voter turn-out battle

Posted 9/28/2018 in Local Columns

Tuesday, as a part of a four-stop tour in north Mississippi, Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann spoke to an assembly of high school seniors at Columbus High School and New Hope High School.


Jiben Roy: What a life -- from pure mind comes peace

Posted 9/26/2018 in Local Columns

To me life is just a drop of water on a floating lotus leaf.



Wyatt Emmerich: We don't realize how much better the world is getting

Posted 9/26/2018 in Local Columns

We are living in the midst of extraordinary human progress - the greatest progress in the history of humanity. And we're just getting started.



Charlie Mitchell: Public purse not proper for punishment or reward

Posted 9/25/2018 in Local Columns

Mississippi could use more leaders like Commissioner of Public Safety Marshall Fisher. He says what he thinks, does what he says he is going to do.


Possumhaw: A walk in the dark

Posted 9/22/2018 in Local Columns

The moon was at the half as I wandered around the yard with a flashlight attempting to gather in the two-year old kittens. Wilhelmina can usually be found reclining on the picnic table, but not always.


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