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Slimantics: Allgood wrong on new sentencing guidelines

Posted 7/8/2014 in Local Columns

Lowndes County District Attorney Forrest Allgood does not make single moms. He just does his part in making sure they stay single moms.

Possumhaw: 'A time to embrace and a time to refrain'

Posted 7/7/2014 in Local Columns

If ever I felt like Mother Goose, it was that day. A duck was tucked against my chest; my arms were wrapped tightly around her. I wanted her to feel the beating of my heart. I whispered to her, "You're OK."

Lynn Spruill: Yes, the city is in the county

Posted 7/7/2014 in Local Columns

When I was a city employee it was always extremely frustrating to hear a resident complain about the high taxes that citizens of Starkville paid.

Birney Imes: Watermelons on Independence Day

Posted 7/5/2014 in Local Columns

Everywhere you go there is the South. The woman at the motel desk this morning in Effingham grew up in New Orleans. Her late husband was from Alabama. Her great granddad was governor of the state of Louisiana, Gov. Nicholls. Julia Street, where you find many of New Orleans' art galleries, was named after her grandmother. (There is a Gov. Nicholls Street -- and wharf -- at the downriver end of the French Quarter.)

 

Paul Mack: The reptile we love to hate

Posted 7/1/2014 in Local Columns

Trying to change people's attitudes about snakes is about as easy as convincing an Ole Miss fan to cheer for State -- nearly impossible. Seeing a man at the Riverwalk "subdue" a harmless (non-venomous) 5' rat snake with a large branch a few weeks back drove this point home.

 

Possumhaw: Indoor cats save wildlife

Posted 6/30/2014 in Local Columns

ack sat quietly at the porch rail overlooking the bird feeders. I imagined him recalling the day he would crouch under the fading irises and wait to spring on a cardinal, an indigo bunting, a Prothonotary warbler, perhaps a hummingbird.

 

Other Editors: Give Common Core a chance

Posted 6/30/2014 in Local Columns

Mississippi's two key K-12 education leaders, Board of Education Chairman Wayne Gann and State Superintendent Carey Wright, rejected quickly and firmly on Friday Gov. Phil Bryant's claims that the Common Core school standards is a "failed program" run by the federal government to the harm of local schools and the state.

 

Ask Rufus: Gardens of 'Youth and Old Age'

Posted 6/28/2014 in Local Columns

Gardens around the South are filled each summer with beautiful multicolored zinnias.

Birney Imes: The constant gardener

Posted 6/28/2014 in Local Columns

When Melchie Koonce was growing up in Stuttgart, Arkansas, he worked summers with his brother-in-law opening and closing floodgates in rice patties. The mosquitoes were so thick the boys wore nets over their heads while they worked. To combat boredom one of them came up with the idea of seeing who could catch the most snakes. They would grab the snakes and throw them into croaker sacks.

 

Outtakes: Lost traveler yearns for home

Posted 6/27/2014 in Local Columns

This woman in ill-fitting, soiled clothes sat beside a shuttered gas station in front of Leigh Mall. I would pass by in the middle of the day and see her. This went on for weeks. We all have places to go.

 

 

Dana Milbank: Obama's political bogey

Posted 6/26/2014 in Local Columns

On June 14, Sunni rebels threatened Baghdad after seizing much of Iraq -- and President Obama fearlessly played a round at the Sunnylands Golf Course in Rancho Mirage, Calif.

 

 

Wyatt Emmerich: Changing lives overnight

Posted 6/25/2014 in Local Columns

Bill Manduca, executive director of Clean Water for Malawi, has just returned from a month-long supervisory trip to Africa, where 16 new wells were drilled for $65,000.

 

 

Slimantics: World Cup shocker: Soccer 1, Nap 0

Posted 6/24/2014 in Local Columns

Something truly remarkable happened Sunday afternoon: Americans in large numbers watched a soccer match.

 

Possumhaw: Time is not on your side

Posted 6/23/2014 in Local Columns

It was one of those odd days when plans went awry and I found myself hanging. "All dressed up and no place to go," as they say.

Ask Rufus: Did the buffalo roam?

Posted 6/23/2014 in Local Columns

I have often been asked, "If the Black Prairie really is a prairie, were there once buffalo around here?"

Birney Imes: Times that try men's (and women's) souls

Posted 6/21/2014 in Local Columns

"A body of men holding themselves accountable to nobody ought not to be trusted by anybody." --Thomas Paine In case you missed it ... This past week our city council did something utterly stupid and repressive. It placed onerous restrictions on its public-input policy. Before Tuesday evening any citizen who wished to address the council on any topic simply had to show up and put his name on the list to speak.

Lynn Spruill: Carole's joie de vivre

Posted 6/20/2014 in Local Columns

There have already been tributes written to Carole and I'm sure there will be more. Each of us has our own stories about this loving and exuberant woman.

Slimantics: Carole McReynolds Davis: Irreplaceable

Posted 6/19/2014 in Local Columns

One thing about Southerners is that we are, at heart, conformists.

 

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