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Slimantics: There are no one-week solutions to poverty

Posted 6/28/2017 in Local Columns

When I arrived at the scene of the last week's World Changers project in Steens, my first thought was that no licensed contractor would touch it. It was simply too far gone for human habitation.

Wyatt Emmerich: Rebellion has a long history in America

Posted 6/28/2017 in Local Columns

The Declaration of Independence was written by five men: John Adams, Roger Sherman, Robert Livingston, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin.

Possumhaw: Where are the card catalogs?

Posted 6/26/2017 in Local Columns

The library seemed a bit formidable as I pulled the heavy door open. I stepped inside, surveyed the room, and moved toward the large desk that looked like a help station. I love libraries and respect them.

Ask Rufus: Celebrating the Fourth

Posted 6/24/2017 in Local Columns

To celebrate Independence Day, there will be a grand fireworks show at the Stennis Lock and Dam, East Bank, on July 1.

Partial to Home: A visit with Bo 'Tomato Man' Jones

Posted 6/24/2017 in Local Columns

The inquisitive traveler headed east from Columbus to Tuscaloosa, Birmingham or points beyond will find it rewarding in unexpected ways to take the slow road out of town -- Highway 182, which in Alabama becomes (Pickens) County Road 30.

Slimantics: When a win is really a loss

Posted 6/23/2017 in Local Columns

When The 5th District Court of Appeals overturned a lower court ruling against Mississippi's HB1523, also known as "Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act," on Thursday, a lot of folks didn't know whether to shrug their shoulders or set their hair on fire and run down the street.

 

Wyatt Emmerich: The most Southern place on earth

Posted 6/20/2017 in Local Columns

In a world changing at an ever-increasing pace, the spring convocation of the Delta Council stands as a monument to the old days.

 

Possumhaw: Brown-eyed beggar boy

Posted 6/19/2017 in Local Columns

Often, I am amazed at how much the world is changing, but none more so than last week when I stopped at the gas station for gas and a cup of Southern Pecan coffee.

 

Charlie Mitchell: The scourge of cell-phone telemarketing

Posted 6/19/2017 in Local Columns

Antony, foreseeing chaos in the aftermath of the murder of Julius Caesar, intoned, "Cry 'Havoc!,' and let slip the dogs of war." In more contemporary artistry with words, the Baha Men gave us, "Who let the dogs out? Who? Who? Who? Who?"

 

Ask Rufus: A crutch's story

Posted 6/17/2017 in Local Columns

On Friday the Billups-Garth Foundation presented to the S.D. Lee Home a 153-year-old wooden crutch with the owner's name carved across it. It is a grand example of how confusing history can be.

Partial to Home: Rafting down the Tombigbee

Posted 6/17/2017 in Local Columns

About a year ago, four Mennonite boys from Georgia came up with the idea to build a houseboat and motor down the Mississippi.

Partial to home: The corner of Magazine and Erato

Posted 6/16/2017 in Local Columns

The sparrows here are insistent, expectant. Before I can get the laptop out of its case, two of them are at my feet looking up.

Slimantics: The lost art of the lawn mower

Posted 6/15/2017 in Local Columns

We have reached the time of year where most of us will spend our time outside looking for something to stand under. It's all shelter or shade until October now.

 

Charlie Mitchell: Myths undermine any honest jobs-welfare talks

Posted 6/14/2017 in Local Columns

Mississippi now leads the nation in the "starve the beast" approach to governance with Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves as champion of the movement.

 

Shannon Bardwell: Purple box high in the sky

Posted 6/12/2017 in Local Columns

My neighbor E.H. and I were nearing home where we saw what looked like an odd-shaped purple shopping bag hanging high in a tree.

Ask Rufus: Tunnels under Columbus?

Posted 6/10/2017 in Local Columns

Are there really Civil War tunnels under Columbus? That is one of the questions I am most frequently asked, and within the last two weeks, three people have asked me that again.

Slimantics: The Count of Caledonia

Posted 6/8/2017 in Local Columns

Question: Who won the Caledonia mayor's race? Answer: We don't know.

 

Charlie Mitchell: Wingate: Epps no small-time offender

Posted 6/5/2017 in Local Columns

There's no way to know what former Mississippi Commissioner of Corrections Christopher Epps expected when he walked into court -- at last -- to hear his sentence, but the nearly 20-year term imposed by U.S. District Judge Henry Wingate must have come as a surprise.

 

Ask Rufus: Horace King and the 1842 Tombigbee bridge

Posted 6/3/2017 in Local Columns

I had not decided what to write about this week until I came across an article in a May 10, 1842, Columbus newspaper announcing that construction was about to start on a bridge across the Tombigbee River at Columbus.

Possumhaw: Backyard menagerie

Posted 6/3/2017 in Local Columns

"It's an amazing thing to watch a lizard fold a moth into its mouth, like a sword swallower who specializes in umbrellas. " Elizabeth McCracken, American author

 

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