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Slimantics: Victims of a broken home

Posted 12/20/2017 in Local Columns

In many divorces, one of the most difficult questions that emerge is, "What about the children?" Over the past week, our worst fears have been realized: The City of Columbus and Lowndes County are parting company on the grounds of irreconcilable differences.

Possumhaw: Star of wonder, star of night

Posted 12/18/2017 in Local Columns

Last week's meteor shower was all the talk at Robert's Apothecary.


Charlie Mitchell: Mississippi could send a Democrat, too

Posted 12/18/2017 in Local Columns

For the second time, the extreme political right overplayed its hand and delivered a Republican U.S. Senate seat to Democrats.


Partial to Home: River cats

Posted 12/16/2017 in Local Columns

Early Sunday afternoon, on the day Mississippi observed its 200th birthday, Larry Priest and James "H.D." Taylor unloaded two fishing kayaks from the back of a battered GMC pickup and dragged them to the river's edge.


Local voices: A response to Dec. 12 editorial, "Citizens Ill-served by city's response to CPD leadership"

Posted 12/16/2017 in Local Columns

Birney and Peter, I was, as usual, disappointed with your paper's editorial comments of Dec. 12, which insulted Oscar Lewis, me and the city council.


Ask Rufus: Newspapers, a window on the past

Posted 12/16/2017 in Local Columns

When working on my weekly Dispatch column, I often rely on period newspapers for primary source information. That creates a real problem for me, as I almost always get sidetracked.

Slimantics: Mississippians know Presley has their back on net neutrality issue

Posted 12/15/2017 in Local Columns

In his 10 years as the Northern District's Public Service Commissioner, Brandon Presley has emerged as one of a rare breed of Mississippi politicians who seems to have escaped the clutches of narrow partisanship.

Possumhaw: A Christmas tree and two small gifts

Posted 12/11/2017 in Local Columns

Ah, the sights and sounds of Christmas. Through darkened windows trees alight houses outlined with twinkling lights and some with a yard full of gigantic inflatables.

Slim Smith: Happy Birthday, Mississippi

Posted 12/11/2017 in Local Columns

On this date 200 years ago, Mississippi was admitted as the 20th state in the union with the state capital set in Natchez, David Holmes serving as our first governor and the state motto: "The State Whose Name You're Always Going To Get Wrong On Your Spelling Test."

Ask Rufus: The Columbus landscape of 1817

Posted 12/11/2017 in Local Columns

The first Anglo-American settlement in northeast Mississippi occurred at Cotton Gin Port on the Tombigbee (near present day Amory) in 1801. Following that settlement, John Pitchlynn established his residence at Plymouth Bluff, four miles north of present-day downtown Columbus in 1810.


Partial to Home: The coolest place to ride a bike and eat barbecue

Posted 12/9/2017 in Local Columns

All week I'd worried with a column about Mississippi, today being its 200th birthday. I wrote about the layers of complexity of our culture; our tormented history and the impossibly rich legacy of writers, musicians and visual artists the state has produced.



Wyatt Emmerich: Mississippians suffer consequences of bad decisions, lack of regulation

Posted 12/8/2017 in Local Columns

Mississippi Power Company has some of the highest electricity rates in the state, but that's not stopping them from asking for more.


Possumhaw: Wait, watch and whisper

Posted 12/4/2017 in Local Columns

It was late in the afternoon when Sam and I made our way to the deer stand.


Wyatt Emmerich: Celebrating Mississippi's 200th birthday

Posted 12/4/2017 in Local Columns

On Sunday, Mississippi will celebrate its bicentennial. It's been 200 years since the founding of our state.


Slimantics: A working man in a working man's program

Posted 12/2/2017 in Local Columns

In some respects, the 32nd and 33rd football coach in Mississippi State history are much alike.

Leonard Pitts: Trump's an empty vessel with nothing to say

Posted 12/2/2017 in Local Columns

"The crew of the space shuttle Challenger honored us by the manner in which they lived their lives. We will never forget them, nor the last time we saw them, this morning, as they prepared for their journey and waved goodbye and 'slipped the surly bonds of earth to touch the face of God.'" -- Ronald Reagan, Jan. 28, 1986

Ask Rufus: How Grant saved Columbus

Posted 12/2/2017 in Local Columns

On Thursday, Mitchell Memorial Library at Mississippi State University celebrated the grand opening of the Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library and Frank and Virginia Williams Collection of Lincolniana.

Slimantics: A magical moment at Rotary

Posted 11/29/2017 in Local Columns

The Columbus Rotary has a long-standing, unwritten rule for its speakers during its weekly luncheons: You may talk as long as you like, but the Rotarians are leaving at 1 p.m.

Slimantics: Mullen's departure leaves Bulldogs broken-hearted

Posted 11/28/2017 in Local Columns

Breaking up is hard to do, as Neil Sedaka long ago reminded us.

Possumhaw: Don't stop believing

Posted 11/27/2017 in Local Columns

The winds blew in from the southwest, taking plenty of leaves with them. Just when you think you have the porch swept clean, here they come again. The Japanese persimmons hang on a leafless tree. The fruit has a transparency to it, left behind by the early morning frost.


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