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Roses and thorns: 4/1/18

Posted 3/31/2018 in Local Columns


Slimantics: Supervisors suffering from a fiscal hiccup

Posted 3/30/2018 in Local Columns

For some time now, the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors has prided itself on its sound fiscal policy.


Shadrack White: Demanding reasonable opioid regulations from 'The Swamp'

Posted 3/30/2018 in Local Columns

There was a lot of talk about "The Swamp" of Washington, DC, during the 2016 presidential race.


Slimantics: Another 'successful' session

Posted 3/29/2018 in Local Columns

The Mississippi legislative session ended Wednesday not with a bang, but with a whimper, to borrow a line from T.S. Elliott.

Slimantics: Our community will pay a staggering price for Smith/Chism obstinance

Posted 3/28/2018 in Local Columns

The Mississippi legislature ends its 2018 session as soon as today and Rep. Jeff Smith and Rep. Gary Chism will come home to Columbus. They can stay home, as far as I am concerned.


Charlie Mitchell: 2018 lawmaking season coasts toward a ho-hum close

Posted 3/26/2018 in Local Columns

No spark. Another session fizzles toward adjournment. No great ideas. No bold initiatives. No coordinated strategies to make Mississippi better.



Steve Chapman: Will the Democrats blow it in 2020?

Posted 3/24/2018 in Local Columns

Donald Trump has lousy approval ratings. House Republicans are bracing for carnage in November.


Possumhaw: It's worth celebrating

Posted 3/24/2018 in Local Columns

We were sitting at the breakfast table lingering over bowls of oatmeal when Sam read out loud, "DeWitt Jones is a National Geographic photographer who has used his profession to celebrate what's right about the world."

Ask Rufus: A tornado's wrath

Posted 3/24/2018 in Local Columns

Last weekend we saw bad weather with the storms of north Mississippi turning into tornadoes in Alabama. Sometimes it seems tornadoes are one of the rites of spring. That led me to review old area newspapers for accounts of the tornadoes of long ago. I found in the late 1830s and early 1840s issues of the Macon Intelligencer several interesting accounts of tornadoes from around the country.

Being Beautiful: Memories, like flowers, seem to blossom in the springtime

Posted 3/24/2018 in Local Columns

The azaleas have returned to my neighborhood like old friends.

Slimantics: The news from Lake What-the-heck

Posted 3/23/2018 in Local Columns

It's been a quiet week here in Lake What-the-heck, also known as the Mississippi Capitol.


Wyatt Emmerich: State mental health solution in limbo as lawsuit proceeds

Posted 3/21/2018 in Local Columns

At one end of Jackson's Congress Street sits the modern Federal Courthouse. At the other end sits our traditional State Capitol. They face each other at opposite ends of the street.


Possumhaw: Here today, gone tomorrow

Posted 3/19/2018 in Local Columns

I rather vowed I would not discuss closet organizing or capsule wardrobes or anything like that for my Lenten commitment. After only four days I realized it was a terrible commitment because we are right in the middle of a season change where one day it's a chilling 30 degrees and the next day it's a warm 70 degrees.

Ask Rufus: Factory Hill, Frog Bottom or Burns Bottom, it's a historic neighborhood

Posted 3/17/2018 in Local Columns

The neighborhood is now commonly called Burns Bottom but in the past has also been known as Factory Hill and Frog Bottom. It is one of the oldest and most historic neighborhoods in Columbus.

Partial to Home: A teacher's legacy

Posted 3/17/2018 in Local Columns

OK, here's a math problem for you, one I was faced with one day last week. A 1-cubic-foot bag of topsoil at a big box store costs $1.50. A yard of topsoil from the Lowndes County Co-Op is $40.

Slimantics: Have the stars aligned for Miss. Democrats?

Posted 3/16/2018 in Local Columns

Ever since the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the idea that a coalition of progressive white and black voters in Mississippi could break the stranglehold of conservative politics in a state-wide race has been largely an unproven theory.

Home Base: In black communities, 'traffic stop safety' is a priority conversation

Posted 3/15/2018 in Local Columns

Walking up to the driver's side of a pickup that was "pulled over" by Lowndes County sheriff's deputies Tuesday evening in the Oak Grove MB Church parking lot on Taylor Thurston Road, the pastor and I muttered our lines to ourselves as we shuffled closer to the vehicle.


Wyatt Emmerich: Lawsuit exposes harsh reality of mental health care

Posted 3/14/2018 in Local Columns

At the federal courthouse in Jackson, East Mississippi Correctional Facility is defending itself against a lawsuit claiming atrocious conditions for its inmates.



Charlie Mitchell: Wrist slap for Tate Reeves his biggest setback

Posted 3/13/2018 in Local Columns

On March 1, the state Senate said no to the leadership's plan to change how state money is distributed to public K-12 schools. Next came the weekend. On March 5, Thad Cochran, Mississippi's senior and super delegate to the U.S. Senate announced his resignation.


Possumhaw: A trace of history

Posted 3/12/2018 in Local Columns

Little over a week ago we joined the Bulldog Nation headed to Nashville, Tennessee, for the SEC Tournament.


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