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Slimantics: When cotton was king

Posted 9/27/2016 in Local Columns

It is the time of year in Mississippi where, at some unsuspected turn in the road, the landscape turns a bright white.

Possumhaw: A honey moon egg

Posted 9/26/2016 in Local Columns

It was the oddest thing. There beside the ducks' feeding bowl was a golden egg -- seriously, a golden egg.


Mabus satisfied with his meandering career

Posted 9/26/2016 in Local Columns

One night Ray Mabus was on the veranda of the presidential palace in Mexico City observing that nation's independence day fireworks with the president of Mexico.


Partial to Home: The bespoke Ms. Swift

Posted 9/24/2016 in Local Columns

Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Linda Swift sits in front of a large picture window with sagging Venetian blinds and sews.

Ask Rufus: In 1819 this was Columbus, Alabama

Posted 9/24/2016 in Local Columns

In a week the Mississippi Bicentennial Celebration will kick off in Columbus.

Lynn Spruill: Streets with personality

Posted 9/23/2016 in Local Columns

Starkville has benefited recently from a number of changes to street designs.


Charlie Mitchell: PEER's mission not a priority for Lt. Gov. Reeves?

Posted 9/20/2016 in Local Columns

A long time ago in a galaxy far away ... No. Let's leave "Star Wars" out of this. But there was a time -- and it does seem long ago -- when the Mississippi Legislature enacted a bevy of "good government" initiatives to help it do its job better.


Possumhaw: A squirrel in hand

Posted 9/19/2016 in Local Columns

The morning temperatures dropped into the low 70's and we were able to sit on the porch under the twirling ceiling fans. It was lovely for a few days following an awfully blistering summer. A couple of hummingbirds

Partial to home: Moonrise over Friendship Cemetery

Posted 9/18/2016 in Local Columns

Thursday evening while paddling on the river, I looked up at the moon and thought of Ansel Adams. Adams, you may know, was a photographer of the American West -- arguably the photographer of the American West -- known for his black-and-white prints that rivaled the grandeur of the landscapes they depicted.

Ask Rufus: Intruders in the Chickasaw Nation

Posted 9/17/2016 in Local Columns

It's interesting how projects and research often end up overlapping.

Lynn Spruill: Looking for an upside to 9-11

Posted 9/16/2016 in Local Columns

We all lost something valuable that day. It was just a matter of the degree.


Rheta Johnson: Build that wall

Posted 9/15/2016 in Local Columns

I've been three times to the Ernest Hemingway house in Key West, Florida, hoping with each visit to find some secret to writing short, declarative sentences that resonate with the reading public and sell millions of books.


Possumhaw: Chicken at the Shell station

Posted 9/12/2016 in Local Columns

A couple of weeks ago, a Prairie neighbor, Kathy, said she was passing the Shell Station on the new road while talking on her cell phone when she noticed a banty hen, a real one, standing under the big sign that says "Chix-Fried Chicken."


Charlie Mitchell: Could past-due 'college' issue be receiving attention?

Posted 9/12/2016 in Local Columns

It's too soon to cue up the wonderful Etta James for a refrain of "At Last," but the U.S. Department of Education has taken a step toward crimping the abuses too many students and all taxpayers have faced at the hands of "colleges" where the priority is profit.


Partial to Home: Two angels reeking of alcohol

Posted 9/11/2016 in Local Columns

Out of the blue comes an email from Larry Studdard. If you qualify for a senior discount at the picture show, went to high school in the area and paid attention to the sports pages of that time, you need no introduction.

Leonard Pitts: A postcard from post-factual America

Posted 9/11/2016 in Local Columns

"Why haven't you reported that Colin Kaepernick's actions are due to his radical Muslim beliefs? Why are you covering this up?"

Ask Rufus: Horse Hunter

Posted 9/10/2016 in Local Columns

In Noxubee County, east of Brooksville, flows Horse Hunters Creek.

Slimantics: State's budget crisis requires the people's attention

Posted 9/9/2016 in Local Columns

It is easy, often tempting, to ignore the machinations of our state government.

Possumhaw: Mystery of the furling flag

Posted 9/6/2016 in Local Columns

Sometimes it's like other people know something I don't. Like maybe I didn't get the password or learn the secret handshake.


Charlie Mitchell: Importing college students is also a growth industry

Posted 9/6/2016 in Local Columns

For every person who left this state in search of higher education last fall, more than five from other states enrolled at a Mississippi public university.



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