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Possumhaw: Always alone and looking

Posted 11/9/2015 in Local Columns

Last week, rounding the corner of the porch, I came face to face with a young deer lying in the grass, not 50 feet away. We stared; neither moved. She was lying at the edge of some trees, not hidden, even though the sun had been up for hours.

Birney Imes: At home in the world

Posted 11/8/2015 in Local Columns

In early January of 2014, Jessica Austin boarded a KLM Royal Dutch Airlines jet in Washington D.C. and flew to Istanbul, Turkey. She knew no one in Istanbul. She did not have a place to stay, nor did she have a job waiting on her.

Ask Rufus: Remembering

Posted 11/8/2015 in Local Columns

Veterans Day is the day set aside to honor the men and women who have served and are serving our county.

Lynn Spruill: Saying a grateful good-bye

Posted 11/6/2015 in Local Columns

The Board of Aldermen of the City of Starkville held their last formal meeting in the old location this week.


Charlie Mitchell: Word 'privatize' has vanished; privatization hasn't

Posted 11/5/2015 in Local Columns

Twenty or so years ago, 'privatize' became a big word. The trend had started slowly.



Possumhaw: The memory game

Posted 11/2/2015 in Local Columns

The attorney next to me was having a conversation with his assistant. I listened.



Delbert Hosemann: Voting on the Constitutional Initiative

Posted 11/2/2015 in Local Columns

In 1992, Mississippi voters amended Section 273 of the state constitution to allow for an initiative process for our citizens.


Ask Rufus: The storied Gilmer

Posted 11/1/2015 in Local Columns

Last week it was announced that the City Of Columbus was purchasing the Gilmer Inn in downtown Columbus.

Slimantics: Everyone should vote for Bryant, unless ...

Posted 10/30/2015 in Local Columns

Tuesday, Mississippians will go to the polls to determine the outcome of numerous local and state elections, including who will be our governor.

Lynn Spruill: Focused on a solution

Posted 10/30/2015 in Local Columns

One of the overriding challenges facing organizations is how to increase membership and encourage wider involvement.

Possumhaw: Answered prayer. Amen.

Posted 10/26/2015 in Local Columns

As I write this, a burn ban rages across the state.

Ask Rufus: Loopers discover Columbus

Posted 10/25/2015 in Local Columns

A week ago I had the pleasure of meeting some folks from out of town who were just passing through.

Birney Imes: Backyard, 6:30 a.m.

Posted 10/24/2015 in Local Columns

A thick down comforter of gray clouds pressed against the morning sky. The fringe along the eastern edge of the clouds was the color of July peaches. Before sunrise late last week, I had come outside, coffee in hand, to admire the explosion of yellow swamp sunflowers in our otherwise fading backyard. The sunflowers are perennials that grow and grow -- some are as tall as 12-feet -- and you wonder if they will ever bloom.

Lynn Spruill: Back to the future

Posted 10/23/2015 in Local Columns

This summer Starkville's city leaders engaged an independent consulting firm to develop a new comprehensive plan.


Wyatt Emmerich: Initiative 42

Posted 10/22/2015 in Local Columns

Several good friends and readers have asked me to weigh in on the Initiative 42 referendum.



Charlie Mitchell: Rich people are the Smaugs of America, aren't they?

Posted 10/19/2015 in Local Columns

Please find a rich person -- which isn't easy in Mississippi -- and offer him or her a hug today.


Shannon Bardwell: It was a good trip

Posted 10/17/2015 in Local Columns

Last week we left for our annual camping trip to north Alabama. I admit I was torn between camping and staying with the new kittens but my responsible 16-year-old neighbor girl readily agreed to keep the kittens and besides I knew Sam needed a vacation from SEC television and retirement activities.

Lynn Spruill: Razor-wire cuts downtown options

Posted 10/16/2015 in Local Columns

We are seeing so much energy and activity in downtown Starkville these days.


Local voices: Another view on Initiative 42

Posted 10/15/2015 in Local Columns

I have just finished reading the article in Tuesday's Dispatch concerning Initiative 42 (Slimantics: Just in time for Halloween: The scary story of the "single liberal judge").


Slimantics: Just in time for Halloween: The scary story of "a single liberal judge"

Posted 10/13/2015 in Local Columns

It is almost comical the lengths our state's career politicians are going to in a frenzied effort to defeat Initiative 42, a November ballot measure that requires the state to adequately fund K-12 public education by holding the Legislature accountable to the judicial system.


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