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Possumhaw: Indoor cats save wildlife

Posted 6/30/2014 in Local Columns

ack sat quietly at the porch rail overlooking the bird feeders. I imagined him recalling the day he would crouch under the fading irises and wait to spring on a cardinal, an indigo bunting, a Prothonotary warbler, perhaps a hummingbird.

 

Other Editors: Give Common Core a chance

Posted 6/30/2014 in Local Columns

Mississippi's two key K-12 education leaders, Board of Education Chairman Wayne Gann and State Superintendent Carey Wright, rejected quickly and firmly on Friday Gov. Phil Bryant's claims that the Common Core school standards is a "failed program" run by the federal government to the harm of local schools and the state.

 

Ask Rufus: Gardens of 'Youth and Old Age'

Posted 6/28/2014 in Local Columns

Gardens around the South are filled each summer with beautiful multicolored zinnias.

Birney Imes: The constant gardener

Posted 6/28/2014 in Local Columns

When Melchie Koonce was growing up in Stuttgart, Arkansas, he worked summers with his brother-in-law opening and closing floodgates in rice patties. The mosquitoes were so thick the boys wore nets over their heads while they worked. To combat boredom one of them came up with the idea of seeing who could catch the most snakes. They would grab the snakes and throw them into croaker sacks.

 

Outtakes: Lost traveler yearns for home

Posted 6/27/2014 in Local Columns

This woman in ill-fitting, soiled clothes sat beside a shuttered gas station in front of Leigh Mall. I would pass by in the middle of the day and see her. This went on for weeks. We all have places to go.

 

 

Dana Milbank: Obama's political bogey

Posted 6/26/2014 in Local Columns

On June 14, Sunni rebels threatened Baghdad after seizing much of Iraq -- and President Obama fearlessly played a round at the Sunnylands Golf Course in Rancho Mirage, Calif.

 

 

Wyatt Emmerich: Changing lives overnight

Posted 6/25/2014 in Local Columns

Bill Manduca, executive director of Clean Water for Malawi, has just returned from a month-long supervisory trip to Africa, where 16 new wells were drilled for $65,000.

 

 

Slimantics: World Cup shocker: Soccer 1, Nap 0

Posted 6/24/2014 in Local Columns

Something truly remarkable happened Sunday afternoon: Americans in large numbers watched a soccer match.

 

Possumhaw: Time is not on your side

Posted 6/23/2014 in Local Columns

It was one of those odd days when plans went awry and I found myself hanging. "All dressed up and no place to go," as they say.

Ask Rufus: Did the buffalo roam?

Posted 6/23/2014 in Local Columns

I have often been asked, "If the Black Prairie really is a prairie, were there once buffalo around here?"

Birney Imes: Times that try men's (and women's) souls

Posted 6/21/2014 in Local Columns

"A body of men holding themselves accountable to nobody ought not to be trusted by anybody." --Thomas Paine In case you missed it ... This past week our city council did something utterly stupid and repressive. It placed onerous restrictions on its public-input policy. Before Tuesday evening any citizen who wished to address the council on any topic simply had to show up and put his name on the list to speak.

Lynn Spruill: Carole's joie de vivre

Posted 6/20/2014 in Local Columns

There have already been tributes written to Carole and I'm sure there will be more. Each of us has our own stories about this loving and exuberant woman.

Slimantics: Carole McReynolds Davis: Irreplaceable

Posted 6/19/2014 in Local Columns

One thing about Southerners is that we are, at heart, conformists.

 

Charlie Mitchell: 'Electioneering' has become an industry all unto itself

Posted 6/17/2014 in Local Columns

"For some, politics is a racket that's too good to pass up."

 

Possumhaw: Treasures in a brown paper bag

Posted 6/16/2014 in Local Columns

The walls of Toni's bedroom were lined with books from the floor to the ceiling. At the foot of the bed was a small sitting area with a thrifted brocade couch and a small coffee table, where Toni drank tea in real china tea cups, also thrifted.

Birney Imes: A new pickup truck

Posted 6/14/2014 in Local Columns

A friend, who by day is a buttoned-down lawyer, has for years driven a pickup truck. He's not the only person in that line of work to do so. Last time I checked, our D.A. drove a Toyota Tacoma. I suspect the truck for these guys is an antidote for long hours reading tedious legal briefs or time spent in the bowels of the courthouse doing title searches.

Lynn Spruill: Rivals, yes, but fellow Mississippians, too

Posted 6/13/2014 in Local Columns

Some aspects of the rivalry between Ole Miss and State leaves me baffled. Don't misunderstand; as long as MSU is playing Ole Miss, there is no contest. MSU is the choice over Ole Miss hands down.

Slimantics: At school board, it's business as unusual

Posted 6/11/2014 in Local Columns

Like many folks in Columbus, I read with strange fascination the account of Monday's Columbus Municipal School Board meeting, which shows there is no accounting for taste, I suppose.

Possumhaw: Gather the hay while you may

Posted 6/9/2014 in Local Columns

Sitting on the homemade bench, my one hand rested on Rex's head. My fingers moved slowly and absentmindedly around his neck and over his long ears. The other hand held a book while I read to him.

 

Charlie Mitchell: Election processes vary more than people know

Posted 6/9/2014 in Local Columns

When a Sunday school class needs to elect a treasurer, a name is put forward and everybody says "aye." That's that. Nice and simple.

 

 

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