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Lynn Spruill: New development along Russell Street

Posted 8/5/2016 in Local Columns

This has been a busy construction summer for Starkville.

Slimantics: Mississippi goes blue, pigs fly

Posted 8/2/2016 in Local Columns

It is one of those thoughts that intrudes unexpectedly, one you quickly dismiss and are almost embarrassed to speak aloud. It's crazy, you say.

Possumhaw: What would Momma eat?

Posted 8/1/2016 in Local Columns

There's a lot of eating plans circling around these days with names like "What would Jesus eat," aka the Mediterranean diet, the Paleo diet, aka "What would a caveman eat," and all the vegan and vegetarian diets built on what not to let-ever-cross-your-lips diets.

Partial to Home: Snake handling trumps political speeches at fair

Posted 7/30/2016 in Local Columns

NESHOBA COUNTY FAIR, THURSDAY -- Phil Bryant is on stage talking about Tuesday at the fair with his new friend, "Don Trump," the candidate's son.

Ask Rufus: Looping The Island

Posted 7/30/2016 in Local Columns

Late one recent afternoon, Karen and I joined Stuart and Kallie Phillips on their boat to make a loop around The Island across from Columbus.

Slimantics: Opposite ends of the pool

Posted 7/29/2016 in Local Columns

As best I can estimate, I was about 10 years old when the biggest thing ever to come to East Tupelo arrived -- a public swimming pool.

Lynn Spruill: With parks' plan, city needs to go more than half-way

Posted 7/29/2016 in Local Columns

Two of the best decisions made during this term of the Board of Aldermen had to do with the city's parks.

 

Wyatt Emmerich: The true costs of corporate subsidies

Posted 7/27/2016 in Local Columns

The Mississippi Economic Council (MEC) recently released a study touting all the jobs and money produced for Mississippi by the Nissan plant in Canton.

 

 

Home Base: Dinner table debate, a family tradition

Posted 7/26/2016 in Local Columns

Back home in Arkansas on Saturday evening, everything was as it should've been: dinner on the table and lively political banter roaring back and forth across the dining room.

 

Possumhaw: Summertime, the living is easy

Posted 7/25/2016 in Local Columns

Work in the garden during the early morning to avoid heat stress, and wear a hat and loose clothes. Felder Rushing.

Ask Rufus: A sister for the Little Sisters of Liberty

Posted 7/23/2016 in Local Columns

In 1950, the Boy Scouts of America instituted a project called Crusade to Strengthen the Arm of Liberty, which aimed to place replicas of the Statue of Liberty across the country.

Partial to Home: As pools proliferate, swimming holes nearing extinction

Posted 7/23/2016 in Local Columns

Nedra Mitchell has a lot of pictures on her cellphone. So many, it took her several minutes Thursday to dig up two images of swimming holes in the Caledonia area, one she took Memorial Day, the other about 40 years ago.

Lynn Spruill: Wynn-dy City Blues

Posted 7/22/2016 in Local Columns

As a frequent recipient of Alderman Wynn's unwavering disapproval, I am inclined to pay closer attention than most to her comments at the board table on any given Tuesday.

 

Charlie Mitchell: Two hopefuls just looking for a bit of advice

Posted 7/19/2016 in Local Columns

With apologies to Ann Landers and Abigail Van Buren ..

 

Possumhaw: Things that matter

Posted 7/18/2016 in Local Columns

Just inside the door of the Missionary Baptist Church I saw a white man to the far left, so I turned right. I didn't want us to "clump up," so I asked a beautiful young woman with long eyelashes if anyone was sitting next to her.

Ask Rufus: 'A Moste Strange Weddinge of the Frogge and the Mouse'

Posted 7/16/2016 in Local Columns

Sometimes the stories behind stories can be more interesting than the story itself. Such is the case with the children's nursery rhyme/song "Frog Went A-Courtin." My story of the song begins in the middle.

Slimantics: Losing my head over a dream

Posted 7/16/2016 in Local Columns

I was not happy, not at all. For starters, I was dead. You know how it can be with dreams.

Lynn Spruill: Bulldog Bash exits stage east

Posted 7/15/2016 in Local Columns

MSU must have a vibrant Starkville for recruitment of professors, administrators and students. That requires continued commitment from all players on both sides of the city limit signs.

Slimantics: Welcome home, soldiers

Posted 7/14/2016 in Local Columns

This week, in the aftermath of the tragic shooting deaths of five Dallas police officers, coverage of the memorial and funeral services for the fallen men have reminded us of the sacrifices law enforcement is sometimes called to make in protecting our nation.

 

Rheta Johnson: Kris' birthday coming down

Posted 7/14/2016 in Local Columns

As soon as the heat dropped below 90 degrees one recent late afternoon -- about 7 o'clock, really -- I moved the CD player to the front porch, adjusted the fan just so and put my feet up on a coffee table. I played "Sunday Morning Coming Down" and "The Pilgrim" and "The Captive."

 

 

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