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Grandma Willie's Jerusalem artichoke relish

Posted 1/16/2016 in Local Columns

A letter from a 93-year-old woman in Bartahatchie leads to living room in Brooksville. There on Thursday afternoon I heard stories about long-ago teenagers dancing barefoot in a local dance hall and learned some of the finer points of making Jerusalem artichoke relish.

Ask Rufus: Horses and Earthquakes

Posted 1/16/2016 in Local Columns

Horses and earthquakes may seem like an unusual mix of topics for a column that is generally about history and it is.

Lynn Spruill: Public spaces

Posted 1/15/2016 in Local Columns

It seems to be an issue that isn't an issue but is, if you know what I mean.

 

Bill Crawford: Ferreting out the truth

Posted 1/15/2016 in Local Columns

With insidious truth managers dominating social media, the Internet, the blogosphere, talk radio, and cable news, how can the average citizen uncover reality?

 

Slimantics: Salvage operations are the talk of the Tombigbee

Posted 1/13/2016 in Local Columns

It began with a trickle of spectators braving the frosty early morning Tuesday to watch as the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based River Salvage Co. arrived at the John C. Stennis Lock & Dam to start work on removing two barges that had lodged against the dam, one half-submerged, the other resting tranquilly atop it.

Possumhaw: It was a silent night

Posted 1/11/2016 in Local Columns

The busy holidays had settled down and we were struggling to reclaim our regular schedules.

 

Charlie Mitchell: Jackson council member Stokes a product of history

Posted 1/11/2016 in Local Columns

Thanks to social media and its capacity to fuel instant outrage, the wider world has met Jackson City Council member Kenneth I. Stokes, proudly representing Ward 3. He flickered, flamed, then fizzled in cyberspace last week.

 

Ask Rufus: It's just politics

Posted 1/9/2016 in Local Columns

Last week the Mississippi legislature convened for its annual session. My friend -- Representative Jeff Smith -- was there for the opening gavel.

Partial to Home: Google's Earth

Posted 1/9/2016 in Local Columns

Mrs. Leonard Ross sent us a letter last week. Enclosed was a check for six months of The Dispatch and a year's subscription to Catfish Alley. In a note with her check, Mrs. Ross wrote, "Have been subscribing to your paper since water!!! Keep it going to print!" She also wrote, "Tell Birney to keep 'Partial to Home' articles going. Printed news very important for us 'oldies,' who are not 'computer involved.'"

Lynn Spruill: TIFs, hand-out or a legitimate development tool?

Posted 1/8/2016 in Local Columns

Tax Increment Financing (TIF) is a catchy name for a government give away in the form of a tax break. It's an inducement used to attract new business or a development that might not otherwise happen, a way to prime the pump, if you will.

Slimantics: Rubber-necking at the river

Posted 1/7/2016 in Local Columns

When I was a kid, one of my elementary classmates was a boy named Mike Davis. I remember Mike mainly because of the odd hobby he and his dad enjoyed.

Possumhaw: Feasting, friends, family and a small fire

Posted 1/4/2016 in Local Columns

Holidays went off without a hitch, well almost without a hitch.

Lynn Spruill: Back at ya, Dak

Posted 1/4/2016 in Local Columns

For some reason I got my bowl game dates mixed up and had us playing on New Year's Eve instead of the 30th.

 

Charlie Mitchell: Funeral industry merits attention

Posted 1/4/2016 in Local Columns

Through the years and in all parts of the state, untrustworthy funeral merchants have taken the money and run.

 

Ask Rufus: A postcard story

Posted 1/2/2016 in Local Columns

Probably the most common postcard of a steamboat on the Tombigbee River is a view of the Steamer Ouachita.

Birney Imes: Radio days

Posted 1/2/2016 in Local Columns

New Year's Day -- Late morning as I was driving up College Street on my way to the grocery store, I switched on the radio and The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra was playing "On the Beautiful Blue Danube" by Johann Strauss. I thought of my father.

Lynn Spruill: Resolutions

Posted 1/2/2016 in Local Columns

It is that time of year again. Most of us have eaten and spent more than we should. And now what do we do about it? Why, we make a New Year's resolution, of course. There is something appealing about that line between an ending and a new beginning. There is hope and the possibility of better things. If 2015 wasn't your best year, look at the new year as a new opportunity.

 

Charlie Mitchell: Expect the PSC to make some headlines during 2016

Posted 12/29/2015 in Local Columns

Setting aside the few years Mississippi turned in its membership card, a pretty significant birthday is upcoming.

 

 

Rheta Johnson: Catch me if you can

Posted 12/29/2015 in Local Columns

I was making a gingerbread man, a ginger-Trump-man, using candy orange slices for the infamous hair, all the while trying to figure out why a smart friend the night before had said what everyone and his brother keeps declaring with conviction: The Donald is sure to lose steam any day now.

 

Ask Rufus: Floods and high water

Posted 12/26/2015 in Local Columns

The flooding caused by the recent storms brings to mind high water of past times.

 

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