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Local voices: Tell the whole story on black World War II veterans

Posted 3/16/2016 in Local Columns

After pacing the floor of my living room, clutching and reading an article by Mr. Rufus Ward in which he paints a vivid picture of the Southern hospitality visited upon the German prisoners of war interned in the camps at Aliceville, Alabama, during World War II, I thought, "Come, come, now Mr. Ward. Why not paint the whole picture, warts and all?"

 

Possumhaw: The art of spring cleaning

Posted 3/14/2016 in Local Columns

I'm still taken with the Tiny House concept and author Dee Williams who listed all her personal belongings on one yellow legal-size sheet of paper.

Slimantics: A case of questionable answers

Posted 3/13/2016 in Local Columns

On Jan. 1, 1935, The Dispatch introduced a new daily feature on Page 1. Outside of the newspaper's masthead, it is probably the only thing in The Dispatch that hasn't changed over the intervening 80-plus years.

Ask Rufus: The POWs of Camp Aliceville

Posted 3/12/2016 in Local Columns

It must have been an amazing sight to behold on the day during World War II when columns of German soldiers -- including members of Field Marshal Erwin Rommel's famed Africa Corps -- marched through Aliceville, Alabama.

Slimantics: State Senate theme song: Free fallin'

Posted 3/11/2016 in Local Columns

What is to be made of the Mississippi Senate's vote Thursday to pass a $577 million tax cut through a bill it laughably calls "The Taxpayer Pay Raise Act?"

Lynn Spruill: Trumped

Posted 3/11/2016 in Local Columns

Trump is on a roll, no doubt about it.

 

Wyatt Emmerich: The most corrupt state in the nation?

Posted 3/9/2016 in Local Columns

After pressure from traditional newspaper watchdogs, including the Northside Sun, the Legislature is finally considering a bit of ethics reform.

 

Slimantics: MSMS mock election results offer insights into young voters

Posted 3/8/2016 in Local Columns

Feel the Bern? Students at Mississippi School for Math & Science certainly did Monday during the school's mock presidential primary election.

Slimantics: What it takes to have a successful town

Posted 3/7/2016 in Local Columns

James Fallows, distinguished author and writer for The Atlantic magazine has, for the past few years, traveled the country to tell the story of America from a different perspective -- that of the small cities and towns that dominate our nation from coast to coast.

Ask Rufus: Ancient bones and an old museum

Posted 3/5/2016 in Local Columns

A couple of weeks ago I did a column on a bull shark being caught in the Tombigbee River in Alabama. In the column I mentioned fossil sharks teeth that are commonly found in the Upper Tombigbee River Valley.

Possumhaw: From one birder to another

Posted 3/5/2016 in Local Columns

"Migratory birds will start coming this month," he said. "Last year I fed four pairs of rose-breasted grosbeaks."

Being Beautiful: Spring is flowering right before our eyes

Posted 3/5/2016 in Local Columns

Spring must be in the air, literally, because I wake each morning to the birds serenading me.

Possumhaw: Party on the porch

Posted 2/29/2016 in Local Columns

Hungry birds are always welcome.

 

Charlie Mitchell: A less-than-impressive field

Posted 2/29/2016 in Local Columns

Pete Seeger wrote a cycle of life song 60 years ago, "Where Have All The Flowers Gone?"

 

Birney Imes: A bit of Alabama history

Posted 2/27/2016 in Local Columns

Tuesday afternoon, in a warehouse in Fayette, Alabama, Kimberly Bowling, a 45-year-old mother of three, Auburn University graduate and business owner, maneuvered a pallet jack up the ramp of a semi-trailer and pushed it under a listing tower of glass jars. The jars, $20,000 worth of them, had just arrived by truck from Jonesboro, Arkansas.

Ask Rufus: Fact or fiction? The Bride of the Eliza Battle

Posted 2/27/2016 in Local Columns

The first of March and unsettled weather always brings to my mind the horrific story of the Eliza Battle.

 

Charlie Mitchell: Scalia shed light on the mind of a true conservative

Posted 2/26/2016 in Local Columns

When a screenwriter concocts a conservative, the prototype is standard.

 

Lynn Spruill: Time to quit talking and just do it

Posted 2/26/2016 in Local Columns

When I say we're starting from scratch, I wish I were talking about biscuits.

 

Mississippi Voices: J.C. Brown

Posted 2/25/2016 in Local Columns

 

Possumhaw: I may be dying

Posted 2/22/2016 in Local Columns

To be honest, I'm not liking this New Year's Resolution very much at all. It's been 66 days now since I resolved not to buy any apparel, shoes or jewelry, nothing to decorate myself up with for a whole year.

 

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