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Slimantics: 1980: Champions of the world

Posted 10/26/2012 in Local Columns

I find myself a solitary footnote of a figure in Mississippi State football history. Apparently, I was the only MSU student in 1980 who was not in the stadium on that momentous day in Jackson when State upset No. 1 Alabama, 6 to 3.

Possumhaw: Why leaves change colors

Posted 10/22/2012 in Local Columns

Outside the window it was raining leaves. From the kitchen window the leaves of the black cherry tree looked red, but up close they were the colors of leaping flames, red, yellow and orange. I gathered leaves and returned to the kitchen.

Ask Rufus: 1818, A Year of Changes

Posted 10/20/2012 in Local Columns

The first structure built in Columbus was a log house erected in the late fall of 1817, but it was not until December 1819 that the new settlement was officially recognized as a town. In the Tombigbee River Valley 1818, the year that was in between, was a transitional year.

Slimantics: Mississippi needs a different 'growth industry'

Posted 10/16/2012 in Local Columns

It was a March afternoon in 2007. I was sitting in my bunk at Durango Jail, reading a year-old copy of TIME Magazine the crack staff of the Maricopa County Jail system had provided for the reading pleasure of the inmates they had stacked like cordwood into Building 4, A Pod.

 

Much at stake for Mississippi in 2012 elections

Posted 10/16/2012 in Local Columns

Some would call it The Mississippi Paradox. One the one hand, we say we want the federal government off our backs, yet on the other we say want more dollars coming to Mississippi from Washington. The presidential election will dramatically have an effect on both these statements.

 

Possumhaw: Season of spiders

Posted 10/15/2012 in Local Columns

Hanging between the cedar post and the gardenia bush is the web of a garden spider.

 

Birney Imes: A walk in the park

Posted 10/13/2012 in Local Columns

 

It's time for 'Abstinence Plus Everything'

Posted 10/9/2012 in Local Columns

In Sunday's Dispatch, reporter Sarah Fowler tackled a problem that has reached epidemic proportions in Mississippi -- teenage sex.

Possumhaw: Time to get checked

Posted 10/8/2012 in Local Columns

Last year Carole found out she had a mass. Carole is one of those people who does everything right. She eats right, exercises and gets annual mammograms. So when the doctor said he saw something suspicious, Carole wasn't worried. If it was cancer it had to be small. Right?

Birney Imes: Red Lobster and a lone crawfish

Posted 10/6/2012 in Local Columns

He was the last passenger to get on the plane. A tall black man in a dark pinstriped suit, elegant white shirt and expensive shoes. His eyes landed on the empty seat beside me. We were on a 6 a.m. flight from Birmingham to Washington D.C.

Ask Rufus: Dances, propellers and perceptions

Posted 10/6/2012 in Local Columns

Often what we consider to be important really isn't that significant, while at the same time events we overlook can be of historic note.

Slimantics: Crappie Masters: Not in it for the money ... yet

Posted 10/3/2012 in Local Columns

A visit to the visitor's bureau Tuesday evening to meet a few of the contestants in this week's Crappie Masters National Championship confirmed for me one of life's great truths: Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will blow the rent at BassPro.

Possumhaw: The woman and the snake

Posted 10/1/2012 in Local Columns

It was my strangest encounter with nature yet. I walked toward the greenhouse, rounding the compost pile. On the opposite side of the compost I saw about eight inches of a snake.

Ask Rufus: Undying character, friendship and history

Posted 9/29/2012 in Local Columns

I recently heard a person comment that the difference between thieves and politicians is that there is honor among thieves. Having spent more than 35 years in politics, I take exception to that comment but I can also understand why sometimes people might think so. It only takes one rotten apple to make a whole bushel basket of otherwise good apples look bad.

Adele Elliott: Speaking freely

Posted 9/29/2012 in Local Columns

This week, I received two photographs of U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens being dragged through the streets of Benghazi, just before he died. He was bruised and bloody, his clothing filthy and torn. They made me horribly sad.

Slimantics: When kids drop out

Posted 9/26/2012 in Local Columns

For some time now, we've been hearing that you can't fix what's wrong with our education system by throwing money at it.

 

Peter Imes: Non-mechanical teaching

Posted 9/22/2012 in Local Columns

Since my son was born a little more than six years ago, my wife and I have had countless angst-ridden discussions on what to do when he reached school age. Public, private, boarding, home -- we've weighed every schooling option. He started kindergarten last month, and, though we are thrilled with his school, the dialogue continues.

 

Possumhaw: It's not about me

Posted 9/18/2012 in Local Columns

A friend showed me an email she received from her daughter. Her daughter is a full-time college student and has a full-time job at an attorney's firm. The email said that the attorney had called the office workers together and said, "Things are going to get a lot worse before they get better and it is going to happen soon."

 

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