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Frances Hairston: The beauty of the bois d'arc

Posted 10/15/2013 in Local Columns

If you have never had the privilege of viewing the beauty of a large bodock tree from your own yard, you've missed something. A gnarly looking twisting structure of a tree with big lime green fruit with a pebbly texture, the bodock could well be the official tree of the Prairie.

 

Possumhaw: Fall fishing at the creek

Posted 10/14/2013 in Local Columns

"Nose into the wake," Sam hollered. We were out for a little kayak fishing on Bear Creek when three fancy bass boats sped by. As luck would have it, there was a bass tournament going on.

Ask Rufus: King Philip, not for sale at any price

Posted 10/12/2013 in Local Columns

There were many famous generals and horses that came out of the Civil War. Among the most noted was Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest and his favorite horse, King Phillip.

 

Peter Imes: Give flowers, show appreciation

Posted 10/12/2013 in Local Columns

About three years ago, I walked past Linda Massey's desk and into my own office. My office has a window that looks into the front office of The Dispatch. I had noticed a man talking to Linda when I walked in, but didn't realize it was Lloyd Vaughan until I sat at my desk and looked out that window.

 

 

Lynn Spruill: A job you love

Posted 10/11/2013 in Local Columns

Green Oaks is a subdivision in Starkville that has been around for a generation or two -- more accurately since the late 1950's. I know because my father developed it and my maternal grandfather who was a carpenter by trade built not only the first house but several houses on those first few streets.

 

Mississippi Voices: Mississippi's opt-out creates a gap for working people

Posted 10/7/2013 in Local Columns

Mary is a single parent of two children. She works, earning $9.50 an hour or about $19,300 per year. She receives no child support. She might be eligible for subsidized day care for the children, but her parents keep the kids while she is on the job -- and she much prefers that arrangement.

Possumhaw: Living quietly in the Prairie

Posted 10/7/2013 in Local Columns

"The sole cause of man's unhappiness is that he does not know how to stay quietly in his room." Blaise Pascal.

Ask Rufus: Where did that name come from?

Posted 10/6/2013 in Local Columns

More so than any other single question, I am asked about the origin of local names. What does Tombigbee mean? What is West Point west of? What does the Military Road have to do with the military? Our region abounds in interesting names. I will try to shed some light on a few of them.

Slim Smith: A matter of respect

Posted 10/5/2013 in Local Columns

In his book, "An Education of a Lifetime," former University of Mississippi Chancellor Robert Khayat tells the story of his recollection of one of the most traumatic events in the university's history -- the riots on the Ole Miss campus associated with James Meridith's enrollment at the school's first black student in 1962.

 

Lynn Spruill: Sidewalks to humanity

Posted 10/4/2013 in Local Columns

Cities live beyond our here and now. Beijing is about 3,000 years old; Paris is over 2,000 years old; Rome is over 2,500 years old; London is just under 2,000 and New York is headed to its 400th birthday. Starkville is officially 175 years old.

 

 

Mississippi voices: Kemper, the math doesn't work

Posted 10/3/2013 in Local Columns

 

 

Charlie Mitchell: Primary purpose of schools should never be secondary

Posted 9/30/2013 in Local Columns

 

Possumhaw: Predators prowl the Prairie

Posted 9/30/2013 in Local Columns

Leah stuck her bill into the broken egg and hoisted it up high. She shoved off into the water and paddled as fast as her webbed feet would take her. On the bank she carried the egg into the grass where she ate the egg, shell and all.

Ask Rufus: History overflows at the foot of Main Street

Posted 9/28/2013 in Local Columns

From under the old drawbridge at the Riverwalk, the Tombigbee River looks small and peaceful as it slowly flows toward Mobile. Yet for almost 500 hundred years that location has witnessed an almost unbelievable pageant of history.

 

Lynn Spruill: Dog tags

Posted 9/27/2013 in Local Columns

 

Slimantics: History preserved, generations entertained through storytelling

Posted 9/25/2013 in Local Columns

This week, Possum Town Tales, also known as the second annual Storytellers Festival, is being held at the Rosenzweig Center, featuring a trio of renowned storytellers.

 

Marty Wiseman: Defunding Obamacare: the mother of all debates

Posted 9/24/2013 in Local Columns

 

 

Charlie Mitchell: Robert Khayat: 'No pain, no gain' not limited to fitness

Posted 9/23/2013 in Local Columns

A charmed life. That's what the evidence says about Robert Khayat.

 

Ask Rufus: The 70-year-old roots of the Air Force Ball

Posted 9/22/2013 in Local Columns

Friday night the Trotter Convention Center was filled with our nation's finest, for it was the annual Air Force Birthday Ball. Seventy years ago, predating the birth of the Air Force as a separate service, there were also pilots and other servicemen dancing at the Trotter which was then called the City Auditorium. It was a different time but the same place with different men and women but with the same sense of duty and commitment to our country.

 

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