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Ask Rufus: Columbus was booming in the 80s

Posted 9/1/2012 in Local Columns

The Civil War and its aftermath brought hard economic times to Columbus, but by the 1870s businesses were beginning to rebound. There were still economic setbacks, like the failed Memphis, Holly Springs, Okolona and Selma Railroad that was promoted by Nathan Bedford Forrest and attracted many Columbus investors.

Calling them as he sees 'em for more than 30 years

Posted 8/31/2012 in Local Columns

Stan Murray spoke Thursday at the weekly meeting of The Exchange Club of Columbus. At 59, he maintains the lean, athletic build of the college athlete he once was -- he played football at Mississippi State in the early 1970s.

Possumhaw: Learning to see

Posted 8/27/2012 in Local Columns

Morning brought a cotton tail bunny. He didn't stay long but hopped away into a thicket while, nearby, a green heron perched on the dock.

 

Birney Imes: Word play in a country cemetery

Posted 8/25/2012 in Local Columns

Exploring almost-forgotten country graveyards, reading inscriptions on tombstones and wondering about the lives of the people whose remains lie under them is not everyone's idea of how best to spend a summer afternoon.

 

Ask Rufus: Looking back at the city's original town limits

Posted 8/25/2012 in Local Columns

Several people have asked why the south end of Market Street does a dog-leg at the Columbus Light and Water Department building. This question resulted in an interesting discussion with Sam Kaye about the development of the city's street grid.

Slimantics: The conditional right to vote....

Posted 8/22/2012 in Local Columns

It is an ageless truth: You often don't realize the value of something until you lose it. I suppose that is why I am particularly sensitive to the recent trend for Voter ID laws in some states.

Slimantics: How Slim saved the Wave...sort of

Posted 8/20/2012 in Local Columns

High school football started this week, and I found myself thinking about my own experience playing high school football. It has been 36 years since I last wore the Gold and Blue of the Tupelo Golden Wave. Somehow, they have managed to press on without me.

Possumhaw: Bye-bye, my wrens

Posted 8/20/2012 in Local Columns

Wrens have been flying in and out of the airplane plant, the airplane plant Nick Hairston gave me. It's a "pass-along" plant, having belonged to Nick's mother. I like the easy airplane plant because it makes me feel successful. I've made eight more plants from the mother plant.

Ask Rufus: Our musical roots go 'Over the Hills and Far Away'

Posted 8/18/2012 in Local Columns

We often hear about music that was popular during times of national crisis. There is the big band music of World War II, the hard times music of Woodie Guthrie during the Great Depression and the haunting melodies of the Civil War. The War of 1812 brought us the Star Spangled Banner and the Revolutionary War yielded Yankee Doodle.

Possumhaw: Ants in the Prairie

Posted 8/13/2012 in Local Columns

Across the back porch scooted a carpenter ant. You have to wonder how they navigate because they stop, turn left, turn right, back up and then file forward again. Carpenter ants are plentiful right now. Sometimes, if I'm feeling so inclined, I get up and step on them. From the road I look like I'm doing the porch Watusi.

Slimantics: An unanswered prayer ...

Posted 8/10/2012 in Local Columns

It is the custom of the Caledonia Board of Aldermen to begin each of its monthly meetings with an invocation delivered by Town Attorney Jeff Smith. I do not know if Smith tailors the prayer to each month's agenda or if he simply follows a time-honored script, like the Book of Common Prayer, for example.

 

Innocence

Posted 8/7/2012 in Local Columns

I suppose that I grew-up in an age of innocence. I was born in 1950 and grew in my naiveté through the years. It was a time when you walked to school and rode the bus to downtown Columbus. Children of my age could go anywhere alone and there would be, surely, someone along the way that knew you or your family and could get you home if you needed their help.

 

Possumhaw: Down at the farmers' market

Posted 8/6/2012 in Local Columns

If there's anything I hate to kill it's time, but there I was, tooling around waiting for the farmers' market to open so I could buy some of those "sweet-tasting, ugly cantaloupes" advertised by Black Creek Farms.

Slim Smith: Something rotten in Denmark

Posted 8/4/2012 in Local Columns

I have been here only been 60 days, I know, but I am beginning to come to a conclusion: What Columbus lacks is leadership.

Slimantics: Offend mor chikin'

Posted 8/2/2012 in Local Columns

Somewhere above the Manhattan skyline, in one of those towering office buildings that line Madison Avenue, the account executive for the firm that handles the Kentucky Fried Chicken account is getting an earful from his boss.

 

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