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Lynn Spruill: Partisan politics has no place in local races

Posted 11/8/2013 in Local Columns

Oktibbeha County along with several nearby local governments had special elections this week. In our case it was for county prosecutor.

 

 

Browning on Business: Columbus eyes corridor improvement project on Hwy. 45

Posted 11/7/2013 in Local Columns

This is the first of what will be a weekly column appearing in The Dispatch each Thursday. The tone will be laidback, the news will be accurate and the topic will always be about business happenings in the Golden Triangle.

 

 

Charlie Mitchell: Deadline looms for students seeking equivalency diplomas

Posted 11/4/2013 in Local Columns

 

Possumhaw: Fox by the tail

Posted 11/4/2013 in Local Columns

I watched for the rising and lowering of the fox's side for some sign of breath. I thought there was none, but you want to be sure before you grab a fox by the tail. I learned my lesson once with a possum.

Ask Rufus: Andrew Jackson's Military Road

Posted 11/4/2013 in Local Columns

This weekend the theme of the Columbus Cultural Heritage Foundation's Decorative Arts and Antiques Forum was the Military Road from Nashville to New Orleans. Contrary to local legend, Andrew Jackson did not build the road as he marched his Tennessee volunteers south to meet the British at the Battle of New Orleans in 1815. However it was because of the Battle of New Orleans that the road was built.

 

Charlie Mitchell: The president's new perspective is not what matters

Posted 11/2/2013 in Local Columns

OXFORD -- The junior senator from Illinois had something to say: "Mr. President, I rise today to talk about America's debt problem. The fact that we are here today to debate raising America's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that we now depend on financial assistance from foreign governments to finance our government's reckless fiscal policies."

 

Birney Imes: Photograph offers bridge to history

Posted 11/2/2013 in Local Columns

On a winter morning sometime in the late 1920s -- probably 1927 -- photographer O.N. Pruitt unpacked a heavy wooden tripod and planted it in the mud on the west bank of the Tombigbee.

 

Marty Wiseman: State of politics looking forward

Posted 11/1/2013 in Local Columns

 

 

Lynn Spruill: Developing leaders

Posted 11/1/2013 in Local Columns

 

Slimantics: OK. That wasn't so bad.

Posted 10/30/2013 in Local Columns

Last night, I stayed up late -- 10 o'clock being my definition of late -- to watch my national TV debut on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

George Lowe: What measures a decade?

Posted 10/29/2013 in Local Columns

As my first high school reunion rapidly approaches, I take some time to visit my previously attended schools and reflect on where our school district is today opposed to merely 10 years ago.

 

Bill Crawford: Wicker watching Tea Party blitz

Posted 10/29/2013 in Local Columns

Senator Roger Wicker must be anxiously watching the Tea Party blitz against fellow Senator Thad Cochran. The two senators have much in common.

 

Possumhaw: A sight for Cec to see

Posted 10/28/2013 in Local Columns

Shirley, my walking partner, invites some online friends to stay with her about once or twice a year. Cec (short for Cecilia) came from Toronto, Canada, and was the first to arrive.

 

Charlie Mitchell: 'Other' is the fastest-growing group of college applicants

Posted 10/28/2013 in Local Columns

 

Birney Imes: Fortunes and Crispins and Macintoshes, too

Posted 10/26/2013 in Local Columns

A little more than a week ago my brother Stephen and I stood on a hilltop in central New York eating apples. We were lost in a maze of apple trees -- and, frankly, astonished; each tree was laden with more fruit than seemed possible. Endless rows of them, each with their own little street sign: Honeycrisp, Macintosh, Macoun, Empire, Northern Spy and so on.

 

Bill Crawford: Mississippi awaits Thad's decision

Posted 10/24/2013 in Local Columns

Now that the Tea Party has recruited a Republican candidate to seek Thad Cochran's seat in the U.S. Senate, the paramount question becomes "will Thad run?"

 

Mississippi Voices: State's toughest, best editorial writer lives in Rolling Fork

Posted 10/21/2013 in Local Columns

Mississippi's journalism annuls are filled with stories of courage and strength under pressure. Most of those stories emanate from the civil rights era -- when truth in reporting wasn't valued in some quarters and thugs believed they could dictate the news with their fists, a burning cross or a shotgun.

Possumhaw: Living the good life

Posted 10/21/2013 in Local Columns

Campers are an interesting lot. They've always been the nicest folks -- they share, they help, they send Christmas cards.

Adele Elliott: Mississippi sinking

Posted 10/19/2013 in Local Columns

I suppose we are all aware that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. There are a lot of fundraisers, pink ribbons being worn and commercials reminding us to keep up with our self-exams. Even the professional football teams are on this bandwagon, with pink additions to their uniforms in gloves, shoes, socks and all sorts of masculine equipment dyed a bright, rosy pink.

 

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