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Outtakes: Mississippi journalist's book is a rewarding gem

Posted 1/15/2015 in Local Columns

There is a new book out called "Assassins, Eccentrics, Politicians, and other Persons of Interest."

 

Slimantics: Why we can't bring ourselves to hate moonshiners

Posted 1/14/2015 in Local Columns

Monday, the Monroe County Sheriff's Department executed a search warrant which resulted in the confiscation of an undisclosed number of gallons of moonshine.

 

David Owen: One reader's take on the day's news

Posted 1/13/2015 in Local Columns

I read with interest the several stories in the Jan. 11, 2015, Dispatch, with an eye towards our state's education.

 

Possumhaw: Winter of my contentment

Posted 1/12/2015 in Local Columns

Last week was a cold one. We spent much time glued to the digital thermometer and calling out temperatures to the household.

Ask Rufus: A bicentennial with Miss. connections

Posted 1/10/2015 in Local Columns

Last week saw another bicentennial event with links to Mississippi.

Birney Imes: Under the night sky

Posted 1/10/2015 in Local Columns

More than one person said they thought UFOs were descending on Columbus Thursday night when they saw the Chinese lanterns wafting their way north along Highway 45.

Lynn Spruill: The hobgoblins of consistency and transparency

Posted 1/9/2015 in Local Columns

There is a reason the general public has such a dim view of politicians.

Slimantics: All shook up: Elvis at 80

Posted 1/8/2015 in Local Columns

If he were still alive, Elvis Presley would be celebrating his 80th birthday today.

 

Outtakes: What they had in common

Posted 1/7/2015 in Local Columns

When we get up in age the past figures more prominently in our conversations. Someone once said that.

 

 

Wyatt Emmerich: Opinions vary on what makes a better business climate

Posted 1/7/2015 in Local Columns

With the new legislative session upon us, our state leaders are listing their priorities.

 

Possumhaw: Hillbilly speed bumps and Hoover hogs

Posted 1/5/2015 in Local Columns

Sam likes to see how high the water is down at the spillway, if it has any "color," and who's fishing -- so we took a drive.

 

Charlie Mitchell: White working class in a corner, and it's getting lonely

Posted 1/5/2015 in Local Columns

Republicans who want to stay in office in Mississippi this election year have no worries -- if they are conservative enough.

 

Birney Imes: Hello, 2015

Posted 1/3/2015 in Local Columns

Whew, that was quick. Another year gone. Resolved for '15: to be kinder and more patient. As we age, we trend toward kindness. So says the writer George Saunders. Here's an excerpt from a convocation speech he gave to the class of 2013 at Syracuse University where he teaches:

Lynn Spruill: Cadence building a white elephant for Starkville taxpayers

Posted 1/2/2015 in Local Columns

The Starkville Board of Aldermen has slowed down the Cadence train, but it remains on the tracks despite all the evidence that it should be derailed.

 

Charlie Mitchell: Will 'law and order' believers adhere to the law?

Posted 12/30/2014 in Local Columns

It's not unfair to say good government supports law and order, is it?

 

Possumhaw: Pursuing tranquility in 2015

Posted 12/29/2014 in Local Columns

Born in 1899, Gladys Tabor was a writer and a columnist for Ladies Home Journal and Family Circle. If Gladys were alive today I'm sure she'd be my best friend. Taken from "Stillmeadow Sampler," published in 1957 Gladys' words speak to the coming year ...

Ask Rufus: A Columbus New Years 175 years ago

Posted 12/27/2014 in Local Columns

Sometimes it is interesting to see just how much the world has changed over the years but then some things really don't change all that much.

Lynn Spruill: Credit where credit is due

Posted 12/27/2014 in Local Columns

Starkville and Oktibbeha County seem to have difficulty with plaques and historical markers. Oktibbeha County has been struggling with the Unity Park designations so long the blue tarps covering the markers have faded.

Birney Imes: Magnolia Bowl on Christmas morning

Posted 12/27/2014 in Local Columns

The presents had been opened and the grown-ups were sitting around talking in the easy afterglow of a Christmas morning. An uncle was absorbed by a modern-day version of a Tinkertoy set and an aunt was helping a niece come to grips with a pair of sparkly gloves that can freeze people. A couple of us stepped outside with one of the kids, who wanted to show off the scooter Santa had brought.

Slimantics: A visit with Santa

Posted 12/23/2014 in Local Columns

I am not as familiar with Santa Claus as most people, for he was a sporadic visitor to my home during my incorrigible childhood.

 

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