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David Creel: Your rights, their rights, my rights -- and what is right

Posted 6/18/2016 in Local Columns

I am not sure that I have anything new to say about the horrific crimes against humanity committed in Orlando, but I feel compelled to say something, anything really, that keeps the conversation going, that pays respect to the memory of those who lost their lives, that offers solace to their families and friends, and that calls us all to own our part in the open warfare being waged in our cities and towns.

Partial to Home: A steak with Martie

Posted 6/18/2016 in Local Columns

Years ago, when our firstborn was small enough to carry around in a basket, a night on the town was often dinner at the Old Hickory Steakhouse.

Lynn Spruill: Changing attitudes in StarkVegas

Posted 6/17/2016 in Local Columns

For many, in years past, Starkville quickly became a memory when college was over. Even for those of us who called the place home. The future consisted of holiday visits or maybe alumni weekend or the Egg Bowl.

Slimantics: Muhammad Ali: An American original

Posted 6/15/2016 in Local Columns

In the days since the death of Muhammad Ali, much has been said and written in an attempt to capture the essence of the man.

 

Charlie Mitchell: Special funds grab breaks faith, has consequences

Posted 6/14/2016 in Local Columns

Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves says it's Obama's fault, but state agency chiefs are pointing a disappointed finger at Reeves and legislators.

 

Lock & Dam repair plan expected soon

Posted 6/13/2016 in Local Columns

Six months after a pair of barges crashed in the dam at the East Bank of the Columbus Lock & Dam, Corps of Engineers Operations Manager Rick Saucer has an idea of the extent of the damage down the one of the dam's five massive gates.

Possumhaw: Perfectly imperfect

Posted 6/13/2016 in Local Columns

I've discovered that in certain situations I have a tendency to hedge on the truth, and I hate that. I signed up for the Lifeline medical testing held at the Presbyterian church on Bluecutt Road in Columbus.

Ask Rufus: The separation of church and state's deep roots in Mississippi

Posted 6/11/2016 in Local Columns

Prayer in schools, prayer at public events and the public display of religious scenes all too often seem under attack by the courts. The courts base their rulings on more than 200 years of legal precedents that there must be a separation -- a wall -- between church and state.

Partial to Home: Summer in a jar

Posted 6/11/2016 in Local Columns

Pat Burwell is telling me how to get to her house in Steens, but I'm not getting it.

 

Charlie Mitchell: College sports may be state's major growth industry

Posted 6/8/2016 in Local Columns

Ole Miss and Mississippi State -- this state's two members of the Southeastern Conference -- may be financial midgets when compared to most other SEC schools, but the size and scope of their athletics operations is staggering.

 

 

Rheta Johnson: Rent to own or get a loan

Posted 6/6/2016 in Local Columns

President and Mrs. Obama reportedly are about to join a club in which I'm glad to no longer hold membership: They are about to become renters.

 

Bardwell: Just a numbers game

Posted 6/4/2016 in Local Columns

The green heron stood on the dock with its two short twig-like yellow legs. Usually the screen door opens and he takes flight immediately.

Ask Rufus: 197 years of hotel history

Posted 6/4/2016 in Local Columns

Last year's announced plans for a Columbus children's museum in the old Elks Club Building and the city's demolition of the Gilmer Inn focuses attention on one of Columbus' most historic city blocks.

Local voices: MSMS: An opportunity for excellence challenged by budget cuts

Posted 6/3/2016 in Local Columns

"MSMS is a high school. But it is probably very different than the high school you attend right now." Themsms.org As an alumna of the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science, I can wholeheartedly attest to this.

Slimantics: Is Mississippi on the threshold of an economic death spiral?

Posted 6/1/2016 in Local Columns

Each April, when the Mississippi legislature ends its session, the furor over new legislation generally drifts away and most Mississippians never really feel the consequences of those new laws in any meaningful way.

Possumhaw: Superman has left the building

Posted 5/31/2016 in Local Columns

Sam and I went to see Prairie neighbors Nick and Eleanor Hairston's granddaughter Reed's school musical where she belted out the "Hero" song. I've been thinking about that song ever since.

Ask Rufus: Down the Tombigbee

Posted 5/28/2016 in Local Columns

The three of us had started school together at Demonstration School more years ago than we would care to admit. This was a journey we had always wanted to make.

Slimantics: On Memorial Day weekend, a slice of Americana

Posted 5/28/2016 in Local Columns

It is the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend and the campground at DeWayne Hayes Recreation Center is filled to capacity. All 100 campsites are occupied, some elaborately so, with enormous campers, adorned with flags, personalized signs, even satellite dishes.

Lynn Spruill: BINGO!

Posted 5/27/2016 in Local Columns

Up until recently the only reference that bingo conjured up for me was the simple little ditty about the farmer's dog: "and B.I.N.G.O. was his name O." Not so any more.

 

Wyatt Emmerich: Non-profit journalism

Posted 5/25/2016 in Local Columns

I received a nice letter from Donna Barksdale asking me to contribute to a new online Mississippi news service called Mississippi Today.

 

 

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