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Charlie Mitchell: Law no match for bad attitude

Posted 3/29/2016 in Local Columns

It's hard for journalists (or citizens for that matter) to overcome the bad attitudes often on display by officious officials who inhabit many Mississippi "service" offices. Seriously.

 

Ask Rufus: A walk through history

Posted 3/26/2016 in Local Columns

The South Side Historic District in Columbus is a real gem. It provides a place where in a less than an hour walk you are carried through almost 200 years of architectural history.

Partial to Home: Emoji, Uber and two birthdays

Posted 3/26/2016 in Local Columns

One afternoon last week I walked into the house to find our grandson helping Beth develop a personal emoji. You know, those little icons that go with emails and text messages to communicate emotion: happiness, sadness, anger, surprise.

Lynn Spruill: Insurance against poverty

Posted 3/25/2016 in Local Columns

There is no scenario in which a teenager having an unintended baby is a good thing.

Possumhaw: Sure signs of spring

Posted 3/21/2016 in Local Columns

The carpenter bees are out, as are the bee traps. Already we've captured a half-a-dozen or so bees. The kittens are mesmerized, watching bees buzz around, tumbling on top of each other.

Birney Imes: Fossil hunting on the Luxapalila

Posted 3/19/2016 in Local Columns

Eighty-five million years ago, sharks swam where Gardner Boulevard is now. Carnivorous raptors roamed nearby beaches. Ten-foot-long crocodiles thrashed about.

Ask Rufus: There must have been something in the water

Posted 3/19/2016 in Local Columns

Along the east-facing crest of Pleasant Ridge and the 800 block of Sixth Avenue North in Columbus is one unbelievable neighborhood.

Slimantics: The state flag debate more than ballgames and business prospects

Posted 3/18/2016 in Local Columns

Today, Mississippi State will play host to the first and second rounds of the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament, which prompted a curious reader to call and ask for an explanation.

Lynn Spruill: A no-Wynn approach to industrial development

Posted 3/18/2016 in Local Columns

After three years of watching the Starkville Board of Aldermen, I should be immune to surprises.

 

Local voices: Tell the whole story on black World War II veterans

Posted 3/16/2016 in Local Columns

After pacing the floor of my living room, clutching and reading an article by Mr. Rufus Ward in which he paints a vivid picture of the Southern hospitality visited upon the German prisoners of war interned in the camps at Aliceville, Alabama, during World War II, I thought, "Come, come, now Mr. Ward. Why not paint the whole picture, warts and all?"

 

Possumhaw: The art of spring cleaning

Posted 3/14/2016 in Local Columns

I'm still taken with the Tiny House concept and author Dee Williams who listed all her personal belongings on one yellow legal-size sheet of paper.

Slimantics: A case of questionable answers

Posted 3/13/2016 in Local Columns

On Jan. 1, 1935, The Dispatch introduced a new daily feature on Page 1. Outside of the newspaper's masthead, it is probably the only thing in The Dispatch that hasn't changed over the intervening 80-plus years.

Ask Rufus: The POWs of Camp Aliceville

Posted 3/12/2016 in Local Columns

It must have been an amazing sight to behold on the day during World War II when columns of German soldiers -- including members of Field Marshal Erwin Rommel's famed Africa Corps -- marched through Aliceville, Alabama.

Slimantics: State Senate theme song: Free fallin'

Posted 3/11/2016 in Local Columns

What is to be made of the Mississippi Senate's vote Thursday to pass a $577 million tax cut through a bill it laughably calls "The Taxpayer Pay Raise Act?"

Lynn Spruill: Trumped

Posted 3/11/2016 in Local Columns

Trump is on a roll, no doubt about it.

 

Wyatt Emmerich: The most corrupt state in the nation?

Posted 3/9/2016 in Local Columns

After pressure from traditional newspaper watchdogs, including the Northside Sun, the Legislature is finally considering a bit of ethics reform.

 

Slimantics: MSMS mock election results offer insights into young voters

Posted 3/8/2016 in Local Columns

Feel the Bern? Students at Mississippi School for Math & Science certainly did Monday during the school's mock presidential primary election.

Slimantics: What it takes to have a successful town

Posted 3/7/2016 in Local Columns

James Fallows, distinguished author and writer for The Atlantic magazine has, for the past few years, traveled the country to tell the story of America from a different perspective -- that of the small cities and towns that dominate our nation from coast to coast.

Ask Rufus: Ancient bones and an old museum

Posted 3/5/2016 in Local Columns

A couple of weeks ago I did a column on a bull shark being caught in the Tombigbee River in Alabama. In the column I mentioned fossil sharks teeth that are commonly found in the Upper Tombigbee River Valley.

 

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