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Ask Rufus: The high style of James Lull

Posted 10/4/2014 in Local Columns

James Lull was a Vermont born, Philadelphia trained architect who was responsible for many of most impressive buildings in mid-19th century Columbus.

Birney Imes: National Newspaper Week

Posted 10/4/2014 in Local Columns

Maybe this has happened to you. You drive past a stand of trees in a field or down a particular city street -- you've been going that way for years -- and then one afternoon after a late afternoon rainstorm the warm light and clean air transforms the familiar into something magical and almost unrecognizable. It's like being reintroduced to a person or place you haven't seen in a long time. Happened to me recently.

Lynn Spruill: What if?

Posted 10/3/2014 in Local Columns

What if the rule "use it or lose it" extended to voting?

Slimantics: Coming soon: Legalized marijuana

Posted 10/2/2014 in Local Columns

This week, a group called "Mississippi for Cannabis" filed a petition seeking a ballot initiative to legalize marijuana in the state.

 

Charlie Mitchell: Entitlements defy the financial laws of nature

Posted 10/1/2014 in Local Columns

On radio, in books and personal appearances, Dave Ramsey has become America's best-known preacher of the joys of personal financial independence. He always invites the faithful to testify. Properly cued, individuals and couples who were saddled by debt before seeing the light are invited to shout "I'M DEBT FREE" as loudly as they can.

 

Surrounded by cloudless sulphurs

Posted 9/29/2014 in Local Columns

"Have you noticed the yellow butterflies?" he said.

Slimantics: Brooks' epiphany leads to new mission

Posted 9/27/2014 in Local Columns

As a group of about 60 men settled into their seats at Sim Scott Community Center on Monday evening, city councilman Kabir Karriem opened the meeting with a stark word portrait of the black community in Columbus -- high crime rates, high unemployment, high drop-out rates, and a high percentage of children born to single teen-aged mothers. They are all symptoms of a community in crisis, Karriem grimly observed.

Lynn Spruill: The quest for acceptance

Posted 9/27/2014 in Local Columns

There has been more than one postmortem written about Starkville Board of Aldermen meetings over the past few weeks. Without question employee-paid insurance has created a division between some residents in our community. It is a cautionary tale that deserves a few more words.

Slimantics: It's up to the men now

Posted 9/23/2014 in Local Columns

Monday night I attended a "Men of Color" community meeting at Sim Scott Community Center not because white is a color, too, but because I was invited by the organizer of the event, Lowndes County supervisor Leroy Brooks, who felt it proper that the media be included.

Possumhaw: Too harmful to handle

Posted 9/22/2014 in Local Columns

Ten-year-old Moriah Carpenter was outside playing with Mikaela, Gabriel and Nate, three of her six siblings, when her hand brushed a tree. Instantly she felt an intense, stinging pain. Her mother, Dawn, soothed the child and doctored the sting as any mother would do.

Ask Rufus: Mississippi MASH

Posted 9/20/2014 in Local Columns

Among my all time favorite books, movies and television shows is one that transcends all three media. It's M*A*S*H, the classic story of the 4077 Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) during the Korean War. Many people do not realize the Mississippi ties to the events upon which the original book was based.

Birney Imes: The moon winx at Glenn House

Posted 9/20/2014 in Local Columns

Sunday afternoon, a week ago, the idea entered my head I should ride over to Gordo and look in on Glenn House and Kathy Fetters.

Lynn Spruill: Plus none

Posted 9/19/2014 in Local Columns

And who said government wasn't entertaining. We could have sold tickets to the Starkville Board of Aldermen meeting Tuesday night and probably paid off the Park Commission's budget deficit.

 

Wyatt Emmerich: Musgrove stands to win big in education lawsuit

Posted 9/18/2014 in Local Columns

Ronnie Musgrove was more than a little peeved when I asked him how much money he was going to make from his education lawsuit.

 

Slimantics: What would Jesus do a point of contention for Starkville aldermen

Posted 9/17/2014 in Local Columns

Upon further review, the Starkville Board of Aldermen, most of them at least, would like you to know that God doesn't hate gay people; he just hates giving them health insurance.

Possumhaw: Browning leaves and bodock balls

Posted 9/15/2014 in Local Columns

The calendar says autumn is a week away and golden brown leaves are beginning to fall. Felder Rushing says it is not fall but only drought causing the leaves to flutter. Sam and I talk about the benefits of each season and how fast they pass these days.

Ask Rufus: The Coming of Greek Revival

Posted 9/13/2014 in Local Columns

When people think of antebellum homes in the South it is generally an image of a large Greek Revival style house that comes to mind.

Birney Imes: Childhood

Posted 9/13/2014 in Local Columns

It was Hemingway, I think, who said the best early training for a writer is an unhappy childhood. While I expect there is some truth to Papa's observation, it is not the training regimen any of us would choose for ourselves or our offspring.

 

George Hazard: 'Wrap it in maroon and white'

Posted 9/13/2014 in Local Columns

A pleasant Southland breeze brought the unique and imperishable radio calls to Verona's Lee Memorial Cemetery on Wednesday. There, under a maroon-and-white burial-vault cover, Mississippi State radioman Jack Cristil was buried. The service lasted about 20 minutes after the hearse arrived flying a State flag.

 

Lynn Spruill: Make it pretty

Posted 9/12/2014 in Local Columns

The psychology of beauty is undeniable.

 

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