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Partial to Home: End-of-year musings

Posted 12/26/2015 in Local Columns

Christmas Eve -- It's early morning and Val, our lost-and-found dog with a bad eye and I are on our way to Noxubee County to spend the morning in the woods.

Possumhaw: Beware of grinches stealing cookies

Posted 12/21/2015 in Local Columns

Most of my family members, including myself, and my friends have their annual physicals during the last two months of the year, the holiday months.

Ask Rufus: Of Christmas, boats, books and highway robberies

Posted 12/19/2015 in Local Columns

We recently went to Williamsburg and enjoyed the decorations and feel of an 18th century Christmas. It did bring to mind the question of what was Christmas like in early Columbus?

Slimantics: Talking 'bout my generation: The movies the '70s

Posted 12/19/2015 in Local Columns

The 1970s were my teen-age years, and so identify the decade as the one I grew up in. Two days before I graduated high school, a far bigger event occurred. That day, May 25, 1977, was the day the original Star Wars opened.

Lynn Spruill: A safe place

Posted 12/18/2015 in Local Columns

Veering off my usual morning route, instead of Sonic first, for some reason I can't recall, I rounded the corner from South Montgomery to Academy Road here in Starkville and noticed a sign in front of the fire station there. It read "Safe Place."

 

Wyatt Emmerich: Greg Iles on the state flag

Posted 12/18/2015 in Local Columns

At a friend's recommendation, I went to hear Natchez native and best-selling author Greg Iles speak at the seventh annual Statehood Day program at the Old Capitol.

 

Slimantics: Fear and hatred are the first steps to injustice

Posted 12/16/2015 in Local Columns

Fear and hatred, on a large scale, requires some hard work.

 

Charlie Mitchell: Being America is hard, and not getting any easier

Posted 12/15/2015 in Local Columns

Hillary Clinton doesn't have to wait for Christmas to get her gift. Donald Trump has been her Santa. He's outrageous, so he commands all the ink and air time -- so all her skeletons sit safely in the cupboard.

 

Shannon Bardwell: Gathering of the greens

Posted 12/14/2015 in Local Columns

Michele, a single parent of two, dragged her artificial tree down from the attic. One of the daughters has a new puppy. Of the puppy, Michele said, "I hate that dog."

Lynn Spruill: 'Sunday Morning'

Posted 12/14/2015 in Local Columns

There is something special about the TV news magazine "CBS Sunday Morning." I have watched it since Charles Kuralt was the anchor. In fact, I still expect to hear his voice when the baroque styled trumpet theme of Abblasen plays the opening notes. Nothing against the current Charles, but he just isn't Kuralt.

Ask Rufus: Brutality and barbecue 475 years ago

Posted 12/14/2015 in Local Columns

Four hundred and seventy-five years ago a ragged army of almost 500 Spanish adventurers, soldiers, horses, war dogs, pigs and some priest, women and free Blacks entered what is now Mississippi near the present site of Columbus. About Dec. 16, 1540, the expedition of Hernando de Soto crossed the Tombigbee River.

Partial to Home: Buck's bees

Posted 12/12/2015 in Local Columns

On a recent afternoon, the beekeeper Buck Hildreth walked out the back door of his home and down his driveway to a white cabinet near the road that runs in front of his house.

 

Outtakes: Mr. Walker's fruitcake

Posted 12/11/2015 in Local Columns

It is well established that the details of family stories have a way of expanding and diminishing as the generations pass them along.

 

 

Wyatt Emmerich: Uber and Teladoc: freedom vs. government regulation

Posted 12/9/2015 in Local Columns

Progress marches on, at an ever increasing rate, and this is creating regulatory confusion in Mississippi as the new challenges the old.

 

 

Charlie Mitchell: Republicans have unprecedented power

Posted 12/8/2015 in Local Columns

As Election Day approached, Republicans in Mississippi had a collective theme: Look at what we've done for Mississippi, and we've only just begun.

 

Possumhaw: Walking the roadways

Posted 12/7/2015 in Local Columns

A few years ago, maybe four or five, Shirley and I took to the asphalt. Walking's been a good thing, increasing endorphins, building endurance as we watch seasons change and occasionally solve world problems.

Ask Rufus: A Christmas Tour of Homes

Posted 12/5/2015 in Local Columns

Next Sunday will be a different kind of home tour in Columbus.

Birney Imes: Lunch with Bobby

Posted 12/5/2015 in Local Columns

Do people talk with each other anymore? Here's an idea: Call and invite someone to lunch, or coffee or for a drink. Both of you agree to put up your "devices." Better yet, invite someone outside your usual circle, someone different, maybe even someone of a different race, different politics or with different views on religion. Amazing what a face-to-face conversation can do for understanding.

Slimantics: Pooped pups? Stalled horses? Awkward pauses? It must be a parade

Posted 12/4/2015 in Local Columns

I've been a sucker for parades, going back to my childhood.

Ask Rufus: The stories in a name

Posted 11/28/2015 in Local Columns

I am often asked about the origin of local place names. There is a lot of history associated with names and their origins.

 

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