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Lynn Spruill: Candidates for public office should make their case publicly

Posted 2/13/2015 in Local Columns

We will soon be voting once again for county and state offices.

Slimantics: All quiet on the Western (Ala.) front

Posted 2/10/2015 in Local Columns

Monday was an historic day in many parts of Alabama, but a day of disappointment in others.

Possumhaw: The eye of the red-tailed hawk

Posted 2/9/2015 in Local Columns

It was an early, frosty morning and a lone deer fed in the field. You have to wonder why it nibbled at the cold, dead grass. Soon, another joined it and then another. In the distance they looked like shadows on the pale, icy ground.

Birney Imes: Quest for part leads to uncommon kindness

Posted 2/7/2015 in Local Columns

Some months ago the hot water control in our shower cracked and started spraying hot water into the tub and onto the legs of unsuspecting bathers. Really hot water. We've adapted by draping a washcloth over it to deflect the hot water, but every now and then it slips down and you get a sudden jolt.

Lynn Spruill: A tax we need to keep in place

Posted 2/6/2015 in Local Columns

Starkville is about to transition to an advisory park commission.

Slimantics: Between a rock and a masterpiece

Posted 2/5/2015 in Local Columns

Over the past four days, there are a few news items football fans were certain to note.

Slimantics: Harper Lee's newest (oldest) book piques interest of readers, authors alike

Posted 2/4/2015 in Local Columns

Years ago, when my children were young and devoted Harry Potter fans, the prospects of another Harry Potter book produced an almost palpable sense of anticipation.

 

Frances Hairston: Hometown newspapers, a rare thing

Posted 2/3/2015 in Local Columns

Columbus is proud of its downtown and is always trying to support the various businesses.

 

Possumhaw: The house that love built

Posted 2/2/2015 in Local Columns

"It's a small house, a fixer-upper. Could you be happy there until we can build our own?" The young man had his concerns.

Ask Rufus: 'Oh see the boat go round the bend'

Posted 1/31/2015 in Local Columns

It's February and the Tombigbee is filled to its banks with water from recent rains.

Birney Imes: And the bride wore ... a parachute?

Posted 1/31/2015 in Local Columns

"Did your mother use these much?" I asked my wife. I was washing dishes after a meal served on her mother's wedding china. "Hardly ever," Beth replied. "They didn't have much to choose from back then," she said, by way of explaining the pattern. And then, to make her point: "She got married in a dress made from a parachute."

Slimantics: Presidential campaigns and the Little Dooey effect

Posted 1/30/2015 in Local Columns

Mitt Romney didn't announce he was running for President during his visit to Mississippi on Wednesday.

Lynn Spruill: A watershed moment

Posted 1/30/2015 in Local Columns

Watershed moments are described as times in history when there occurs "a critical point that marks a division or a change of course; a turning point."

Slimantics: Our greatest unofficial national holiday

Posted 1/29/2015 in Local Columns

Each year between Martin Luther King Jr. Day in January and Presidents' Day in February, our nation pauses to celebrate a great national holiday.

Possumhaw: Corncobs, critters and Catalpa Creek

Posted 1/26/2015 in Local Columns

Someone or something was disconnecting the battery wires on the deer feeder. Checking the canister there was plenty of corn but no power. This was the second time in a week.

Ask Rufus: A tale of two boxers in Columbus

Posted 1/24/2015 in Local Columns

In 2008, Columbus celebrated the career and life of the legendary world champion boxer Henry Armstrong, who had been born on Nash Road just north of town.

Slimantics: Ours is a blended family

Posted 1/24/2015 in Local Columns

No kids. Tess and I both have two grown kids and all are out there in that big world on their own.

Lynn Spruill: The march

Posted 1/23/2015 in Local Columns

"It all depends on whose ox is getting gored."

Slimantics: Send in the clowns, the Legislature is in session

Posted 1/22/2015 in Local Columns

The Mississippi Legislature reached a key point in its 2015 session on Monday, the deadline for presenting new legislation.

Slimantics: Discrimination in the name of God is still discrimination

Posted 1/21/2015 in Local Columns

When I was a child, a visit from the preacher meant a flurry of activity.

 

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