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Possumhaw: Things that matter

Posted 7/18/2016 in Local Columns

Just inside the door of the Missionary Baptist Church I saw a white man to the far left, so I turned right. I didn't want us to "clump up," so I asked a beautiful young woman with long eyelashes if anyone was sitting next to her.

Ask Rufus: 'A Moste Strange Weddinge of the Frogge and the Mouse'

Posted 7/16/2016 in Local Columns

Sometimes the stories behind stories can be more interesting than the story itself. Such is the case with the children's nursery rhyme/song "Frog Went A-Courtin." My story of the song begins in the middle.

Slimantics: Losing my head over a dream

Posted 7/16/2016 in Local Columns

I was not happy, not at all. For starters, I was dead. You know how it can be with dreams.

Lynn Spruill: Bulldog Bash exits stage east

Posted 7/15/2016 in Local Columns

MSU must have a vibrant Starkville for recruitment of professors, administrators and students. That requires continued commitment from all players on both sides of the city limit signs.

Slimantics: Welcome home, soldiers

Posted 7/14/2016 in Local Columns

This week, in the aftermath of the tragic shooting deaths of five Dallas police officers, coverage of the memorial and funeral services for the fallen men have reminded us of the sacrifices law enforcement is sometimes called to make in protecting our nation.

 

Rheta Johnson: Kris' birthday coming down

Posted 7/14/2016 in Local Columns

As soon as the heat dropped below 90 degrees one recent late afternoon -- about 7 o'clock, really -- I moved the CD player to the front porch, adjusted the fan just so and put my feet up on a coffee table. I played "Sunday Morning Coming Down" and "The Pilgrim" and "The Captive."

 

Slimantics: Pokemon Go: Our new national nightmare has begun

Posted 7/13/2016 in Local Columns

Those who fail to learn from Pokemon history are destined to repeat it. Over the past week, a new, even more disturbing reincarnation of the Japanese trading card game -- Pokemon Go -- is sweeping the nation.

 

Charlie Mitchell: Telemarkerters and cell phones

Posted 7/12/2016 in Local Columns

Some say "leapfrog." Tennis terms are better. Technology serves an update. The return can be a lob, or it could be a rocket. But there is always a return. No aces. Then another serve, then another return.

 

Possumhaw: Dunnarts, bandicoots and wombats

Posted 7/11/2016 in Local Columns

Signs pointed to raccoons having returned to the Prairie house. There was the day a small, empty, well-washed plastic container of crab salad had been lifted from the recycle bin and left on the porch under an Adirondack chair. Disappointing for sure for the raccoon.

 

Birney Imes: An apology

Posted 7/9/2016 in Local Columns

Political cartoonists often take extreme positions to make their point. Even so, the cartoon that ran in Friday's paper advances a perception that is insensitive, hurtful and unfair to the many caring public servants who work in law enforcement. For this we apologize.

 

 

Roses and thorns: 7/10/16

Posted 7/9/2016 in Local Columns

A rose to organizers, volunteers and supporters of Camp With a Mission, a day camp for people with special needs.

 

Ask Rufus: Bottle trees, silver coins and fly-speck blue

Posted 7/9/2016 in Local Columns

Our culture abounds in folk beliefs whose physical presence survive even after their meanings have been forgotten. Things we use for decoration or wear as jewelry often have their roots in olden beliefs in magic and evil spirits.

Slimantics: A sickness in our society

Posted 7/8/2016 in Local Columns

This morning, it was the first thing I saw when I went on the Internet: Five Dallas police officers had been shot to death Thursday night as they provided security during a march against the police shooting deaths in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and St. Paul, Minnesota.

Lynn Spruill: Moving the goal posts (again)

Posted 7/8/2016 in Local Columns

Just when we thought we had a workable plan. We were so close. And yet there seems to be no end to the Police Department building saga.

 

Bill Crawford: 2016 puts Tate Reeves' fiscal credibility at risk

Posted 7/8/2016 in Local Columns

Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves has put his fiscal credibility on the line.

 

Slimantics: Jeff Smith, professional pragmatist

Posted 7/6/2016 in Local Columns

At the annual Mississippi Press Association convention on the Coast in late June, a pair of Coast legislators -- Democrat Dave Baria of Bay St. Louis and Republican Brice Wiggins of Pascagoula -- were part of a panel discussion on the controversial 2016 legislative session.

 

Charlie Mitchell: Well-run towns usually have well-run newspapers

Posted 7/6/2016 in Local Columns

It's just true. And time hasn't changed it: Find a well-run, stable or progressive community and it will be served by a well-run local newspaper.

 

Shannon Bardwell: May God bless America

Posted 7/2/2016 in Local Columns

"It was the song of an immigrant boy made good." Mary Ellin Berlin Barrett, daughter of Irving Berlin

 

Local Voices: Ali funeral evokes memories of another fight in an earlier time

Posted 7/2/2016 in Local Columns

Recently, I watched, mesmerized as those black cars eased through the streets of Louisville. Though by no means a boxing fan, I was feeling the loss of the sassy, classy, gentle presence of "The Greatest," and his unique sense of timing both in the ring and before a microphone. Yes, felt it, though our lives were as separate as hopscotch is from Olympic gold.

 

Ask Rufus: Celebrating the Fourth

Posted 7/2/2016 in Local Columns

When we think of the Fourth of July, all too many people think of a holiday with family gatherings, fireworks and backyard barbecues. Somehow over the years we have lost much of the sense of gratitude for our country's forefathers, what they accomplished and the timeless documents they created.

 

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