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Home Base: Ignorance is bliss

Posted 8/20/2016 in Local Columns

Facebook scrolling can be a sobering experience. If I hadn't learned that before, I knew it Sunday night.

 

Lynn Spruill: Going crackers over Troy's latest

Posted 8/19/2016 in Local Columns

There are multiple legitimate forms of economic development.

Slimantics: Mississippi: The Free State of ALEC

Posted 8/18/2016 in Local Columns

Here's how it is supposed to work: Every four years, Mississippians go to the polls to elect fellow Mississippians to serve our interests by crafting legislation to address the state's unique issues.

 

Wyatt Emmerich: Time for your de-worming?

Posted 8/18/2016 in Local Columns

Now we can add the Zika virus to things that go bump in the night. Headlines abound.

 

 

Charlie Mitchell: Candidates, media team up to panic voters

Posted 8/17/2016 in Local Columns

A bit of advice for people in a total tizzy over the presidential election: Get a soda and some popcorn, turn off CNN and Fox for an hour or two and watch the 2015 movie, "Our Brand is Crisis."

 

 

Rheta Johnson: My old man and lesser writers

Posted 8/16/2016 in Local Columns

I'm scheduled this month to show up at a writer's fair in Mississippi's Jackson, a town where I've only ever distinguished myself by not being hired by the local newspaper, being evicted from an apartment for parking a rotten sailboat in the side yard and working briefly for United Press International after that news organization stopped issuing regular paychecks.

 

Possumhaw: Down comes rain; up goes grass

Posted 8/15/2016 in Local Columns

A couple of years back Sam signed up to cut the grass at the church.

Partial to Home: Extracting sweetness

Posted 8/13/2016 in Local Columns

Since company was coming at 7:30, bright and early, we needed to get up and get moving. There was the old cypress table Melvin Brewer made for us to move to the garage, the extractor to set up and the five-gallon pails to rinse out.

Ask Rufus: Aberdeen is burning

Posted 8/13/2016 in Local Columns

On Monday March 20, 1882, Columbus Mayor C.E. Dancy received a telegram of distress from the mayor of Aberdeen.

Lynn Spruill: A new and improved Highway 12 coming

Posted 8/12/2016 in Local Columns

I happened to be stuck at the intersection of Highway 12 and Louisville Street this week waiting on the light to change when I noticed the beginnings of next year's headache.

 

Charlie Mitchell: 'Sealed settlements' mask the cost of wrongdoing

Posted 8/10/2016 in Local Columns

Two lawsuits accusing Mississippi officials of wrongdoing have been settled without trials this summer. Taxpayers can know the cost for one. For the other, they can't.

 

Possumhaw: That's what I like about the South

Posted 8/8/2016 in Local Columns

Somebody threw out the question what would you miss about the South? Food was a given then it boiled down to friendliness and storytelling. The next day I tried the question on my exercising buddies and the answer was the same. Seems we'll tell a story at the drop of a hat.

Ask Rufus: Walt Disney's artist friend

Posted 8/6/2016 in Local Columns

Recently I bought a painting by Oscar-winning Columbus native Josh Meador.

 

Partial to Home: Taking refuge from the rain in the Preston General Store

Posted 8/6/2016 in Local Columns

Just before 8 o'clock on a recent Thursday morning, Les Henderson stood at the cash register of the Preston General Store, the business his great-grandfather, Luther Dewayne Henderson, started in 1886, and rang up the purchases of Bobby Wells, a neighbor and regular customer.

 

 

Home Base: Relieved of morning duties

Posted 8/5/2016 in Local Columns

"Daddy, I feel like I'm blind, and I literally feel dizzy. I feel like I don't know where I am, and I feel like it's Wednesday instead of Thursday."

 

Lynn Spruill: New development along Russell Street

Posted 8/5/2016 in Local Columns

This has been a busy construction summer for Starkville.

Slimantics: Mississippi goes blue, pigs fly

Posted 8/2/2016 in Local Columns

It is one of those thoughts that intrudes unexpectedly, one you quickly dismiss and are almost embarrassed to speak aloud. It's crazy, you say.

Possumhaw: What would Momma eat?

Posted 8/1/2016 in Local Columns

There's a lot of eating plans circling around these days with names like "What would Jesus eat," aka the Mediterranean diet, the Paleo diet, aka "What would a caveman eat," and all the vegan and vegetarian diets built on what not to let-ever-cross-your-lips diets.

Partial to Home: Snake handling trumps political speeches at fair

Posted 7/30/2016 in Local Columns

NESHOBA COUNTY FAIR, THURSDAY -- Phil Bryant is on stage talking about Tuesday at the fair with his new friend, "Don Trump," the candidate's son.

Ask Rufus: Looping The Island

Posted 7/30/2016 in Local Columns

Late one recent afternoon, Karen and I joined Stuart and Kallie Phillips on their boat to make a loop around The Island across from Columbus.

 

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