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Ask Rufus: Spanish Mustangs of the Prairie

Posted 9/22/2018 in Local Columns

Out of the devastation of Hurricane Florence last week came a bit of good news. The wild horse herds of the Carolina barrier islands had weathered the storm in pretty good shape.


Wyatt Emmerich: Criminal justice reform gains momentum

Posted 9/19/2018 in Local Columns

One of the most disturbing statistics for our country is the sky-high incarceration rate. America has by far the highest incarceration rates in the world.



Charlie Mitchell: Large 'something for nothing' crowd often overlooked

Posted 9/18/2018 in Local Columns

It's the season for storms to line up in the Atlantic and Pacific, seeming to take aim.


Possumhaw: Southern gospel singing

Posted 9/17/2018 in Local Columns

Saturday night a week ago Sam and I headed to a gospel singing at the City Auditorium in Vernon, Alabama. We looked at the map and checked the distance. If we left by 4 o'clock, we would be sure to make it in time to hear Jessica Horton, Shaeffer's Chapel's praise and worship leader, sing at 5:30. Jessica's talent and charisma compelled us.

Ask Rufus: 'It runs like a scared dog'

Posted 9/15/2018 in Local Columns

With the coming of the September and October rains, the Tombigbee's summer time shallow water gives way to rising water of fall and thoughts in Columbus and Aberdeen long ago turned to the arrival of steamboats.

Slimantics: Seventeen years later, 9/11 memories endure

Posted 9/13/2018 in Local Columns

By this date 17 years ago, my job began to bear some vague resemblance to what it had been three days earlier on Sept. 10, 2001.

Possumhaw: World wide webworms

Posted 9/10/2018 in Local Columns

The air blows hot and dry, but even that is a welcomed comfort when standing under shade trees.


Charlie Mitchell: Any consequence for clinging to a sinking ship?

Posted 9/10/2018 in Local Columns

Long before there was a mutiny aboard H.M.S. Bounty, it was clear Capt. Bligh was unfit. As tensions built, the choice for his officers and crew became increasingly clear: (1) tough it out or (2) risk being hanged for deciding enough was enough.



Partial to Home: On hearing the N-word

Posted 9/8/2018 in Local Columns

The other day in casual conversation someone used the N-word. As it always does with me, it arrived like an unexpected slap in the face.


Ask Rufus: The Lost Silver Mine of Black Creek

Posted 9/8/2018 in Local Columns

Many places have legends of lost gold or silver mines. In the 1950s Josh Meador, the Oscar-winning head of Animation Effects for Disney Studios, enjoyed going out in search of a lost Nevada gold mine.


Other editors: 'Thriller' dethroned

Posted 9/4/2018 in Local Columns

There was quite a surprise last week from the group that measures music sales: Michael Jackson's legendary "Thriller" is no longer the biggest-selling album in history.


Slimantics: Panhandling lawsuit offers opportunity to examine how we view less fortunate

Posted 9/4/2018 in Local Columns

It was a couple of years ago. I was sitting a Columbus church listening to residents who had gathered their for a community meeting that was part of the city's commissioned study of its police department.

Possumhaw: Talking trash fish

Posted 9/2/2018 in Local Columns

There's a couple of names for trash fish; some call them garbage fish or rough fish. The terms refer to fish that are less than desirable, the ones you catch you aren't trying to, and fish where there's no legal limit to catch and keep. Some fish simply don't taste good. Some species are invasive or nuisance fish. Culture and traditions can alter what might be a trash fish, or not, in different locations.

Ask Rufus: Choctaw origins

Posted 9/1/2018 in Local Columns

Last June I wrote about John Wesley's 1737 account of two Chickasaw chiefs, Postubbee and Mingomawtaw, telling of their spiritual beliefs. Last week I came across an 1828 newspaper account of a Choctaw origin story.

Slimantics: Felker's place in Bulldog history is secure

Posted 8/30/2018 in Local Columns

Time has eroded some of Rockey Felker's recollections of his tenure at Mississippi State, both as a player and head coach.

Ask Rufus: The Heritage of the Blues

Posted 8/29/2018 in Local Columns

The blues is Mississippi's music and though African-American in origin, it transcends race and culture.


Charlie Mitchell: Lottery is the holy grail in the art of taxation

Posted 8/28/2018 in Local Columns

Jean-Baptiste Colbert was finance minister for French monarch Louis XIV. His best quote: "The art of taxation consists in so plucking the goose as to obtain the largest possible amount of feathers with the smallest possible amount of hissing."


Possumhaw: 'I'm molting, I'm molting ... '

Posted 8/27/2018 in Local Columns

While Sam shopped for tractor parts, I hung over the enclosure of baby chickens.


Mississippi Voices: Proposed lottery corporation removes all safeguards against cronyism

Posted 8/27/2018 in Local Columns

The legislature is about to create a $30 million a year slush fund for Gov. Phil Bryant at this special session.



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