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Ask Rufus: Christmas dinner

Posted 12/21/2013 in Local Columns

On Friday Karen and I made a quick trip to the grocery store to pick up a couple of last minute items for next week's Christmas dinner. Several hours later while stuck in traffic I pondered on Christmas dinner in times past.


Lynn Spruill: Mississippi gives

Posted 12/20/2013 in Local Columns

Early one morning this week, as I was preparing for the day, I heard a startling pronouncement from a television personality for a promotional piece on Christmas giving. The announcer stated flatly that Mississippi led the nation in giving.



Charlie Mitchell: Santa selective in whether to grant holiday wishes

Posted 12/18/2013 in Local Columns

It was the strangest thing. I was walking down the sidewalk, minding my own business, when a passing mail truck hit a pothole and out flew a bunch of letters. I gathered them up -- all were letters to Santa, with his responses penned across the bottom -- but the truck had trundled out of sight. Anyway, just sharing ...


Wyatt Emmerich: Two speakers, two different reactions

Posted 12/16/2013 in Local Columns

I heard two interesting political figures speak last week: one state and one national.

Possumhaw: Home remedy for the common cold

Posted 12/16/2013 in Local Columns

The Bardwells were cooped up on the weekend with colds. Since Sam and I were both sick we scratched around the house looking for something we could do. We wrote Christmas cards, wrapped presents, watched football games and a Christmas movie while passing the Kleenex box back and forth.

Ask Rufus: Barbecue, buccaneers and six bits a dollar

Posted 12/14/2013 in Local Columns

On Friday night while I was downtown enjoying wassail, several people asked me the same question; "What are you writing about for Sunday?" I got some strange looks when I replied that my topic was that this was the month to celebrate pork barbecue in Mississippi.


Birney Imes: William Winter is in the building

Posted 12/14/2013 in Local Columns

"William went that way, he's looking at pictures." Trey Porter of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History is talking. It's Wednesday afternoon and he and William Winter have driven up from Jackson to talk about two museums under construction in the capital, a state history museum and a civil rights museum.


Slimantics: All the news that's fit to watch?

Posted 12/13/2013 in Local Columns

Because I take my responsibility as an American citizen seriously, I recognize that it is essential that I keep abreast of the important news of the day. There is no substitute for an informed citizenry, after all. That is why, in addition to reading newspapers, I am also careful to watch TV news, not only the network newscasts but the cable news networks, too.


Lynn Spruill: Has it been another 10 years already?

Posted 12/13/2013 in Local Columns

In 1994 Starkville put before the voters the proposition that there be an additional 2-percent tax attached to the food and beverage sales for those enjoying the restaurants within the city limits. This measure succeeded and since then the city and several other government related entities have been on the receiving end of a lot of additional funding.


Slimantics: Nunnelee's zero is a number that shouldn't be ignored

Posted 12/11/2013 in Local Columns

Officially, Alan Nunnelee represents Mississippi's first Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. Halfway through is second term in Congress, I am beginning to wonder who he really represents, though.


Charlie Mitchell: Predators rely on generosity of Mississippians

Posted 12/10/2013 in Local Columns

Members of America's military services are being shown spontaneous respect these days. It hasn't always been that way.


Possumhaw: All gone but the memories

Posted 12/9/2013 in Local Columns

"It wasn't always an island," Sam explained. "The channel redirected the Tombigbee River cutting off Highway 82 and creating the island." On a cold Sunday afternoon drive Sam shared 50-year-old memories.

Marty Wiseman: Nearing the jumping off point

Posted 12/9/2013 in Local Columns

Nearly 40 years ago I realized a dream. I went to work for the government. In this day and time it is a favorite parlor game to "dog cuss" anything having to do with the public sector and the bureaucrats who ply their trade, but that was not always so.

Birney Imes: Mary Williams at your service

Posted 12/7/2013 in Local Columns

We operate in a retail world dominated by chain stores. Too often these stores are staffed with lackadaisical clerks with little knowledge of the goods and services they are selling. In fact, so seldom do we encounter competence and enthusiasm in this arena, it is like a blast of cool, fresh air when we do. Here is one such story.

Ask Rufus: With December rains came steamboats

Posted 12/7/2013 in Local Columns

Late November and early December was once the time when Columbus, Aberdeen and other towns along the upper Tombigbee River would get to celebrate the arrival of the first steamboat of the season.

Slimantics: Mandela the prisoner

Posted 12/6/2013 in Local Columns

Today, free people and people throughout the world pay homage the memory and legacy of Nelson Mandela, whose courage, foresight and spirit transformed a nation.


Lynn Spruill: Old Highway 82

Posted 12/6/2013 in Local Columns

If you haven't driven down what is officially State Highway 182 or Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard in Starkville recently you will be amazed at the difference a lot of grant money and sound vision and yes, sidewalks have made along that corridor.


Slimantics: It's only a game ... or is it?

Posted 12/4/2013 in Local Columns

In 1996, shortly after making the move from Mississippi to Northern California, I had the opportunity to attend the Stanford-Cal football game, known around the Bay Area as "The Big Game."


Charlie Mitchell: Prison costs exceed obscene levels in Mississippi

Posted 12/2/2013 in Local Columns

Which government operation is the big winner in a draft of next year's budget? Education? Roads and highways? Health care? Nope. The answer is prisons.


Possumhaw: The lady in the funky sweater

Posted 12/2/2013 in Local Columns

"Standing in the checkout line, I watched as a white-haired lady began to put her groceries on the conveyor belt. She caught my attention because her sweater was funky and full of life. She'd already put a few items on the counter when the cashier said, 'I'm sorry, ma'am. I'm closing."


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