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Charlie Mitchell: What we don't like is government by whim

Posted 11/26/2012 in Local Columns

There are now three contentious matters on which federal law and the laws of at least some states are in conflict.

 

Ask Rufus: Holiday libations

Posted 11/24/2012 in Local Columns

Thanksgiving has now passed and Christmas is fast approaching, which raises that perennial holiday beverage controversy: What is the favored Christmas libation, eggnog or milk punch?

Partial to home: Spicy, sweet, salty and sour -- all in the same bite

Posted 11/24/2012 in Local Columns

The first thing you want to ask Sao Timratthana is how he went from being a cook at a Buddhist monastery in Tibet to owning a Thai restaurant on Wilkins-Wise Road in Columbus, Mississippi.

Partial to home: Storytellers, present and past

Posted 11/19/2012 in Local Columns

If you took in any of the first annual Possum Town Tales Storytelling Festival, you don't need anyone to tell you how good it was.

Ask Rufus: Baskets hold story of early Choctaws

Posted 11/17/2012 in Local Columns

Most people think the Choctaws were, as a people, gone from Lowndes County after the Indian treaties of the 1820s and 1830s. That is not the case, and the long survival of Choctaw baskets in the area tells the story.

Slimantics: Secession: Haven't we've tried that already?

Posted 11/14/2012 in Local Columns

As of Tuesday afternoon, residents in 47 states had signed petitions to secede from the United States. Of that group, more than 30 states have collected enough signatures to prompt official consideration.

 

Marty Wiseman: Sifting through the aftermath

Posted 11/13/2012 in Local Columns

So what to make of the 2012 Presidential election? We could begin with a look at the Southern Strategy, demographics and misplaced calculations by Republican strategists.

 

Adele Elliott: Endings and beginnings -- circular politics

Posted 11/13/2012 in Local Columns

The presidential election of 2012 is over. Hallelujah! I am sure most of us are more than ready to close the door on the ugliness, mud slinging and tedious ads.

Possumhaw: Tucking it all in

Posted 11/12/2012 in Local Columns

Nighttime temperatures dropped into the 30s and the first day of frost is precariously close.

Possumhaw: The best Sunday ever

Posted 11/5/2012 in Local Columns

At 90 years old, Ms. Fannie declared, "This is my best day at church yet!" 'Tis the season for homecomings and that Sunday was homecoming at Shaeffer's Chapel. People who have never been to Shaeffer's Chapel come to the reunion, but Ms. Fannie Gerhart has never been anywhere else.

Slimantics: BP settlement offers ethical dilemma

Posted 10/31/2012 in Local Columns

I was pretty confident Alwyn H. Luckey had picked the wrong audience for what he was proposing. Luckey, an attorney from Ocean Springs who is intimately involved in the legal proceedings that resulted from the BP oil spill, had a fascinating story to tell.

Possumhaw: Fall weekends in the Prairie

Posted 10/29/2012 in Local Columns

Sam started his list of "honey-dos" and was soon dangling on the roof of the greenhouse. "Stay right there," I hollered; I ran to the house, leaving him hanging.

Ask Rufus: Not your typical morning joe

Posted 10/28/2012 in Local Columns

There is an ornamental shrub often used in our region for landscaping that is much more than just another ornamental. Its name is Ilex vomitoria, but it is better known as Yaupon Holly.

Slimantics: 1980: Champions of the world

Posted 10/26/2012 in Local Columns

I find myself a solitary footnote of a figure in Mississippi State football history. Apparently, I was the only MSU student in 1980 who was not in the stadium on that momentous day in Jackson when State upset No. 1 Alabama, 6 to 3.

Possumhaw: Why leaves change colors

Posted 10/22/2012 in Local Columns

Outside the window it was raining leaves. From the kitchen window the leaves of the black cherry tree looked red, but up close they were the colors of leaping flames, red, yellow and orange. I gathered leaves and returned to the kitchen.

 

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