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Ask Rufus: Stories that link history

Posted 11/16/2013 in Local Columns

I am frequently asked where I find the details of the stories in my column. Sometimes things just link together. A couple of weeks ago my column dealt with the construction of Andrew Jackson's Military Road. One problem with a column that only runs around 800 words is the inability to fully provide background material. So today I will delve into seemingly unrelated accounts that link together and help tell the story of the Military Road and the founding of Columbus.

Birney Imes: Jerry Rice comes home

Posted 11/16/2013 in Local Columns

Sometime in the spring of 1986 the town of Crawford threw a party for one of its native sons, Jerry Rice. After a dazzling college career as a wide receiver at tiny Mississippi Valley State University, Rice had been drafted first round by the San Francisco 49ers. Jerry Rice Appreciation Day was a decidedly homespun affair. There was a parade featuring two Cadillacs. One of them, a salmon-colored convertible, had a front tag proclaiming, "My Other Car is a Cadillac." The event culminated at an unkempt park. A troupe of break-dancers in red sateen outfits performed some impressive acrobatics on flattened refrigerator boxes and then a few people made speeches.

 

Lynn Spruill: The arts

Posted 11/15/2013 in Local Columns

 

Frances Hairston: A perfect day in the Prairie

Posted 11/13/2013 in Local Columns

October is my favorite month, especially when it was as beautiful as the one just past. Lovely days. A recent Saturday was one of those perfect days, a perfect day for taking pictures and for painting outside.

Slimantics: A 'right smart' Thanksgiving mystery

Posted 11/12/2013 in Local Columns

Everyone talks about the start of the Christmas season, but nobody ever really mentions when Thanksgiving Season begins. There is no Black Friday for Thanksgiving, where grocery stores open at midnight and you can get killer deals on turkeys and cranberries and potatoes, etc.

Possumhaw: Live trapping beaver

Posted 11/11/2013 in Local Columns

Critters were building huts in the dam. Be it nutria or beaver, I thought I could trap it in my live trap.

Charlie Mitchell: Issue is not health care, but who pays for health care

Posted 11/11/2013 in Local Columns

Fred has four children. As they head out to the bus stop each Monday morning, he gives each one $10 for snacks and incidentals. Question: How much cash must Fred have? The math is not difficult.

Ask Rufus: Unsung heroes

Posted 11/9/2013 in Local Columns

On Friday, I spoke at the Base Community Council luncheon at Columbus Air Force Base. My topic was stories my father had told me about his World War II experiences as a tail gunner on a B-17 named Smoky Stover Jr., which was shot down near Frankfurt, Germany.

Slim Smith: How are we supposed to know it's Christmas?

Posted 11/9/2013 in Local Columns

The older I get, the more of a Traditionalist I become and the world becomes an increasingly confusing place. One by one, I have seen time-honored traditions gone to seed. It is a world without rules, without order. Chaos reigns. Each day, it seems, another familiar guidepost crumbles.

 

Lynn Spruill: Partisan politics has no place in local races

Posted 11/8/2013 in Local Columns

Oktibbeha County along with several nearby local governments had special elections this week. In our case it was for county prosecutor.

 

 

Browning on Business: Columbus eyes corridor improvement project on Hwy. 45

Posted 11/7/2013 in Local Columns

This is the first of what will be a weekly column appearing in The Dispatch each Thursday. The tone will be laidback, the news will be accurate and the topic will always be about business happenings in the Golden Triangle.

 

 

Charlie Mitchell: Deadline looms for students seeking equivalency diplomas

Posted 11/4/2013 in Local Columns

 

Possumhaw: Fox by the tail

Posted 11/4/2013 in Local Columns

I watched for the rising and lowering of the fox's side for some sign of breath. I thought there was none, but you want to be sure before you grab a fox by the tail. I learned my lesson once with a possum.

Ask Rufus: Andrew Jackson's Military Road

Posted 11/4/2013 in Local Columns

This weekend the theme of the Columbus Cultural Heritage Foundation's Decorative Arts and Antiques Forum was the Military Road from Nashville to New Orleans. Contrary to local legend, Andrew Jackson did not build the road as he marched his Tennessee volunteers south to meet the British at the Battle of New Orleans in 1815. However it was because of the Battle of New Orleans that the road was built.

 

Charlie Mitchell: The president's new perspective is not what matters

Posted 11/2/2013 in Local Columns

OXFORD -- The junior senator from Illinois had something to say: "Mr. President, I rise today to talk about America's debt problem. The fact that we are here today to debate raising America's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that we now depend on financial assistance from foreign governments to finance our government's reckless fiscal policies."

 

Birney Imes: Photograph offers bridge to history

Posted 11/2/2013 in Local Columns

On a winter morning sometime in the late 1920s -- probably 1927 -- photographer O.N. Pruitt unpacked a heavy wooden tripod and planted it in the mud on the west bank of the Tombigbee.

 

Marty Wiseman: State of politics looking forward

Posted 11/1/2013 in Local Columns

 

 

Lynn Spruill: Developing leaders

Posted 11/1/2013 in Local Columns

 

Slimantics: OK. That wasn't so bad.

Posted 10/30/2013 in Local Columns

Last night, I stayed up late -- 10 o'clock being my definition of late -- to watch my national TV debut on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

George Lowe: What measures a decade?

Posted 10/29/2013 in Local Columns

As my first high school reunion rapidly approaches, I take some time to visit my previously attended schools and reflect on where our school district is today opposed to merely 10 years ago.

 

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