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Slimantics: Offend mor chikin'

Posted 8/2/2012 in Local Columns

Somewhere above the Manhattan skyline, in one of those towering office buildings that line Madison Avenue, the account executive for the firm that handles the Kentucky Fried Chicken account is getting an earful from his boss.

 

Local voices: Another take on Nathan Bedford Forrest

Posted 8/2/2012 in Local Columns

Napoleon Bonaparte said that history is always written from the view point of the victors.

 

Possumhaw: Where is the Prairie?

Posted 7/30/2012 in Local Columns

A few times I've been asked where the Prairie is, so I'll share how I found out and how you can find out for yourself.

Adele Elliott: Mourning becomes America

Posted 7/28/2012 in Local Columns

Our country is in mourning over the deaths in Aurora, Colorado. As I write this, 12 people have died there. Several more are hospitalized in serious condition. By the time you read this, the death count may be higher.

Slimantics: Grants: Mythical manna from heaven...

Posted 7/25/2012 in Local Columns

I am not picking on Starkville Alderman Roy A. Perkins. I use him merely as an example of something that seems more and more prevalent these days, and not just among officials and politicians.

Birney Imes: Amazing collards

Posted 7/21/2012 in Local Columns

Imagine three couples and a film crew crowded into a garage in Clarksdale, Mississippi, during a March rainstorm. In the garage six Chinese-American cooks are tending four sizzling woks.

 

Slimantics: Hide-and-go-seek at the CVB

Posted 7/18/2012 in Local Columns

The text message came over my cellphone at about 4 p.m. Monday. It was from Jeff Clark, one of our reporters, who was out covering the Columbus-Lowndes Convention & Visitors Bureau's month board meeting.

 

Possumhaw: Seeking the simple life

Posted 7/16/2012 in Local Columns

Picking up the phone, I dialed the 800 number. I knew, even as I did it, I was headed down that slippery slope.

Slimantics: Allgood's 60 percent ...

Posted 7/11/2012 in Local Columns

The longer I am around public officials, the more convinced I am of one simple truth: Sixty-percent of the truth is worse than 100 percent of a lie.

Possumhaw: The loss of a pet

Posted 7/9/2012 in Local Columns

You know, mommas are always the ones to do all the work for the pets and you always wonder why they don't want any, or any more, pets.

 

Bill Boggess/Local Voices: A compassionate health-care system

Posted 7/2/2012 in Local Columns

I went to the doctor the other day and it got me thinking about the French medical plan. Why the French plan? Because I've been living in France for 28 years, and enjoying the benefits of their medical system.

 

Possumhaw: Bass fishing reveries

Posted 7/2/2012 in Local Columns

I pointed my fishing pole toward Sam. "Look!" As we faced each other in the fishing boat, he quickly looked behind him. "What?" "My pole!" There between us was my new fishing pole with a good two feet dangling off the end. "You scared me," he said, "I thought you saw a snake or an alligator. We'll go back and get your old one."

Jay Lacklen: Archeological talk spurs fantastical journey back in time

Posted 6/30/2012 in Local Columns

Naturalist Pat Arinder's talk on the archeological history of local Indian culture presented at the Plymouth Bluff Center last Sunday brought back several quandaries I have pondered.

Slimantics: Logic and emotion do battle in hospital sale discussions

Posted 6/26/2012 in Local Columns

The Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors moved briskly through the early portion of Monday's meeting, eager to get to the public comment portion of the agenda. Monday's meeting drew a crowd of about 60 spectators and the atmosphere of the board room was charged with emotion over the possible sale of Oktibbeha County Hospital. So, naturally, the first two citizens to speak talked about...roads.

Partial to Home: Standing ovation

Posted 6/23/2012 in Local Columns

Robert Boudreau during his stay here has said a lot of nice things about Columbus. The other night the founder and director of the American Wind Symphony Orchestra called the town a Brigadoon. It sounded complimentary, but until I went home and Googled it, I couldn't be sure.

Slimantics: Three miles in Savely's shoes...

Posted 6/22/2012 in Local Columns

In Thursday's paper, the Dispatch reported that Jill Savely had been hired as the new principal at Columbus High School. The story dutifully noted her professional background -- seven years as assistant principal and two years as a biology teacher at CHS and the fact that she was the district's 2009 administrator of the year.

Slimantics: Call off the dogs: School Board not at fault

Posted 6/21/2012 in Local Columns

In Wednesday's edition, the Dispatch reported about the Columbus Municipal School District's rejection of a $175,000 bid from Point of Grace Church for the Lee Middle School property and, yes, I know precisely what you were thinking: "This bunch could mess up a two-car funeral."

Possumhaw: In praise of homegrown tomatoes

Posted 6/18/2012 in Local Columns

Picking up one tomato, I slid the blade of the Pampered Chef knife easily across its rosy skin. The tomato yielded four thick slices. The tomato plants in the greenhouse are producing an ice cream-bucket full every other day.

 

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