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Slim Smith: The last dinosaur

Posted 11/30/2013 in Local Columns

About two-thirds of the way through Thursday's Egg Bowl, after watching Mississippi State and Ole Miss perform their version of "Punt, Pass and Kick" minus the "punt"and "pass" parts, I left my seat in the pressbox at Davis Wade Stadium for the dining area. It was there that I discovered what it must have felt like to be the last dinosaur to roam the face of the earth.



William Browning: The reluctant Samaritan

Posted 11/28/2013 in Local Columns

Last year I lived in Jacksonville, Fla., and at the corner store near our home there was a man who regularly sat hunched beneath a pay phone. I saw him a lot while coming home from work. He was terribly thin and always in tattered clothing. It would be O.K. to call him homeless.



Charlie Mitchell: An attitude of 'Thanksgiving' takes a lot of work

Posted 11/28/2013 in Local Columns

In a letter to a church he had founded, the Apostle Paul made a series of suggestions. One was to "pray without ceasing." Several years ago, a friend and I had a long talk about what that meant.


Slimantics: No shortage of home-grown turkeys

Posted 11/27/2013 in Local Columns

A couple of weeks ago, Butterball, one of the nation's largest turkey suppliers, announced that it would have a shortage of large turkeys available for Thanksgiving.

Possumhaw: A day with the ladybugs

Posted 11/25/2013 in Local Columns

One ladybug chased the other, and this made me think that perhaps I had captured a male and a female. I'm no entomologist, but I'm thinking maybe.


Wyatt Emmerich: When your government becomes the enemy

Posted 11/25/2013 in Local Columns

It's a strange feeling when you see your journalistic work wind up in the book of a leading presidential candidate.


Birney Imes: Cats in the basement

Posted 11/23/2013 in Local Columns

About 10 years ago Dispatch pressmen Jerry Hayes and Jamie Morrison found a litter of kittens nestled between the walls in the basement. Hayes, now retired, and Morrison worked in the dark, cavernous space that houses our Goss Urbanite printing press.


Lynn Spruill: Social media

Posted 11/23/2013 in Local Columns

When I started writing this piece I had just a basic thought in mind, but after the media blitz associated with Alderman Roy Perkins' proposal to ban all electronic media from the Starkville Board of Aldermen meetings, it took on a new life and intensity.


Ask Rufus: Tecumseh's journey

Posted 11/23/2013 in Local Columns

Three years ago marked the beginning of a series of the bicentennials of the events leading directly to the founding of Columbus. November of 1813 was a month in which those events linked directly with one of greater national significance. That story is told in the nation's newspapers of the day.

Local voices: The JFK assassination: A reporter's perspective

Posted 11/22/2013 in Local Columns

The world has turned over many times since that fateful day in Dallas 50 years ago when President Kennedy was killed. Anyone who was old enough to understand what happened knows exactly where they were and what they were doing when they first heard the president was dead.

Commentary: Clint Hill's leap into history

Posted 11/22/2013 in Local Columns

We use the term "dramatic irony" in plays when the audience learns from one character something that another character does not know, usually to his detriment. In the field of history, the reader always knows more than the people he's reading about. He knows how the whole thing turns out -- something the historical figures cannot know.

Possumhaw: Ladybug, fly away home

Posted 11/18/2013 in Local Columns

Ladybugs swarmed by the thousands. They whirled around the porch ceiling; they crawled on the side of the house, the garage, the boat shed. Ladybugs landed on our arms. When one took flight, three took its place.

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.


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