I've been thinking a lot recently about Paula Deen and Martha Liddell and the strange phenomenon that ties the two together. Both have been in the news recently -- Deen on the national stage and Liddell here in Columbus.
The British know. Their television and movie stars are like real people, except they can act. They look normal, with blemishes. Think Shirley Valentine, or Young Mister Grace. A few are pretty, some not so much. Acting trumps beauty.
By 4 o'clock that Friday afternoon, the Mississippi State bulldogs had won their way into the championship game at the College World Series; by 5 o'clock the Bardwells were packing. "This is history being made. This may never happen again in our lifetime!" Sam said.
Finally, the dirt on Leslie Frazier. Thursday, Frazier returned to his native Columbus, serving as keynote speaker at a fundraiser held at the Trotter Convention Center for the Mayors Senior Citizens Thanksgiving Luncheon.
I'm probably the only person in Mississippi that feels sort of sorry for ESPN commentator Mike Patrick today. I doubt the ESPN commentator meant any offense with an off-the-cuff remark about Mississippi State's enormous following at the College World Series made during the broadcast of Monday's Mississippi State-UCLA game.
You can make your plans, and then count on it -- the day goes every which-a-way.
Marty Turner has packed in a lot of experience into his 35 years. Judging from the variety of his exploits, the recently elected Ward 4 Councilman is nothing if not adaptable. Let's hope so. Come July 1, Turner will be one of six men charged with running the city of Columbus (along with Mayor Robert Smith).
I have just returned home from a week on staff at the Episcopal Church's Camp Bratton-Green north of Canton. The camp's origins are actually intertwined with Columbus, though the camp was never located here.
Somebody pinch me. Thursday evening, the Columbus Municipal School District Board of Trustees continued a recent run of mystifying behavior, removing board president Currie Fisher and installing long-time school administrator Edna McGill to run the district while the search for an interim superintendent continues.
In a delicious bit of irony, Lavonne Harris of the NAACP went before the Columbus City Council to ask that the council use its influence in demanding more transparency from the Columbus Municipal School Board of Trustees.
Rating agencies and regulators expect utility companies to maintain sound risk management and long-term planning strategies. For this reason, electric utilities value diversity in power generation options.
The invitation came in the mail. West Point's Bryan Public Library was having their luncheon with books. I took the back way, up Old West Point road to Highway 45 Alternate and over to the library.
Saturday morning Wendell Rinehart and Alfred Walker were shooting the breeze in the den of Walker's ranch-style home on Martin Luther King Drive. Man cave might be a more apt description of the room, which sports a bar, shag carpet and a large glass table laden with glossy sports magazines. The wall-mounted TV was tuned to an ESPN NFL preview.
With State playing in the College World Series this weekend, college baseball games of long ago come to mind. Even at the turn of the 19th century the rivalry between State and Ole Miss was fierce and in Oxford Mississippi Agricultural and Mechanical College (State's name back then) was called the "school for cow pullers." In the spring of 1897 the Red and Blue of Mississippi A & M played University (Ole Miss) a baseball game in Columbus.
Our elected officials have had plenty to say recently about the need for Mississippi to improve its education. A good place to start would be at the Legislature itself, which seems to have no grasp of the basic concepts of math.
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