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Lynn Spruill: Apartment moratorium a bad idea

Posted 10/2/2015 in Local Columns

I have on good authority a moratorium prohibiting the building of new apartments was going to be on the agenda of the Board of Aldermen.

 

Bill Crawford: Initiative 42 will put other programs at risk

Posted 10/2/2015 in Local Columns

The November vote on Initiative 42 is days away.

 

Slimantics: It's a brave new (tasty) world

Posted 10/1/2015 in Local Columns

For about an hour-and-a-half on Wednesday, it was both the best restaurant and the best classroom in town.

 

Wyatt Emmerich: Racoons in the attic

Posted 9/29/2015 in Local Columns

Behind my house on the Rebel Drive cul-de-sac is an old graveyard of several acres. Its ownership is unclear.

 

Possumhaw: All decked out in red

Posted 9/28/2015 in Local Columns

The swarming ruby-throated hummingbirds are declining at the feeders.

 

Charlie Mitchell: The pope: Republican or a Democrat?

Posted 9/28/2015 in Local Columns

 

Ask Rufus: Friendship Cemetery, a walk through history

Posted 9/26/2015 in Local Columns

A couple of months ago Berkley Hudson, an old friend, was in town and called. He wanted to get together and walk through Columbus' Friendship Cemetery exchanging stories of the people buried there.

Birney Imes: Dick Mahoney's baseball memories

Posted 9/26/2015 in Local Columns

After several unsuccessful tries to reach him by phone, I caught up with Dick Mahoney in his wife's beauty shop Friday morning. Dick is a baseball fan par excellence ... of the Red Sox variety. I figured he, if anyone in these parts, would have had contact with the recently departed and much beloved New York Yankees catcher, coach and sage, Lawrence Peter Berra.

Slimantics: The importance of storytelling

Posted 9/24/2015 in Local Columns

The fourth annual Possum Town Storytelling Festival begins this evening, with seven events over four days, concluding Sunday afternoon.

Possumhaw: Flight of the dragonfly

Posted 9/22/2015 in Local Columns

Three beautiful sights appeared before my eyes.

Slimantics: Will Ole Miss get over this win?

Posted 9/22/2015 in Local Columns

Two days before Ole Miss' historic 43-37 win over Alabama in Tuscaloosa, former Ole Miss coach Billy Brewer talked about the last time - in fact the only time - Ole Miss had ever beaten the Tide as the visiting team.

 

Charlie Mitchell: State media, officials tested by coverage of homicides

Posted 9/22/2015 in Local Columns

In addition to creating horrors for all involved last week, Shannon Lamb tested the media's ability to track and report a developing story in this new era of gushing "real time" information.

 

 

Voice of the people: Lee Roy Lollar Jr.

Posted 9/21/2015 in Local Columns

Mrs. Stone hit the nail on the head with her article Sept. 20. We that are of moral fiber whether Christian or not, are sick and tired of the elitist of Hollywood producing such vile and profane garbage.

 

Ask Rufus: A birthday ball

Posted 9/19/2015 in Local Columns

The U.S. Air Force has turned 68 but its roots in the Golden Triangle run much deeper.

Partial to Home: Breakfast with Miss Doris

Posted 9/19/2015 in Local Columns

Six days a week Doris Martin rises at 3 a.m., dresses and makes the five-minute drive from her home on Buck Egger Road in Caledonia to the Cal-Kola Express, a convenience store/gas station on Highway 45 not far from Columbus Air Force Base. Martin arrives shortly after 4.

Lynn Spruill: Budgetary ESP

Posted 9/18/2015 in Local Columns

I don't know what got into the water this year that both the county and the city were secretive about the budget numbers they were developing.

Slimantics: Taxpayers are losers in E911 funding shell game

Posted 9/17/2015 in Local Columns

Wednesday in Starkville, a group of local emergency management officials met to hear from Bob Wedgeworth, president of the Mississippi Civil Defense Emergency Managers Association (MCDEMA) discuss the group's legislative agenda.

 

Charlie Mitchell: Could state finally be serious about learning to read?

Posted 9/15/2015 in Local Columns

A well-worn adage in education circles is that children must learn to read in grades one-three because afterward they must read to learn.

 

Possumhaw: The beauty of color

Posted 9/14/2015 in Local Columns

On occasion, while teaching a class of adults, I would arrive with colored pencils, crayons, construction paper, scissors, glue, sparkles and assorted craft supplies. It was playtime.

Ask Rufus: The Butterfly and the Hummingbird

Posted 9/12/2015 in Local Columns

Lately I have been enjoying taking photographs of hummingbirds and butterflies at the butterfly garden on the Riverwalk.

 

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