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Birney Imes: Rooster with pleasant memories

Posted 5/16/2015 in Local Columns

On a recent morning around 6 o'clock, a black rooster on the front porch of the house across the street from Miracle Valley Holy Ghost Temple of Deliverance hopped up on the railing and began to crow.

 

Outtakes: The King may be gone but the thrill remains

Posted 5/15/2015 in Local Columns

There should be NC-17 stickers on B.B. King albums. Maybe even NC-30 stickers.

 

Lynn Spruill: Hometown dedication

Posted 5/15/2015 in Local Columns

There are two kinds of people who grow up in a small town: those who embrace it and can't envision any better life anywhere else than home or those who can't wait to get away to a bigger and supposedly more exciting world.

 

Charlie Mitchell: 'Racist' an attitude; racism is an inheritance

Posted 5/12/2015 in Local Columns

People know what "sexist" means. A sexist believes people of the opposite gender are inferior. A policy or law is sexist it if is based on this belief.

 

Possumhaw: Gifts that keep on giving

Posted 5/11/2015 in Local Columns

This time of year I find it hard to do anything but work in the yard.

Ask Rufus: A personal story

Posted 5/9/2015 in Local Columns

My daughter, Sarah, called me on Friday to tell me that she was on her way to the Mall in Washington, D.C., so that my grandchildren, Harper and Sykes, could see the fly over of vintage aircraft commemorating the defeat of Germany and victory in Europe 70 years ago.

Birney Imes: The curious case of Mark Landis

Posted 5/9/2015 in Local Columns

"Things are seldom as they seem; skim milk masquerades as cream." -- Mark Landis quoting Gilbert and Sullivan It doesn't happen often, but every now and then the gods offer up someone who is doing something for which there is no precedent. Because we've not seen it before, we are not sure how to react and acceptance varies, sometimes to the extreme. Take Mark Landis, for example.

 

Bill Crawford: Legislature undercuts Fisher's efforts to clean-up prison system

Posted 5/9/2015 in Local Columns

Why did the Legislature make the job of new MDOC Commissioner Marshall Fisher so difficult? Following the indictment and resignation of the former commissioner, Gov. Phil Bryant in December appointed the formidable Fisher to head up the Mississippi Department of Corrections. "His first mission will be to detect and eliminate any criminal activity that occurs within our correctional facilities," said Bryant.

 

Lynn Spruill: The three C's of politics

Posted 5/8/2015 in Local Columns

When I lived in Dallas, Texas, back when men were men and women ran the state, Jim Wright was a big name who cast a very big shadow across the metroplex of the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

Slimantics: A janitor, a dog and dreams fulfilled

Posted 5/6/2015 in Local Columns

Tuesday, the Columbus Rotary Club held its Lowndes Young Leaders program at Lion Hill Center, where the group honored the graduating class 10th-graders from schools throughout the county.

 

Possumhaw: When flip-flops are the fashion

Posted 5/4/2015 in Local Columns

'Tis the season for family reunions and camping. My mother's family, the Newmans, gather in Natchez where the family home is located and still occupied by a fourth-generation Newman.

 

 

Outtakes: Coming clean

Posted 5/3/2015 in Local Columns

I did not know I stuttered until the fourth grade.

 

Ask Rufus: A summer porch

Posted 5/3/2015 in Local Columns

There is nothing like a good front porch in the spring and summer.

Lynn Spruill: Blessings counted

Posted 5/1/2015 in Local Columns

It's a glorious day. The sun is finally shining and the temperature is still mild. The air is softly scented with the wildness of privet hedge and honeysuckle.

Local voices: Life's little lessons

Posted 4/30/2015 in Local Columns

There were just too many of them and far too few of us. We couldn't stop them.

 

Charlie Mitchell: 'Last (white) Democrat in Dixie' is still chugging along

Posted 4/28/2015 in Local Columns

Former Gov. Haley Barbour, whose pristine pedigree in Republican America is unmatched, inspired a headline a few of weeks ago with a speech on Mike Espy Scholars Day at Jackson's historically black Tougaloo College.

 

Possumhaw: Something to talk about

Posted 4/27/2015 in Local Columns

Remember when "the birds and the bees" was a euphemism for the "facts of life" which was a euphemism for sex?

Ask Rufus: Art, lost gold mines and Walt Disney

Posted 4/25/2015 in Local Columns

Recently there was a television series about some treasure hunters out west having found an old map that they thought would lead them to a long lost gold mine.

Partial to Home: The Lord's mysterious ways

Posted 4/25/2015 in Local Columns

So I'm standing in line waiting to place my order at the Old Country Bakery in Brooksville and this voice says, "Why didn't you say in your column that you ate here?"

Lynn Spruill: Zach's circle of life

Posted 4/24/2015 in Local Columns

He was a most handsome black man with gentle, green eyes. He was lean and muscular, a testament to an athletic past. He came to our office with wonder and some shyness. He was a bit reserved but there was an undeniable sweetness about him.

 

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