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Birney Imes: The trumpets of angels

Posted 5/12/2012 in Local Columns

A.J. Steverson wants to set the record straight. It's the Hitch Lot, not the Hitching Lot, as it is often called. A.J. should know. He grew up in a white clapboard house near the southwest corner of the Hitching ... I mean Hitch Lot. He can remember when farmers hitched their horse-drawn wagons there and walked up the hill into town.

Shannon Bardwell: Fried bream tails

Posted 5/7/2012 in Local Columns

She lifted up the spiny tail and put it in her mouth. She grinned and said it tasted just like she remembered, crispy like a potato chip.

Partial to Home: Highway 61 (Coffeehouse) revisited

Posted 5/5/2012 in Local Columns

Twice a week Harry Walker and John Jones meet here for two hours of chess. Here is the Highway 61 Coffeehouse, a hole-in-the-wall on a sloping street two blocks above the Mississippi River. Both men are retired, Walker from Entergy and Jones as IT specialist for several Fortune 500 companies.

 

Shannon Bardwell: My little chickadees

Posted 5/1/2012 in Local Columns

If we could all be chickadees, we'd all be skinny and plum tuckered out.

 

Shannon Bardwell: Passing time in the Prairie

Posted 5/1/2012 in Local Columns

When I stop by Lenora's house she offers some exquisite pastry she or daughter Emma just made, served with a cup of tea steeped in silken bags. When she comes to my house, it's a cup of Folgers decaf and a granola bar.

Shannon Bardwell: Second Samuel

Posted 5/1/2012 in Local Columns

"What did you think of the play?" Pamela Parker, the playwright asked I knew exactly what I thought of the play but I thought better of saying so.

My take: St. John reappears as political gadfly

Posted 4/25/2012 in Local Columns

I'll admit it. When I first heard St. John was starting a newspaper, I was skeptical.

My take: My dad's new idea

Posted 4/18/2012 in Local Columns

Anyone who knows my father knows he's a man of ideas.

Birney Imes: Street-front gardens offer drive-by delights

Posted 4/14/2012 in Local Columns

Our early spring has gardeners in a feeding frenzy. Go to any garden center and see for yourself. Friday, at a local nursery, I saw a woman wearing a T-shirt that read, "Will Garden for Food."

Shannon Bardwell: The way of suffering

Posted 4/9/2012 in Local Columns

By the sixth week of Lent I was totally torqued and twisted into a most uncomfortable frame of mind and body. But by the seventh week, everything became crystal clear. I was meant to be uncomfortable, for discomfort showed who I really was. Ah ... there was the rub.

Scott Colom: Death of charter school bill leaves lingering questions

Posted 4/4/2012 in Local Columns

Today's death of the bill to authorize more charter schools in Mississippi means opponents of charter schools may win this year's battle. But, to win the war over education, these opponents must offer a plan to improve public schools in Mississippi. If not, it's only a matter of time before a charter school will be in a school district near them.

Shannon Bardwell: Ma'am, pleather is not leather

Posted 4/2/2012 in Local Columns

It's hard to fool a Prairie woman about some things.

The Oldest Buildings in Columbus

Posted 3/31/2012 in Local Columns

I am often asked: "What is the oldest house in the Columbus area?" That of course is an easy question for it is the Cedars, the oldest part of which was probably built around 1818 or 1819.

 

Adele Elliott: In the hood

Posted 3/31/2012 in Local Columns

It is said that clothes make the man. If so, does it also follow that clothing can be a man's undoing?

 

Possumhaw: Prairie block party

Posted 3/27/2012 in Local Columns

It was spring and I decided to throw a Prairie block party. It is very difficult in the Prairie to know where your block begins and ends so I depended on Sam to identify the neighbors. Regrettably, a few got left out.

Ask Rufus: The W, 165 years of quality women's education

Posted 3/24/2012 in Local Columns

MUW opened as the Industrial Institute and College in 1885. However, it was not a totally new school as it evolved out of the 1847 Columbus Female Institute which closed in 1884 so that it could be transferred to the state and reopen as a state "girls college" the next year. That would make The W a year older than Ole Miss.

 

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