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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.

 

Charlie Mitchell: 'Incumbency Protection Act' is working fairly well

Posted 4/23/2015 in Local Columns

It's April. Mississippi's general election is in November. Want to be on a ballot?

 

Local voices: The sad irony of spice deaths

Posted 4/22/2015 in Local Columns

This month, press releases from law enforcement and hospitals have poured into the newsroom, each one reporting a new overdose or arrest related to the use and distribution of synthetic marijuana.

Slimantics: The coming reign of Dooley I

Posted 4/21/2015 in Local Columns

Mississippi State University held a short coronation ceremony prior to Saturday's spring football game where Bully XXI, aka "Jak" was installed as the university's mascot.

Possumhaw: Bees knees and knotholes

Posted 4/20/2015 in Local Columns

With my own eyes I saw the carpenter bee wiggle into a hole in the wall right beside the recycle bin.

 

Bill Crawford: Boyce takes hot seat at IHL

Posted 4/20/2015 in Local Columns

Ready or not, Dr. Glenn Boyce has been named IHL Commissioner. He steps into the hot spot abandoned by MUW president Dr. Jim Borsig and recently vacated by now University of Nebraska system president Dr. Hank Bounds.

 

Birney Imes: A case for maps

Posted 4/18/2015 in Local Columns

Not all who wander are lost. --J.R.R. Tolkien Before venturing to the outer reaches of Noxubee County last week to visit Charlie Dahlke's farm, I took my "Mississippi Atlas & Gazetteer" and made an enlarged photocopy of page 39. You know the books, the red oversized atlases dedicated to a single state.

 

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