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Possumhaw: Rest for the preacher man

Posted 12/10/2012 in Local Columns

The cabin was barely finished when the need arose. The preacher man was exhausted and full of sorrows. "Come to the quiet," I offered.

 

Birney Imes: Henry says hello

Posted 12/8/2012 in Local Columns

As a child growing up in Southside, Cheryl Bush's favorite playground was Friendship Cemetery. "We'd run around there for hours and then pick up acorns," she said. When you ask her what she did with the acorns, she looks at you quizzically, too polite to imply you've asked a question with an obvious answer.

 

Ask Rufus: African-American builders of early Columbus

Posted 12/8/2012 in Local Columns

Last week, I had an interesting conversation with Sam and Carolyn Kaye about Horace King. King, the subject of a previous column, was a black bridge builder who, in 1842, built the first bridge across the Tombigbee River at Columbus.

 

Slimantics: When it comes to education, one size does not fit all

Posted 12/6/2012 in Local Columns

Almost every afternoon, I take the walk from the office to Coffee House on 5th for an iced tea. The other day, I noticed a young lady sitting at one of the tables there, working on her laptop, which was positioned at such an angle that I could recognize what was on the screen. "Algebra, right?" I asked. "Yes," she said wearily. "I'm studying for finals." I certainly remembered the feeling, if not the algebra.

 

 

Charlie Mitchell: When a cheating teacher catches a cheating student, what happens?

Posted 12/4/2012 in Local Columns

You may have seen a couple of stories last week about teachers accused of paying to have others take (and pass) their licensing exams. News such as this paints a picture of a world in which values are upside down.

 

Shannon Bardwell: Lost not found, ducks

Posted 12/3/2012 in Local Columns

An odd friendship is often born of necessity. Jack, the white cat, lost Jane, his companion, when Jane stowed away in the bottom of the fishing boat. While in route to the river, Jane chose to bolt from the boat, never to be found.

 

Bill Crawford: WSJ report card dings Mississippi

Posted 12/3/2012 in Local Columns

Mississippi ranked 40th in the Wall Street Journal's "The Best and Worst Run States in America." Among neighboring states only Louisiana ranked lower at 41st. Alabama ranked 28th, Arkansas 32nd, and Tennessee 12th. Nationwide, North Dakota ranked first while California ranked last.

 

Slimantics: Decorating a sinking ship?

Posted 11/30/2012 in Local Columns

There was some belief that more attention was given to the Titanic's choice of china than its supply of lifeboats. It was a hard point to refute, given the way things turned out.

 

Marty Wiseman: When states and Washington clash

Posted 11/27/2012 in Local Columns

With the presidential election holding our attention of late it has been easy to overlook how the 10th amendment to the United States Constitution is becoming supercharged.

 

Possumhaw: A mountain out of a molehill

Posted 11/26/2012 in Local Columns

Down by the Prairie ponds sits a tiny cabin. For the last few years it has been the receptacle of old lawn chairs, extra fishing poles, a boogie board, a torn fishing net, an assortment of tackle, a half-used bag of fish food and various and sundry items.

 

Charlie Mitchell: What we don't like is government by whim

Posted 11/26/2012 in Local Columns

There are now three contentious matters on which federal law and the laws of at least some states are in conflict.

 

Ask Rufus: Holiday libations

Posted 11/24/2012 in Local Columns

Thanksgiving has now passed and Christmas is fast approaching, which raises that perennial holiday beverage controversy: What is the favored Christmas libation, eggnog or milk punch?

Partial to home: Spicy, sweet, salty and sour -- all in the same bite

Posted 11/24/2012 in Local Columns

The first thing you want to ask Sao Timratthana is how he went from being a cook at a Buddhist monastery in Tibet to owning a Thai restaurant on Wilkins-Wise Road in Columbus, Mississippi.

Partial to home: Storytellers, present and past

Posted 11/19/2012 in Local Columns

If you took in any of the first annual Possum Town Tales Storytelling Festival, you don't need anyone to tell you how good it was.

Ask Rufus: Baskets hold story of early Choctaws

Posted 11/17/2012 in Local Columns

Most people think the Choctaws were, as a people, gone from Lowndes County after the Indian treaties of the 1820s and 1830s. That is not the case, and the long survival of Choctaw baskets in the area tells the story.

Slimantics: Secession: Haven't we've tried that already?

Posted 11/14/2012 in Local Columns

As of Tuesday afternoon, residents in 47 states had signed petitions to secede from the United States. Of that group, more than 30 states have collected enough signatures to prompt official consideration.

 

Marty Wiseman: Sifting through the aftermath

Posted 11/13/2012 in Local Columns

So what to make of the 2012 Presidential election? We could begin with a look at the Southern Strategy, demographics and misplaced calculations by Republican strategists.

 

Adele Elliott: Endings and beginnings -- circular politics

Posted 11/13/2012 in Local Columns

The presidential election of 2012 is over. Hallelujah! I am sure most of us are more than ready to close the door on the ugliness, mud slinging and tedious ads.

 

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