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Birney Imes: Going down to Rosedale

Posted 8/24/2013 in Local Columns

ROSEDALE (Saturday, Aug. 17) -- The early morning sunlight has turned the glass of the streets broken beer bottles into sparkling gemstones. The alchemists responsible for these riches have abdicated, at least for now, leaving the dogs and cats to rule a two-block stretch of bombed-out juke joints and defunct storefronts otherwise known as Bruce Street.

Slimantics: The joy of football

Posted 8/22/2013 in Local Columns

The high school football season begins tonight when Caledonia makes the short trek south to play Heritage Academy. While Caledonia and Heritage are the only area teams playing tonight, most teams will commence the 2013 season Friday. High school football is a big deal in this part of the world, naturally.

 

Charlie Mitchell: Dogs shouldn't ruff it, satellite TV provider says

Posted 8/19/2013 in Local Columns

This is too easy. A satellite TV channel for dogs was launched this month. Not about dogs. For dogs. To watch.

 

Slimantics: A Slim by any other name ...

Posted 8/13/2013 in Local Columns

An email and a phone call Monday have convinced me to make a confession. The email came from city attorney Jeff Turnage, who asked about the identity of Spencer Smith, who wrote a scathing letter to the editor that was published in Monday's Dispatch on the city's hiring of J5/Broaddus as project manager.

Possumhaw: Sometimes you take your chances

Posted 8/12/2013 in Local Columns

The snake raised its head and looked at me -- and that was his second mistake. I'd been noticing the goldfish were disappearing over several days, so I knew he was somewhere in the pond. I stomped back to the house and told Sam my fish were disappearing and I had seen the snake.

Mississippi Voices: Mississippians could use more time looking at the bright side

Posted 8/12/2013 in Local Columns

It was 60 years ago that Dr. Norman Vincent Peale issued "The Power of Positive Thinking." In the decades since, other books, songs, plays and movies have extolled the virtues of making an affirmative choice to be optimistic.

 

Voice of the People: A project for J5/Broaddus

Posted 8/12/2013 in Local Columns

I completely oppose the city's creation of a Project Manager position and the appointment of J5/Broaddus, a firm owned by the Mayor's campaign advisor and employing the Mayor's son, to that position.

 

Birney Imes: Hersh, Big Jim and Tuffy

Posted 8/10/2013 in Local Columns

During the winter Coach Brewer had his football players -- the ones who weren't playing basketball -- lifting weights, wrestling and playing handball. Our "handball courts" were defined by strips of masking tape on the gym floor. We would swat a racquetball against the concrete block walls of the gym. Good for eye-hand coordination and quickness, he told us. Most of the time, though, we goofed off.

Ask Rufus: Columbus streetcars revisited

Posted 8/10/2013 in Local Columns

One day last week, Keith Heard and his father dropped by for a visit and the discussion turned to Keith's great, great uncle, G.T. Heard, who with Judge Leopold Marx, constructed the Columbus street car line in 1906.

 

Wyatt Emmerich: Time for Southern Company -- not taxpayers -- to pay Kemper's bill

Posted 8/7/2013 in Local Columns

With southeast Mississippians paying 66 percent more for electricity and Southern Company writing off a billion dollars in losses, it's reasonable to conclude the Kemper lignite plant is not working out well.

 

Chasing Rabbits: Part III

Posted 8/6/2013 in Local Columns

Rachel sits on the ground by the road, leaning against the mailbox post. She watches the fire through the windows as it spreads from the sofa to the carpet and begins to crawl up the walls of the living room. Smoke seeps from underneath the closed windows in a slow exhale.

Slimantics: Memories of the first day of school

Posted 8/6/2013 in Local Columns

Roughly a half-million kids will descend on roughly 1,100 Mississippi public schools to begin the 2013-14 school year on Wednesday. I suspect it will be a controlled chaos and that most of what is learned Wednesday won't be found on the syllabus.

Chasing Rabbits: Part II

Posted 8/5/2013 in Local Columns

In Part I Sunday, Rachel awakes in the night to find her home being vandalized, hiding under the bed until the intruders have departed. Her brother, Stephen, urges her to leave for Ohio to live with their mother, leaving behind her meager life as a truck-stop waitress and every-scheming boyfriend, Dale, who is in Hattiesburg talking to some strangers about the dubious prospects of opening a buffalo ranching operation...

Possumhaw: T.C. had a healin'

Posted 8/5/2013 in Local Columns

Sometimes you get a wild hair. I wish I could say it doesn't happen often, but frankly, it does.

 

Charlie Mitchell: 'Silent senator' a shoo-in for term seven, if he wants it

Posted 8/5/2013 in Local Columns

 

Birney Imes: Conversation with a young sailor

Posted 8/3/2013 in Local Columns

Nine months and 1,100 miles ago, 18-year-old Alexandre Ledwith climbed into his $500 sailboat moored on the banks of the Mississippi at Trempealeau, Wis., and headed downstream.

Chasing Rabbits: A short story

Posted 8/3/2013 in Local Columns

Rachel crawls out from under the bed. She takes her robe from the hook on the closet door. She had awakened in the middle of the night and heard the voices outside the house, then heard the back door forced open, and she slipped out of bed and onto the floor, scurrying under like an insect.

Ask Rufus: Women, too, are part of the 'Greatest Generation'

Posted 8/3/2013 in Local Columns

This past week my Aunt Marietta McCarter died and it again brought to mind the continued passing of the "Greatest Generation.'

Possumhaw: 'Adventures of Huckleberry Finn'

Posted 7/29/2013 in Local Columns

Drew and Carter Pack stood on the dock. Each, being boys of 7 and 4 years, had shed their shirts, shoes and socks. Drew, with fishing pole in hand, caught fish while Carter scooped minnows in a cup.

Birney Imes: A Sunday evening on the Champs-Elysees

Posted 7/27/2013 in Local Columns

Paris, July 21 -- Everyone said the crowds would be horrendous. The woman at the front desk was unenthusiastic. Six cyclists from California who were drinking wine in the lobby of the hotel had been to the Champs-Elysees earlier in the day. They had seen the crowds and the giant flag draped from the Arc de Triomphe, and that was good enough for them. They would watch the finish on TV.

 

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