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Slimantics: We don't even get to buy our own politicians anymore

Posted 6/3/2014 in Local Columns

Today marks the end of one of the most regrettable political campaigns in recent Mississippi history.

Possumhaw: The story of Martha

Posted 6/2/2014 in Local Columns

Martha died at the age of 29 after having suffered a stroke. Martha, namesake of Martha Washington, spent most of her life behind bars. Her remains are housed at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.

Ask Rufus: Nashville

Posted 5/31/2014 in Local Columns

A question arose last week about Nashville. Not Nashville, Tennessee, but Nashville, Lowndes County, Mississippi.

Birney Imes: Aretha's garden

Posted 5/31/2014 in Local Columns

Elbert came in the back door shaking his head. "You ought to go see that cabbage; it's as big as a tire." Elbert Ellis is the maintenance person here at The Dispatch. He doesn't get excited easily. "Down at the Shell station," he said, pointing east.

Lynn Spruill: The apprentice system

Posted 5/30/2014 in Local Columns

The concept of an apprenticeship has always made absolute sense to me. I can actually remember when such skills as blacksmithing or carpentry came from a history of family work.

 

Charlie Mitchell: Stakes are seriously high in Cochran-McDaniel primary

Posted 5/29/2014 in Local Columns

"These are the times that try men's souls," Thomas Paine wrote two days before Christmas 1776. America had declared itself free of England six months earlier, but the British army was mighty. Many rebels were feeling, well, less rebellious.

 

Possumhaw: Scenes from the porch

Posted 5/27/2014 in Local Columns

Nature is remarkably active in the mornings. Taking some time for quiet meditation, I noticed nature has not done the same.

Ask Rufus: Memorial Day

Posted 5/24/2014 in Local Columns

Much has been written about, and many towns have claimed to be, the birthplace pf Memorial Day. The U.S. Veteran's Administration reports that more than 24 towns claim to be the birthplace of this weekend's celebration.

Birney Imes: A Japanese maple for Lee

Posted 5/24/2014 in Local Columns

Some stories are so tender, so close to the bone, so rich in human emotion, the teller entrusted with them feels daunted by the responsibility that goes with the retelling. This is one such story. By any measure Lee Frederick was a brilliant child. Brilliance, in most cases, comes with obsessiveness. Lee had plenty of that too.

Lynn Spruill: Office politics

Posted 5/23/2014 in Local Columns

We get along like cats and dogs. Literally.

Possumhaw: Behind the scenes

Posted 5/19/2014 in Local Columns

I mentioned to Dewitt Hicks how lovely the gardens at his home, Rosewood Manor, look when I cut through on Seventh Street North. "But I never see anyone working in the gardens?"

 

George Lowe: A 'Friendly City' top to bottom

Posted 5/19/2014 in Local Columns

This weekend following another local shooting here in Columbus, I couldn't help but see my trending Facebook timeline filled with outrage at the crime rate here in Columbus.

 

Ask Rufus: The South as pictured 400 years ago

Posted 5/17/2014 in Local Columns

A common question I am asked is, "What did this country look like when only the Indians lived here?" Usually I answer simply, "it was beautiful."

Lynn Spruill: What do we want to be?

Posted 5/16/2014 in Local Columns

The most recent study done on behalf of the Golden Triangle Development Link by POLICOM Corporation was presented on Tuesday morning at EMCC. The Dispatch offered an insightful editorial on the critical finding about education and the opportunities this requires from the people who care deeply about our region and our future.

 

We 'reinvent' education often, but not realistically

Posted 5/12/2014 in Local Columns

OXFORD -- Once upon a time, America didn't beg people to act in their own best interests. It was considered natural.

 

A 'late child' remembers her mother

Posted 5/12/2014 in Local Columns

Dear Frances, "Sarah said, 'God has brought me laughter and everyone who hears about this will laugh with me...'"

Ask Rufus: Moundville, Columbus and C.B. Moore

Posted 5/10/2014 in Local Columns

This weekend the Moundville Archaeological Park, located about 10 miles south of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, celebrated its 75th anniversary.

Birney Imes: Celebrating Emancipation Day

Posted 5/10/2014 in Local Columns

Thursday afternoon son John and I attended the Eighth of May observance at Historic Sandfield Cemetery. There Chuck Yarborough and his Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science students presented a Tales-from-the-Crypt-style performance, complete with gospel music and visitations by the African American luminaries buried there.

Jay Lacklen: A son's salute

Posted 5/10/2014 in Local Columns

During the summer of 1975, I got a chance to salute my mother with a flyby, of sorts, near her childhood home of Somerset, Ky. She had returned home to be with her mother in my grandmother's final days, and I happened to be flying a mission on the Richmond, Ky., bomb site on a route that circled Somerset. I thought a minor flight plan deviation would not ruffle any feathers and would provide a richly deserved tribute to my formative parent.

 

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