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Lynn Spruill: Make it pretty

Posted 9/12/2014 in Local Columns

The psychology of beauty is undeniable.

Slimantics: Bullish on Columbus ...

Posted 9/10/2014 in Local Columns

Generally, when something in Mississippi attracts the interest of those in other parts of the country, it is not a pleasant thing.


Charlie Mitchell: Casino sheen is fading, but no rescue effort is likely

Posted 9/10/2014 in Local Columns

Grass is reclaiming the acres of parking that served what was Mississippi's largest casino complex. One white pickup with a blinking orange light now prowls the vast real estate of Harrah's Tunica -- the only security remaining from 1,000 folks who lost jobs three months ago when Caesar's Entertainment decided to stop losing money at the venue and shut it down.



Local Voices: When theatre comes alive in Columbus

Posted 9/9/2014 in Local Columns

As the intimacy of candles gives way to the clarity of lightning, the curtain comes down on Tennessee Williams' powerful foray into the secret dimensions of the human heart. This brilliant production of The Glass Menagerie sparks with an intensity rarely found in hometown productions.


Possumhaw: The underground hornworm

Posted 9/8/2014 in Local Columns

Ah, back in the Prairie where the hornworm thrives. After trying to grow tomatoes in the greenhouse where the whiteflies were as thick as thieves, I gave up. I tried every means of extermination and nothing worked. So this year I purchased two large planters with a water reservoir.

Ask Rufus: Air Force roots run deep

Posted 9/6/2014 in Local Columns

The roots of the U.S. Air Force run very deep in the Golden Triangle.

Southern Gardening: Get fired up about ornamental peppers

Posted 9/6/2014 in Local Columns

My taste buds love hot peppers, but the rest of me really likes the increased use of peppers as ornamentals.


Slimantics: A dog-day afternoon

Posted 9/6/2014 in Local Columns

By a rough estimate, the crowd that assembled Saturday afternoon at the Columbus-Lowndes Humane Society reached around 200 and featured all shapes, sizes, breeds, pedigrees and dispositions.


Lynn Spruill: Labor day

Posted 9/5/2014 in Local Columns

It has come and gone and for most it was just an opportunity to have an extra day off to hit the sales racks or grill out.

Slimantics: Tax-free bullets? We can hardly wait

Posted 9/4/2014 in Local Columns

In these troubling times, it is a comfort to remember that here in Mississippi our elected officials are looking out for us. If you are inclined to doubt this, you need only look to this weekend for evidence of that.


Charlie Mitchell: Kids' Count model is to link prosperity to progress

Posted 9/3/2014 in Local Columns

For a full quarter-century now, the Annie E. Casey Foundation has issued news releases calling Mississippi the absolute worst or almost the absolute worst place to be a child in America.


Slimantics: A town united

Posted 9/2/2014 in Local Columns

Monday, black and white citizens of West Point gathered at First Baptist Church to pray for Ralph Weems IV, who was badly beaten in the parking lot of the Huddle House restaurant in the early-morning hours of Aug. 24.

Possumhaw: The law of kindness

Posted 9/2/2014 in Local Columns

The ladies and I were sitting in the sunroom as each of us was asked to name something we were thankful for. I said, "Today I saw a butterfly."

Partial to Home: Baseball, anyone?

Posted 8/31/2014 in Local Columns

When our almost 8-year-old grandson, Benjamin, announces he's ready to go to Dudy Noble, he initiates a time-honored sequence of events. He goes and gets a metal bat and a small cloth bag containing six to 10 worn-out tennis balls, and I begin looking for my shoes.

Ask Rufus: The Legacy of Black Prairie Blues

Posted 8/30/2014 in Local Columns

Blues is a great unifier. A week ago there was a horrible incident in West Point that threatened to create divisions within the community. However, on Friday night in West Point, blues brought people of all sizes, shapes and colors, from all over the United States and even several foreign countries together.

Lynn Spruill: Meditation

Posted 8/29/2014 in Local Columns

I was channel surfing through a morning program not too long ago and stopped long enough to hear a guest discussing meditation with the CBS hosts. There was the obligatory Harvard doctor who was doing research on the benefits of meditation and then there was a hip-hop mogul who was hawking his book on the subject.


Charlie Mitchell: If 'shall' means 'shall,' Musgrove says he'll win

Posted 8/26/2014 in Local Columns

The school funds lawsuit former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove is spearheading isn't complicated. It's simple litigation -- a petition for a declaratory judgment.


Lynn Spruill: Nextdoor

Posted 8/25/2014 in Local Columns

As I have mentioned before, I am not a huge Facebook user. I have a page, but I always thought the best use for Facebook is getting "Happy Birthday" wishes from long-lost friends and being able to say thank you for them en masse.

Possumhaw: Making hay with the ducks

Posted 8/25/2014 in Local Columns

It was time to glean leftover hay and stuff it in a black garbage bag. I always wear black rubber boots, summer or winter. You never know what you might encounter in the fields, and I feel safer with the rubber boots rather than, say, flip flops.

Ask Rufus: The early Federal houses of Columbus

Posted 8/23/2014 in Local Columns

During the first years of Columbus' growth and expansion, some early settlers tried to bring a little of the refinement of the east coast to the new town.


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