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Charlie Mitchell: World could do worse than to go to the dogs

Posted 3/17/2014 in Local Columns

People say the world is going to the dogs. We could do worse.

 

Lynn Spruill: Beyond our comfort zone

Posted 3/15/2014 in Local Columns

The Starkville Community Theater recently performed "Steel Magnolias." The play version is similar in story line, but very different in execution from the movie. Unlike the movie, the play is an all woman show with a cast of six characters. It was a wonderful show and one that the theater and the community should be very proud of having in its complement of theater productions.

 

Browning on Business: Historic Columbus business facing tough time

Posted 3/13/2014 in Local Columns

If no buyer steps forward to purchase Sanderson Plumbing Products by the end of April the Columbus business will shutdown.

 

 

The Dispatch responds

Posted 3/12/2014 in Local Columns

The essence of the editorial in question is that the public is not served by the city's practice of holding non-quorum meetings (four different instances in a month's time, that we know of) and by slowing the process of releasing public information. We stand by those assertions.

 

 

Our View: Right question. Wrong week.

Posted 3/12/2014 in Local Columns

Tuesday, a week after Columbus mayor Robert Smith was the guest speaker at the Columbus Rotary Club, a Rotarian asked the guest speaker how he could exert his influence on the Columbus Municipal School Board in an effort to reverse recent decline. This week's speaker was not the mayor, however. It was Golden Triangle Development LINK CEO Joe Max Higgins.

 

 

Mayor responds to critical editorial

Posted 3/12/2014 in Local Columns

I feel compelled to write a letter in answer to The Dispatch's "Our View" piece from March 7, 2014, titled "City's policies are an insult to the people." The column claims that the people of Columbus should be insulted by the conduct of The City.

 

 

Lumumba administration didn't fit detractors' expectations

Posted 3/11/2014 in Local Columns

OXFORD -- In the aftermath Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba's death, a consensus seems to have emerged, at least among his detractors, that he had mellowed with age.

 

 

Our View: Crawfish shortage a depressing reality

Posted 3/11/2014 in Local Columns

The unseasonably cold and lingering winter has left many of us in a depressed mood. As it turns out, that goes for crawfish, too.

 

Birthday baubles or knuckle-busters

Posted 3/10/2014 in Local Columns

Over and over again I watched Sam haul heavy bundles of yard cuttings and leaves over to the habitat pile. It touched my heart deep.

Ask Rufus: Stand Fast Mississippians

Posted 3/9/2014 in Local Columns

The other evening I was asked by friends to join a dinner with Bertram Hayes-Davis, the great-grandson of Jefferson Davis. Naturally, a fascinating conversation about history ensued.

Birney Imes: On the road with Louie and Sprocket

Posted 3/8/2014 in Local Columns

On March 1 Louie Little left Germantown, Tenn., on a bicycle pulling a trailer filled with musical equipment and a Jack Russell terrier named Sprocket.

 

Lynn Spruill: Maggie's journey

Posted 3/7/2014 in Local Columns

Her name is Maggie and she is my oldest. She got her name from the street of her first home in Atlanta; Margaret Mitchell Drive. She is as independent and cantankerous as can be and has been accused of being just like me which all in all is OK with me.

 

Slimantics: Skin in the game

Posted 3/5/2014 in Local Columns

February was a big month for me. On Feb. 3, I became a grandfather. Lily Elaine Smith weighed just four-pounds, four-ounces. She came three weeks early. If she were a fish, we probably would have released her.

 

Charlie Mitchell: Cochran camp taking lessons from Indiana ambush

Posted 3/4/2014 in Local Columns

Two years ago, citizens of the great state of Indiana had every reason to believe that Richard Lugar, their U.S. senator for 36 years, would be re-elected. But an ambush took place in the primary. The veteran Republican went down in flames. What happened?

 

Ask Rufus: The magnolia flag

Posted 3/3/2014 in Local Columns

Last week a magnolia flag was posted on a Columbus Facebook page with a question about its history. Several people commented on what an attractive flag it was but knew nothing about it. What is the Magnolia Flag?

Possumhaw: Crushing cracker boxes

Posted 3/3/2014 in Local Columns

The first time we met I was mesmerized by the whiteness of his hair and the blueness of his eyes. The corners of his eyes drifted into tiny lines that caused his eyes to sparkle, though no more so than his smile.

 

Hob Bryan: Pay increase for teachers should be priority

Posted 3/1/2014 in Local Columns

As the state budget works its way through the Legislature, the news is not good for Mississippi taxpayers. As things stand, we risk losing our best teachers and state workers, all the while giving hundreds of millions of dollars in tax breaks to everyone from shopping centers to multi-state corporations.

 

Birney Imes: To wake a sleeping bear

Posted 3/1/2014 in Local Columns

Not everyday do you run up on someone who has crawled into a bear's den, roused its hibernating inhabitant, jabbed him with a sharp stick ... and lived to tell about it. Craig Jamison is one such person, and if you were among the 800 or so folks at the wild game dinner at Fairview Baptist Thursday night, you heard his story.

Lynn Spruill: Stepping up to the plate

Posted 2/28/2014 in Local Columns

I have discovered the world of MSU college baseball. It took a spur of the moment trip to the ballpark last season, and I was at least partially hooked. I confess I had never even been to Dudy Noble Field until the latter part of the season last year.

 

Wyatt Emmerich: Newspapers stand out in a crowd of ever-increasing electronic clutter

Posted 2/27/2014 in Local Columns

I am starting to suffer from social media overload. Admittedly, I am a gizmo geek. But the proliferation of multiple social media platforms is becoming hard for even a geek to handle.

 

 

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