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Mississippi Voices: Mississippi's opt-out creates a gap for working people

Posted 10/7/2013 in Local Columns

Mary is a single parent of two children. She works, earning $9.50 an hour or about $19,300 per year. She receives no child support. She might be eligible for subsidized day care for the children, but her parents keep the kids while she is on the job -- and she much prefers that arrangement.

Possumhaw: Living quietly in the Prairie

Posted 10/7/2013 in Local Columns

"The sole cause of man's unhappiness is that he does not know how to stay quietly in his room." Blaise Pascal.

Ask Rufus: Where did that name come from?

Posted 10/6/2013 in Local Columns

More so than any other single question, I am asked about the origin of local names. What does Tombigbee mean? What is West Point west of? What does the Military Road have to do with the military? Our region abounds in interesting names. I will try to shed some light on a few of them.

Slim Smith: A matter of respect

Posted 10/5/2013 in Local Columns

In his book, "An Education of a Lifetime," former University of Mississippi Chancellor Robert Khayat tells the story of his recollection of one of the most traumatic events in the university's history -- the riots on the Ole Miss campus associated with James Meridith's enrollment at the school's first black student in 1962.


Lynn Spruill: Sidewalks to humanity

Posted 10/4/2013 in Local Columns

Cities live beyond our here and now. Beijing is about 3,000 years old; Paris is over 2,000 years old; Rome is over 2,500 years old; London is just under 2,000 and New York is headed to its 400th birthday. Starkville is officially 175 years old.



Mississippi voices: Kemper, the math doesn't work

Posted 10/3/2013 in Local Columns



Charlie Mitchell: Primary purpose of schools should never be secondary

Posted 9/30/2013 in Local Columns


Possumhaw: Predators prowl the Prairie

Posted 9/30/2013 in Local Columns

Leah stuck her bill into the broken egg and hoisted it up high. She shoved off into the water and paddled as fast as her webbed feet would take her. On the bank she carried the egg into the grass where she ate the egg, shell and all.

Ask Rufus: History overflows at the foot of Main Street

Posted 9/28/2013 in Local Columns

From under the old drawbridge at the Riverwalk, the Tombigbee River looks small and peaceful as it slowly flows toward Mobile. Yet for almost 500 hundred years that location has witnessed an almost unbelievable pageant of history.


Lynn Spruill: Dog tags

Posted 9/27/2013 in Local Columns


Slimantics: History preserved, generations entertained through storytelling

Posted 9/25/2013 in Local Columns

This week, Possum Town Tales, also known as the second annual Storytellers Festival, is being held at the Rosenzweig Center, featuring a trio of renowned storytellers.


Marty Wiseman: Defunding Obamacare: the mother of all debates

Posted 9/24/2013 in Local Columns



Charlie Mitchell: Robert Khayat: 'No pain, no gain' not limited to fitness

Posted 9/23/2013 in Local Columns

A charmed life. That's what the evidence says about Robert Khayat.


Ask Rufus: The 70-year-old roots of the Air Force Ball

Posted 9/22/2013 in Local Columns

Friday night the Trotter Convention Center was filled with our nation's finest, for it was the annual Air Force Birthday Ball. Seventy years ago, predating the birth of the Air Force as a separate service, there were also pilots and other servicemen dancing at the Trotter which was then called the City Auditorium. It was a different time but the same place with different men and women but with the same sense of duty and commitment to our country.

Shannon Bardwell: Murderous mantis

Posted 9/21/2013 in Local Columns

The praying mantis had the advantage, as his head rotates 180 degrees. His forearms were folded in prayer; he looked so delicate, so pious. His very name "mantis" means "prophet" in Greek. But if there ever was a wolf in sheep's clothing, it is the praying mantis.


Lynn Spruill: Ghost Dog

Posted 9/20/2013 in Local Columns

I saw a slow moving, old white dog the other morning. She was crossing one of the vacant fields at Lynn Lane and Louisville Street in Starkville. That property sits across from my office and so I took the time to watch her make her way through the grass in the first hours of the business day. No doubt she was headed to some quiet place to rest as the heat of the day began to descend on her home.



Nancy Loome: Biloxi celebrates learning; is your community celebrating?

Posted 9/20/2013 in Local Columns


Slimantics: Local elected officials avail themselves of travel opportunities ... and taxpayers pick up the tab

Posted 9/19/2013 in Local Columns

Early this year, when the qualifying period began for the mayor and council races began, I found it odd that more people didn't choose to run. As you will recall, two council positions were uncontested and only one council race had as many as three candidates. In the mayor's race, two challengers faced incumbent Robert Smith. Given the general downward trajectory of the city, you might have thought more people would be inspired to jump into the fray. Hardly.

Possumhaw: Gardening is not for pansies

Posted 9/16/2013 in Local Columns

Just the other day Tjajuan Boswell was working on the flowered medians in downtown Columbus. Heat radiated at 107 degrees, and she was working like a Trojan. With the back of her forearm she wiped sweat from her brow. I complimented her on how wonderful the flowers looked and thanked her for her efforts to beautify the city. It's no easy job.


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