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Ask Rufus: Columbus has lost a friend

Posted 2/19/2011 in Local Columns

Recently Columbus lost a very good friend. After a long fight with health problems, Philip Meador passed away in California.

Birney Imes: Snow day

Posted 2/12/2011 in Local Columns

It began Wednesday evening, snowflakes coming down like in a Christmas movie. By the time I headed for home at 7, the streets were empty and white.

Scott Colom: A hometown hero

Posted 2/9/2011 in Local Columns

Omar Ballard inspires me every time I see him. His presence personifies the benefits of hard work and discipline, the perseverance of the human spirit, and the potential for greatness in our city.

Rufus Ward: Pushmataha

Posted 2/5/2011 in Local Columns

It was a glorious sun filled day with beautiful flowers covering a wide plain. Among the few trees was a giant centuries old Red Oak that overshadowed an immense area. For ages the great oak had defied all storms. However, though it had survived many centuries unscathed, it still had not accomplished the purpose for which the Great Spirit had planted it.

Birney Imes: Waiting for spring

Posted 2/5/2011 in Local Columns

Friday, at the end of an afternoon of weeding and rearranging flower beds, Linda Spearling went inside her house and warmed her hands over a wood stove.

Scott Colom: A positive psych for Columbus

Posted 2/2/2011 in Local Columns

Since college, people from Texas have fascinated me.

Adele Elliott: Dress codes

Posted 2/1/2011 in Local Columns

Ever since Eve was forced to vacate the Garden of Eden and give up her wardrobe of leaves, the question of what to wear has been foremost on women's minds.

Garthia Elena Burnett: Band memories, old and new

Posted 1/28/2011 in Local Columns

I had my first day of rehearsal with the Starkville/MSU community band on Monday. As a disclosure in my own defense, picking up a clarinet after six years is not like riding a bike.

 

Peter Imes: Running social media promotions

Posted 1/27/2011 in Local Columns

Last week we looked at a few contests some large corporations are currently running on their Facebook pages. Let's look at some ways local businesses can create buzz with their pages.

 

 

Frank Webb: Who is our neighbor?

Posted 1/26/2011 in Local Columns

On Monday I observed an event some of which should be passed on to others in our community. It concerned the life and more particularly the death of Mr. Hozie Hawthorne.

 

Scott Colom: Entrepreneurs and the new marketplace

Posted 1/26/2011 in Local Columns

Charles O. Perkins and Mario Murray have at least one thing in common: They are both using Facebook to sell something.

 

Jay Lacklen: Golf: hunting refined

Posted 1/24/2011 in Local Columns

Testosterone and evolution have driven males into the woods to procure for the family. This is seldom required today, yet men are still driven to do something along those lines, we just can't seem to help ourselves.

 

Scott Colom: Cheering for Leondra and Omar

Posted 1/20/2011 in Local Columns

Over the last few weeks, I've been thinking about how much Leondra Tillman and Omar Amir Gray's ability to stay away from drugs matters for the future of Columbus.

Birney Imes: A jewel of a school

Posted 1/15/2011 in Local Columns

The first thing you notice walking in is the blue under the portico. It's a Southern thing. You paint the ceilings of your porch blue to keep the wasps and dirt daubers away.

Scott Colom: Questioning motives

Posted 1/12/2011 in Local Columns

I've recently written about the problems with our current political discourse. This week I experienced examples of this on the local and state level.

Birney Imes: Leave Huck Finn alone

Posted 1/8/2011 in Local Columns

"All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called 'Huckleberry Finn.' There was nothing before. And there has been nothing as good since." Ernest Hemingway in 1935 Mark Twain, dead for a 100 years, is still causing a ruckus. No doubt he would have something quotable to say about this latest business.

Jay Lacklen: OK, what's with the hats?

Posted 1/8/2011 in Local Columns

I must ask a question, why do men wear their baseball hats while dining in restaurants? I admit I might be a bit of a prig on such things since, in the Air Force, I'd have been pounced upon and severely upbraided if, while in uniform, I didn't take off my hat immediately when coming indoors, or immediately put it on when going outdoors.

Scott Colom: Wells Cleaners -- bigger than a person

Posted 1/5/2011 in Local Columns

When I walked in to Wells Cleaners one recent afternoon, I thought it was still owned by Floyd Wells. In fact, I associate Wells Cleaners with the Wells family so much I briefly mistook the new owner, Oscar Lang, to be a member of the Wells family. During our conversation, I began to suspect Mr. Lang might like it this way.

 

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