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Adele Elliott: Fall from grace

Posted 3/17/2012 in Local Columns

The news is seldom good. In Afghanistan, an American soldier slaughtered 16 civilians for no discernible reason. That carnage included nine children. In Ohio, a 17-year-old boy went on a shooting rampage, in which he killed three of his fellow students and injured others. The victims were chosen at random. His motive remains unclear.

Scott Colom: Experiencing MSMS

Posted 3/15/2012 in Local Columns

I grew up hearing about the MS School for Mathematics and Science but I never really got the chance to experience it.

Shannon Bardwell: By the light of the moon

Posted 3/13/2012 in Local Columns

The moon was full and barely tipped the canopy of the trees, its parchment-colored sphere overlaid by bare twigs. As we moved across the Prairie I strained to look back. There could be no prettier sight if I had paid millions to hike majestic mountains or cruise the South Seas, and all of this beauty right here, right where I live in the Prairie. It's true; happiness is found in your own backyard and the grass is not greener anywhere else.

Ask Rufus: The Tragic Story of the Eliza Battle

Posted 3/10/2012 in Local Columns

When warm wet weather in early March is suddenly followed by storms and rapidly dropping temperatures, I can not help but think of the ill-fated Eliza Battle.

Scott Colom: Society's focus should be on improving parenting

Posted 3/7/2012 in Local Columns

Ever since I read about the legislative bills to require welfare recipients to be drug tested and do community service, I've been asking myself why people associate public assistance with laziness and drug use.

Shannon Bardwell: Hometown heroes and houses

Posted 3/6/2012 in Local Columns

Every jaw hit the ground, and I felt I had suddenly been zapped naked. I knew I had asked the unthinkable when I had pointed to the charming brick building north of the library and asked, "What building is that?"

 

Birney Imes: Whiskey River don't run dry

Posted 3/3/2012 in Local Columns

Two moonshiners were arrested on Thursday.

 

Ask Rufus: The long history of Columbus air bases

Posted 3/3/2012 in Local Columns

This week Columbus Air Force Base will be celebrating its 70th anniversary. The base follows a 199 year tradition of military installations in the Columbus area.

Scott Colom: A high speed investment for the future

Posted 3/1/2012 in Local Columns

There is often much talk about how the government can support entrepreneurs and small businesses.

Shannon Bardwell: A welcome old coot

Posted 2/28/2012 in Local Columns

It's a strange sight to see a bird swimming through the clear water, a bream -- a small bass, a carp, a turtle, followed by a bird. It all started when Sam hollered out, "There's a bird under the dock." Near the dock a bird suddenly popped up from under the water; the bird was a coot. I wondered why the coot was all alone and suggested he may have lost his mate. Sam said, "Maybe he's just an old coot." Sam's funny like that.

Shannon Bardwell: Man against beast

Posted 2/21/2012 in Local Columns

The beaver didn't come last night. Sam thought that he would. "The beaver can hear the sound of running water; they know when the dam is broken."

 

Birney Imes: Search for pine tree evokes childhood memories

Posted 2/18/2012 in Local Columns

Got out of bed Saturday morning intending to plant a pine tree. In winter, the orange glow of the security lights in neighbors' backyards makes ours look like a set in a David Lynch movie. Maybe a fast-growing pine could help things.

 

Birney Imes: Chocolate chip pancakes and homemade sausage

Posted 2/4/2012 in Local Columns

On the day when much of the world was in a lather over social media behemoth Facebook going public, 800 people gathered for a pancake supper in Noxubee County.

Scott Colom: Help paint the town

Posted 2/1/2012 in Local Columns

As a city planner, Christina Berry knows the importance of keeping up appearances. Since her appointment late last year, Christina has been busy putting together a strategic long term plan for the city. In the meantime, though, she's also been thinking about easy ways to keep Columbus beautiful.

Scott Colom: Recent political appointments plus for Lowndes

Posted 1/25/2012 in Local Columns

When Calisolar announced its intention to open a plant in Columbus, people from across the state might have thought: what, them again? Envy is one of the byproducts of success, and when it comes to big industrial projects no other part of the state has been more successful in recent years than Lowndes County.

 

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