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Marty Wiseman: Taking a break from it all

Posted 6/25/2013 in Local Columns



Charlie Mitchell: Student debt another crisis

Posted 6/24/2013 in Local Columns


Possumhaw: All in a day

Posted 6/24/2013 in Local Columns

You can make your plans, and then count on it -- the day goes every which-a-way.

Birney Imes: Marty Turner's next big thing

Posted 6/22/2013 in Local Columns

Marty Turner has packed in a lot of experience into his 35 years. Judging from the variety of his exploits, the recently elected Ward 4 Councilman is nothing if not adaptable. Let's hope so. Come July 1, Turner will be one of six men charged with running the city of Columbus (along with Mayor Robert Smith).

Episcopal Camp Bratton-Green's Columbus Roots

Posted 6/22/2013 in Local Columns

I have just returned home from a week on staff at the Episcopal Church's Camp Bratton-Green north of Canton. The camp's origins are actually intertwined with Columbus, though the camp was never located here.

Slimantics: A welcome breath of fresh air

Posted 6/21/2013 in Local Columns

Somebody pinch me. Thursday evening, the Columbus Municipal School District Board of Trustees continued a recent run of mystifying behavior, removing board president Currie Fisher and installing long-time school administrator Edna McGill to run the district while the search for an interim superintendent continues.


Wyatt Emmerich: In praise of Scouting

Posted 6/20/2013 in Local Columns


Slimantics: Hooray for transparency!

Posted 6/19/2013 in Local Columns

In a delicious bit of irony, Lavonne Harris of the NAACP went before the Columbus City Council to ask that the council use its influence in demanding more transparency from the Columbus Municipal School Board of Trustees.


Mississippi Voices: Kemper plant a prudent investment

Posted 6/17/2013 in Local Columns

Rating agencies and regulators expect utility companies to maintain sound risk management and long-term planning strategies. For this reason, electric utilities value diversity in power generation options.


Possumhaw: Up the road to West Point

Posted 6/17/2013 in Local Columns

The invitation came in the mail. West Point's Bryan Public Library was having their luncheon with books. I took the back way, up Old West Point road to Highway 45 Alternate and over to the library.

Birney Imes: Alfred Walker's century plant puts on a show

Posted 6/15/2013 in Local Columns

Saturday morning Wendell Rinehart and Alfred Walker were shooting the breeze in the den of Walker's ranch-style home on Martin Luther King Drive. Man cave might be a more apt description of the room, which sports a bar, shag carpet and a large glass table laden with glossy sports magazines. The wall-mounted TV was tuned to an ESPN NFL preview.

Ask Rufus: The red and blue of Mississippi A & M

Posted 6/15/2013 in Local Columns

With State playing in the College World Series this weekend, college baseball games of long ago come to mind. Even at the turn of the 19th century the rivalry between State and Ole Miss was fierce and in Oxford Mississippi Agricultural and Mechanical College (State's name back then) was called the "school for cow pullers." In the spring of 1897 the Red and Blue of Mississippi A & M played University (Ole Miss) a baseball game in Columbus.

Slimantics: Legislature: Just say 'no' to drug courts

Posted 6/13/2013 in Local Columns

Our elected officials have had plenty to say recently about the need for Mississippi to improve its education. A good place to start would be at the Legislature itself, which seems to have no grasp of the basic concepts of math.


Charlie Mitchell: High school newspapers

Posted 6/13/2013 in Local Columns



Local Voices: The power of art in education

Posted 6/10/2013 in Local Columns



Charlie Mitchell: Remember Evers by understanding goals that guided him

Posted 6/10/2013 in Local Columns


Possumhaw: A good place to be

Posted 6/10/2013 in Local Columns

After half-a century I feel I've finally gotten to the place I'm meant to be. It's not so much a physical place as it is an-everything-else place. It's a comfortable place where there's a lot less striving.

Birney Imes: Farmers' market ramble

Posted 6/8/2013 in Local Columns

Had you been at the Hitching Lot Farmers Market Saturday morning you might have seen a young woman in a long, hot pink skirt carrying a small pig. Not to be outdone, the pig had a bright pink halter and matching leash.


Wyatt Emmerich: Is the tide turning in Kemper?

Posted 6/6/2013 in Local Columns


Slimantics: Notes on the municipal elections

Posted 6/5/2013 in Local Columns

Tuesday's municipal elections reaffirmed something Abraham Lincoln said during the Gettysburg Address about the nature of our system of government. Ours is a government of some of the people, by some of the people and for some of the people.


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