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Slimantics: Gopher Frogs: They've lost that lovin' feelin'

Posted 7/19/2013 in Local Columns

As part of its mission as a research university, the folks at Mississippi State are always up to something interesting. Hardly a week goes by that we do not receive a press release that provides details of research projects the university is working on. Some are more interesting than others, obviously.


Wyatt Emmerich: Kemper: Taxpayers take all the risk, no upside

Posted 7/19/2013 in Local Columns

With the latest rate increase caused by the runaway Kemper power plant, Mississippi Power residential customers will be paying 66 percent more for their electricity than Entergy customers in Mississippi.



Charlie Mitchell: Spirit of openness fades when salesmen visit officials

Posted 7/18/2013 in Local Columns



Wyatt Emmerich: Big business as bad as big government

Posted 7/16/2013 in Local Columns


Possumhaw: Raccoons and skunks, oh my

Posted 7/15/2013 in Local Columns

A raccoon was caught in the cage and the rain was beating hard. I admit I was feeling pretty prideful as it rarely takes more than a night to catch one. Raccoons are destructive; they have to go.


Rheta Johnson: Another flip-flop fantasy

Posted 7/13/2013 in Local Columns

A sweet young woman named Michelle painted my toenails the orange of road construction cones, a polish called Flip Flop Fantasy. I was ready to roll. The older I get, the lighter I travel.


Partial to Home: Pictures from an exhibition

Posted 7/13/2013 in Local Columns

Thirty-five years ago this month Blewett Thomas invited me to ride over to Tuscaloosa, Ala., to visit the bluesman Johnny Shines. The day before Blewett had met Axel Kustner, a German blues enthusiast, who was visiting their mutual friend, Big Joe Williams in Crawford.

Ask Rufus: Mississippi and the separation of church and state

Posted 7/13/2013 in Local Columns

Today there is much discussion about prayer in schools and the separation of church and state. Very few people, though, realize the origin of that discussion and controversy. Even fewer know of the role Mississippi played in its beginning.

Slimantics: Columbus' Elvis, largely ignored

Posted 7/11/2013 in Local Columns

I grew up in East Tupelo, about a mile from the birthplace of Elvis Presley. Even though Elvis was at his height as a performer during my youth, Tupelo didn't make too big a deal out of Elvis in the late 1960s.


Lloyd Gray: Vigilance on voting rights

Posted 7/10/2013 in Local Columns


Possumhaw: You can't make this stuff up

Posted 7/8/2013 in Local Columns

Here I am." Kathy McCoy hollered and motioned for me to follow. Cupped in her hand was a fuzzy-headed purple martin. Kathy explained the bird was born with an undeveloped wing. Marty chirped constantly but nestled comfortably next to Kathy.


Charlie Mitchell: Environmental stewardship is everybody's business

Posted 7/8/2013 in Local Columns


Ask Rufus: The Story of the Passion Flower or Maypop

Posted 7/6/2013 in Local Columns

Sometimes it is interesting how one thing leads to another. So it is with today's column on passion flowers, also known as maypops. I have often found these flowers blooming on the edge of fields and forest near the Tombigbee River.


Charlie Mitchell: Court's decision may cause races to talk to each other

Posted 7/2/2013 in Local Columns


Slimantics: Football, Deen and Liddell

Posted 7/2/2013 in Local Columns

I've been thinking a lot recently about Paula Deen and Martha Liddell and the strange phenomenon that ties the two together. Both have been in the news recently -- Deen on the national stage and Liddell here in Columbus.


RIP Tony Soprano

Posted 6/29/2013 in Local Columns

The British know. Their television and movie stars are like real people, except they can act. They look normal, with blemishes. Think Shirley Valentine, or Young Mister Grace. A few are pretty, some not so much. Acting trumps beauty.


And history was made

Posted 6/29/2013 in Local Columns

By 4 o'clock that Friday afternoon, the Mississippi State bulldogs had won their way into the championship game at the College World Series; by 5 o'clock the Bardwells were packing. "This is history being made. This may never happen again in our lifetime!" Sam said.

Slimantics: Three 'F's for Frazier: Faith, family, friends

Posted 6/28/2013 in Local Columns

Finally, the dirt on Leslie Frazier. Thursday, Frazier returned to his native Columbus, serving as keynote speaker at a fundraiser held at the Trotter Convention Center for the Mayors Senior Citizens Thanksgiving Luncheon.

Slimantics: Mississippi: Where the Grapes of Wrath are stored

Posted 6/26/2013 in Local Columns

I'm probably the only person in Mississippi that feels sort of sorry for ESPN commentator Mike Patrick today. I doubt the ESPN commentator meant any offense with an off-the-cuff remark about Mississippi State's enormous following at the College World Series made during the broadcast of Monday's Mississippi State-UCLA game.


Marty Wiseman: Taking a break from it all

Posted 6/25/2013 in Local Columns



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