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Birney Imes: Local politics: Why you should care

Posted 6/11/2011 in Local Columns

Take away family, friends and candidates and you might have had a handful of people at Thursday's political forum put on by the Columbus-Lowndes Voters League. Why there weren't more folks there, I haven't a clue.

 

Steve Mullen: A new chapter and verse, in Oxford

Posted 6/9/2011 in Local Columns

The move is decidedly Mississippian, done in a Mississippi way: Boxes and belongings lashed to the back of a borrowed pickup snaking down two-lane highways, passing Una and Egypt and Okolona, dodging slow-moving tractors and roadkill.

 

Jay Lacklen: Vacation revelations

Posted 6/7/2011 in Local Columns

A May vacation to Spain via military space-available transportation presented two revelations I had not anticipated or sought. I thought relaxation and sightseeing would be my most stringent tasks, yet events impinged.

Scott Colom: Keep children active during summer months

Posted 6/1/2011 in Local Columns

Scrolling through the homepage for my Facebook account this morning, a post by Judge Nicole Clinkscales caught my attention.

Birney Imes: Inside the mind of the U.S. Air Force

Posted 5/28/2011 in Local Columns

Each year the U.S. Air Force gathers its best and brightest mid-level officers and sends them to Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, AL., for what is called War College. There for 10 months these future military leaders, most of whom are seasoned warriors, turn their attention from suicide bombers, laser-guided missiles and helicopter rescues to matters of policy.

Ask Rufus: Memorial Day and the legacy of Dr. William Sykes

Posted 5/28/2011 in Local Columns

The death of Dr. William E. Sykes and the love of his family played a major role in the origins of Memorial Day.

Scott Colom: Drug court helps taxpayers, society

Posted 5/25/2011 in Local Columns

Last week, Circuit Court Judge Lee Howard presented plans for a drug court in Judicial District 16, which includes Lowndes, Oktibbeha, Noxubee and Clay counties. Drug court allows drug addicts and abusers (not dealers) to receive rehabilitative services instead of prison time.

 

Ask Rufus: Turkish corners

Posted 5/21/2011 in Local Columns

When talking to people in the decorative arts field, I have been surprised at how little is known about Turkish corners.

 

Shannon Bardwell: Annie, get your guns

Posted 5/21/2011 in Local Columns

Sometimes I wonder what the neighbors might think, but not much. I needed Sam quick while he was mowing the dam on the other side of the lake, so I ran to the house and grabbed two guns, a .22 and a .30-06.

Scott Colom: Redistricting questions still unanswered

Posted 5/18/2011 in Local Columns

After months of endless debate, newspaper stories, partisan bickering and lawsuits, the United States District Courts were suppose to resolve the redistricting battle for the 2011 elections.

Jay Lacklen: Education's misdirected mission

Posted 5/18/2011 in Local Columns

Since the 1970s America has doubled its per capita education spending yet gained no increase in standardized test scores.

Shannon Bardwell: Presentation is everything

Posted 5/16/2011 in Local Columns

I've been thinking about writing a cookbook called "Cheater Cooking." The idea came to me when I was explaining to the girl at the Shell station why I wanted six chicken nuggets.

Jay Lacklen: 13-year cicadas emerge

Posted 5/13/2011 in Local Columns

What is that noise outside?, Several days ago I heard a constant background hum in the distance but couldn't figure out what it was.

Birney Imes: 'Love is a cattlefield'

Posted 5/12/2011 in Local Columns

I felt like a stray dog sniffing empty streets on a walk through Southside early this morning. A flattened turtle just down the street from (supervisor) Jeff Smith's mother's house I did not sniff. Nor did I the remains of a chicken dinner in styrofoam the ants were polishing off on Eighth, just this side of the tracks.

Scott Colom: Making smart cool

Posted 5/11/2011 in Local Columns

Last Thursday and Friday, LeShawn Orr, Nadia Dale, and Shakia Sullivan, young employees of Columbus High, coordinated an event focused on the cultural challenges facing high school students.

Ask Rufus: Capt. SamKaye's 'Acrobatic Easter Egg'

Posted 5/7/2011 in Local Columns

On June 15, 1919, The Columbus Dispatch reported that Capt. Sam Kaye had arrived home from France; "Decorated with the Distinguished Service Cross, bestowed on him by his own government for bravery in action, and with the Croix de Guerre, bestowed by the French government for exceptional prowess in the air."

Scott Colom: Why the YMCA stays relevant

Posted 5/4/2011 in Local Columns

Every year thousands of people start non-profits and other charity groups. Most begin with good intentions and idealistic hopes of tackling some endemic problem. And these groups usually make a difference for a year or two, or, at best, a lifetime.

 

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