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Possumhaw: Party on the porch

Posted 2/29/2016 in Local Columns

Hungry birds are always welcome.

 

Charlie Mitchell: A less-than-impressive field

Posted 2/29/2016 in Local Columns

Pete Seeger wrote a cycle of life song 60 years ago, "Where Have All The Flowers Gone?"

 

Birney Imes: A bit of Alabama history

Posted 2/27/2016 in Local Columns

Tuesday afternoon, in a warehouse in Fayette, Alabama, Kimberly Bowling, a 45-year-old mother of three, Auburn University graduate and business owner, maneuvered a pallet jack up the ramp of a semi-trailer and pushed it under a listing tower of glass jars. The jars, $20,000 worth of them, had just arrived by truck from Jonesboro, Arkansas.

Ask Rufus: Fact or fiction? The Bride of the Eliza Battle

Posted 2/27/2016 in Local Columns

The first of March and unsettled weather always brings to my mind the horrific story of the Eliza Battle.

 

Charlie Mitchell: Scalia shed light on the mind of a true conservative

Posted 2/26/2016 in Local Columns

When a screenwriter concocts a conservative, the prototype is standard.

 

Lynn Spruill: Time to quit talking and just do it

Posted 2/26/2016 in Local Columns

When I say we're starting from scratch, I wish I were talking about biscuits.

 

Mississippi Voices: J.C. Brown

Posted 2/25/2016 in Local Columns

 

Possumhaw: I may be dying

Posted 2/22/2016 in Local Columns

To be honest, I'm not liking this New Year's Resolution very much at all. It's been 66 days now since I resolved not to buy any apparel, shoes or jewelry, nothing to decorate myself up with for a whole year.

Ask Rufus: Riverwalk offers a walk through history

Posted 2/20/2016 in Local Columns

As the weather warms and spring approaches, traffic on the Riverwalk picks up. Recently I have been walking there, not only enjoying the touch of natural beauty at the edge of downtown, but seeing old friends and making new ones. It is a place where almost everyone speaks as they pass, and, too, it is a place steeped in history.

Lynn Spruill: Legislative maneuvering for model school bewildering

Posted 2/19/2016 in Local Columns

One of our most tenured representatives, Tyrone Ellis, has submitted a bill, HB984, to develop a partnership school jointly controlled by the Starkville-Oktibbeha County School District and Mississippi State University.

Slimantics: Why Black History Month matters

Posted 2/19/2016 in Local Columns

Since 1976, February has been designated as "Black History Month" in the United States.

Slimantics: The tale of the reluctant handy-man

Posted 2/18/2016 in Local Columns

It was a Saturday morning, maybe a couple of months ago. Tess was standing in the kitchen, looking up at the ceiling. "Uh-Oh," I thought. I had seen this look before.

Possumhaw: Bomb threat hoaxers

Posted 2/15/2016 in Local Columns

I slipped down the back way to Lincoln Road, which runs between Walmart and the shopping center, for my massage appointment.

Reviewer bids farewell

Posted 2/13/2016 in Local Columns

For about 20 years I have been writing reviews of books I have read, and sending them out to family and friends.

The gentle gardener

Posted 2/13/2016 in Local Columns

Back in the 60s when he was a student at Lane College in Jackson, Tennessee, and dating a pretty young coed named Jessie, Melchie Koonce had an idea.

Lynn Spruill: Mandatory service to country

Posted 2/12/2016 in Local Columns

There is talk of a coming time when all of our country's residents will be expected to register for the draft.

 

Wyatt Emmerich: Mississippi's own kind of socialism

Posted 2/10/2016 in Local Columns

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders received an avalanche of criticism when he called himself a democratic socialist. Meanwhile, the newly entrenched Mississippi Republican leadership is going full bore with its own kind of socialism.

 

Possumhaw: Consume chocolate while you may

Posted 2/8/2016 in Local Columns

Wednesday is "Ash Wednesday." It's the beginning of the Lenten season where traditionally Christians give up something like smoking, drinking coffee or maybe cussing.

 

Charlie Mitchell: Jack Reed Sr.'s focus was what's best for everyone

Posted 2/8/2016 in Local Columns

The late January death of Jack Raymond Reed Sr. in his beloved Tupelo passed with too little notice statewide.

 

Ask Rufus: The toughest and the greatest

Posted 2/6/2016 in Local Columns

With all the coverage of last week's college signing day, the discussion of whether LSU can unseat Alabama in the SEC West next year, what Hugh Freeze will do to top this past year, and of course today's Super Bowl, thoughts turn to great football teams.

 

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