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Wyatt Emmerich: Celebrating Mississippi's 200th birthday

Posted 12/4/2017 in Local Columns

On Sunday, Mississippi will celebrate its bicentennial. It's been 200 years since the founding of our state.


Slimantics: A working man in a working man's program

Posted 12/2/2017 in Local Columns

In some respects, the 32nd and 33rd football coach in Mississippi State history are much alike.

Leonard Pitts: Trump's an empty vessel with nothing to say

Posted 12/2/2017 in Local Columns

"The crew of the space shuttle Challenger honored us by the manner in which they lived their lives. We will never forget them, nor the last time we saw them, this morning, as they prepared for their journey and waved goodbye and 'slipped the surly bonds of earth to touch the face of God.'" -- Ronald Reagan, Jan. 28, 1986

Ask Rufus: How Grant saved Columbus

Posted 12/2/2017 in Local Columns

On Thursday, Mitchell Memorial Library at Mississippi State University celebrated the grand opening of the Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library and Frank and Virginia Williams Collection of Lincolniana.

Slimantics: A magical moment at Rotary

Posted 11/29/2017 in Local Columns

The Columbus Rotary has a long-standing, unwritten rule for its speakers during its weekly luncheons: You may talk as long as you like, but the Rotarians are leaving at 1 p.m.

Slimantics: Mullen's departure leaves Bulldogs broken-hearted

Posted 11/28/2017 in Local Columns

Breaking up is hard to do, as Neil Sedaka long ago reminded us.

Possumhaw: Don't stop believing

Posted 11/27/2017 in Local Columns

The winds blew in from the southwest, taking plenty of leaves with them. Just when you think you have the porch swept clean, here they come again. The Japanese persimmons hang on a leafless tree. The fruit has a transparency to it, left behind by the early morning frost.


Charlie Mitchell: Treating symptoms no cure for mass murder disease

Posted 11/27/2017 in Local Columns

When a patient shows up with an ailment, a doctor is sometimes able to cure the ailment. At other times, the doctor is limited to treating the symptoms resulting from the ailment. Doctors know the difference. Take a broken arm as an example. A doctor can reposition the bones in proper alignment and let nature take its healing course. That fixes the ailment.


Partial to Home: Batter up at Redbird Field

Posted 11/25/2017 in Local Columns

The other day, while waiting on the papers to come off the press, David Plyler, a high-school classmate, and I were talking about baseball and our shared love for the New York Yankees when we were kids.

Ask Rufus: The Vienna and the story its photo tells

Posted 11/25/2017 in Local Columns

The Vienna was a 176 ton, 155-by-26-by-4.5 feet stern-wheeler built in 1898.


Wyatt Emmerich: A desperately needed reform

Posted 11/20/2017 in Local Columns

As the deadline for procurement reform looms, local governments and contractors are pushing back. It would be a huge mistake if the Legislature caves.


Possumhaw: Life is so very, very good

Posted 11/18/2017 in Local Columns

"Our house is a very, very, very fine house, with two cats in the yard. Life used to be so hard. Now everything is easy 'cause of you." Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young

Ask Rufus: 200,000 Cousins

Posted 11/18/2017 in Local Columns

With Thanksgiving approaching, preschools and elementary schools always have their Thanksgiving programs.

Slimantics: Who do you believe?

Posted 11/17/2017 in Local Columns

A new day, a new claim of some prominent man faces charges of sexual harassment, abuse or assault.


Charlie Mitchell: Nurturing a desire to learn is the first challenge

Posted 11/17/2017 in Local Columns

All the king's horses and all the king's men have had their first meeting. Their challenge is to put the Jackson Public Schools back together again.


Possumhaw: What a wonderful day

Posted 11/13/2017 in Local Columns

In the dark of night, I walked toward my room at the Eola Hotel in Natchez. My brother, his wife and I had just dined with a multitude of kinfolk when a vivacious cousin, actually first cousin once removed, hollered out, "Hey y'all. There's a singer playing at the bar 'round the corner; I heard her last night. Let's go."

Slimantics: The bitter fruit of a family tree

Posted 11/12/2017 in Local Columns

Until a few weeks ago, my family tree was pretty much a sapling for all I knew of it. I came along late in my parents' lives and never knew my grandparents, other than their names.


Charlie Mitchell: Ideally, words should be precise, not confusing

Posted 11/10/2017 in Local Columns

Imagine a timber crew idling around their pickups in the moist, early-morning silence of a pine forest, waiting for their workday to begin.


Froma Harrop: From real estate to the presidency and back

Posted 11/8/2017 in Local Columns

In Hawaii, "aloha" also means "goodbye." President Trump could not have missed the less-than-enthusiastic greeting during his brief touchdown in the U.S. state where -- facts are facts -- Barack Obama was born.

Possumhaw: Ode to Romeo

Posted 11/6/2017 in Local Columns

The farmer and his wife were walking the Riverwalk when the farmer called out, "You still have Romeo?"


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