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Slimantics: The importance of storytelling

Posted 9/24/2015 in Local Columns

The fourth annual Possum Town Storytelling Festival begins this evening, with seven events over four days, concluding Sunday afternoon.

Possumhaw: Flight of the dragonfly

Posted 9/22/2015 in Local Columns

Three beautiful sights appeared before my eyes.

Slimantics: Will Ole Miss get over this win?

Posted 9/22/2015 in Local Columns

Two days before Ole Miss' historic 43-37 win over Alabama in Tuscaloosa, former Ole Miss coach Billy Brewer talked about the last time - in fact the only time - Ole Miss had ever beaten the Tide as the visiting team.


Charlie Mitchell: State media, officials tested by coverage of homicides

Posted 9/22/2015 in Local Columns

In addition to creating horrors for all involved last week, Shannon Lamb tested the media's ability to track and report a developing story in this new era of gushing "real time" information.



Voice of the people: Lee Roy Lollar Jr.

Posted 9/21/2015 in Local Columns

Mrs. Stone hit the nail on the head with her article Sept. 20. We that are of moral fiber whether Christian or not, are sick and tired of the elitist of Hollywood producing such vile and profane garbage.


Ask Rufus: A birthday ball

Posted 9/19/2015 in Local Columns

The U.S. Air Force has turned 68 but its roots in the Golden Triangle run much deeper.

Partial to Home: Breakfast with Miss Doris

Posted 9/19/2015 in Local Columns

Six days a week Doris Martin rises at 3 a.m., dresses and makes the five-minute drive from her home on Buck Egger Road in Caledonia to the Cal-Kola Express, a convenience store/gas station on Highway 45 not far from Columbus Air Force Base. Martin arrives shortly after 4.

Lynn Spruill: Budgetary ESP

Posted 9/18/2015 in Local Columns

I don't know what got into the water this year that both the county and the city were secretive about the budget numbers they were developing.

Slimantics: Taxpayers are losers in E911 funding shell game

Posted 9/17/2015 in Local Columns

Wednesday in Starkville, a group of local emergency management officials met to hear from Bob Wedgeworth, president of the Mississippi Civil Defense Emergency Managers Association (MCDEMA) discuss the group's legislative agenda.


Charlie Mitchell: Could state finally be serious about learning to read?

Posted 9/15/2015 in Local Columns

A well-worn adage in education circles is that children must learn to read in grades one-three because afterward they must read to learn.


Possumhaw: The beauty of color

Posted 9/14/2015 in Local Columns

On occasion, while teaching a class of adults, I would arrive with colored pencils, crayons, construction paper, scissors, glue, sparkles and assorted craft supplies. It was playtime.

Ask Rufus: The Butterfly and the Hummingbird

Posted 9/12/2015 in Local Columns

Lately I have been enjoying taking photographs of hummingbirds and butterflies at the butterfly garden on the Riverwalk.

Lynn Spruill: Convictions have consequences

Posted 9/11/2015 in Local Columns

This is not a new theme for me, so let me reiterate a core belief.


Charlie Mitchell: Public's 'sword' can be used as shield by officials

Posted 9/8/2015 in Local Columns

Mississippi's access laws were designed as a sword for citizens seeking truth, but can become into a shield in the hands of reluctant public officials.


Ask Rufus: The Prairie that was

Posted 9/5/2015 in Local Columns

Karen and I went to Rosenzweig arts Center Thursday night for the opening of Frances Hairston's watercolor exhibit "Prairie Images: The Way I See It."

Shannon Bardwell: A place of indescribable calm

Posted 9/5/2015 in Local Columns

It seems like if you were going to be a friend to anyone, you'd be a friend of the library. Libraries are the most magical places where, on any given day, you could stroll right pass Mother Goose, alive and in person. The only other place something like that could happen would be maybe Disney World, or the downtown post office.

Lynn Spruill: E911 and police should share digs

Posted 9/4/2015 in Local Columns

Oktibbeha County is struggling over relocating E911 and balancing their mandate to provide the new Starkville Consolidated School District enough space to house their expanded administrative services.


Charlie Mitchell: Even one 'line of duty' death shocks conscience

Posted 9/3/2015 in Local Columns

Average age: 40. Average time in law enforcement: 12 years, 10 months. Those stats describe the 82 law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty so far this year.



Wyatt Emmerich: Lessons learned from the Ashley Madison debacle

Posted 9/3/2015 in Local Columns

I was sitting on my back porch Saturday morning catching up on my Facebook feed when I thought, "Who is this Ashley woman from Madison and why is everybody so concerned about her?"


Possumhaw: The eye of the spider

Posted 8/31/2015 in Local Columns

Nighttime temperatures fell into the 60s, creating perfect conditions for nighttime walks.


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