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Slimantics: World Cup shocker: Soccer 1, Nap 0

Posted 6/24/2014 in Local Columns

Something truly remarkable happened Sunday afternoon: Americans in large numbers watched a soccer match.

 

Possumhaw: Time is not on your side

Posted 6/23/2014 in Local Columns

It was one of those odd days when plans went awry and I found myself hanging. "All dressed up and no place to go," as they say.

Ask Rufus: Did the buffalo roam?

Posted 6/23/2014 in Local Columns

I have often been asked, "If the Black Prairie really is a prairie, were there once buffalo around here?"

Birney Imes: Times that try men's (and women's) souls

Posted 6/21/2014 in Local Columns

"A body of men holding themselves accountable to nobody ought not to be trusted by anybody." --Thomas Paine In case you missed it ... This past week our city council did something utterly stupid and repressive. It placed onerous restrictions on its public-input policy. Before Tuesday evening any citizen who wished to address the council on any topic simply had to show up and put his name on the list to speak.

Lynn Spruill: Carole's joie de vivre

Posted 6/20/2014 in Local Columns

There have already been tributes written to Carole and I'm sure there will be more. Each of us has our own stories about this loving and exuberant woman.

Slimantics: Carole McReynolds Davis: Irreplaceable

Posted 6/19/2014 in Local Columns

One thing about Southerners is that we are, at heart, conformists.

 

Charlie Mitchell: 'Electioneering' has become an industry all unto itself

Posted 6/17/2014 in Local Columns

"For some, politics is a racket that's too good to pass up."

 

Possumhaw: Treasures in a brown paper bag

Posted 6/16/2014 in Local Columns

The walls of Toni's bedroom were lined with books from the floor to the ceiling. At the foot of the bed was a small sitting area with a thrifted brocade couch and a small coffee table, where Toni drank tea in real china tea cups, also thrifted.

Birney Imes: A new pickup truck

Posted 6/14/2014 in Local Columns

A friend, who by day is a buttoned-down lawyer, has for years driven a pickup truck. He's not the only person in that line of work to do so. Last time I checked, our D.A. drove a Toyota Tacoma. I suspect the truck for these guys is an antidote for long hours reading tedious legal briefs or time spent in the bowels of the courthouse doing title searches.

Lynn Spruill: Rivals, yes, but fellow Mississippians, too

Posted 6/13/2014 in Local Columns

Some aspects of the rivalry between Ole Miss and State leaves me baffled. Don't misunderstand; as long as MSU is playing Ole Miss, there is no contest. MSU is the choice over Ole Miss hands down.

Slimantics: At school board, it's business as unusual

Posted 6/11/2014 in Local Columns

Like many folks in Columbus, I read with strange fascination the account of Monday's Columbus Municipal School Board meeting, which shows there is no accounting for taste, I suppose.

Possumhaw: Gather the hay while you may

Posted 6/9/2014 in Local Columns

Sitting on the homemade bench, my one hand rested on Rex's head. My fingers moved slowly and absentmindedly around his neck and over his long ears. The other hand held a book while I read to him.

 

Charlie Mitchell: Election processes vary more than people know

Posted 6/9/2014 in Local Columns

When a Sunday school class needs to elect a treasurer, a name is put forward and everybody says "aye." That's that. Nice and simple.

 

Ask Rufus: A simple framed Silver Star

Posted 6/7/2014 in Local Columns

Friday was the 70th anniversary of D-Day. It's a day when I always think of my Uncle Orman Kimbrough.

Birney Imes: Local gardeners put on the dog

Posted 6/7/2014 in Local Columns

In the spring Columbus residents quietly and with little fanfare transform their town into an oversized botanical garden.

Slimantics: We don't even get to buy our own politicians anymore

Posted 6/3/2014 in Local Columns

Today marks the end of one of the most regrettable political campaigns in recent Mississippi history.

Possumhaw: The story of Martha

Posted 6/2/2014 in Local Columns

Martha died at the age of 29 after having suffered a stroke. Martha, namesake of Martha Washington, spent most of her life behind bars. Her remains are housed at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.

Ask Rufus: Nashville

Posted 5/31/2014 in Local Columns

A question arose last week about Nashville. Not Nashville, Tennessee, but Nashville, Lowndes County, Mississippi.

Birney Imes: Aretha's garden

Posted 5/31/2014 in Local Columns

Elbert came in the back door shaking his head. "You ought to go see that cabbage; it's as big as a tire." Elbert Ellis is the maintenance person here at The Dispatch. He doesn't get excited easily. "Down at the Shell station," he said, pointing east.

Lynn Spruill: The apprentice system

Posted 5/30/2014 in Local Columns

The concept of an apprenticeship has always made absolute sense to me. I can actually remember when such skills as blacksmithing or carpentry came from a history of family work.

 

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