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Partial to home: Moonrise over Friendship Cemetery

Posted 9/18/2016 in Local Columns

Thursday evening while paddling on the river, I looked up at the moon and thought of Ansel Adams. Adams, you may know, was a photographer of the American West -- arguably the photographer of the American West -- known for his black-and-white prints that rivaled the grandeur of the landscapes they depicted.

Ask Rufus: Intruders in the Chickasaw Nation

Posted 9/17/2016 in Local Columns

It's interesting how projects and research often end up overlapping.

Lynn Spruill: Looking for an upside to 9-11

Posted 9/16/2016 in Local Columns

We all lost something valuable that day. It was just a matter of the degree.

 

Rheta Johnson: Build that wall

Posted 9/15/2016 in Local Columns

I've been three times to the Ernest Hemingway house in Key West, Florida, hoping with each visit to find some secret to writing short, declarative sentences that resonate with the reading public and sell millions of books.

 

Possumhaw: Chicken at the Shell station

Posted 9/12/2016 in Local Columns

A couple of weeks ago, a Prairie neighbor, Kathy, said she was passing the Shell Station on the new road while talking on her cell phone when she noticed a banty hen, a real one, standing under the big sign that says "Chix-Fried Chicken."

 

Charlie Mitchell: Could past-due 'college' issue be receiving attention?

Posted 9/12/2016 in Local Columns

It's too soon to cue up the wonderful Etta James for a refrain of "At Last," but the U.S. Department of Education has taken a step toward crimping the abuses too many students and all taxpayers have faced at the hands of "colleges" where the priority is profit.

 

Partial to Home: Two angels reeking of alcohol

Posted 9/11/2016 in Local Columns

Out of the blue comes an email from Larry Studdard. If you qualify for a senior discount at the picture show, went to high school in the area and paid attention to the sports pages of that time, you need no introduction.

Leonard Pitts: A postcard from post-factual America

Posted 9/11/2016 in Local Columns

"Why haven't you reported that Colin Kaepernick's actions are due to his radical Muslim beliefs? Why are you covering this up?"

Ask Rufus: Horse Hunter

Posted 9/10/2016 in Local Columns

In Noxubee County, east of Brooksville, flows Horse Hunters Creek.

Slimantics: State's budget crisis requires the people's attention

Posted 9/9/2016 in Local Columns

It is easy, often tempting, to ignore the machinations of our state government.

Possumhaw: Mystery of the furling flag

Posted 9/6/2016 in Local Columns

Sometimes it's like other people know something I don't. Like maybe I didn't get the password or learn the secret handshake.

 

Charlie Mitchell: Importing college students is also a growth industry

Posted 9/6/2016 in Local Columns

For every person who left this state in search of higher education last fall, more than five from other states enrolled at a Mississippi public university.

 

Partial to Home: A beige Corvette

Posted 9/3/2016 in Local Columns

Wednesday afternoon, as my grandson and I waited on milkshakes at Jack's, a man walked up and started telling us about his '61 Corvette.

Ask Rufus: At the prairie's edge

Posted 9/3/2016 in Local Columns

Friday I attended the opening of the Mossy Oak Golf Course. Though not having played golf in years, I have been interested in the Mossy Oak course because it is a links course returning to golf's Scottish heritage. It is an absolutely beautiful course planted with native prairie grasses, and the roughs filled with prairie wild flowers. Except for greens and sand traps, the landscape was basically unaltered.

Slimantics: A highly questionable debut for Bulldogs

Posted 9/3/2016 in Local Columns

Saturday, Mississippi State fans were reminded of the memorable words from our Founding Document: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal -- except in football. We're definitely not saying that."

Slimantics: Gator hunters miss the 'larger' point

Posted 9/2/2016 in Local Columns

It's alligator season in Mississippi and I have a "large" problem with that.

Lynn Spruill: Paying for the future now

Posted 9/2/2016 in Local Columns

A down payment on our future.

Home Base: Take time to remember before it's too late

Posted 9/1/2016 in Local Columns

A soldier stood alone among headstones in a south Arkansas cemetery playing "Taps" on Saturday, while another waited by an American flag-draped casket that sat in front of a mourning family.

 

Local voices: A Muslim friend goes through rough times

Posted 8/30/2016 in Local Columns

As soon as I heard the news, I called Oda. I could tell he was shaken up, and I asked him what happened. Oda told me FBI agents knocked on his door and asked him if he knew where his son Muhammad was.

 

 

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