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Possumhaw: 'I'm molting, I'm molting ... '

Posted 8/27/2018 in Local Columns

While Sam shopped for tractor parts, I hung over the enclosure of baby chickens.


Mississippi Voices: Proposed lottery corporation removes all safeguards against cronyism

Posted 8/27/2018 in Local Columns

The legislature is about to create a $30 million a year slush fund for Gov. Phil Bryant at this special session.


Partial to Home: Pied piper with a harmonica

Posted 8/25/2018 in Local Columns

Someone was playing a harmonica in Kroger the other day. I was punching in my customer number at the auto-checkout when the music started.

Ask Rufus: Turkish Corners and Lady Drivers

Posted 8/25/2018 in Local Columns

Last week I wrote about the 1800s interior decor of Waverley.


Mississippi Voices: To prosper, Mississippi needs to expand economic freedom

Posted 8/24/2018 in Local Columns

There is a common assumption that we often hear about Mississippi government. It is that the government is too small and we have reduced taxes too much.



Charlie Mitchell: Trump didn't invent 'public enemy' label for the media

Posted 8/22/2018 in Local Columns

Media folk are rankled because the President of the United States identifies us as "enemies of the American people."


Slimantics: The 2-percent hostage

Posted 8/21/2018 in Local Columns

When the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors decided to break away from the Columbus-Lowndes Recreation Authority a year ago, supervisors suggested they would provide $200,000 to the city for parks/recreation in the fiscal years 2018, 2019 and 2020.


Mississippi Voices: State's infrastructure problems need deliberate, smart plans, not a rushed special session

Posted 8/21/2018 in Local Columns

Mississippi desperately needs a long range plan to deal with highways and other basic infrastructure.


Possumhaw: Fear of falling

Posted 8/20/2018 in Local Columns

In the last six months half-a-dozen friends have fallen, including myself. We range in age from 30 to 80. Two of the "fallers" were due to medical conditions, three were carrying groceries, one was due to inattention. The results of those falls varied from a small cut, two compound fractures, facial injuries requiring a cosmetic surgeon and two hospitalizations.

Froma Harrop: Environmental malpractice washes onto the beach

Posted 8/20/2018 in Local Columns

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency over an environmental disaster that he insists has nothing to do with him.

Partial to Home: A single photograph, a glut of memories

Posted 8/18/2018 in Local Columns

Rufus Ward called one day last week about a picture of Bob's Place, the now-mythical drive-in that was the high-school hangout for generations of Columbus teenagers.

Ask Rufus: Waverly as it was

Posted 8/18/2018 in Local Columns

The exterior appearance of Waverly, a National Historic Landmark, between West Point and Columbus is well known and pictured in many books on architecture.

Possumhaw: Living like pioneers

Posted 8/13/2018 in Local Columns

"I would like to do something this afternoon and it involves water." I suspected this would arouse Sam's interest.


Charlie Mitchell: Treading water shouldn't be good enough for voters

Posted 8/13/2018 in Local Columns

After 30 minutes with the household bills, Dad comes to the dinner table. Looking somber, he tells Mom, Junior and Sis, "We've got to cut back. We're spending more than we have."


Partial to Home: Cultural exchange

Posted 8/11/2018 in Local Columns

KREIENSEN, GERMANY - My friend Axel and I were standing at Track 2 one day last week waiting for the 7:33 a.m. train to Hannover when he shouted greetings to someone across the way. "He's an Elvis impersonator," Axel said. "He's quite good."

Ask Rufus: A 100-year heritage of military aviation continues

Posted 8/11/2018 in Local Columns

The twist and turns of history are always interesting.


Wyatt Emmerich: And now, the big 60 is here

Posted 8/8/2018 in Local Columns

August 2 is my birthday. The big 60 is finally here. Old age awaits.


Slimantics: I heart teachers

Posted 8/7/2018 in Local Columns

Beginning Monday, thousands of students throughout Mississippi will return to the classroom for another school year.

Possumhaw: It was well worth it

Posted 8/4/2018 in Local Columns

The water hose was lying in the flower bed surrounded by a pile of gray sand. I touched it with my fingers. Sam said, "It's coming from the well through the hose." I thought maybe not. "If it's gray," he said, "it's coming from the well."

Ask Rufus: Dinner at Moshulitubbee's, 1822

Posted 8/4/2018 in Local Columns

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to dine with one of the principal chiefs of the Choctaw Nation in 1822?


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