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Ask Rufus: The early Federal houses of Columbus

Posted 8/23/2014 in Local Columns

During the first years of Columbus' growth and expansion, some early settlers tried to bring a little of the refinement of the east coast to the new town.

Birney Imes: Gifts all week long

Posted 8/23/2014 in Local Columns

Wednesday in the aisles of Kroger I ran into a high school friend I had not seen in years, Joey Hendrix. As a civil engineer with the Army Corps of Engineers, Joey's career included postings in Vicksburg, Baghdad and New Orleans. He is now retired and has come home to take care of his mother, who lives in New Hope.

Slimantics: A tale of two tails

Posted 8/20/2014 in Local Columns

Pete Creekmore sits in a chair in his upstairs office at Rae's Jewelers on Tuesday afternoon, hunched over his microscope, examining two quarters that have one "head" between them or, if you prefer, three "tails."

Possumhaw: Imagine a world of butterflies

Posted 8/18/2014 in Local Columns

It was nightfall when I slipped to the garden to spy on the parsley. I hoped to catch the caterpillars sleeping. Their tiny heads were nodded forward; they appeared to be sleeping, as everything sleeps.

Slimantics: Murder among the weeds

Posted 8/16/2014 in Local Columns

Nothing ever seems to get thrown away on Downs Road. Sofas, tables, tires, broken toys, long strips of waterlogged insulation, boxes and overstuffed black garbage bags -- all left to the weeds to obscure and nature to absorb. This seems to apply even to some of the homes along this little street that connects Mike Parra Road and Land Road in north Lowndes County.

Ask Rufus: Green corn and dancing under a full moon

Posted 8/16/2014 in Local Columns

Last week there was a spectacular full moon. The news media called it a super moon. While its size and the earth's being at its closest point to the moon might justify the name, it actually was the Green Corn Moon.

 

Birney Imes: Our town

Posted 8/16/2014 in Local Columns

There is something different about this place, all right. We would have a hard time counting the number of letters we've received over the years from visitors delighted, if not bewildered by the over-the-top servings of Southern hospitality they enjoyed while passing through our lovely ville.

 

 

Robert Smith: The Mayor responds

Posted 8/16/2014 in Local Columns

The following is a response to Birney Imes' column of Aug. 10 titled, "An open letter to Mayor Smith." On Aug. 6, 2014, the Mayor and City Council of Columbus had a budget meeting. In that meeting the Council deadlocked on a number of issues related to some important pay raises for some of the City's valuable employees.

 

Lynn Spruill: Summer has come and gone

Posted 8/15/2014 in Local Columns

Each season has its own special character. Summer always was and I guess to me it always will be June, July and August, the months when school was out.

 

Charlie Mitchell: At 91, William Winter's focus is still a better Mississippi

Posted 8/14/2014 in Local Columns

As midday neared on a cool July day in Mississippi (strange as that sounds), a 91-year-old hopped (strange as that sounds) up the stage steps, approached and embraced the lectern at the Neshoba County Fair.

 

Slimantics: Cordial chaos: The story I am not allowed to tell

Posted 8/12/2014 in Local Columns

On Aug. 5, we published a story on the renovations currently being made at the Kroger store on Highway 45. I didn't write that story, nor was it the story I had hoped to write.

Possumhaw: Bunnies, deer, ducks - now skunks

Posted 8/11/2014 in Local Columns

Coming in from feeding the bunnies, I found Sam doing his morning pushups. He held the pose as he watched me lie on the floor and look up at him. "I have some news. There are skunks under the house."

Ask Rufus: The raised-cottages of Columbus, a cultural intersection

Posted 8/9/2014 in Local Columns

In examining the historic architecture of Columbus, the earliest houses other than log houses are the vernacular raised-cottage and the late Federal style.

Birney Imes: An open letter to Mayor Smith

Posted 8/9/2014 in Local Columns

Mr. Mayor, do you have any idea what effect your actions Wednesday have had on the people of Columbus? You are the face of Columbus. Friday your face appeared in the state's largest newspaper under a headline proclaiming you had given yourself a $10,000 raise after a discussion of the city's budget deficit.

Lynn Spruill: A turning point for downtown?

Posted 8/8/2014 in Local Columns

One of our aldermen has expressed a troublesome and sad view of the future of our downtown. He believes that downtown is doomed to mundane daytime activity and total nighttime irrelevance. That view, while certainly possible, if not probable, is a challenge this board should meet head-on.

Possumhaw: Three guys and a chainsaw

Posted 8/4/2014 in Local Columns

Shirley, my walking partner, and I sat on the back steps watching Sam, Charles and Ralph cut down 30-foot cedar trees close to the house.

 

Charlie Mitchell: Riddle over 'fully funding' public schools not yet solved

Posted 8/4/2014 in Local Columns

The late state Sen. Grey Ferris, an author the Mississippi Adequate Education Program, had a pat answer whenever he heard someone say that generous funding of Mississippi's public schools wouldn't fix what's broken.

 

Ask Rufus: De Soto's footprints

Posted 8/3/2014 in Local Columns

It's been almost 474 years since Hernando de Soto dined on barbecue pork in the Black Prairie just west of the Tombigbee River.

Birney Imes: Email inquiry triggers flood of memories

Posted 8/2/2014 in Local Columns

Donna Grant deserves a byline on today's column. Several weeks ago someone mentioned Al Puckett had been named distinguished hospital trustee of the year for the state and wondered why it hadn't been in the paper.

Lynn Spruill: Lest we forget

Posted 8/1/2014 in Local Columns

As part of my active (as opposed to financial) volunteer pledge this year I have chosen to work with the Alzheimer's Walk scheduled for Oct. 12. Medical literature distinguishes between the types of dementia, but the details of the ravages of this ever more common disease are astounding.

 

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