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Partial to Home: A man on a porch listening to a radio

Posted 3/25/2017 in Local Columns

Late Friday afternoon on a whim I drove to Southside to see if I could find the man I'd seen earlier in the week sitting on his front porch in the pre-dawn darkness listening to a radio. The man had been wearing a white dress shirt, and I don't know why but the image had stayed with me.


Bill Crawford: Legislators' inaction adds to plight of local retailers

Posted 3/24/2017 in Local Columns

JCPenney announced it will close five stores in Mississippi communities -- Columbus, Corinth, Greenville, Meridian, and Oxford.



Charlie Mitchell: Rep.'s campaign against state media reflects misunderstanding

Posted 3/22/2017 in Local Columns

State Rep. Andy Gipson, R-Braxton, has his toga in a knot because a Delta newspaper publisher offered his opinion -- opinion -- that Gipson, who chairs House Judiciary B, went too far in mixing religion and public policy.


Possumhaw: The vernal equinox is upon us

Posted 3/20/2017 in Local Columns

This very morning at 5:29 CDT the vernal equinox took place while some of us were sleeping. We in the northern hemisphere were officially ushered into spring while at the same time the southern hemisphere ventured into fall.


Home Base: Not just any small town

Posted 3/20/2017 in Local Columns

Growing up in a small town in Arkansas, one far too small for even a Walmart to sniff its borders, the idea of seeing a college basketball game in person was a pipe dream.


Ask Rufus: 99 years ago airplanes were everywhere

Posted 3/18/2017 in Local Columns

In 1917 the Army began construction of a pilot training base on 533 acres in the prairie four miles north of West Point.

Partial to Home: Table tennis, anyone?

Posted 3/18/2017 in Local Columns

What ever happened to ping pong? Do kids still play it in basements? It's a great game -- improves coordination, reflexes and provides an easy way to socialize. Table tennis, the sport, while using the same table, paddle and ball, is something altogether different. More on that in a minute.

Possumhaw: Everything you wanted to know about crappie fishing

Posted 3/13/2017 in Local Columns

I tried to tell Sam fishing the crappie spawn is a lot like spring shopping.


Charlie Mitchell: 'Eventually' list centers on 'not if, but when'

Posted 3/13/2017 in Local Columns

Lists are more popular than ever. People love lists. People love making lists, the most prevalent of which is the "bucket list," a roster of to-do items before leaving this life for the next.


Partial to Home: Spring is in the air ... and litter is everywhere

Posted 3/11/2017 in Local Columns

Tuesday afternoon after the rains, I had the good fortune to be sitting in a rocking chair on the front porch of a just-completed small cabin at the edge of a pond in northwest Clay County. My host was Johnny Wray, a slow-foods farmer who embraces his vocation in the spirit of Wendell Berry.

Ask Rufus: The Chickasaws and Choctaws, people of culture

Posted 3/11/2017 in Local Columns

Last Sunday at the Mississippi-Alabama Bicentennial program at Mississippi University for Women, Phillip Morgan, a Chickasaw writer/historian, spoke about how the Chickasaws and Choctaws here at the time of statehood were a cultured, civilized people.

Slimantics: Elvis goes to Washington

Posted 3/10/2017 in Local Columns

There has been some talk lately about changing Mississippi's representation at Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol. Each state contributes two statues of its choosing from among its favorite sons and daughters.


Wyatt Emmerich: Mississippi: The stats do not paint a rosy picture

Posted 3/10/2017 in Local Columns

Mississippi's population has almost stopped growing for the first time in 50 years. Mississippi has grown less than .7 percent since the year 2000.


Slimantics: Why is there no International Men's Day?

Posted 3/8/2017 in Local Columns

Today is International Women's Day, which might be OK if this were really an honest effort to recognize the important contributions of women, mainly in the areas of lingerie, homemaking and child-bearing.

Possumhaw: Ash Wednesday and sugar-coated donuts

Posted 3/6/2017 in Local Columns

Last week we celebrated Ash Wednesday, marking the beginning of the Lenten season. I love these 40 days as they march toward Easter. It happened that Ash Wednesday fell on my birthday -- a new year for me. Also, it's the day Sam asked me to marry him. It was a fitting day to remember and evaluate the past while beginning afresh a new life together.

Partial to Home: Willie's blues

Posted 3/4/2017 in Local Columns

The blues historian Scott Barretta has a clipping from The New Yorker tacked to the wall of the office in his Greenwood home.

Ask Rufus: It was exactly 200 years ago

Posted 3/4/2017 in Local Columns

This past Friday marked the 200th anniversary of the separation of the Mississippi Territory into Mississippi and Alabama, and it was 200 years ago this fall that the first house was built on the site that became Columbus.

Slimantics: Free-loaders are ruining our state economy

Posted 2/28/2017 in Local Columns

Like a lot of folks, I've been keeping up with what's going on in Jackson as the Mississippi Legislature flops around like a catfish on hot pavement.


Wyatt Emmerich: The Kemper County fiasco

Posted 2/28/2017 in Local Columns

Southern Company chief executive officer Tom Fanning now says it may be less expensive to run the Kemper power plant on natural gas than gasified lignite (low grade coal). That means the $6.2 billion cost of the gasifier is down the drain.



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