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Possumhaw: Smarter than a hound dog

Posted 7/2/2018 in Local Columns

In the middle of the day even cats refuse to go outside.


Charlie Mitchell: America was designed to be a work in progress

Posted 7/2/2018 in Local Columns

Did a teacher make you memorize the Declaration of Independence, or at least the first few paragraphs?


Ask Rufus: Columbus' most interesting buildings

Posted 6/30/2018 in Local Columns

For almost 40 years, Ken P'Pool has been with the Mississippi Department of Archives and History and Mississippi's go-to person in historic preservation.

Partial to Home: A son returns to his musical roots

Posted 6/30/2018 in Local Columns

It was too much to get into a single photograph, the scene in front of us.

Slimantics: Dems face daunting challenges in Senate races

Posted 6/28/2018 in Local Columns

The primaries are over and the stage is set for one of the most unusual general elections in our state history.


Wyatt Emmerich: Tariffs have real world consequences

Posted 6/28/2018 in Local Columns

It's one thing to talk theoretically about the impact of a trade war. It's another thing to be caught in the crossfire.



Charlie Mitchell: High international intrigue visits Mississippi towns

Posted 6/26/2018 in Local Columns

What do Oxford and Starkville have in common? Both were -- or almost were -- players in determining the future of the European Union, thereby exerting influence over some of the largest and oldest economies in the world.


Ask Rufus: Stories on a Southern Porch

Posted 6/23/2018 in Local Columns

It may be social media or just changing times, but sipping cool beverages and listening to grand stories while sitting on a porch on a hot summer day seems to be a relic of the past.


Voice of the people: Cameron Triplett

Posted 6/23/2018 in Local Columns


Slimantics: Democratic run-off will be test of re-tooled state party

Posted 6/22/2018 in Local Columns

Thursday afternoon, David Baria arrived in Columbus for a campaign event at the Lowndes County Courthouse.

Slimantics: Is this what America has become?

Posted 6/21/2018 in Local Columns

You've probably been hearing a lot about the Trump Administration's "zero tolerance" policy on immigration, either from Trump and his surrogates or from every Mississippi Republican currently holding office in D.C. or campaigning for one of those seats.

Possumhaw: Why I'm giving up plastic straws

Posted 6/18/2018 in Local Columns

My good friend, we'll call him Richard, caught up with me at church. "Girl," he said, "did you see this issue of National Geographic? It's about all that plastic ending up in the ocean."


Charlie Mitchell: Much more than a cake at stake in court ruling

Posted 6/18/2018 in Local Columns

Some protesting the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Masterpiece Cakeshop vs. Colorado Civil Rights Commission contend the 7-2 decision proved the justices hate gays.


Partial to Home: A turtle swimming across the river

Posted 6/16/2018 in Local Columns

Turtle has just one plan at a time, and every cell buys into it. -- Ted Kooser, poet It's not often you see a box turtle swimming across a river. At first glance, it appeared to be a snake engorged with prey it had just swallowed. When I pulled close and realized what it was, I turned the boat to watch.

Ask Rufus: Could this weekend be Columbus' 200th birthday?

Posted 6/16/2018 in Local Columns

Although Columbus was not officially recognized as the "Town of Columbus" until a December 6, 1819, act of the Alabama legislature, its founding may have been 200 years ago this weekend.

Slimantics: It ain't easy bein' Blue

Posted 6/14/2018 in Local Columns

There is one immutable truth for Democrats in Mississippi: Nothing, and I mean absolutely nothing, comes easy.

Slimantics: A lesson for losers

Posted 6/12/2018 in Local Columns

As surely as the sun rose today, there are people in our community whose lives seem irreparably broken.


Possumhaw: Everybody's got a snake story

Posted 6/11/2018 in Local Columns

My neighbor, Allene, lives over on the creek. "Have you seen more snakes this year than usual?" she asked. I was a little surprised because, yes, I had seen more snakes lately than I'd seen in all my years. I was hoping it was a fluke, but maybe not.



Mississippi Voices: Digital world fast becoming our only world

Posted 6/11/2018 in Local Columns

The longer it's around, the more it appears social media has the wrong name. It's really antisocial media. Be assured this is not a rant about mom, dad, Junior and Sis sitting at a table each engaged on his or her mobile device. It's not even a lament of all the visceral comments people make, anonymously or otherwise, on Facebook or Twitter. All of that is real, of course, but it's old news.


Ask Rufus: Forever gone

Posted 6/9/2018 in Local Columns

Greenpeace once sold a T-shirt with a picture of a dinosaur and the caption "Extinct means forever." That phrase well applies to some beautiful birds that once graced our skies.


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