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Partial to Home: Jim Lavender's circus dreams

Posted 9/23/2017 in Local Columns

All his life, even before he was stapling posters on telephone poles advertising upcoming Ringling Brothers shows and B.B. King concerts for his Uncle Dave, Jim Lavender wanted to be in the circus.

Ask Rufus: The City Halls of Columbus

Posted 9/23/2017 in Local Columns

The recent completion of the restoration of Columbus City Hall has brought to mind the fascinating stories of earlier buildings that served as city hall.

Slimantics: Harry Dean Stanton: a rare authenticity in the age of Facebook

Posted 9/22/2017 in Local Columns

When "Lucky" makes its box office debut on Sept. 29, it will mark the end of 60 years of acting by Harry Dean Stanton, who died last week at the age of 91.

Home Base: Fake news cuts both ways

Posted 9/21/2017 in Local Columns

Donald Trump is the president of the United States. Regardless of whether you support him, he's a White House resident presumably until at least Jan. 20, 2021.

Possumhaw: The enucleated eye

Posted 9/18/2017 in Local Columns

Marv Ashman and his wife Betsy live in Petaluma, California. Marv reads Possumhaw and occasionally sends a comment, or occasionally a tale of his own. Turns out Marv worked for an optical dispensary for 33 years where, like Sam, Marv acquired more than a few optical stories. In Marv's early days, he attended an optical school, only to be told perhaps his talents lay elsewhere. They, of course, were wrong.

Partial to Home: Rally 'round the (Magnolia) Flag

Posted 9/16/2017 in Local Columns

You wouldn't consider any of them political activists, necessarily, but a handful of Southside residents may have the best idea yet on how to address the flag issue. They are flying in front of their homes the historic Magnolia Flag, the banner that was once the state flag.

Ask Rufus: A grand Air Force heritage

Posted 9/16/2017 in Local Columns

The heritage of the Air Force in the Golden Triangle runs deep.

Slimantics: Much more than an encyclopedia

Posted 9/15/2017 in Local Columns

Until this year, no one since 1907 had dared put together an encyclopedia of Mississippi.

Slimantics: CPD has a big customer relations problem

Posted 9/14/2017 in Local Columns

The video of Columbus Police Department officer Keith Dowd berating and intimidating 20-year-old Joshua Hibbler during a routine traffic stop last month has been met with universal condemnation. The repercussions should go far beyond the fate of that single officer.


Charlie Mitchell: Summer trip south turned tide of American history

Posted 9/12/2017 in Local Columns

Summer was a happy time in the Mississippi Delta for 12-year-old Simeon Wright. It only became happier when Wright and his brothers were told a cousin, Bobo, would be visiting from Chicago.


Possumhaw: This is the day

Posted 9/11/2017 in Local Columns

Wilhelmina stood at the door on her hind legs looking wistfully through the glass.


Wyatt Emmerich: A salt-of-the-earth people's politician

Posted 9/11/2017 in Local Columns

Mississippi is a small state where people are closely connected. I got to know Bo Eaton because my wife Ginny "used to rock me to sleep" as his babysitter in Taylorsville, Miss.


Partial to Home: Difficult conversations

Posted 9/9/2017 in Local Columns

In the city of Berlin south of the Brandenburg Gate and several blocks west of Checkpoint Charlie, there is a museum called "Topography of Terror."

Ask Rufus: Lt. Col. Duckworth and the 'Surprise Hurricane' of 1943

Posted 9/9/2017 in Local Columns

As Hurricane Irma tracked across the Caribbean last week, we got frequent updates of where it was and where landfall might be.


Isolation is the breeding ground for suicide

Posted 9/6/2017 in Local Columns

Medical experts tell us that one of the most important steps in conquering a disease is to isolate it. But there is one disease that is only made more lethal in isolation.


Possumhaw: A man among men: John Robert Arnold (1923-2017)

Posted 9/3/2017 in Local Columns

Pretty much near every month for some 30 years I sat in a rickety chair at a handmade table, kicked the table leg back for stability and shared a meal with John Robert Arnold, as did many in the Sessums community.

Ask Rufus: The legacy of Madam John's Legacy

Posted 9/2/2017 in Local Columns

One of the earliest styles of architecture in the south and the style of the some of the oldest surviving houses in Columbus is the raised cottage.

Slimantics: A shameful omission

Posted 9/1/2017 in Local Columns

There are many things Frank Dowsing was and one thing he is not.


Wyatt Emmerich: To the northeast and back by air

Posted 9/1/2017 in Local Columns

In April, I predicted a cool summer because winter had been so warm. Law of averages. Turns out, I was right.


Slimantics: Maybe it's time for a state flag tax

Posted 8/29/2017 in Local Columns

It's been more than two years since Dylann Roof murdered nine church-goers in Charleston, South Carolina, an act of domestic terrorism that immediately focused attention on the Confederate symbols Roof closely identified with.


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