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Ask Rufus: A walk through history

Posted 3/26/2016 in Local Columns

The South Side Historic District in Columbus is a real gem. It provides a place where in a less than an hour walk you are carried through almost 200 years of architectural history.

Partial to Home: Emoji, Uber and two birthdays

Posted 3/26/2016 in Local Columns

One afternoon last week I walked into the house to find our grandson helping Beth develop a personal emoji. You know, those little icons that go with emails and text messages to communicate emotion: happiness, sadness, anger, surprise.

Lynn Spruill: Insurance against poverty

Posted 3/25/2016 in Local Columns

There is no scenario in which a teenager having an unintended baby is a good thing.

Possumhaw: Sure signs of spring

Posted 3/21/2016 in Local Columns

The carpenter bees are out, as are the bee traps. Already we've captured a half-a-dozen or so bees. The kittens are mesmerized, watching bees buzz around, tumbling on top of each other.

Birney Imes: Fossil hunting on the Luxapalila

Posted 3/19/2016 in Local Columns

Eighty-five million years ago, sharks swam where Gardner Boulevard is now. Carnivorous raptors roamed nearby beaches. Ten-foot-long crocodiles thrashed about.

Ask Rufus: There must have been something in the water

Posted 3/19/2016 in Local Columns

Along the east-facing crest of Pleasant Ridge and the 800 block of Sixth Avenue North in Columbus is one unbelievable neighborhood.

Slimantics: The state flag debate more than ballgames and business prospects

Posted 3/18/2016 in Local Columns

Today, Mississippi State will play host to the first and second rounds of the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament, which prompted a curious reader to call and ask for an explanation.

Lynn Spruill: A no-Wynn approach to industrial development

Posted 3/18/2016 in Local Columns

After three years of watching the Starkville Board of Aldermen, I should be immune to surprises.

 

Local voices: Tell the whole story on black World War II veterans

Posted 3/16/2016 in Local Columns

After pacing the floor of my living room, clutching and reading an article by Mr. Rufus Ward in which he paints a vivid picture of the Southern hospitality visited upon the German prisoners of war interned in the camps at Aliceville, Alabama, during World War II, I thought, "Come, come, now Mr. Ward. Why not paint the whole picture, warts and all?"

 

Possumhaw: The art of spring cleaning

Posted 3/14/2016 in Local Columns

I'm still taken with the Tiny House concept and author Dee Williams who listed all her personal belongings on one yellow legal-size sheet of paper.

Slimantics: A case of questionable answers

Posted 3/13/2016 in Local Columns

On Jan. 1, 1935, The Dispatch introduced a new daily feature on Page 1. Outside of the newspaper's masthead, it is probably the only thing in The Dispatch that hasn't changed over the intervening 80-plus years.

Ask Rufus: The POWs of Camp Aliceville

Posted 3/12/2016 in Local Columns

It must have been an amazing sight to behold on the day during World War II when columns of German soldiers -- including members of Field Marshal Erwin Rommel's famed Africa Corps -- marched through Aliceville, Alabama.

Slimantics: State Senate theme song: Free fallin'

Posted 3/11/2016 in Local Columns

What is to be made of the Mississippi Senate's vote Thursday to pass a $577 million tax cut through a bill it laughably calls "The Taxpayer Pay Raise Act?"

Lynn Spruill: Trumped

Posted 3/11/2016 in Local Columns

Trump is on a roll, no doubt about it.

 

Wyatt Emmerich: The most corrupt state in the nation?

Posted 3/9/2016 in Local Columns

After pressure from traditional newspaper watchdogs, including the Northside Sun, the Legislature is finally considering a bit of ethics reform.

 

Slimantics: MSMS mock election results offer insights into young voters

Posted 3/8/2016 in Local Columns

Feel the Bern? Students at Mississippi School for Math & Science certainly did Monday during the school's mock presidential primary election.

Slimantics: What it takes to have a successful town

Posted 3/7/2016 in Local Columns

James Fallows, distinguished author and writer for The Atlantic magazine has, for the past few years, traveled the country to tell the story of America from a different perspective -- that of the small cities and towns that dominate our nation from coast to coast.

Ask Rufus: Ancient bones and an old museum

Posted 3/5/2016 in Local Columns

A couple of weeks ago I did a column on a bull shark being caught in the Tombigbee River in Alabama. In the column I mentioned fossil sharks teeth that are commonly found in the Upper Tombigbee River Valley.

Possumhaw: From one birder to another

Posted 3/5/2016 in Local Columns

"Migratory birds will start coming this month," he said. "Last year I fed four pairs of rose-breasted grosbeaks."

Being Beautiful: Spring is flowering right before our eyes

Posted 3/5/2016 in Local Columns

Spring must be in the air, literally, because I wake each morning to the birds serenading me.

 

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