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Ask Rufus: The name in the window

Posted 3/14/2015 in Local Columns

Last week at a Regional Foundation for Mental Health meeting I heard a most interesting story.

Birney Imes: More than a game

Posted 3/14/2015 in Local Columns

In the Sandfield Community, not far from the intersection of 23rd Street and Fifth Avenue South, there is an abandoned slab of concrete about 30 feet square. On the east and west edges of the square are light poles with "Keep Out" signs on them. At one time, the place served as a basketball court for neighborhood kids.

Lynn Spruill: Packing heat at Walmart

Posted 3/13/2015 in Local Columns

There seems to be a growing trend in some parts of the country for some people to visit retail stores openly wearing guns. It recently happened at a Kroger in Virginia where the store manager asked them to leave the property.

Slimantics: Legislature should reject special needs education bills

Posted 3/10/2015 in Local Columns

Today, the Mississippi Senate and House will vote on a pair of bills previously passed by the other chambers that would establish a voucher system to allow parents of special-needs students to enroll children in private schools where, at least theoretically, those students to have a better chance at earning a high school diploma.

Possumhaw: How birds keep their feet from freezing

Posted 3/9/2015 in Local Columns

For the second time in a week the ground was covered with snow and ice. The first storm left mounds of snow covering outbuildings, vehicles and piling right up to the lake water's edge. The pristine snow made the white ducks look dingy.

Ask Rufus: Unsung heroes

Posted 3/7/2015 in Local Columns

People often ask me not some question about history but where do the ideas for my columns come from.

Birney Imes: Ed Phillips, requiescat in pace

Posted 3/7/2015 in Local Columns

Ed Phillips looked like a man you might have seen sauntering down the gangplank of a Mississippi riverboat at the foot of Canal Street sometime in the mid-1800s. Barrel chested, uncommonly handsome and with a voice that rumbled like distant thunder, Ed would have been a more-than-adequate stand-in for Clark Gable in that actor's most memorable role. Ed died Saturday a week ago. He was 80.

A letter home: A Christian response to the Paris terrorist attacks

Posted 3/7/2015 in Local Columns

When the two terrorist killings happened in France, we were all glued to our TVs. First was the attack Wednesday morning Jan. 7 at the Paris office of Charlie Hebdo, a satirical magazine where eight journalists, two policemen and two other people were shot and killed. The next morning a policewoman was killed by a second terrorist south of Paris.

 

Local voices: Remembering Ed Phillips

Posted 3/5/2015 in Local Columns

I learned of Ed's passing while onboard a small yacht in Keppel Marina in Singapore in a brief email from my dear friend Capt. Sid Caradine, obviously sent well after Sid's normal early-to-bed-and-early-to-rise routine.

 

Slimantics: Memo to the Mayor: You break it, you own it

Posted 3/4/2015 in Local Columns

Tuesday evening, the Columbus City Council appointed two members to the Columbus Municipal School District - Stephen Jones and Currie Fisher.

 

Charlie Mitchell: Attitudes about work are inconsistent, at best

Posted 3/4/2015 in Local Columns

Imagine being a farmer. Imagine plowing, sowing and, when the time is right, harvesting your best crop ever.

 

Slimantics: Mullen raises the bar of expectations

Posted 3/3/2015 in Local Columns

Dan Mullen breezed into the Starkville Country Club 15 minutes late for his speaking engagement at the Starkville Rotary Club.

Possumhaw: Finding daffodils in hard ground

Posted 3/2/2015 in Local Columns

On days when fishing is out of the question and the 24/7 news has taken its circuitous route about dozen times and the SEC channel is showing decades-old football games, Sam opens a book.

Birney Imes: Downtown Brooksville: Where you can't get lost to save your soul

Posted 2/28/2015 in Local Columns

Maybe it strains the limits of plausibility to claim to have found a penny in front of a place called "Down to the Penny Accounting Tax Service," but there on the sidewalk was Honest Abe in profile. Not one to shun the prospect of good luck, I bent over and picked it up.

Lynn Spruill: Social responsibility

Posted 2/27/2015 in Local Columns

At the most recent MLK equality march I had an acquaintance pause long enough to ask me to talk with him about a homeless shelter for Starkville.

Slimantics: Proposed tax cut a cynical ploy

Posted 2/26/2015 in Local Columns

My grandfather was a share-cropper in Tippah County, a widower trying to raise six daughters in the height of The Great Depression.

 

Possumhaw: A bit of humor, by way of China

Posted 2/23/2015 in Local Columns

A few warm days fooled the ladybugs into coming out of hiding. There they were -- a few on the windowsill, one or two on the bedside rug; Sam pointed to the ceiling and asked, "Is that a spot?"

 

Birney Imes: White-tailed deer 101

Posted 2/21/2015 in Local Columns

About two winters ago while riding alone in the rain in an ATV, I surprised two deer bedded down in a thicket of scrubby trees. Once rousted, the deer sprinted alongside me for four or five seconds before veering off and vanishing into nearby woods. It happened so suddenly and was over so quickly, I was left wondering if it had happened at all.

Lynn Spruill: A humdinger of a meeting

Posted 2/20/2015 in Local Columns

There are board meetings and then there are board meetings.

Slimantics: A tale of two immigrant groups

Posted 2/19/2015 in Local Columns

I saw a documentary on immigration two nights ago and I was fascinated by what I learned, although it painted a disturbing picture.

 

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