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Slimantics: Stennis biography brings legend to life

Posted 5/28/2015 in Local Columns

John C. Stennis, who served as U.S. Senator from Mississippi for 41-plus years, has been dead for 20 years.

Slimantics: Rage against the machine

Posted 5/27/2015 in Local Columns

After visiting a couple of our biggest industries in recent months and considering the narrative our economic development experts have been establishing for the past couple of years, I am beginning to think maybe, just maybe, the Luddites had a point after all.

Possumhaw: Mystery of the Mississippi kite

Posted 5/26/2015 in Local Columns

Across the field above the sedge was a dark shadow. I thought it a squirrel and continued to watch the shadow as it rose higher and higher above the blowing grass.

Policing isn't always as easy as the good guys versus the bad guys

Posted 5/23/2015 in Local Columns

There is probably no harsher critic of law enforcement officers than my friend, Bill.

Remember

Posted 5/23/2015 in Local Columns

This is Memorial Day weekend. It is the grand opening of summer. A time to take to the river, the beach, play golf or go fishing. A time for beer and back yard barbeques or family picnics with iced tea and fried chicken. But we all need to stop, reflect and remember.

Lynn Spruill: Memorial Day

Posted 5/22/2015 in Local Columns

We have another holiday and another opportunity for a long weekend with maybe a cookout to celebrate an end to the school year or just a good day to sleep in.

 

Charlie Mitchell: Danger for officers never far away

Posted 5/19/2015 in Local Columns

When they cranked their patrol cars to start their shifts on the Saturday night before Mother's Day, Hattiesburg policemen Benjamin Deen and Liquori Tate knew he was out there.

 

Ask Rufus: The ghost and Playboy bunnies of Waverly

Posted 5/16/2015 in Local Columns

Last week I had the pleasure of visiting with both Uncle Bunky and Robert Snow.

Birney Imes: Rooster with pleasant memories

Posted 5/16/2015 in Local Columns

On a recent morning around 6 o'clock, a black rooster on the front porch of the house across the street from Miracle Valley Holy Ghost Temple of Deliverance hopped up on the railing and began to crow.

 

Outtakes: The King may be gone but the thrill remains

Posted 5/15/2015 in Local Columns

There should be NC-17 stickers on B.B. King albums. Maybe even NC-30 stickers.

 

Lynn Spruill: Hometown dedication

Posted 5/15/2015 in Local Columns

There are two kinds of people who grow up in a small town: those who embrace it and can't envision any better life anywhere else than home or those who can't wait to get away to a bigger and supposedly more exciting world.

 

Charlie Mitchell: 'Racist' an attitude; racism is an inheritance

Posted 5/12/2015 in Local Columns

People know what "sexist" means. A sexist believes people of the opposite gender are inferior. A policy or law is sexist it if is based on this belief.

 

Possumhaw: Gifts that keep on giving

Posted 5/11/2015 in Local Columns

This time of year I find it hard to do anything but work in the yard.

Ask Rufus: A personal story

Posted 5/9/2015 in Local Columns

My daughter, Sarah, called me on Friday to tell me that she was on her way to the Mall in Washington, D.C., so that my grandchildren, Harper and Sykes, could see the fly over of vintage aircraft commemorating the defeat of Germany and victory in Europe 70 years ago.

Birney Imes: The curious case of Mark Landis

Posted 5/9/2015 in Local Columns

"Things are seldom as they seem; skim milk masquerades as cream." -- Mark Landis quoting Gilbert and Sullivan It doesn't happen often, but every now and then the gods offer up someone who is doing something for which there is no precedent. Because we've not seen it before, we are not sure how to react and acceptance varies, sometimes to the extreme. Take Mark Landis, for example.

 

Bill Crawford: Legislature undercuts Fisher's efforts to clean-up prison system

Posted 5/9/2015 in Local Columns

Why did the Legislature make the job of new MDOC Commissioner Marshall Fisher so difficult? Following the indictment and resignation of the former commissioner, Gov. Phil Bryant in December appointed the formidable Fisher to head up the Mississippi Department of Corrections. "His first mission will be to detect and eliminate any criminal activity that occurs within our correctional facilities," said Bryant.

 

Lynn Spruill: The three C's of politics

Posted 5/8/2015 in Local Columns

When I lived in Dallas, Texas, back when men were men and women ran the state, Jim Wright was a big name who cast a very big shadow across the metroplex of the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

Slimantics: A janitor, a dog and dreams fulfilled

Posted 5/6/2015 in Local Columns

Tuesday, the Columbus Rotary Club held its Lowndes Young Leaders program at Lion Hill Center, where the group honored the graduating class 10th-graders from schools throughout the county.

 

Possumhaw: When flip-flops are the fashion

Posted 5/4/2015 in Local Columns

'Tis the season for family reunions and camping. My mother's family, the Newmans, gather in Natchez where the family home is located and still occupied by a fourth-generation Newman.

 

 

Outtakes: Coming clean

Posted 5/3/2015 in Local Columns

I did not know I stuttered until the fourth grade.

 

 

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