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Photos from Karen Overstreet's Africa Trip

Posted 4/11/2011 in Local Columns

Karen Overstreet recently took a trip to Kenya through a local non-profit foundation. She has written a three part feature on her trip and provided us with these photos.

 

Birney Imes: Elvis is alive and well (and living in the Masonic Subdivision)

Posted 4/10/2011 in Local Columns

The other day I got a call from Sandra Boone complaining about the delivery of her mother's paper. "She loves her paper, been reading it for years," Boone told me. She went on to say that her mother is an amputee and her previous carrier had put the paper under a weight on her wheelchair railing on the back porch. Sandra added that her mother was a retired beautician.

Local voices: 'My spirit leapt up within me': an African visit, Part 1

Posted 4/10/2011 in Local Columns

What began as an afternoon of horseback riding and a glass of wine on the front porch, ended in an invitation to an adventure of a lifetime, a journey that was both joyful and heartbreaking, both life-giving and incredibly draining.

Ask Rufus: A presidential visit to Columbus

Posted 4/9/2011 in Local Columns

Nov. 2, 1909, was to be a red letter day for Columbus. President William H. Taft was coming to town. He was to be accompanied by his Secretary of War, Hon. J. M. Dickinson, a Columbus native. (A few years later, Crawford native T. W. Gregory served as Woodrow Wilson's Attorney General.)

Local voices: 'They swarmed us like bees': an African visit, Part 2

Posted 4/9/2011 in Local Columns

The Limuru Children's Center, the primary focus of Global Connections, is home to 42 orphans. By our standards the facility is substandard, but when I went into town and other places, I realized how upscale Limuru is by comparison. The Center, a residential facility for elementary school age children, is open during the day for preschool children.

Ask Rufus: And the band played 'Garry Owen'

Posted 3/26/2011 in Local Columns

Civil War reenactment bands are noted for their playing of period music. Bands recreating Southern units are always thought of as playing Dixie and The Bonnie Blue Flag but the popular music of the South was much more varied.

Rufus Ward: Zigzag streets

Posted 3/25/2011 in Local Columns

A frequent question is; "why are there so many crooked streets in Columbus?" Columbus architect and historian Sam Kaye has studied the physical development of Columbus and has the answer.

Ask Rufus: Fortress Columbus

Posted 3/19/2011 in Local Columns

A week ago I underwent major heart surgery at Baptist Hospital in Columbus. While the surgery could not have gone any better and the doctors, nurses and staff could not have been any more caring, I am an outdoors person who could only look out of a window while spending four days in the Critical Care Un

Birney Imes: Remembering Ralph

Posted 3/12/2011 in Local Columns

If you frequented the McDonald's on Highway 45 as I did with our kids in the mid-80s, chances are you would have seen there a tall, stooped man with a spectacularly wrinkled shirt and a twisted necktie drinking coffee.

 

Bridget Pieschel: Report from Tokyo

Posted 3/12/2011 in Local Columns

I was really glad to hear Will's voice when he called at about six p.m. this evening. It was about 8 a.m. in Tokyo, and he was still at his desk in the Price Waterhouse Cooper Building in the "Government District" in central Tokyo.

 

Scott Colom: Fighting teen pregnancy

Posted 3/9/2011 in Local Columns

Recently, both houses of the Mississippi legislature passed bills requiring school districts to either teach abstinence-only sex education or abstinence-plus. Teaching students about contraceptives has long been controversial in Mississippi.

Ask Rufus: Turkey hunting and the settlement of Columbus 

Posted 3/5/2011 in Local Columns

Turkey season will soon open, and hunters wearing the latest camo while carrying their favorite turkey calls will venture into the woods. The tradition of turkey hunting in the Tombigbee Valley goes back to the early Native Americans who were here even before the Historic Period Choctaws and Chickasaws.

 

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