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Charlie Mitchell: Much more media yields much less accuracy

Posted 2/25/2013 in Local Columns

There's a lot more "media" than there used to be, but the truth about any given situation is harder to find. We are assaulted with information, but the information is less reliable. In some ways, that's counterintuitive. For instance, if there were more food, it follows there would be less hunger.


Possumhaw: A man and his dreams

Posted 2/25/2013 in Local Columns

Some days pass by so fast you don't even see them, but come Saturday the pace slows down around here. Saturdays start off quiet and slow, allowing time to catch up. Then there's strong coffee followed by a bowl of oatmeal topped with honey, golden nectar, a gracious gift.

Birney Imes; Wedding story on Page One causes furor

Posted 2/23/2013 in Local Columns

Earlier this month two women were married in Laurel. Since same-sex marriage is not legal in Mississippi, so they are not married, at least not in a legal sense. Still, there was a ceremony, cake and wedding gown. One of the women, Crystal Craven, has been battling brain cancer and has undergone three surgeries, the most recent just weeks before the wedding.

Slim Smith: An anniversary that is neither understood nor celebrated

Posted 2/23/2013 in Local Columns

The 1960s were turbulent times in our country. That is why every month, it seems, there is some official recognition of a milestone anniversary.

Ask Rufus:

Posted 2/23/2013 in Local Columns

It was 166 years ago this weekend that a die-hard group of Mississippians in red shirts and brandishing Bowie knives changed the course of a battle and history. The Battle of Buena Vista on Feb. 22-23, 1847, sealed the fate of Mexican General Santa Anna's army and ensured a United States victory in the U.S.-Mexican War of 1846-48.

Slimantics: Turn out the lights, the Tea Party's over

Posted 2/21/2013 in Local Columns

The fever appears to be breaking. The Tea Party movement, much like the Know Nothing Party of 150 years ago, will soon have run its obstructionist course. As is the case with most national trends, that fever will break last in Mississippi, which seems to be on a perpetual two-year time-delay for most national trends.


Wyatt Emmerich: An expensive and dubious experiment

Posted 2/20/2013 in Local Columns

Both the Mississippi House and the Senate have approved a bill that saddles one-third of Mississippi's homes and businesses with a billion dollars in debt relating to the Kemper power plant. If Gov. Phil Bryant signs the bill, it will become law.


Possumhaw: Miracle in the Prairie

Posted 2/18/2013 in Local Columns

It all started about three days before. The rains were torrential and the lake was so full that most of the center stumps were submerged. "Sam, I think the spillway is dammed up. The water is high." After work Sam took the gator to the spillway and sure enough a beaver had dammed the flow again. In drizzling rain Sam shoveled out the dam and checked the beaver trap. No beaver. "Did you see Leah?" I asked.

Birney Imes: Magnolia Bowl in her glory days

Posted 2/16/2013 in Local Columns

When reporter Carmen Sisson, whose story about Magnolia Bowl appears in today's Dispatch, asked me about the old stadium, she unleashed a flood of memories.

Ask Rufus: A.B. Meek and the Charge of the Light Brigade

Posted 2/16/2013 in Local Columns

Sometimes research and writing takes you in unexpected directions, and that is the case today. As I started writing this column, I stumbled into one of those poignant stories of long ago that touches a present-day nerve.


Wyatt Emmerich: On the subject of love

Posted 2/15/2013 in Local Columns

Writing about love is a tricky thing, especially since my wife might read this column. Fortunately, I heard New Hope Baptist Church minister Jerry Young speak at the Jackson Rotary Club today. His topic was love and marriage. I can't put it any better than he did.



Fond memories of days in the Big Easy

Posted 2/12/2013 in Local Columns

So it finally happened. After years of making and buying King Cakes, I finally got the prized plastic baby. Now granted, my chances dramatically increased due to the fact that the only other person in the baby race was my wife.



Charlie Mitchell: Mississippi remains reliably friendly to firearms owners

Posted 2/11/2013 in Local Columns

There are no states more reliably and consistently friendly to gun owners and gun manufacturers than Mississippi. That's clear, well beyond any doubt.


Possumhaw: Cool Cats for sale

Posted 2/11/2013 in Local Columns

Hopping over the worm on the asphalt took me back to my childhood when rains brought out red wigglers. I remember hopscotching across sidewalks trying to avoid stepping on icky worms.


Rufus Ward: The Riverwalk's living fossil

Posted 2/9/2013 in Local Columns

Most people pay no attention to the green tubular stalk of a plant that grows along the banks of the Tombigbee River at Columbus' Riverwalk. The plant can also be found in clusters along nature trails at MUW's Plymouth Bluff Center. It is commonly called a horsetail and was here before the dinosaurs.



Rheta Grimsley Johnson: Shave and a haircut

Posted 2/7/2013 in Local Columns

Young Barney Schoby has an actor's animation and a historian's mind. Who better to guide you through the place that does more to explain the nuanced Natchez heyday than any other?


Slimantics: Education: Is our heart really in it?

Posted 2/5/2013 in Local Columns

If a visitor from another planet landed his spaceship in Mississippi and spent some time examining what he found, he would likely be led to ask a question that Mississippians appear to have quit asking long, long ago. He would observe that our state is almost always last in everything good and first in everything bad and ask the obvious question: How come?

Possumhaw: The flick of a hand

Posted 2/4/2013 in Local Columns

Jack, the deaf cat, knowing sign language, responds to the universal sign of flicking your hand. "Come on," I flick my hand; he comes.

Birney Imes: An email from the superintendent

Posted 2/2/2013 in Local Columns

Early last week I sent Jeff Smith and Martha Liddell an email. Neither had taken nor returned calls from our reporters who were working on stories in which each of them was a principal player.

Ask Rufus: A bomb threat, a windstorm and a gothic church

Posted 2/2/2013 in Local Columns

From a bomb threat to a windstorm, the early buildings of St Paul's Episcopal Church in Columbus had their problems, but the 154-year-old present structure is a classic. Records of the church provide a view of early church building in Columbus.


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