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Garthia Elena Burnett: Open casting call

Posted 7/2/2010 in Local Columns

We pulled in to the Kohl's store parking lot in Roswell, Ga., Saturday at 5:20 a.m. It was still dark.

Steve Mullen: At Ole Miss, lions and muppets and bears -- oh my.

Posted 6/30/2010 in Local Columns

The good news: Admiral Ackbar, the fish-faced "Star Wars" character who was a campus favorite for Ole Miss' new mascot, isn't on the ballot.

Birney Imes: Allegra's next balancing act

Posted 6/26/2010 in Local Columns

If anyone can restore harmony to The W's fragmented, disaffected and, in some cases, embattled community, it is this former student, faculty member and administrator.

 

Peter Imes: How the Internet has changed movie rentals

Posted 6/24/2010 in Local Columns

This Friday and Saturday, I will be attending a newspaper conference in Tunica. One item of discussion will be whether or not newspaper websites should install paywalls on their websites.

 

Steve Mullen: Adventures in street-crossing

Posted 6/23/2010 in Local Columns

I don't have a crystal ball, but I know where I may very well die one day: In the intersection of College Street and Fifth Street South.

Birney Imes: The first day of summer

Posted 6/22/2010 in Local Columns

In the heat you can smell the honey and beeswax 10 feet from the hive. As our grandparents did in summers past, the bees escape the swelter by clustering outside on what is equivalent to their front porch. There and on the sides of the hive boxes they will remain making their low hum throughout the night. If the morning is cool, they will have retreated back inside by the time I return with my coffee.

Garthia Elena Burnett: End-of-the-school-year blues

Posted 6/21/2010 in Local Columns

As her friends and cousins are well into their summer break, it's a sad day, as Kyla declares, "June will be summer!" (I don't have the heart to remind her it's already June; she's one of only about 674 kids still in school full time around here.)

Garthia Elena Burnett: More than I bargained for

Posted 6/21/2010 in Local Columns

In the past several weeks, I have driven a police car with sirens blaring, was shot twice (with toy cap bullets), conquered a lifelong fear and shot a fully automatic assault rifle (with real bullets).

Shannon Bardwell: The evolution of men

Posted 6/20/2010 in Local Columns

There's something different about men now. I've been seeing them in grocery stores. In the Kroger parking lot a man pulled in beside me. He appeared to be alone, then I saw a car seat with a child. As I watched, he entered the grocery store, with child in tow.

Birney Imes: In search of a shade tree mechanic

Posted 6/20/2010 in Local Columns

The other day I got to wondering if there are any shade tree mechanics still around. You know, a fellow in an oil-stained T-shirt who works on neighbors' cars in a makeshift backyard shop or even in the shadows of a broad-limbed shade tree. He might have a jacked-up car or two in the yard and a motor hanging by a chain from a rusting swing set.

 

Peter Imes: Social media sites you may not have heard of

Posted 6/17/2010 in Local Columns

Everyone has at least heard of Facebook and Twitter. Both are Internet services that allow you to connect with existing friends or create new friends and to share information with those online friends.

 

Steve Mullen: A to-do list for the Not From Here

Posted 6/16/2010 in Local Columns

People who are new to this corner of the earth quickly realize there are two types of people: Those who are From Here and those who aren't.

Rufus Ward: Choctaw or Chickasaw?

Posted 6/13/2010 in Local Columns

Frequently, someone will show me an arrowhead they have found and ask if it is from the Choctaw or Chickasaw Indians. When I say neither and it's also not an arrowhead, I get real funny looks. To make matters worse, I usually add that the Indians around here did not live in tepees either.

Birney Imes: Don't worry what the neighbors think

Posted 6/13/2010 in Local Columns

Saturday Felder Rushing introduced the crowd at the Hitching Lot Farmers' Market to Don Featherstone. Gonzo gardener, radio personality and author, Rushing is something of a rock star on the gardening speaking circuit. And, on this morning he showed why, going full tilt for two hours in front of a standing-room-only audience, most of whom wore smiles the entire time.

 

Peter Imes: 3 things every business needs to do now

Posted 6/11/2010 in Local Columns

Here are three Internet-related things that every business needs to make sure they are doing right now.

 

 

Peter Imes: Five rules every Internet user should follow

Posted 6/10/2010 in Local Columns

 

Steve Mullen: The oil has shown up. Who else will?

Posted 6/9/2010 in Local Columns

Much of the news swirling around BP's oil spill of late is about who and what has shown up, and who and what hasn't.

Birney Imes: Sticky business

Posted 6/6/2010 in Local Columns

By the time you read this -- assuming you're reading the print edition on the day it is published -- I'll be in the middle of a heist.

Garthia Elena Burnett: Making sense of the world through poetry

Posted 6/4/2010 in Local Columns

A coworker challenged me once, to write a poem every day of the year. Though I tried mightily, I didn't quite make it. But it was a lesson in self discovery.

 

Starkville Now: Developer can be a dirty word (link)

Posted 6/4/2010 in Local Columns

 

 

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