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Ask Rufus: The story behind an iconic photograph

Posted 2/1/2014 in Local Columns

There is a 1908 postcard view of the Steamer American at the Columbus landing which has become the iconic image of a Tombigbee steamboat at Columbus. I have twice used the image in articles and it appears in my book "The Tombigbee River Steamboats: Rollodores, Dead Heads, and Side-Wheelers."

 

Being Beautiful: Winning the Super Bowl of style

Posted 2/1/2014 in Local Columns

I must confess: I know nothing of football. Mama and I would often wait until Daddy, my three older brothers and Uncle Wayne got consumed with the surround sound of our family TV and then disappear into the sanctity of her light blue ceramic bathroom.

 

Birney Imes: Passage to India

Posted 2/1/2014 in Local Columns

Thursday afternoon while eating Indian food, I thought about Leo Spatz. A bit of history: A native of Germany, Leo came to Columbus in 1935 to manage the restaurant and coffee shop of the Gilmer Hotel, a four-story, Civil-War era brick building where the Gilmer Inn is now. Leo's father ran the kitchen and his wife Florence was hostess. For my mother's generation, the Gilmer was the fashionable place to go.

Lynn Spruill: The irrepressible Dan Camp

Posted 1/31/2014 in Local Columns

Earlier this week the Greater Starkville Development Partnership honored its members who have contributed to the community. A wide assortment of people and businesses were recognized for their volunteerism and altruism.

Slimantics: Finally: A non-partisan way to actually do something about the economy

Posted 1/30/2014 in Local Columns

In the wake of the President's State of the Union address the nation's economy has become the most discussed and debated issue facing our nation today.

Birney Imes: Hand on heart for Pete Seeger

Posted 1/29/2014 in Local Columns

Tuesday morning I turned on the radio and was greeted by the news of Pete Seeger's death. "Impossible," I thought, stunned.

 

Charlie Mitchell: Treating symptoms not the same as curing disease

Posted 1/27/2014 in Local Columns

There is still no cure for the common cold. Medicine-sellers offer us lots of choices to calm the symptoms -- a spray for congestion, a pill for aches, a syrup to comfort the cough. But no elixir exists to stop a cold in its tracks.

 

Possumhaw: Illegal tail feathers

Posted 1/27/2014 in Local Columns

My wildlife biologist brother spent some time with us over the holidays. Coming through the door, he said, "Being the creative type, I saw something that you might want, but you have to tell me right now so I can go get it."

Ask Rufus: Mississippi's first pro football team: The Columbus Warriors

Posted 1/25/2014 in Local Columns

It's Super bowl time and conversations turn to professional football. While Mississippi has never had an NFL team, there have been pro football teams from minor or indoor leagues.

 

Lynn Spruill: What I miss

Posted 1/25/2014 in Local Columns

People often ask me if I am still flying. When I say no, the next question is, "Don't you miss it?" My answer may sound unpleasantly snobbish, but it really isn't meant to be. I have not stayed current (the term for being licensed and eligible to legally fly an airplane) and I have no plans to get back in the air anytime soon, if at all.

 

Slimantics: Carver, Perkins, Vaughn unlikely leaders of the LGBT parade

Posted 1/23/2014 in Local Columns

Someday, when the story of the LGBT struggle for Civil Right in Mississippi is told, people such as Ben Carver, Roy A. Perkins and Henry Vaughn will be regarded as pioneers of the movement.

 

Wyatt Emmerich: Fiscal responsibility to be focus of upcoming legislative session

Posted 1/22/2014 in Local Columns

Thanks to the Stennis-Capitol Press Forum, I was able to receive a briefing on the current Legislative session from both the leaders of the Mississippi House and the Senate.

 

Outtakes: Harper recovers well from surgery

Posted 1/21/2014 in Local Columns

He is a Labrador retriever and anyone who owns one will understand this. Harper, my dog, eats stuff. When it comes to what, he does not discriminate.

Just what we need, another committee

Posted 1/21/2014 in Local Columns

In the beginning, God formed a committee to discuss the status of earth. The committee met regularly for a few millennium before releasing its report, which concluded that the earth was "without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep."

 

Possumhaw: Frozen lakes can be fatal

Posted 1/20/2014 in Local Columns

The lake was frozen solid and there, in the center, was a pile of white duck feathers. I ran for the telescope and stood at the window to see if the ducks were moving at all; it was hard to tell. I panicked. Could I save them if they weren't already dead?

 

Ask Rufus: The Columbus Mint Julep

Posted 1/18/2014 in Local Columns

January may be a strange time to bring up the mint julep but maybe it makes a good forerunner to springtime and warmer weather.

Birney Imes: Watching eagles at Locafoma Lake

Posted 1/18/2014 in Local Columns

On a recent Saturday morning an intrepid group of nature enthusiasts gathered on a strip of pavement at the eastern edge of Locafoma Lake in the Noxubee Wildlife Refuge. They had braved wind and sub-freezing temps in hopes of seeing the Refuge's resident eagles. They had not come in vain.

 

Lynn Spruill: Disposable or recyclable?

Posted 1/17/2014 in Local Columns

I dropped off a dozen cans of cat food to the Humane Society recently. I was checking on the work in an apartment to ready it for a new tenant when I found them.

 

 

Wyatt Emmerich: Less government, more individual decision making

Posted 1/13/2014 in Local Columns

A new year, but some things will always stay the same. Government inefficiency is one of them. It's always easy to waste someone else's money.

 

Ask Rufus: The first OK?

Posted 1/12/2014 in Local Columns

Last week I was asked to explain the origin of the old saying "The Lord be willing and the creek don't rise." There are several traditions about the origin of the phrase but one clearly sticks out in my mind.

 

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