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Peter Imes: Running social media promotions

Posted 1/27/2011 in Local Columns

Last week we looked at a few contests some large corporations are currently running on their Facebook pages. Let's look at some ways local businesses can create buzz with their pages.

 

 

Frank Webb: Who is our neighbor?

Posted 1/26/2011 in Local Columns

On Monday I observed an event some of which should be passed on to others in our community. It concerned the life and more particularly the death of Mr. Hozie Hawthorne.

 

Scott Colom: Entrepreneurs and the new marketplace

Posted 1/26/2011 in Local Columns

Charles O. Perkins and Mario Murray have at least one thing in common: They are both using Facebook to sell something.

 

Jay Lacklen: Golf: hunting refined

Posted 1/24/2011 in Local Columns

Testosterone and evolution have driven males into the woods to procure for the family. This is seldom required today, yet men are still driven to do something along those lines, we just can't seem to help ourselves.

 

Scott Colom: Cheering for Leondra and Omar

Posted 1/20/2011 in Local Columns

Over the last few weeks, I've been thinking about how much Leondra Tillman and Omar Amir Gray's ability to stay away from drugs matters for the future of Columbus.

Birney Imes: A jewel of a school

Posted 1/15/2011 in Local Columns

The first thing you notice walking in is the blue under the portico. It's a Southern thing. You paint the ceilings of your porch blue to keep the wasps and dirt daubers away.

Scott Colom: Questioning motives

Posted 1/12/2011 in Local Columns

I've recently written about the problems with our current political discourse. This week I experienced examples of this on the local and state level.

Birney Imes: Leave Huck Finn alone

Posted 1/8/2011 in Local Columns

"All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called 'Huckleberry Finn.' There was nothing before. And there has been nothing as good since." Ernest Hemingway in 1935 Mark Twain, dead for a 100 years, is still causing a ruckus. No doubt he would have something quotable to say about this latest business.

Jay Lacklen: OK, what's with the hats?

Posted 1/8/2011 in Local Columns

I must ask a question, why do men wear their baseball hats while dining in restaurants? I admit I might be a bit of a prig on such things since, in the Air Force, I'd have been pounced upon and severely upbraided if, while in uniform, I didn't take off my hat immediately when coming indoors, or immediately put it on when going outdoors.

Scott Colom: Wells Cleaners -- bigger than a person

Posted 1/5/2011 in Local Columns

When I walked in to Wells Cleaners one recent afternoon, I thought it was still owned by Floyd Wells. In fact, I associate Wells Cleaners with the Wells family so much I briefly mistook the new owner, Oscar Lang, to be a member of the Wells family. During our conversation, I began to suspect Mr. Lang might like it this way.

Birney Imes: Meaningful conversation

Posted 1/1/2011 in Local Columns

If you're not one to submit to the discipline of a New Year's resolution, but you would like to make improvements, December's "Psychology Today" may have your answer: Talk more. Not just any talk, thoughtful conversation.

 

Sherman Meadows: Never famous

Posted 12/29/2010 in Local Columns

The CBS news had a recap tonight of the famous people that died this year. They included Congressmen, Senator, Artist, Composers; men and women of power if politics and entertainment.

 

Scott Colom: The journey home

Posted 12/29/2010 in Local Columns

My journey home has led me to many experiences I never imagined when I graduated from Columbus High school 10 years ago. I had no clue what I would study at Millsaps College.

 

Marty Wiseman: We have a brief truce?

Posted 12/28/2010 in Local Columns

Many will remember the almost unbelievable story of perhaps the most famous Christmas truce ever. It was during World War I on the battlefields of Flanders. In that winter of 1914 what has been described as one of the most unusual events in human history occurred.

 

Birney Imes: Snow on a Christmas morn

Posted 12/26/2010 in Local Columns

As I write this on Christmas morning, the snow is quickly disappearing. In the next room someone is playing the soundtrack from "Love Actually," the movie that for us has become a family Christmas tradition.

 

Bill Crawford: Dances of the sugar plum politicians

Posted 12/20/2010 in Local Columns

Ho, ho, ho. No, no, that's not Santa Claus. Those are chuckles at the spectacle of sugar plum politicians as they dance around potent issues.

 

Birney Imes: Freezing for a good cause

Posted 12/18/2010 in Local Columns

Late Wednesday afternoon as I was driving to Walmart, there was a bit on the radio about John Hammond. If you've ever enjoyed the music of Billie Holiday, Bennie Goodman, Count Basie, Aretha Franklin, Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan or Bruce Springsteen, you have John Hammond to thank.

Ask Rufus: A December barbecue, 470 years ago

Posted 12/18/2010 in Local Columns

The native American pig had become extinct at the end of the last Ice Age probably about 10,000 years ago. It was Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto who reintroduced what is now Alabama and Mississippi to pork.

 

Scott Colom: Another century of American exceptionalism

Posted 12/6/2010 in Local Columns

Despite the current chatter in many corners about the decline of America, I believe America's best days are ahead of us. I'm optimistic that America will prosper in the 21st century as much as it has in past centuries.

 

 

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