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Peter Imes: E-mail marketing for small businesses can be cheap, effective

Posted 5/20/2010 in Local Columns

Whether you want to tell your customers about new specials, contact new potential customers or simply send the occasional newsletter, e-mail is a relatively inexpensive and very easy way to get your message out

 

Steve Mullen: The oil isn't here ... yet

Posted 5/19/2010 in Local Columns

The massive oil spill about 40 miles off the Louisiana coast in the Gulf of Mexico, which by energy giant BP's own estimate has been growing by 5,000 barrels each day since April 20, still hasn't reached Mississippi's shores. Yet.

Jay Lacklen: Book readers

Posted 5/17/2010 in Local Columns

There are two types of people in the world, those who read books, and those who do not.

Birney Imes: My old school

Posted 5/15/2010 in Local Columns

More than 100 people took the opportunity Friday to go back and walk the halls of their old school one last time. The school, once Lee High, now Lee Middle, is closing its doors on what will be its final full school year.

Ask Rufus: Before Columbus Air Force Base, there was Payne Field

Posted 5/15/2010 in Local Columns

This weekend is the spectacular air show at Columbus Air Force Base. Several people have asked about how long an air base has been here. The answer surprised most people, as Columbus Air Force Base was not the first pilot training base in the area.

Peter Imes: Columbus at 13,000 feet

Posted 5/15/2010 in Local Columns

I've logged quite a few hours in aircraft over the past 24 hours, but unfortunately I didn't earn any frequent flyer miles.

Garthia Elena Burnett: A code to live by

Posted 5/14/2010 in Local Columns

The Columbus City Council recently nixed a proposed code of ethics.

 

Peter Imes: What you need to know about Facebook privacy

Posted 5/13/2010 in Local Columns

If you are not one of the 400,000,000-plus people who have a Facebook account you should know that Facebook is a free website that can quickly connect you to virtually anyone you've ever met.

 

Steve Mullen: By any name, a sweet park

Posted 5/12/2010 in Local Columns

So what are we gonna call this thing?

Birney Imes: Market Street stories

Posted 5/8/2010 in Local Columns

Frances Hairston's great grandmother, Anna, moved to Yazoo City from Germany during the Civil War. No doubt it was an inopportune time and certainly it was an unlikely place, but the young girl was intrigued by stories told by visiting relatives who owned a store in the Delta town. Somehow Anna managed to convince her parents the move was a good idea.

Garthia Elena Burnett: City not so friendly anymore?

Posted 5/5/2010 in Local Columns

If you’ve had your ear to the grapevine over the past couple years, you’d think Columbus could be featured on an episode of “Gangland.”

Jay Lacklen: Cairo

Posted 5/3/2010 in Local Columns

Flying large Air Force cargo jets provides a marvelous tour of diverse cities world-wide. I found few as I expected them to be.

Birney Imes: One mother in law’s take on city planning

Posted 5/2/2010 in Local Columns

The other night, my mother in law, who has a genius for distilling a complex issue into its essence, said as she was polishing off her daily Dispatch crossword, “Columbus has too many people finding fault with it instead of finding good.”

 

Steve Rogers: Our own worst enemy

Posted 5/2/2010 in Local Columns

The response – and lack of – to the recent fatal shooting at a Columbus nightclub is not only disturbing but also indicative of the city's propensity to sometimes be its own worst enemy.

 

Steve Mullen: A bridge that helped revive a city

Posted 4/28/2010 in Local Columns

It’s too outdated to handle traffic. It has been derided as a bridge to nowhere — or at least nowhere that anyone wants to go. Some wonder why we shouldn’t just knock it down, rather than fix it up.

Rufus Ward: Lions and Tygers and Bears

Posted 4/24/2010 in Local Columns

First during deer season and now during turkey season radio talk shows and hunters are all discussing black panthers and if they are really found in Mississippi. Naturalists all agree that the black panther is not to be found in North America. However, Mississippi is within the traditional range of the Florida panther and within the last two years a deer feeder’s game camera recorded a night photo of a panther in central Louisiana.

Birney Imes: Charles Lindbergh lands in Maben

Posted 4/24/2010 in Local Columns

“No attempt at jokes today. A . . . slim, tall, bashful, smiling American boy is somewhere over the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, where no lone human being has ever ventured before. . . . If he is lost it will be the most universally regretted loss we ever had.” —Will Rogers

Steve Mullen: Teamwork, and vision, needed for downtown

Posted 4/21/2010 in Local Columns

For decades, management types have been warned to avoid a “silo” mentality in their businesses — imagine those tall Midwestern grain silos, which hold everything in and keep everything else out. Simply put, people tend to cluster within their own area, or their own department, inside a business. As the thinking goes, while individual departments within the same business might look similar, they don’t communicate — they’re trapped within their own silo. So, good ideas don’t spread and the left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing. The business doesn’t innovate, or grow.

Rufus Ward: A Titanic Columbus link

Posted 4/17/2010 in Local Columns

This week marks the 98th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic and there is a little known Columbus link. Dr John D. Richards grew up in Columbus, went to medical school and then moved to New York City around the turn of the century. In New York he became prominent as a physician, a polo player and a trainer of polo ponies.

Birney Imes: Snapping turtle for supper

Posted 4/17/2010 in Local Columns

Every week or so Ed Phillips hosts a wild game feast at his shop on Old West Point Road for a group of men that include lawyers, businessmen, tradesmen, landed gentry and the occasional ne’er-do-well.

 

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