Media personas were prominent in the news this past week. NBC News anchor Brian Williams' career went up in flames; former 60 Minutes correspondent Bob Simon was killed in a car crash in New York City; Jon Stewart announced plans to leave The Daily Show and Thursday night New York Times media critic David Carr collapsed in his paper's newsroom and shortly after was pronounced dead.
Newscaster Maggie Wade is passionate about what she calls her true calling: Finding permanent, loving families for Mississippi's foster children. Her program, Wednesday's Child, has found homes for 7,000 children. She has received hundreds of humanitarian awards for her efforts.
State representative Jerry Turner from Baldwyn knows about competition.
We will soon be voting once again for county and state offices.
Monday was an historic day in many parts of Alabama, but a day of disappointment in others.
It was an early, frosty morning and a lone deer fed in the field. You have to wonder why it nibbled at the cold, dead grass. Soon, another joined it and then another. In the distance they looked like shadows on the pale, icy ground.
Some months ago the hot water control in our shower cracked and started spraying hot water into the tub and onto the legs of unsuspecting bathers. Really hot water. We've adapted by draping a washcloth over it to deflect the hot water, but every now and then it slips down and you get a sudden jolt.
Starkville is about to transition to an advisory park commission.
Over the past four days, there are a few news items football fans were certain to note.
Years ago, when my children were young and devoted Harry Potter fans, the prospects of another Harry Potter book produced an almost palpable sense of anticipation.
Columbus is proud of its downtown and is always trying to support the various businesses.
"It's a small house, a fixer-upper. Could you be happy there until we can build our own?" The young man had his concerns.
It's February and the Tombigbee is filled to its banks with water from recent rains.
"Did your mother use these much?" I asked my wife. I was washing dishes after a meal served on her mother's wedding china. "Hardly ever," Beth replied. "They didn't have much to choose from back then," she said, by way of explaining the pattern. And then, to make her point: "She got married in a dress made from a parachute."
Mitt Romney didn't announce he was running for President during his visit to Mississippi on Wednesday.
Watershed moments are described as times in history when there occurs "a critical point that marks a division or a change of course; a turning point."
Each year between Martin Luther King Jr. Day in January and Presidents' Day in February, our nation pauses to celebrate a great national holiday.
Someone or something was disconnecting the battery wires on the deer feeder. Checking the canister there was plenty of corn but no power. This was the second time in a week.
In 2008, Columbus celebrated the career and life of the legendary world champion boxer Henry Armstrong, who had been born on Nash Road just north of town.
No kids. Tess and I both have two grown kids and all are out there in that big world on their own.