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Birney Imes: Looking for Ted Kooser

Posted 4/11/2010 in Local Columns

When my brother Frank was paralyzed and laid up in a hospital in California, we took turns sitting with him. While Beth was there, she read to him from a book by Ted Kooser. She had gone in a bookstore in Santa Monica looking for something to read and, as she remembers, the book jumped off the shelf into her hand. She’d never heard of the guy.

Steve Mullen: Pardon our progress …

Posted 4/7/2010 in Local Columns

Welcome, visitors to Columbus! Jump on board our red double-decker tour bus here, for a quick trip around our historic city. This isn’t the tour we had originally planned, but recent events have caused a slight change to the program.

Birney Imes: In other news …

Posted 4/5/2010 in Local Columns

Not all the news last week was bad. Sometime Columbus resident (We share him with Brooklyn, NY.) Robert Ivy was named a master architect by the architecture fraternity Alpha Rho Chi. Robert, who is editor in chief of Architectural Record, is only the seventh architect to be accorded this honor.

Jay lacklen: Saigon

Posted 4/5/2010 in Local Columns

Saigon, the defunct capital of South Vietnam, no longer exists except fondly in the memory of several hundred thousand American soldiers.

 

WCBI: Steve Rogers: They Missed Their Chance, Now They Should Resign (link)

Posted 4/3/2010 in Local Columns

 

 

MDOT’s reach goes beyond roads

Posted 4/1/2010 in Local Columns

In thanking the Mississippi Department of Transportation during a Wednesday press conference for recent road funding, Columbus Lowndes Development Link executive director Joe Higgins pointed out that rural Mississippi’s road needs were once “farm-to-market” roads — something good enough for farmers to take their goods to town to sell.

 

Steve Mullen: A pop quiz for the first quarter: The answers

Posted 3/31/2010 in Local Columns

If this column seems more incoherent than usual, the you probably missed last week’s questions about the top local news stories of the first three months of 2010.

Ask Rufus: Streetcars in Columbus

Posted 3/27/2010 in Local Columns

A reader asked about the streetcars or electric trolley line that once served Columbus. For an answer, I called on Columbus architect and historian Sam Kaye, who knows more about the old trolley lines than anyone else.

Birney Imes: Abolitionists in Caledonia

Posted 3/27/2010 in Local Columns

Mike Murphy attributes his love of history to television and playing with toy soldiers as a kid.

Garthia Elena Burnett: Five men, one mission

Posted 3/26/2010 in Local Columns

I don’t know four people who I get along with a hundred percent of the time.

Steve Mullen: A pop quiz for the first quarter

Posted 3/24/2010 in Local Columns

We’re at the end of the first quarter of 2010, so we’re having a little pop quiz to see if you’ve been paying attention.

Birney Imes: Surviving with grace

Posted 3/20/2010 in Local Columns

After her Friday morning workout at the Fitness Factor, Pat Wayman came home, put on her work clothes and spent the next five hours clearing underbrush in the woods bordering her backyard. Around 4:30 a friend came over and the two of them went through her beehives.

Bert Montgomery: The double-wide gospel

Posted 3/19/2010 in Local Columns

Roger Miller sings about trailers, be they for sale or rent. Kid Rock reminds us that unlike Ice Cube, he ain't outta Compton but straight outta trailer. And Jimmy Buffet, the son of a son of a sailor, is just glad he doesn't live in a trailer.

Steve Mullen: What would Ulysses do?

Posted 3/17/2010 in Local Columns

It’s worth taking a tour of Mississippi State University’s newly digitized version of “The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant," a chunk of the president’s writings and other Grant-related items now housed there.

Birney Imes: Sparks fly

Posted 3/13/2010 in Local Columns

Eunice Pruitt has been obsessive about welding since he was 6 years old.

Steve Mullen: When the power goes out

Posted 3/10/2010 in Local Columns

A Titanic clap of thunder jolts me awake with a start. That one must’ve been right on top of us. A second peal a minute later knocks out the power. There’s a moment of darkness before WCBI’s generator kicks on, allowing the building’s sign to throw a little artificial light down Fifth Street.

Birney Imes: Church of dreams

Posted 3/6/2010 in Local Columns

When Darren Leach was 9 years old his grandmother told him he was going to be a preacher. It took more than three decades — not until 2007 — for Macy Jones’ prophecy to come true.

Ask Rufus: How did Military Road get its name?

Posted 3/6/2010 in Local Columns

Whenever something gets torn up, people tend to pay more attention. So it is with Military Road in Columbus.

Steve Mullen: Goodbye Barry, with regrets

Posted 3/3/2010 in Local Columns

A recent New York Times article, “Depression’s upside,” explores something known as rumination, the thought process that defines depression. Some people are more prone to rumination — which essentially is stewing over things — than others.

Birney Imes: Random notes

Posted 2/27/2010 in Local Columns

Friday afternoon on the way to meet a friend at the Riverwalk, a poster on a downtown store window caught my eye.

 

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