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Steve Mullen: The dead weight under the tree

Posted 12/16/2009 in Local Columns

Who doesn’t like gift cards?

Jay Lacklen: A house, a ship, a home

Posted 12/15/2009 in Local Columns

Recently I stood in the empty, torn-apart-for-renovation, “ship” my family sailed for over twenty years. I felt both melancholy and pride as I walked among the torn up carpet, barren, patched walls, and scattered debris from an incomplete move. This old girl was up in dry dock for repairs before her next family crew would launch on their life mission aboard her. She will soon be back at sea, but we will no longer be with her.

Birney Imes: Whad’Ya Know, a Christmas parade

Posted 12/12/2009 in Local Columns

The evening may have been wet and the crowds sparse, but there was little evidence of dampened spirits at Monday night’s Christmas parade. Float riders (who may have outnumbered onlookers) waved and shouted, and the crowd waved back. Good cheer all around.

Steve Mullen: A ‘Charlie Brown Christmas’ to remember

Posted 12/9/2009 in Local Columns

Most of us probably have a single Christmas that stands out.

Birney Imes: Whad’ya know, Michael Feldman?

Posted 12/8/2009 in Local Columns

One of the funniest guys you’re ever likely to meet is coming to Columbus Saturday.

Bert Montgomery: Of Egg Bowls, the Maroon Band, and things that never change

Posted 12/1/2009 in Local Columns

Things sure have changed since I was in the Famous Maroon Band. Back in 1986, I was a trombonist (one of among 30-plus trombones) in the band. Dr. Kent Sills (or, “Doc”) was director of bands; Mr. Bob Taylor (“Mr. T”) was assistant director. MSU football legend Rockey Felker was in his first season as the Bulldogs’ head coach.

Birney Imes: The day after Thanksgiving

Posted 11/28/2009 in Local Columns

Friday afternoon as I was making my way down Military Road, a white El Camino passed me headed toward town. In the truck bed was a large piece of exercise equipment, price tags flapping in the wind.

Steve Mullen: Be thankful, shop local

Posted 11/25/2009 in Local Columns

For many, this long weekend is about family and friends, turkey and football, and most of all, gathering around a table and giving thanks. It’s also about shopping.

Birney Imes: Georgia school offers example for MUW

Posted 11/21/2009 in Local Columns

In 1889 the state of Georgia established in Milledgeville the Georgia Normal and Industrial College to prepare young women for secretarial and teaching jobs. (Five years earlier the Industrial Institute and College, the first state supported school for women in the country, was established in Columbus, Miss.)

Bert Montgomery: The mellowing of a former peacenik

Posted 11/19/2009 in Local Columns

Uncle Obed, from over in the northern Mississippi Delta, drove a mobile medic truck during World War II. His son, my cousin Ricky, says the stories Uncle Obed told resembled the chaos that was made famous by M*A*S*H (even though that was set in Korea). Uncle Obed returned from Europe and continued farming in the Delta.

Steve Mullen: Keeping Uncle Haley out of the kitchen

Posted 11/18/2009 in Local Columns

We thought, over the past several years with two elementary-age kids, that we’d seen all the cutesy Thanksgiving-themed things students could possibly produce. Of course, there’s the perennial favorite: Drawings and cutouts of turkeys made by tracing their hands. We’ve seen the Indian feathers and headbands from construction paper, and the Pilgrim hats and buckles. We’ve seen turkeys made out of pine cones and Coke cans.

 

Bill Crawford: Mississippi State University for Women

Posted 11/17/2009 in Local Columns

The ex-MUW Alumnae Association must think the sky is falling. First came their nasty divorce from the university. Then, the unwanted name change recommendation by President Claudia Limbert, the College Board, and the Mississippi Economic Council. Now, Gov. Haley Barbour has put merger back on the table!?!

 

Birney Imes: Namaste from a hep cat

Posted 11/14/2009 in Local Columns

Just finished John Dufresne’s “Love Warps the Mind a Little,” a lively and humorous exploration of love and death. The book is almost too clever, but the longer you read the more you get drawn in. By the time I finished, I felt like a friend of the protagonist, Lafayette Proulx (Laf as he’s called in the book) and was sad to part company.

Steve Mullen: Denialism and The W

Posted 11/11/2009 in Local Columns

In his new book “Denialism,” author Michael Specter explores how, on occasion, “an entire segment of society, often struggling with the trauma of change, turns away from reality in favor of a more comfortable lie.” Denialism is all around us. We often ignore reams of evidence, if it contradicts something we find more comfortable or easier to believe.

Steve Mullen: Burned over Burns Bottom?

Posted 11/4/2009 in Local Columns

Well, at least we could say we got close this time. This community has talked about building a soccer complex for years. After working to vet several candidate sites over the past several months, the city and county finally struck a deal on locating a soccer complex and community park in Burns Bottom — not just a bunch of fields, but a plan to keep the land’s natural beauty intact. After out-of-town planners and architects showed us the property’s potential, most dissenting voices came around.

Bert Montgomery: A student's murder, a teacher's reflection

Posted 11/2/2009 in Local Columns

Reid's note grabbed my immediate attention: “Jury selection begins today in the capital murder trial of Bobby Batiste. Batiste stands accused of murdering Andreas Galanis. Both young men were students at Mississippi State. Andreas Galanis was a friend of mine.”

Birney Imes: Cooking from the soul

Posted 10/31/2009 in Local Columns

“You have a Mr. Beauregard R. here to see you.” It was Felicia in the front office. Beauregard or “Beau” was in town visiting a friend and I’d invited them for lunch on Thursday. He lives in St. Augustine, Fla., and is a painter.

Steve Mullen: Amid wrestling over MUW’s name, the 900-pound tag team in the room

Posted 10/28/2009 in Local Columns

As the need to reach a consensus on a new identity for Mississippi University for Women becomes ever more urgent and more dire, I find it pleasing to imagine all the different sides of the debate crowded face to face, in one arena, going at it. I can picture a wrestling ring — or better yet, a cage match.

Birney Imes: A call for unity

Posted 10/24/2009 in Local Columns

Our Wednesday editorial on name change at Mississippi University for Women has drawn a flurry of online responses from many of the usual suspects. In that editorial, we again urged lawmakers and the public to proceed with a name change and to go with Reneau University, the name chosen through a long and painstaking process.

Steve Mullen: Hang on to your butts: Where there’s smokes, there’s fire

Posted 10/21/2009 in Local Columns

There’s gonna be a huge warehouse sale in Tupelo next week — and it ain’t on furniture. The state Tax Commission seized an estimated $20 million worth of smokes in a tax raid in April, and on Oct. 27, it plans to auction off its contraband to the highest bidders.

 

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