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Possumhaw: Miracle in the Prairie

Posted 2/18/2013 in Local Columns

It all started about three days before. The rains were torrential and the lake was so full that most of the center stumps were submerged. "Sam, I think the spillway is dammed up. The water is high." After work Sam took the gator to the spillway and sure enough a beaver had dammed the flow again. In drizzling rain Sam shoveled out the dam and checked the beaver trap. No beaver. "Did you see Leah?" I asked.

Birney Imes: Magnolia Bowl in her glory days

Posted 2/16/2013 in Local Columns

When reporter Carmen Sisson, whose story about Magnolia Bowl appears in today's Dispatch, asked me about the old stadium, she unleashed a flood of memories.

Ask Rufus: A.B. Meek and the Charge of the Light Brigade

Posted 2/16/2013 in Local Columns

Sometimes research and writing takes you in unexpected directions, and that is the case today. As I started writing this column, I stumbled into one of those poignant stories of long ago that touches a present-day nerve.

 

Wyatt Emmerich: On the subject of love

Posted 2/15/2013 in Local Columns

Writing about love is a tricky thing, especially since my wife might read this column. Fortunately, I heard New Hope Baptist Church minister Jerry Young speak at the Jackson Rotary Club today. His topic was love and marriage. I can't put it any better than he did.

 

 

Fond memories of days in the Big Easy

Posted 2/12/2013 in Local Columns

So it finally happened. After years of making and buying King Cakes, I finally got the prized plastic baby. Now granted, my chances dramatically increased due to the fact that the only other person in the baby race was my wife.

 

 

Charlie Mitchell: Mississippi remains reliably friendly to firearms owners

Posted 2/11/2013 in Local Columns

There are no states more reliably and consistently friendly to gun owners and gun manufacturers than Mississippi. That's clear, well beyond any doubt.

 

Possumhaw: Cool Cats for sale

Posted 2/11/2013 in Local Columns

Hopping over the worm on the asphalt took me back to my childhood when rains brought out red wigglers. I remember hopscotching across sidewalks trying to avoid stepping on icky worms.

 

Rufus Ward: The Riverwalk's living fossil

Posted 2/9/2013 in Local Columns

Most people pay no attention to the green tubular stalk of a plant that grows along the banks of the Tombigbee River at Columbus' Riverwalk. The plant can also be found in clusters along nature trails at MUW's Plymouth Bluff Center. It is commonly called a horsetail and was here before the dinosaurs.

 

 

Rheta Grimsley Johnson: Shave and a haircut

Posted 2/7/2013 in Local Columns

Young Barney Schoby has an actor's animation and a historian's mind. Who better to guide you through the place that does more to explain the nuanced Natchez heyday than any other?

 

Slimantics: Education: Is our heart really in it?

Posted 2/5/2013 in Local Columns

If a visitor from another planet landed his spaceship in Mississippi and spent some time examining what he found, he would likely be led to ask a question that Mississippians appear to have quit asking long, long ago. He would observe that our state is almost always last in everything good and first in everything bad and ask the obvious question: How come?

Possumhaw: The flick of a hand

Posted 2/4/2013 in Local Columns

Jack, the deaf cat, knowing sign language, responds to the universal sign of flicking your hand. "Come on," I flick my hand; he comes.

Birney Imes: An email from the superintendent

Posted 2/2/2013 in Local Columns

Early last week I sent Jeff Smith and Martha Liddell an email. Neither had taken nor returned calls from our reporters who were working on stories in which each of them was a principal player.

Ask Rufus: A bomb threat, a windstorm and a gothic church

Posted 2/2/2013 in Local Columns

From a bomb threat to a windstorm, the early buildings of St Paul's Episcopal Church in Columbus had their problems, but the 154-year-old present structure is a classic. Records of the church provide a view of early church building in Columbus.

 

Wyatt Emmerich: Camping in January

Posted 2/1/2013 in Local Columns

A recent Boy Scout camping trip took me to the Sipsey Wilderness Area in north Alabama. It is beautiful. A hidden gem.

 

Slimantics: Reform shouldn't mean 'make it worse'

Posted 1/31/2013 in Local Columns

Noted 20th Century essayist G.K. Chesterton once wrote that the whole modern world is made up of Conservatives and Progressives. "The business of Progressives is to go on making mistakes," he wrote in a 1924 newspaper column. "The business of Conservatives is to prevent mistakes from being corrected."

 

Jim Prince: Free state of Mississippi

Posted 1/31/2013 in Local Columns

Even law enforcement will admit Mississippi's concealed-carry gun law is a joke. Citizens already can legally possess a firearm anywhere in their house, car or business without a permit. The average citizen does not want to carry a weapon on his side and walk down the street - although we technically possess that right under the Constitution.

 

 

Charlie Mitchell: 'Dependence' is a myth, says President Obama

Posted 1/28/2013 in Local Columns

Well, he put it out there. Since the time of Roosevelt's New Deal and Johnson's Great Society, a debate has rumbled over whether government aid programs kill private initiative. Conservatives say it does. Liberals either don't care or insist it doesn't.

 

Possumhaw: Prairie, wild and untamed

Posted 1/28/2013 in Local Columns

I often wonder how different life would be in the city. I wonder if city dwellers contend with coyotes, fox, armadillos, owls, raccoons and beaver; possibly a snake or two.

Birney Imes: Tony proves his mettle

Posted 1/26/2013 in Local Columns

The story of a skirmish between a hawk and a duck shouldn't be all that difficult to tell. Now consider the duck belongs to a Thai man who speaks broken English and lives in east Columbus, that almost everyone in the story has two names, and the tale begins with a bet on a golf game where the loser will cook duck for the victor.

Ask Rufus: The Prairie

Posted 1/26/2013 in Local Columns

Deeply ingrained in both the history and culture of Northeast Mississippi is the Black Prairie. The prairie takes its name from the dark, almost black soil that typifies its range. From the time of the earliest European-American traders and settlers, the region has attracted attention.

 

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