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Slimantics: Country Mouse vs. City Mouse

Posted earlier today in Local Columns

Maybe I'm just getting old, but more and more as of late, current events stir the echoes of my childhood.

Slimantics: Pappy 0'Bryant and his 'brain trust'

Posted yesterday in Local Columns

This month, the people who run the state -- Gov. Phil Bryant, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and Speaker of the House Phillip Gunn -- announced their intentions to "reform" the state's tax structure as a means of a reviving a state economy that appears to be poised on the edge of the abyss.

 

Charlie Mitchell: Doctors' advice: It's time to opt in to Medicaid expansion

Posted yesterday in Local Columns

During the past two and a half years, dozens of factual studies and reports have accumulated from states that expanded Medicaid as part of Obamacare.

 

Possumhaw: The poached egg patch

Posted 8/22/2016 in Local Columns

Making my way slowly down the stairway I placed my right hand on the wall while my left hand covered my eye.

Partial to Home: Prankster fails to get Harper's goat

Posted 8/20/2016 in Local Columns

OK, let's get one thing straight before we go any further: Bobby Harper has no more goats for sale. Fact is, he never had any to begin with. Throughout most of August, though, he's had a pleasant, though not always easy, time trying to convince readers of the Mississippi Market Bulletin of that.

 

Home Base: Ignorance is bliss

Posted 8/20/2016 in Local Columns

Facebook scrolling can be a sobering experience. If I hadn't learned that before, I knew it Sunday night.

 

Lynn Spruill: Going crackers over Troy's latest

Posted 8/19/2016 in Local Columns

There are multiple legitimate forms of economic development.

Slimantics: Mississippi: The Free State of ALEC

Posted 8/18/2016 in Local Columns

Here's how it is supposed to work: Every four years, Mississippians go to the polls to elect fellow Mississippians to serve our interests by crafting legislation to address the state's unique issues.

 

Wyatt Emmerich: Time for your de-worming?

Posted 8/18/2016 in Local Columns

Now we can add the Zika virus to things that go bump in the night. Headlines abound.

 

 

Charlie Mitchell: Candidates, media team up to panic voters

Posted 8/17/2016 in Local Columns

A bit of advice for people in a total tizzy over the presidential election: Get a soda and some popcorn, turn off CNN and Fox for an hour or two and watch the 2015 movie, "Our Brand is Crisis."

 

 

Rheta Johnson: My old man and lesser writers

Posted 8/16/2016 in Local Columns

I'm scheduled this month to show up at a writer's fair in Mississippi's Jackson, a town where I've only ever distinguished myself by not being hired by the local newspaper, being evicted from an apartment for parking a rotten sailboat in the side yard and working briefly for United Press International after that news organization stopped issuing regular paychecks.

 

Possumhaw: Down comes rain; up goes grass

Posted 8/15/2016 in Local Columns

A couple of years back Sam signed up to cut the grass at the church.

Partial to Home: Extracting sweetness

Posted 8/13/2016 in Local Columns

Since company was coming at 7:30, bright and early, we needed to get up and get moving. There was the old cypress table Melvin Brewer made for us to move to the garage, the extractor to set up and the five-gallon pails to rinse out.

Ask Rufus: Aberdeen is burning

Posted 8/13/2016 in Local Columns

On Monday March 20, 1882, Columbus Mayor C.E. Dancy received a telegram of distress from the mayor of Aberdeen.

Lynn Spruill: A new and improved Highway 12 coming

Posted 8/12/2016 in Local Columns

I happened to be stuck at the intersection of Highway 12 and Louisville Street this week waiting on the light to change when I noticed the beginnings of next year's headache.

 

Charlie Mitchell: 'Sealed settlements' mask the cost of wrongdoing

Posted 8/10/2016 in Local Columns

Two lawsuits accusing Mississippi officials of wrongdoing have been settled without trials this summer. Taxpayers can know the cost for one. For the other, they can't.

 

Possumhaw: That's what I like about the South

Posted 8/8/2016 in Local Columns

Somebody threw out the question what would you miss about the South? Food was a given then it boiled down to friendliness and storytelling. The next day I tried the question on my exercising buddies and the answer was the same. Seems we'll tell a story at the drop of a hat.

Ask Rufus: Walt Disney's artist friend

Posted 8/6/2016 in Local Columns

Recently I bought a painting by Oscar-winning Columbus native Josh Meador.

 

Partial to Home: Taking refuge from the rain in the Preston General Store

Posted 8/6/2016 in Local Columns

Just before 8 o'clock on a recent Thursday morning, Les Henderson stood at the cash register of the Preston General Store, the business his great-grandfather, Luther Dewayne Henderson, started in 1886, and rang up the purchases of Bobby Wells, a neighbor and regular customer.

 

 

Home Base: Relieved of morning duties

Posted 8/5/2016 in Local Columns

"Daddy, I feel like I'm blind, and I literally feel dizzy. I feel like I don't know where I am, and I feel like it's Wednesday instead of Thursday."

 

 

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