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Possumhaw: Joy of the roadsides

Posted yesterday in Local Columns

Driving west over the Tombigbee Bridge and exiting north onto Plymouth Access Road leads to a trail of wildflowers not to be believed.

Ask Rufus: Earthquakes, volcanoes and fossils

Posted 4/30/2016 in Local Columns

A couple of days ago I was trying to decide what to write about in today's column when I received an email from Peter Imes asking if I had seen the new book on the Geology of Mississippi.

Lynn Spruill: Welfare for politicians

Posted 4/29/2016 in Local Columns

Occasionally I am reminded of my level of ignorance and naivete'.

 

Wyatt Emmerich: Some things the Legislature got right

Posted 4/28/2016 in Local Columns

I commend our state Legislature for several things: Finally ending the election of school supervisors, balancing the budget, expanding charter schools, and repealing the franchise tax.

 

 

Charlie Mitchell: Angry bills and buddy bills dominate the 2016 session

Posted 4/26/2016 in Local Columns

In 1980, a silly movie, "Airplane," was released. In one scene a passenger loses her composure. The other passengers line up. Each one more aggressively tries to slap her back to her senses.

 

 

Bill Crawford: Responsible governance has had its day in Mississippi

Posted 4/25/2016 in Local Columns

Bless their hearts. They did the best they could. After taking care of themselves, political promises, and lobbyists, there just wasn't much Republican legislators, with their new super-majority in the House and Senate, could do to take care of Mississippi's real needs.

 

Possumhaw: She looked back

Posted 4/25/2016 in Local Columns

Sam power-washed the back porch along with the Adirondack chairs. I beat the rugs and fluffed the cushions.

Ask Rufus: De Soto's cross

Posted 4/23/2016 in Local Columns

I have written several times about the expedition of Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto's travels through our area 475 years ago and his encounters with the Chickasaws and other Indian nations.

Slimantics: How to ruin a state without really trying

Posted 4/23/2016 in Local Columns

Each January, the Mississippi Legislature convenes in Jackson and collectively loses its mind for a few months. The session ends in April - and not a nanosecond too soon - giving Mississippians a couple of months to contemplate the impending carnage that will ensue on July 1, when the new laws go into effect.

Partial to Home: Persimmons

Posted 4/23/2016 in Local Columns

About four years ago a friend visiting from the North rode with me to a rural church outside of Caledonia to photograph the tombstone for a woman's leg. The woman had the leg removed for medical reasons, and, perhaps thinking it would be useful later, had it buried next to the spot her remains would eventually (and now) inhabit. Her husband's grave neighbored her on the other side.

Lynn Spruill: Police station finale?

Posted 4/22/2016 in Local Columns

It's official. We are not going to get any help from the Legislature on the renovation of the Starkville police department building.

Slimantics: A bewildering legislative session comes to an end ... mercifully

Posted 4/21/2016 in Local Columns

The 2016 Mississippi legislative session ended this morning.

Slimantics: Emmerich a relentless critic of state's economic development strategy

Posted 4/20/2016 in Local Columns

Although he is careful not to call himself a Republican -- as a journalist, he maintains that party associations are the enemy of objectivity -- there is little doubt that Wyatt Emmerich is a fiscal conservative through and through.

 

Charlie Mitchell: Epps case remains in 'Let's Make A Deal' phase

Posted 4/19/2016 in Local Columns

In May 2010, Chris Epps was at the pinnacle.

 

Slimantics: Victims on a Sunday afternoon

Posted 4/19/2016 in Local Columns

When Tess and I bought a house near downtown Columbus, I can't say we weren't warned.

Possumhaw: Computer woes

Posted 4/18/2016 in Local Columns

The email was sent. It read, "I'm upgrading my computer to Windows 10. If you don't hear from me, you'll know I was unsuccessful."

Ask Rufus: Of turkeys and history

Posted 4/17/2016 in Local Columns

We are now in the midst of turkey hunting season.

Partial to Home: A eulogy for Bob

Posted 4/16/2016 in Local Columns

Last weekend I attended the funeral of a dear friend who died after an almost two-year battle with pancreatic cancer. Though not a religious man, Bob's funeral was held in a Catholic church in a scruffy section of Syracuse.

Roses and thorns: 4/16/16

Posted 4/16/2016 in Local Columns

A rose to the city of Columbus and its police department for continued efforts to make sure body cameras worn by officers are used in a way that protects both the officers and citizens alike.

Lynn Spruill: Our library, a community cornerstone

Posted 4/15/2016 in Local Columns

There must be a national recognition week or month for every group known to civilized man. This week is no different for it is National Library Week.

 

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