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Ask Rufus: Down the Tombigbee

Posted yesterday in Local Columns

The three of us had started school together at Demonstration School more years ago than we would care to admit. This was a journey we had always wanted to make.

Slimantics: On Memorial Day weekend, a slice of Americana

Posted yesterday in Local Columns

It is the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend and the campground at DeWayne Hayes Recreation Center is filled to capacity. All 100 campsites are occupied, some elaborately so, with enormous campers, adorned with flags, personalized signs, even satellite dishes.

Lynn Spruill: BINGO!

Posted 5/27/2016 in Local Columns

Up until recently the only reference that bingo conjured up for me was the simple little ditty about the farmer's dog: "and B.I.N.G.O. was his name O." Not so any more.

 

Wyatt Emmerich: Non-profit journalism

Posted 5/25/2016 in Local Columns

I received a nice letter from Donna Barksdale asking me to contribute to a new online Mississippi news service called Mississippi Today.

 

Slimantics: Senior Expo exceeds all expectations

Posted 5/24/2016 in Local Columns

It ain't easy getting old. First off, it's terribly time-consuming.

Slimantics: Paws for a Cause has gone to the dogs

Posted 5/23/2016 in Local Columns

On the first Saturday in May, Louisville, Kentucky, is home to "The Run for the Roses." On the third Saturday in May, Columbus is home to the "Run of the Noses."

Possumhaw: You could be sugar-addicted if ...

Posted 5/23/2016 in Local Columns

The doctor warned our cholesterol levels were rising, not dangerously so, but rising. No medicines were required, but paying closer attention to our eating habits was advised.

 

Bob Usey: Mental health in Mississippi needs immediate attention

Posted 5/23/2016 in Local Columns

Of the 174 members of the Legislature, I wonder just how many of them ever drove just a few miles South of the Capitol at Jackson to actually visit the Whitfield State Hospital for the mentally ill.

 

Birney Imes: The fraternity of beekeepers

Posted 5/21/2016 in Local Columns

Omar is having trouble with his bees; they're not producing honey. This according to Rashita, the woman who manages the inn where I am staying.

Lynn Spruill: Parks: Another economic development opportunity

Posted 5/20/2016 in Local Columns

As much as I give well-deserved but unmitigated grief to members of the Starkville Board of Aldermen, in the interest of fairness, I must also give a thumbs up to them for their support of a game-changing move for the city's future.

Slimantics: It's not whether you win or lose ...

Posted 5/19/2016 in Local Columns

Now that youth league baseball and softball have started, an old, predictable debate again emerges about the purpose of youth sports and what it says about modern society.

Possumhaw: Toxins of spring, prepare and beware

Posted 5/16/2016 in Local Columns

'Tis the season for creeping vines waiting to bring forth untold misery to the gentle gardener.

Partial to Home: Questions without answers

Posted 5/14/2016 in Local Columns

A woman in our group wonders aloud if the birds were singing when the air was filled with ash. I walk over to the fence and balance my recorder on the rusting strands of barbed wire.

Lynn Spruill: Economic gambles

Posted 5/13/2016 in Local Columns

There are arguably two examples of successful economic development park projects in Starkville.

Slimantics: The liberating luxury of bare feet

Posted 5/12/2016 in Local Columns

Although there are some movies that capture the essence of what it means to be a newspaper journalist, no film has managed to capture the day-to-day reality of the job.

Possumhaw: Why are you so happy?

Posted 5/9/2016 in Local Columns

Robin handed me the book "The Happiness Project," and like a moth to a flame I was drawn to the subtitle, "Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun." The book is by Gretchen Rubin.

Lynn Spruill: The value of taxes

Posted 5/6/2016 in Local Columns

I pretty regularly get buttonholed about things the city is doing (or not doing); like I have some influence over it.

 

Charlie Mitchell: 'Civility' vs. 'political correctness' not best yardstick

Posted 5/3/2016 in Local Columns

They are not the same. Never have been. One is truth-centered. The other is not.

 

Possumhaw: Joy of the roadsides

Posted 5/2/2016 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.

 

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