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Ask Rufus: Palm Sunday, Holy Week and an Easter Feast

Posted about 2 hours ago in Local Columns

Today is Palm Sunday with Holy Week and Easter to follow. In reviewing Columbus newspaper accounts of Palm Sunday, Holy Week and Easter there were actually little mentioned until the early 1900s.

Slimantics: Sticking your head out in the middle of a tornado

Posted yesterday in Local Columns

There has long been an unwritten rule that columnists don't use their columns to take shots at what other columnists have written. That's a position I have always embraced, but there are exceptions.

Slimantics: Gimme shelter?

Posted 4/2/2020 in Local Columns

Wednesday afternoon, Gov. Tate Reeves issued a state-wide "shelter in place" order, one of three such orders made that day, along with Florida and Georgia. Only five states have yet to announce such orders, so Mississippi was not dead last to the party, which I suppose is something to be congratulated.


Chris Morrow: Thoughts about today

Posted 4/1/2020 in Local Columns

Trying to think of something that compares to our current situation has been difficult.


Wyatt Emmerich: Caution is good, but let's not lose our confidence

Posted 3/30/2020 in Local Columns

Now that Americans are sufficiently scared by COVID-19 to start washing their hands, it's time to start thinking about the economic damage caused by social distancing.

Ask Rufus: A Walk Through 200 Years of History

Posted 3/28/2020 in Local Columns

One of the highlights to have been included in this year's Pilgrimage was an Architectural History Walking Tour of Southside by Ken P'Pool, retired deputy state historic preservation officer and longtime head of the Division of Historic Preservation for the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.

Possumhaw: What you can, while you can

Posted 3/28/2020 in Local Columns

It would be so easy to pull up a chair and sit by the window and do nothing all day long except watch bluebirds fly in and out of the bluebird box or watch swallowtail butterflies flit here and there on the wild cherry tree.

John Bean: Help support local restaurants by ordering takeout

Posted 3/26/2020 in Local Columns

As our community, state, nation, and world face the current pandemic, I feel we must all focus inward toward our local communities and work together to get through this. As founder and CEO of the Eat With Us Group I never dreamed I would face the situation we are in now.

Slimantics: Letter-writing in the time of COVID-19

Posted 3/24/2020 in Local Columns

It's only been a couple of weeks since Americans have been "sheltering at home," yet some folks are already showing signs of discontent.

Marion Whitley: A 'drop by' visit

Posted 3/24/2020 in Local Columns

When you're told, "Yes ma'am, I live in Columbus, but I was born in Caledonia," you have a "Me Too Moment" like no other!

Possumhaw: Safe and sound at home

Posted 3/23/2020 in Local Columns

If ever there was a good season to draw close to home, this would have to be it. The sun shines, the flowers bloom, the clover multiplies, the birds sing, the bees buzz. Dandelions open fully in the mornings.

Ask Rufus: An 1828 Choctaw Account of Creation

Posted 3/21/2020 in Local Columns

A fascinating article on the Choctaw account of creation was written by Rev Alfred Wright, a missionary at Mayhew, for the Missionary Herald and published in the July 2, 1828, Cherokee Phoenix of New Echota, Georgia.

Partial to Home: A boon and gentle tonic

Posted 3/21/2020 in Local Columns

Advice, insight and inspiration from a variety of sources.


Local Voices: Measures taken in the interest of public safety

Posted 3/21/2020 in Local Columns

Saturday at noon, the Mayor and City Council of Columbus implemented sweeping regulations that will affect all businesses and gatherings of citizens in some way or fashion.


Tate Reeves: Getting through this as a state

Posted 3/20/2020 in Local Columns

We are together in a moment of great uncertainty. It is a time when all of our lives are being disrupted as we come together to fight one common enemy. All of your state's leaders are working hard, following the lead of experts, to combat the COVID-19 virus and prevent its spread in our communities.

Slimantics: Just enough to share

Posted 3/18/2020 in Local Columns

My parents were born more than 100 years ago and grew up in an era when survival depended on hard work. Both had only a high school education.

Bill Gillmore: A proposal on firearms

Posted 3/17/2020 in Local Columns

The National Rifle Association (NRA) opposes most efforts to regulate firearm possession with the slippery slope argument: Give an inch, and they will take it all. Step on the slippery slope, and sliding to the bottom is inevitable.

Slimantics: Which kind of fear will it be?

Posted 3/17/2020 in Local Columns

On Monday, the Mississippi State Department of Health confirmed a case of COVID-19 in Monroe County, a sure sign that the dreaded virus is very near to us all. As of Monday there are 12 confirmed cases in Mississippi. Nationally, the number of cases is a 3,487, including 68 deaths.

Possumhaw: All about life and honeybees

Posted 3/16/2020 in Local Columns

There's more about honeybees I don't know than I do know. That's a phrase we use a lot here at the Bardwell abode. Not the honeybee part but the what we don't know part

Partial to Home: After a half century in the North, home

Posted 3/14/2020 in Local Columns

It was one of those glad-you-are-alive-and-out-in-the-world Saturday afternoons -- sunny, bright, crisp and clear -- and I was sitting in the three-sided shed that is the in-house dining facility of Brother's Keeper Barbecue.


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