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Ask Rufus: From river chants to blues

Posted yesterday in Local Columns

When blues is mentioned most people think of the Delta, Memphis, St. Louis or Chicago blues, but blues music has deep roots in the Black Prairie.

Slimantics: In establishment versus underdog only one has plan

Posted 8/21/2019 in Local Columns

The eve of tonight's GOP runoff debate found the two candidates in much different surroundings.


Our View: Call for audit puts pressure on EMCC

Posted 8/20/2019 in Local Columns

On Monday, Oktibbeha County supervisors joined their Lowndes County counterparts in calling for an audit of East Mississippi Community College, which has blown through almost all of what was an $11 million primary reserve fund over the past 10 years.


Partial to Home: In the fullness of August

Posted 8/17/2019 in Local Columns

If you are driving down Jemison Mill Road near Steens and happen see three abandoned kittens emerge from a hollow tree like a scene from a fairy tale and you turn around for a second look, you might as well clear off the front seat to make way for additional passengers.

Ask Rufus: Dancing Under a Green Corn Moon

Posted 8/17/2019 in Local Columns

Last week there was a spectacular full moon. It was known as the Green Corn Moon.

Possumhaw: Amid the noise and haste

Posted 8/10/2019 in Local Columns

Way back then there was no caller ID or hitting a button to decline calls, so I answered the phone. It was a representative from Nielsen Media Research. She asked if I'd be interested in joining the Nielsen TV family. The TV family are people chosen to allow Nielsen to measure their TV viewing and radio listening. While I was flattered, I responded, "The only problem is I don't own a TV."

Ask Rufus: A Flag and a Single Star

Posted 8/10/2019 in Local Columns

Of Mississippi's historic flags I have always thought the prettiest was the Magnolia Flag.


Local voices: Stories from a first-time poll worker

Posted 8/9/2019 in Local Columns

Where were you this past Tuesday? This week was eventful with final summer plans or back to school for some. For others, Tuesday was a regular workday. I spent the day as a poll worker watching our democratic system work at the ground level.



Home Base: Pray away gun violence? OK. Let's do it

Posted 8/6/2019 in Local Columns

The venerable Texas lieutenant governor may have a point. Bringing teacher-led prayer back into public schools may just be the ticket for turning back the tide of gun violence. I'm sure nothing in his record would suggest ties to gun lobbies that would sully his objectivity on the gun control argument, so let's for a moment, take him at his word.


Possumhaw: Way back when

Posted 8/5/2019 in Local Columns

R.C. White's book "Ten Million Kisses" turned over in my hands. If ever a cover attracted my attention this one did. A handsome soldier embraces his girl. The cover is done in deep sepia like photographs stored in boxes and albums from my mom and dad of the same era.

Ask Rufus: John Daves and the Forlorn Hope of Stony Point

Posted 8/3/2019 in Local Columns

Writing my column last week on the Washington medallion passed down through Sallie Govan Billups, I told of the Revolutionary War record of John Daves, her great-grandfather.

Possumhaw: Rain gardens, barrels and bioswales

Posted 7/29/2019 in Local Columns

Here's a little follow-up from last week's Possumhaw on rain and how you might conserve water to make it work for you.

Partial to Home: Camping on the Sipsey

Posted 7/27/2019 in Local Columns

Around 5 o'clock on a recent Wednesday afternoon I was standing in the wilds of Pickens County, Alabama, in the only whitewater rapids on the Sipsey River, with a peach in one hand and a cell phone in the other.


Our view: Getting it right

Posted 7/27/2019 in Local Columns

Accountability. Our newsroom knows the word well. We work daily, on behalf of the public, to hold accountable government officials, candidates and others charged with the public trust.


Ask Rufus: Looking for Lafayette

Posted 7/27/2019 in Local Columns

This fall marks the 195th anniversary of the return to America of Lafayette in 1824. In Columbus there is a rare medallion presented by Lafayette on that return visit. However, as is often the case with historic relics, it is unclear as to exactly who Lafayette gave it to.

Slimantics: More Walkers, less tires

Posted 7/25/2019 in Local Columns

If you ask me, what this state needs is more Hagan Walkers and fewer state politicians throwing money around like beads at a Mardi Gras parade.


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