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Wyatt Emmerich: Billions in bonds issued without any competitive bids

Posted yesterday in Local Columns

Billions of dollars in local and state bonds are being issued without competitive bidding. Many of the leading state experts in Mississippi bidding laws are wondering why. It used to not be this way. There's no telling how much taxpayer money is being left on the table. It's probably in the millions of dollars.


Possumhaw: Music of the morning

Posted 6/17/2019 in Local Columns

Sam walked in the door asking, "What happened on the porch? It looks like a gale force wind swept through."

Partial to Home: Why I love Finland

Posted 6/15/2019 in Local Columns

HELSINKI, FINLAND -- We took a seat on the ferry to Suomenlinna next to a man eating strawberries. He looked like an athlete, tall, lean with California-surfer good looks. He was dressed in his bicycle garb, helmet at his side.

Ask Rufus: The Beginning of a Town, June 1819

Posted 6/15/2019 in Local Columns

The founding of Columbus involved a series of settlements and events stretching from 1810 to 1819.

Slimantics: Bulldog Baseball: Seems like old times

Posted 6/14/2019 in Local Columns

In 1985, I made my first and only trip to Omaha, Nebraska, for the College World Series.

Ask Rufus: Allison's Wells, A Grand Mississippi Resort

Posted 6/8/2019 in Local Columns

On Friday I was at the Duncan Gray Episcopal Conference Center for a Gray Center board meeting. Located at Way, Mississippi, nine miles north of Canton, it is not only a beautiful setting but a historic one as well.

Possumhaw: Travel slow, travel light

Posted 6/8/2019 in Local Columns

Sitting on the front porch drinking my morning coffee, I noticed a tremendous number of pollinators.

Slimantics: The men on the beaches

Posted 6/6/2019 in Local Columns

We have seen the images, read the history and watched depictions of what happened on June 6, 1944 as dawn broke over the dark waters of the north Atlantic and the artillery smoke hung heavy over the beaches of Normandy France.


Brett Kittredge: Time to scale back Mississippi's regulatory burden

Posted 6/6/2019 in Local Columns

It would take the average person more than 13 weeks to wade through the 9.3 million words and 117,558 restrictions in Mississippi's regulatory code.


Monday profile: 'Not a cookie-cutter kind of person'

Posted 6/3/2019 in Local Columns

Kody Rickert, 17, says his trademark is his mismatched Crocs.

Slimantics: Bulldogs secure in their baseball tradition

Posted 6/3/2019 in Local Columns

Typically, when the Mississippi State baseball team wins a title at its home ballpark, fans linger long after the game to soak in the victory and to celebrate. Sunday was an exception.

Possumhaw: A carefully watched garden

Posted 6/2/2019 in Local Columns

The rains have subsided so the plants require watering every morning, and most evenings, having barely survived the heat of the day. And every morning on my rounds, I examine which plants have been plucked by the innocent-looking deer that bedded down in the field the night before.

Ask Rufus: Omaha Beach, June 6, 1944

Posted 6/1/2019 in Local Columns

This week marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day. It is a week that reminds us that the generation of World War II was not just the greatest generation but a generation of heroes.


Wyatt Emmerich: My music festival experience continues in Atlanta

Posted 5/31/2019 in Local Columns

This time last year I wrote about taking my wife and two teenage girls to the Memphis in May music festival. Ginny and I were about the oldest people there. I predicted that would be my last music festival. But I was wrong.



Brett Kittredge: Celebrating entrepreneurship with Lemonade Day

Posted 5/30/2019 in Local Columns

Lemonade Day 2019 is coming to the Golden Triangle. It's a celebration that helps today's youth become tomorrow's entrepreneurs.


Possumhaw; Made in the U.S.A., revisited

Posted 5/25/2019 in Local Columns

The jean jacket label said Bangladesh. Prairie skirts made in the U.S.A. Old Navy jacket made in China, as was the Longleaf camo jacket, as was the Ralph Lauren skirt. Really? Ralph Lauren made in China? Ann Taylor, Hong Kong; MSU baseball hat, Taiwan R.O.C. Shoes were a mix of Brazil, Mexico and China.

Ask Rufus: Remembering Memorial Day

Posted 5/25/2019 in Local Columns

Columbus has long claimed to be the inspiration if not the birthplace of Memorial Day.


Jiben Roy: The conservatives are on the march

Posted 5/24/2019 in Local Columns

Recently the world's largest democratic country, India, finished a marathon election, which started on 11th April and ended 19th May. There are 900 million eligible voters out of almost 1.4 billion people.



Wyatt Emmerich: Federal action on MS Dept. of Corrections may follow action in Ala.

Posted 5/21/2019 in Local Columns

The federal Department of Justice (DOJ) just released a scathing report on Alabama's prisons. The same could be said of Mississippi's prisons.



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