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Possumhaw: Living like pioneers

Posted yesterday in Local Columns

"I would like to do something this afternoon and it involves water." I suspected this would arouse Sam's interest.

 

Charlie Mitchell: Treading water shouldn't be good enough for voters

Posted yesterday in Local Columns

After 30 minutes with the household bills, Dad comes to the dinner table. Looking somber, he tells Mom, Junior and Sis, "We've got to cut back. We're spending more than we have."

 

Partial to Home: Cultural exchange

Posted 8/11/2018 in Local Columns

KREIENSEN, GERMANY - My friend Axel and I were standing at Track 2 one day last week waiting for the 7:33 a.m. train to Hannover when he shouted greetings to someone across the way. "He's an Elvis impersonator," Axel said. "He's quite good."

Ask Rufus: A 100-year heritage of military aviation continues

Posted 8/11/2018 in Local Columns

The twist and turns of history are always interesting.

 

Wyatt Emmerich: And now, the big 60 is here

Posted 8/8/2018 in Local Columns

August 2 is my birthday. The big 60 is finally here. Old age awaits.

 

Slimantics: I heart teachers

Posted 8/7/2018 in Local Columns

Beginning Monday, thousands of students throughout Mississippi will return to the classroom for another school year.

Possumhaw: It was well worth it

Posted 8/4/2018 in Local Columns

The water hose was lying in the flower bed surrounded by a pile of gray sand. I touched it with my fingers. Sam said, "It's coming from the well through the hose." I thought maybe not. "If it's gray," he said, "it's coming from the well."

Ask Rufus: Dinner at Moshulitubbee's, 1822

Posted 8/4/2018 in Local Columns

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to dine with one of the principal chiefs of the Choctaw Nation in 1822?

Slimantics: Reeves, Hood show their hand at Neshoba County Fair

Posted 8/2/2018 in Local Columns

The men who are expected to face off next year in the Mississippi Governor's race shared a stage for the first time Wednesday.

 

Charlie Mitchell: Some not entertained by Reeves-Hood kerfuffle

Posted 7/30/2018 in Local Columns

OK, well, so no one is going to prison over "roadgate."

 

Ask Rufus: A visit to Massacre Island

Posted 7/28/2018 in Local Columns

Last week we went to Massacre Island, Alabama, which is not only a delightful vacation spot but a place intertwined with the history of the Tombigbee River Valley.

Possumhaw: Four bits -- read all about it

Posted 7/28/2018 in Local Columns

"I asked the Lord to help me wake up earlier every morning and He gave me a paper route." Cindy Webb, former paper carrier

 

Jiben Roy: Is the US facing its own glasnost and perestroika?

Posted 7/27/2018 in Local Columns

Glasnost and perestroika. During 1980s these were the two common words flying around the then-Soviet Union.

 

Slimantics: White privilege and prison

Posted 7/25/2018 in Local Columns

I arrived a little early at the Columbus Rotary Club meeting at Lion Hills Center Tuesday and struck up a conversation with the guest speaker.

 

Charlie Mitchell: 'Roadgate' has promise as issue in governor's race

Posted 7/24/2018 in Local Columns

As things stood, there was no red meat on the table if, as expected, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves squared off with Attorney General Jim Hood in next year's contest to be governor of Mississippi.

 

Possumhaw: A thousand generations depend on you

Posted 7/23/2018 in Local Columns

On Saturday, Sept. 22 at 8:45 p.m. the autumn equinox will occur and yet already school supplies fill the stores, fall catalogs arrive daily and traffic builds around college towns. While spring brings a season of cleaning, fall brings a season of sorting.

 

Wyatt Emmerich: Study shows good journalism reduces waste

Posted 7/20/2018 in Local Columns

Thomas Jefferson said, "Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter."

 

Slimantics: Special session could be a Hail Mary pass for restaurant tax

Posted 7/19/2018 in Local Columns

Since March, when the Lowndes County 2-percent restaurant tax was reduced to ashes, local people -- even Jeff Smith, the man most responsible for killing the tax -- pinned their hopes of saving the tax that supports tourism on a special session of the legislature.

 

Charlie Mitchell: Hardball Haley ready to deal on immigration

Posted 7/17/2018 in Local Columns

When governor, Haley Barbour dominated the Legislature. He defied observers (me) who pointed out that when members of the 1890 House and Senate wrote the state 1890 Constitution, they assured themselves the power to slap silly any governor silly who tried to thwart their wishes.

 

Possumhaw: A bushel of tomatoes and a peck of peas

Posted 7/16/2018 in Local Columns

"Every gardener I know is a junkie for the experience of being out there in the mud and fresh green growth. Why? An astute therapist might diagnose us as codependent and sign us up for Tomato-Anon meetings. We love our gardens so much it hurts."

 

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