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Partial to Home: A beige Corvette

Posted 9/3/2016 in Local Columns

Wednesday afternoon, as my grandson and I waited on milkshakes at Jack's, a man walked up and started telling us about his '61 Corvette.

Ask Rufus: At the prairie's edge

Posted 9/3/2016 in Local Columns

Friday I attended the opening of the Mossy Oak Golf Course. Though not having played golf in years, I have been interested in the Mossy Oak course because it is a links course returning to golf's Scottish heritage. It is an absolutely beautiful course planted with native prairie grasses, and the roughs filled with prairie wild flowers. Except for greens and sand traps, the landscape was basically unaltered.

Slimantics: A highly questionable debut for Bulldogs

Posted 9/3/2016 in Local Columns

Saturday, Mississippi State fans were reminded of the memorable words from our Founding Document: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal -- except in football. We're definitely not saying that."

Slimantics: Gator hunters miss the 'larger' point

Posted 9/2/2016 in Local Columns

It's alligator season in Mississippi and I have a "large" problem with that.

Lynn Spruill: Paying for the future now

Posted 9/2/2016 in Local Columns

A down payment on our future.

Home Base: Take time to remember before it's too late

Posted 9/1/2016 in Local Columns

A soldier stood alone among headstones in a south Arkansas cemetery playing "Taps" on Saturday, while another waited by an American flag-draped casket that sat in front of a mourning family.

 

Local voices: A Muslim friend goes through rough times

Posted 8/30/2016 in Local Columns

As soon as I heard the news, I called Oda. I could tell he was shaken up, and I asked him what happened. Oda told me FBI agents knocked on his door and asked him if he knew where his son Muhammad was.

 

Possumhaw: Out of sight, out of mind

Posted 8/29/2016 in Local Columns

The surgeon said, "There's a small surgical risk that you will lose your sight in your left eye. Without the surgery, it's a certainty."

 

Charlie Mitchell: National parks a freebie for Mississippi economy

Posted 8/29/2016 in Local Columns

A century ago, Congress created the National Park Service to maintain and enhance America's natural and historic preserves.

 

Partial to Home: A night on the river

Posted 8/27/2016 in Local Columns

Beth and I went kayaking Wednesday afternoon. We launched at DeWayne Hayes Park out near Columbus Air Force Base. It's lovely out there.

Ask Rufus: The blues heritage of the Black Prairie

Posted 8/27/2016 in Local Columns

The old Black Prairie of Mississippi and Alabama, named after its fertile soil, has deep roots in the history of blues music.

Lynn Spruill: My front door

Posted 8/26/2016 in Local Columns

I have lots of stickers on the front door of my office. Probably too many. I have the typical "We're Open" sign that reverses to "We'll be back at" with a clock face and moving clock hands so we can approximate our return from wherever.

Slimantics: Country Mouse vs. City Mouse

Posted 8/24/2016 in Local Columns

Maybe I'm just getting old, but more and more as of late, current events stir the echoes of my childhood.

Slimantics: Pappy 0'Bryant and his 'brain trust'

Posted 8/23/2016 in Local Columns

This month, the people who run the state -- Gov. Phil Bryant, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and Speaker of the House Phillip Gunn -- announced their intentions to "reform" the state's tax structure as a means of a reviving a state economy that appears to be poised on the edge of the abyss.

 

Charlie Mitchell: Doctors' advice: It's time to opt in to Medicaid expansion

Posted 8/23/2016 in Local Columns

During the past two and a half years, dozens of factual studies and reports have accumulated from states that expanded Medicaid as part of Obamacare.

 

Possumhaw: The poached egg patch

Posted 8/22/2016 in Local Columns

Making my way slowly down the stairway I placed my right hand on the wall while my left hand covered my eye.

Partial to Home: Prankster fails to get Harper's goat

Posted 8/20/2016 in Local Columns

OK, let's get one thing straight before we go any further: Bobby Harper has no more goats for sale. Fact is, he never had any to begin with. Throughout most of August, though, he's had a pleasant, though not always easy, time trying to convince readers of the Mississippi Market Bulletin of that.

 

Home Base: Ignorance is bliss

Posted 8/20/2016 in Local Columns

Facebook scrolling can be a sobering experience. If I hadn't learned that before, I knew it Sunday night.

 

Lynn Spruill: Going crackers over Troy's latest

Posted 8/19/2016 in Local Columns

There are multiple legitimate forms of economic development.

Slimantics: Mississippi: The Free State of ALEC

Posted 8/18/2016 in Local Columns

Here's how it is supposed to work: Every four years, Mississippians go to the polls to elect fellow Mississippians to serve our interests by crafting legislation to address the state's unique issues.

 

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