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Ask Rufus: Two heroes

Posted 11/5/2016 in Local Columns

At the close of a divisive political campaign, two very real heroes came to mind last week.

Lynn Spruill: Should city be giving handouts to Walmart?

Posted 11/4/2016 in Local Columns

The Starkville Board of Aldermen is getting a full court press to grant yet another TIF (Tax Increment Financing).

Home Base: The 'mom' solution

Posted 11/2/2016 in Local Columns

Sometimes my children cry.

 

Charlie Mitchell: Formula for funding is not all public schools need

Posted 11/1/2016 in Local Columns

Interviewed on Mississippi Public Broadcasting, Joyce Helmick made a great point.

 

Possumhaw: A time of quiet reverie

Posted 10/31/2016 in Local Columns

Looking down from my perch at the upstairs window I could see Harry, the cat, sitting on the bridge over the spillway-his favorite spot.

 

Jiben Roy: Know your limits and be happy

Posted 10/31/2016 in Local Columns

For long I was thinking of writing about happiness and finally pinned down the title of the piece. Immediately, I Googled it.

 

Ask Rufus: Haunted landscapes

Posted 10/29/2016 in Local Columns

Mississippi and Alabama are filled with ghost stories.

Lynn Spruill: Community hospital?

Posted 10/28/2016 in Local Columns

Oktibbeha County Hospital's future is yet again the subject of community discourse. This is a seminal aspect of our identity and the surrounding discussion and ultimate decision is one of the most critical we will have from the Board of Supervisors in the foreseeable future.

 

Wyatt Emmerich: Kemper operating costs are the final blow

Posted 10/28/2016 in Local Columns

In a state like Mississippi, which limits and regulates power companies, your electric bill is effectively a tax over which you have little control. As a result, it is incumbent upon the Mississippi Public Service Commission (PSC) to act responsibly to protect consumers. We call on the PSC commissioners to do their jobs and shoot down any more rate increases relating to the ill-fated Kemper power plant.

 

Slimantics: More on the care and feeding of ghosts

Posted 10/25/2016 in Local Columns

Alan Brown has been writing about ghosts for 20 years now. He's authored 17 books about the ghosts of the South, including his latest effort: "Ghosts of Mississippi's Golden Triangle."

Partial to Home: Bob Nolan's Trumpian encounter

Posted 10/22/2016 in Local Columns

A couple weeks ago, Bob Nolan and I were standing around in my backyard talking. Actually, I was doing the talking; Bob was repairing a crack in a rowboat made of polyethylene plastic with a heat gun. I was trying to stay out of his way.

 

Local Voices: Life as a minority

Posted 10/22/2016 in Local Columns

Ever heard of Yazidi, a very small community in Northern Iraq? Probably not. We never heard of them until ISIS started massacring its residents in 2014.

 

Ask Rufus: Horned serpents, a portal and a witch

Posted 10/22/2016 in Local Columns

Next Friday there will be a Chickasaw Indian Heritage Festival in Tupelo. That event provides the perfect backdrop for an interesting ancient Chickasaw legend. It is the legend of Tibbee Lake, which is between Columbus and West Point.

Lynn Spruill: The value of showing up

Posted 10/21/2016 in Local Columns

Many years ago one of my exs attended a prestigious management seminar on the East Coast.

Possumhaw: Oh starry, starry night

Posted 10/17/2016 in Local Columns

Dark was the night, darker the trees. Only the moon allowed me to see ...

Partial to Home: Bobby and Big Joe

Posted 10/16/2016 in Local Columns

Wonder what Joe would have said about "Bobby" winning the Nobel.

Ask Rufus: The art of history

Posted 10/15/2016 in Local Columns

I recently bought a painting by Josh Meador from a Nevada art dealer. It arrived today and got me thinking about how history and art are intertwined.

Slimantics: Dickie Scruggs and second chances

Posted 10/12/2016 in Local Columns

Dickie Scruggs' visit to Columbus Tuesday -- he spoke at the Rotary Club to make his pitch for his non-profit designed to provide support for adult literacy/job training -- captured my attention as soon as his visit was announced.

 

Local voices: The plight of refugees

Posted 10/12/2016 in Local Columns

Last month, there was monsoon flooding along the borderline of Bangladesh and India.

 

 

Charlie Mitchell: Barbour sees media trends as fuel for polarization

Posted 10/10/2016 in Local Columns

Before he was governor of Mississippi, Haley Barbour was a national Republican insider, serving as a senior adviser to President Ronald Reagan and, during the same career phase, chairman of the Republican National Committee.

 

 

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