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Possumhaw: Alone in the woods

Posted 5/30/2017 in Local Columns

Two gift books sat on the kitchen counter -- "Hillbilly Elegy," by J.D. Vance, and "The Stranger in the Woods," by Michael Finkel.

Partial to Home: Paradise garden

Posted 5/27/2017 in Local Columns

Paddling downstream on the Luxapallila about halfway between Gunshoot Road in Steens and Highway 12, you come to a cypress slough stretching back to the north in the direction of Jemison Mill Road.

Slimantics: Self-flagellation or conscience?

Posted 5/23/2017 in Local Columns

A while back, a person whom I respect and believe to be fair-minded and tolerant, stopped me in my tracks for a moment with an unexpected question: "Don't you think you may be approaching self-flagellation when it comes to the race issue?"

Possumhaw: It's all in the dirt

Posted 5/22/2017 in Local Columns

The mornings are cool enough, shady enough and enjoyable enough to work with the flowers and tomatoes, even if you're not a morning person.


Charlie Mitchell: Battle for school dollars now rests with Supreme Court

Posted 5/22/2017 in Local Columns

Most students are out for summer, having finished their final exams. In all probability, there were no easy answers. The quest for better K-12 public schools in Mississippi continues, though. Likewise there are no easy answers.


Ask Rufus: A legacy of heroism

Posted 5/20/2017 in Local Columns

There is a strange web about this world that sometimes makes it seem like a much smaller place than it is.

Partial to Home: Fredrick Jackson steps up

Posted 5/20/2017 in Local Columns

We had been talking about his growing up in Columbus and where he went to school, when I asked Fredrick Jackson what got him into politics. He held up his hand. "First, let's talk about my wife," he said.

Slimantics: Memories of Mama and Dad

Posted 5/17/2017 in Local Columns

Now that we are in the period of time between Mother's Day and Father's Day, I have an admission to make.

Possumhaw: The pleasure of a plover

Posted 5/15/2017 in Local Columns

Leaving town by way of Waverly Ferry Road, near Plymouth Road, down near Water's Truck & Tractor, I curved left toward the Highway 82 West on-ramp. It's my preferred way of returning to the Prairie, avoiding traffic and stop lights; not to mention it's much more interesting.


Wyatt Emmerich: Advice for Jackson's new mayor (and not bad advice for all mayors)

Posted 5/13/2017 in Local Columns

So now Jackson will have yet another mayor. Let's pray he's a good one.


Possumhaw: Late breaking news on the black-bellied whistling duck

Posted 5/8/2017 in Local Columns

As good fortune would have it, my walking partner, Shirley, and I encountered a gentleman at Plymouth Bluff who was outfitted in dust-colored clothing, a vest full of pockets, and looking altogether like a National Geographic "birder."

Partial to Home: 'Weird' pieces of pork

Posted 5/6/2017 in Local Columns

Facing a day of rain, I went to Starbucks Sunday, a week ago, and bought a New York Times. Regardless your politics, the Sunday Times can be a cornucopia of delights and -- assuming you have two hours or so to devote to it -- the best argument I can think of for hold-in-your-hands newspaper reading.

Ask Rufus: Shot down over Germany: A story of heroism

Posted 5/6/2017 in Local Columns

During World War II, my father, Rufus Ward Sr., was a B-17 tail gunner in the 337th Squadron of the 96th Bomb Group based at Snetterton Heath, England.

Home Base: Two strangers in a hospital waiting room

Posted 5/5/2017 in Local Columns

Fresh off a CT scan at the hospital in Starkville on Wednesday, the radiology technician escorted me back to the x-ray waiting area.


Charlie Mitchell: When others talk policy, Rep. Holland talks people

Posted 5/5/2017 in Local Columns

Years ago, Mississippi Public Broadcasting decided to air a live "town hall" on a topic.


Slimantics: The commencement speech: An idea whose time is past?

Posted 5/4/2017 in Local Columns

The word of the day is "commencement," a timely choice since in the coming weeks, graduates of our high schools and colleges will become acquainted with all the things this word entails.

Ask Rufus: Natural Beauty

Posted 4/29/2017 in Local Columns

So often when we think of the grand beauty of nature, we think of impressive sights such as Niagara Falls or the Grand Canyon.

Slim Smith: KiOR: The Stonehenge of industrial development

Posted 4/29/2017 in Local Columns

On Saturday afternoon, on a whim, I drove out to the Island to see what remained of the former KiOR plant.


Wyatt Emmerich: An 'old gray-headed nark' speaks his mind

Posted 4/28/2017 in Local Columns

Marshall Fisher, the new head of the Mississippi Department of Public Safety, is about as true blue a law enforcement professional as you will ever find.


Slimantics: Pro-life and pro-choice not always mutually exclusive

Posted 4/27/2017 in Local Columns

Americans fall generally into two categories when it comes to the issue of abortion.


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