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Roses and thorn: 8/30/20

Posted 8/29/2020 in Local Columns


Partial to Home: And the conversation turns to newspapers

Posted 8/29/2020 in Local Columns

Before coming to The Dispatch in the mid-90s, I worked as a commercial photographer. In those days there was a lot of manufacturing in the area, and there was product photography to be done: fishing lures, toilet seats, gym sets, hams.

Slimantics: A House Divided redux

Posted 8/26/2020 in Local Columns

In his acceptance speech for the state of Illinois' Republican nomination for President in 1858, Abraham Lincoln delivered his "House Divided" speech. Apart from his Gettysburg Address, it is the most famous speech of America's most poetic president.

Possumhaw: A light bulb moment

Posted 8/24/2020 in Local Columns

It was daunting standing inside one of the yellow box stores and looking for a light bulb. It used to be so easy -- choose a 40, 60 or 100-watt bulb that looked like a light bulb and not like a curlicue. Not so anymore.

Partial to Home: A perfect day

Posted 8/22/2020 in Local Columns

On the morning of my birthday this past week, I took my coffee outside and found my usual seat in a garden overlooking the street.


Home Base: When asked to serve two masters, people make mistakes

Posted 8/22/2020 in Local Columns

At home this summer, my daughter Zayley, 11, has watched for the mail truck every day with the excitement of someone waiting for her Publishers Clearinghouse check.


Ask Rufus: The Legacy of Joe Duck

Posted 8/22/2020 in Local Columns

When hurricanes head into the Gulf, we all start to wonder when, where and how bad will landfall be. The storm updates and forecasts we keep up with have a lot to do with the legacy of Col. Joseph Duckworth.

Slimantics: A roundabout way of driving

Posted 8/21/2020 in Local Columns

Columbus is getting its first taste of an innovation in traffic management. They are called "roundabouts."

Business moves with Mary: Starkville movie theater prepares for opening

Posted 8/20/2020 in Local Columns

There are a lot of opinions concerning COVID-19; however, one thing most everyone agrees on is the immense impact it has had on the economy and business in general. Particularly speaking, movie theaters nationwide have taken a hit, closing their doors as early as March.

Possumhaw: Beware of the ivies

Posted 8/17/2020 in Local Columns

Years back the homestead needed foundation work. Living in the Prairie where ground-shifting is a regular occurrence, foundation work is not unusual. Since the contractors would be moving dirt around the perimeter of the house, I needed to salvage as many shrubs, flowers and plants as possible.

Ask Rufus: The Last Combat Mission of World War II

Posted 8/15/2020 in Local Columns

Seventy-five years ago, the 43rd Bombardment Squadron was part of the last combat mission of World War II. Today, the 43rd is a flying training squadron at Columbus Air Force Base.

Partial to Home: An authentic experience

Posted 8/15/2020 in Local Columns

The other day while walking along the entranceway to our fair city carrying two trash bags filled with litter, I happened upon an empty Dr. Pepper can.


Delbert Hosemann: Several positive, substantial goals met during 2020 legislative session

Posted 8/14/2020 in Local Columns

At the end of every session, our office takes an inventory of the legislative changes for which we successfully advocated and the items we need to put back on the to-do list.


Slimantics: Preparing for fall

Posted 8/13/2020 in Local Columns

Earlier this week, Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the CDC, said this fall "could be the worst we've ever had."

Home Base: A very COVID kickoff

Posted 8/10/2020 in Local Columns

It's a balmy 76 degrees on a beautiful mid-October Saturday on a Southeastern Conference university campus. The 11 a.m. kickoff is about 20 minutes away.

Possumhaw: Plan, list, check it off

Posted 8/8/2020 in Local Columns

Last week I received a Wall Street Journal article written by Ellen Byron from a friend. The article reported an increase in sales of calendars and personal planners, day-timers, notebooks and other means of keeping a schedule.


Sherry Ivy: Seven ways to handle stress

Posted 8/8/2020 in Local Columns


Ask Rufus: Stories from Friendship Cemetery

Posted 8/8/2020 in Local Columns

Columbus' Friendship Cemetery is most noted for its association with the Civil War and Memorial Day, but there is a lot more history than that to be found there.

Possumhaw: Splish splash, takin' a bath

Posted 8/3/2020 in Local Columns

Finally, a much-needed rain. The ground is deep with cracks, wide as a quarter. Until recently the trees were lush with leaves, the grass was healthy and flowers were blooming, nurtured by morning dew and evening rains.

Ask Rufus: The Lost Fort of Plymouth Bluff

Posted 8/2/2020 in Local Columns

In early August 1813, hostilities with the Creek Indian Nation were rapidly escalating. John Pitchlynn's residence at Plymouth Bluff was the closest Choctaw settlement to the Creeks, and in response he fortified his residence. It became known as Fort Smith.


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