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Ask Rufus: The Black Prairie blues

Posted 8/9/2015 in Local Columns

Recently, I traveled with some other members of the Black Belt Blues Foundation to the B.B. King Museum in Indianola and the Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale.

Birney Imes: Wildlife

Posted 8/8/2015 in Local Columns

Charlie Slayton had just come home with Chinese take-out for his wife when I got him on the phone Wednesday evening. A few days earlier, Charlie, a high school classmate, had emailed a suggestion on how to rid a house of fleas. "I was told that taking a walnut branch and dragging it through the house and yard will repel fleas," wrote Charlie. "Something about walnuts they can't stand."

Lynn Spruill: Educated voting choices

Posted 8/7/2015 in Local Columns

Our most recent election has more than a few of us scratching our heads and musing about what in the world happened on the democratic side of the governor's race.

Slimantics: A foray behind enemy lines

Posted 8/6/2015 in Local Columns

Ole Miss Athletics Director Ross Bjork visited town Tuesday to talk to the Columbus Rotary Club.

Slimantics: What we still get wrong about the Civil War

Posted 8/4/2015 in Local Columns

Sometimes the news of the day touches on the deep roots of our national story, and anniversaries of milestone moments cause us to reflect again on our history

 

Patrick Buchanan: The plot to destroy Nixon

Posted 8/4/2015 in Local Columns

In his new biography "Being Nixon: A Man Divided," Evan Thomas concedes a point.

 

Possumhaw: Lazy, hazy days of summer

Posted 8/3/2015 in Local Columns

Most mornings Sam and I have cereal on the front porch.

 

Charlie Mitchell: The core of history is fact; core of heritage is emotion

Posted 8/3/2015 in Local Columns

Quick: Name a Mississippi public university named for a slave-owning Confederate general. If you said, "Alcorn," you're right.

 

Ask Rufus: A Rabbit on a Blue Moon

Posted 8/1/2015 in Local Columns

One of the fun things about writing this column is never knowing what direction it will take me. This weekend has seen the appearance of a blue moon. Actually a blue moon has nothing to do with the color of the moon.

Birney Imes: Wobble boxes and polywads

Posted 8/1/2015 in Local Columns

Sometimes, when driving, I listen to a learn-to-speak-French CD, one of those language programs where you repeat phrases spoken in French. One of the phrases is "Je ne parle pas anglais, je parle American" ("I don't speak English, I speak American.") I smile every time I hear it, for it's certainly true. And then there is the matter of we in the South with our own lingua franca.

Lynn Spruill: What they deserve

Posted 7/31/2015 in Local Columns

Apparently four of the Starkville Board of Aldermen are still convinced they deserve a whopping 33 percent additional pay for the staggering amount of part time work they do for their constituents. If you detect sarcasm in my tone, we're communicating.

 

Charlie Mitchell: Katrina is proof people, including politicians, can team up

Posted 7/28/2015 in Local Columns

There's a saying that politics makes strange bedfellows, meaning people usually at odds sometimes find themselves working together.

 

Possumhaw: Wasp populations peak

Posted 7/27/2015 in Local Columns

When Sandra Bullock, in the 1995 movie "The Net," played a computer nerd whose identity was stolen and replaced by a criminal's identity, I developed a fear of losing my fingerprints. I considered taking my own fingerprints and putting them in a lockbox.

Lynn Spruill: Celebrity(?) waiter

Posted 7/27/2015 in Local Columns

My mother wasn't known for her cooking skills. She made a pretty good casserole or two and had a baked bean recipe that I remember fondly, but at home I lived off of cheese toast and pop tarts starting at an early age.

Ask Rufus: Politics

Posted 7/25/2015 in Local Columns

It's election time and once again sparks are flying.

 

Ginger Hervey: Learning to understand in Mississippi

Posted 7/25/2015 in Local Columns

I had a conversation with my professor and mentor, Berkley Hudson, before I came to Mississippi. Berkley is a journalism professor at the University of Missouri, but he grew up in Columbus and has spent a good part of his academic career on a project centered around this town.

 

Partial to Home: Dollar Bill and Silly Rabbit

Posted 7/25/2015 in Local Columns

Chances are few motorists breezing along Starkville's Highway 12 notice the Stop & Go Car Wash.

 

Charlie Mitchell: River of knowledge growing wider, but not deeper

Posted 7/21/2015 in Local Columns

It has been more than 400 years since Polonius, a character in Shakespeare's Hamlet, observed that "brevity is the soul of wit."

 

Local voices: 'Mockingbird' undiminished by Lee's lesser offering

Posted 7/20/2015 in Local Columns

The premise to Harper Lee's second novel, "Go Set a Watchman," feels like the set-up of a satire or butt of a joke: Grown-up Scout comes home from New York to find that Atticus has joined the White Citizens Council.

Possumhaw: The U.S. Drought Monitor

Posted 7/20/2015 in Local Columns

Large green circles surrounded the Prairie house like polka-dots where the circular sprinklers struggled to maintain the lawn.

 

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