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Charlie Mitchell: Could state finally be serious about learning to read?

Posted 9/15/2015 in Local Columns

A well-worn adage in education circles is that children must learn to read in grades one-three because afterward they must read to learn.


Possumhaw: The beauty of color

Posted 9/14/2015 in Local Columns

On occasion, while teaching a class of adults, I would arrive with colored pencils, crayons, construction paper, scissors, glue, sparkles and assorted craft supplies. It was playtime.

Ask Rufus: The Butterfly and the Hummingbird

Posted 9/12/2015 in Local Columns

Lately I have been enjoying taking photographs of hummingbirds and butterflies at the butterfly garden on the Riverwalk.

Lynn Spruill: Convictions have consequences

Posted 9/11/2015 in Local Columns

This is not a new theme for me, so let me reiterate a core belief.


Charlie Mitchell: Public's 'sword' can be used as shield by officials

Posted 9/8/2015 in Local Columns

Mississippi's access laws were designed as a sword for citizens seeking truth, but can become into a shield in the hands of reluctant public officials.


Ask Rufus: The Prairie that was

Posted 9/5/2015 in Local Columns

Karen and I went to Rosenzweig arts Center Thursday night for the opening of Frances Hairston's watercolor exhibit "Prairie Images: The Way I See It."

Shannon Bardwell: A place of indescribable calm

Posted 9/5/2015 in Local Columns

It seems like if you were going to be a friend to anyone, you'd be a friend of the library. Libraries are the most magical places where, on any given day, you could stroll right pass Mother Goose, alive and in person. The only other place something like that could happen would be maybe Disney World, or the downtown post office.

Lynn Spruill: E911 and police should share digs

Posted 9/4/2015 in Local Columns

Oktibbeha County is struggling over relocating E911 and balancing their mandate to provide the new Starkville Consolidated School District enough space to house their expanded administrative services.


Charlie Mitchell: Even one 'line of duty' death shocks conscience

Posted 9/3/2015 in Local Columns

Average age: 40. Average time in law enforcement: 12 years, 10 months. Those stats describe the 82 law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty so far this year.



Wyatt Emmerich: Lessons learned from the Ashley Madison debacle

Posted 9/3/2015 in Local Columns

I was sitting on my back porch Saturday morning catching up on my Facebook feed when I thought, "Who is this Ashley woman from Madison and why is everybody so concerned about her?"


Possumhaw: The eye of the spider

Posted 8/31/2015 in Local Columns

Nighttime temperatures fell into the 60s, creating perfect conditions for nighttime walks.

Ask Rufus: Uncle Bunky

Posted 8/29/2015 in Local Columns

Columbus will never be the same again.

Birney Imes: Allen Roberts wants to give you a flower

Posted 8/29/2015 in Local Columns

Here in the South hand-painted signs are among our most irresistible roadside attractions. The best of them exert a Siren-song pull on innocent motorists. Take for example the clutch of signs at the intersection of Highway 50 and Lone Oak Road just west of West Point.

Lynn Spruill: Starkville's sentinel, Alvin Turner

Posted 8/28/2015 in Local Columns

Recently the Starkville Board of Aldermen agenda included a proposal from none other than Alderman Lisa Wynn to severely restrict the citizens' ability to exercise free speech during board meetings.


Charlie Mitchell: Everybody may be equal, but every opinion is not

Posted 8/26/2015 in Local Columns

The civic club speech ended, the applause faded. Members formed a line to shake the speaker's hand, assure her how much they appreciated her words. She was inspiring. She was awesome. Everyone hoped she'd come back soon.


Possumhaw: Home, there's no place like it

Posted 8/24/2015 in Local Columns

It was early morning when they left, almost daybreak. The duo would see a lot of sunrises before I'd see the guys again.

Slimantics: Columbus native's summer job was a dream come true

Posted 8/22/2015 in Local Columns

Columbus High School graduate and current Mississippi State University engineering student Hagan Walker spent the summer as an intern at electric car maker Tesla.


Carol Littlejohn: Mr. Henry

Posted 8/22/2015 in Local Columns

Most of you know him as Mr. Henry Weiss, you know, the man over at Columbus Scrap Material. In the past few weeks Mr. Henry has been getting accolades in this paper for his years of service in his business and of course, all he has done for the city of Columbus.


Lynn Spruill: 'The Infidelity Group'

Posted 8/21/2015 in Local Columns

Trusting our elected officials is extremely hard to do under any circumstances these days, but usually you have a better feel and sense of reliance on your elected neighbors with whom you share the daily common experience of living in a small Southern town.


Marty Wiseman: The fog of party transformation

Posted 8/21/2015 in Local Columns

Politics: Where are we? It taxes the memory to recall when the political landscape looked so unfamiliar.



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