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Slimantics: When 'racist' spills the bounds of political correctness

Posted 7/19/2019 in Local Columns

Not all life lessons come easy.


Daniel Gardner: Everyday living in Russia and America

Posted 7/17/2019 in Local Columns

And then it was time to go home. In the end, it's not the places, but the people who make trips memorable.


Possumhaw: It's an Uncle Bunky world

Posted 7/15/2019 in Local Columns

Kat was a young woman when we met. Fresh out of college and living in a small rental house just out from Starkville. I had furniture needing a new home and gave it to Kat to incorporate into her home. We became friends, and then not long after, Kat moved away.

Partial to Home: A childhood pleasure rediscovered

Posted 7/13/2019 in Local Columns

Wednesday afternoon walking through downtown you felt as if you were trapped inside a pizza oven. Thus the late afternoon rain provided a welcome finish to the day, even if you were riding a bike on the Riverwalk, as I happened to be.

Ask Rufus: A Photo and a Hurricane

Posted 7/13/2019 in Local Columns

It's odd how sometimes two seemingly different events suddenly merge into a single story.

Slimantics: I know misogyny when I see it

Posted 7/11/2019 in Local Columns

Have yourself a day, Robert Foster. Before Wednesday, Robert Foster was pretty much off the radar, a one-term state senator polling in single digits in the GOP Governor primary.


Wyatt Emmerich: Waller and Reeves make their pitch at Press Convention

Posted 7/10/2019 in Local Columns

It's a political year and I was happy to see all the major politicians show up at the Mississippi Press Convention in Biloxi.


Possumhaw: It's a wild world out there

Posted 7/8/2019 in Local Columns

The Prairie has been unusually wild in the past week. A full-grown doe feeds in the middle of the sedge field in broad daylight. Her red hide shines in the sunlight. She ambles and nibbles, raising her head now and then as she stares with doe eyes.

Ask Rufus: A Howling Wilderness and a Misnamed Road

Posted 7/6/2019 in Local Columns

In northeastern Lowndes County there is an old road now named Wolfe Road. That name is another example of people not knowing their own history.

Slimantics: British, not bitter: London-raised Starkville man has different perspective on Independence Day

Posted 7/3/2019 in Local Columns

Happy Fourth of July, the day we Americans set aside each summer to scare the bejeebers out of our house pets with explosives.


Wyatt Emmerich: Press Association conference gives opportunity to hear from Lt. Gov. candidates

Posted 7/3/2019 in Local Columns



Local voices: Observations of Trump critics

Posted 7/1/2019 in Local Columns

A few weeks ago I was going to meet friends for dinner at Mi Hacienda in Columbus. I got in town and stopped for gas at a local Sprint Mart. Per my routine, I go inside to prepay. As I opened my wallet, the cashier noticed my Republican Party membership card and asked me if I was a Trump supporter.


Ask Rufus: Stories to Treasure

Posted 6/29/2019 in Local Columns

I was planning on writing today about the 1830s homes of Columbus that are rapidly being destroyed without even an attempt to salvage valuable materials out of them. However, the last two days I have had several people ask me about family stories.

Slimantics: Riddle me this

Posted 6/26/2019 in Local Columns

There are two riddles in this column.


Wyatt Emmerich: Reeves' republicanism isn't what Mississippi needs

Posted 6/26/2019 in Local Columns

When my son Lawrence was about 13, he had a T-shirt with the words "I make it look easy" printed on it. That's the way I feel about gubernatorial candidate Tate Reeves. He makes it look easy.


Possumhaw: In every day there's magic

Posted 6/24/2019 in Local Columns

It's a beautiful time to be in the Prairie. There have been days of cool breezes, warm sunshine and spotty rain showers.

Partial to Home: Gardening after dark

Posted 6/22/2019 in Local Columns

This time of year when I can't sleep, I put on my headlamp, go into the backyard and wander around in the garden. There is something otherworldly about all this natural beauty shrouded in darkness.

Ask Rufus: 'To All Those Fond of Flowers'

Posted 6/22/2019 in Local Columns

"To all those fond of flowers..." So began an advertisement in an 1841 issue of The Southern Argus, a 19th Century Columbus newspaper. We all enjoy the gardens and flowers of spring and summer, but have we ever thought about what gardens were like in Columbus 175 years ago?


Wyatt Emmerich: Billions in bonds issued without any competitive bids

Posted 6/18/2019 in Local Columns

Billions of dollars in local and state bonds are being issued without competitive bidding. Many of the leading state experts in Mississippi bidding laws are wondering why. It used to not be this way. There's no telling how much taxpayer money is being left on the table. It's probably in the millions of dollars.


Possumhaw: Music of the morning

Posted 6/17/2019 in Local Columns

Sam walked in the door asking, "What happened on the porch? It looks like a gale force wind swept through."


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