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Slimantics: Angels with dirty faces

Posted 2/28/2019 in Local Columns

Wednesday afternoon, a cloud of smoke hung over the intersection of Seventh Avenue North and 19th Street, but its presence did not signal cause for alarm.


Wyatt Emmerich: A Mississippi story of Trump, hotels and two immigrant families

Posted 2/27/2019 in Local Columns

The Trump organization withdrew from a project to build a luxury hotel complex in Cleveland, Miss., but the local partner, Chawla Hotels, is full steam ahead on the 18-acre $20 million venture.


Possumhaw: Spring has sprung

Posted 2/25/2019 in Local Columns

There are some words that are just fun to say. As I drove from the Prairie through the Southside, I said the words out loud so as to enjoy them rolling across my tongue and to help myself call to mind what I was seeing.

Ask Rufus: The Benchmark Floods of 1847 and 1892

Posted 2/24/2019 in Local Columns

The flooding caused by last week's rains brings to mind high water of past times. The Tombigbee Valley has a long history of high water and floods. Some of the Tombigbee floods have been devastating, even washing away almost entire towns.

Partial to Home: A honey of a retirement plan

Posted 2/23/2019 in Local Columns

Lee Lee and Randy Burris have what seems to be the perfect retirement plan. It looks a lot like beekeeping. They didn't stumble upon it right away. Parents of two grown children and longtime New Hope residents, the Burrises retired a dozen year ago: Lee Lee from teaching at New Hope Elementary and Randy from the Mississippi Employment Service.


Jiben Roy: In fact, there were leaders with the characteristics of a prophet

Posted 2/20/2019 in Local Columns

As I read about Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Muhammed, the well-known prophets, I find all of them were depicted as humans and surprisingly all of them originated in the desert lands of the Middle East.


Slimantics: Rhonda Keenum's role on Reeves' campaign goes beyond bad optics

Posted 2/19/2019 in Local Columns

During his speech Monday at the Starkville Rotary Club, Mississippi State University President Mark Keenum posed a few questions to his audience.

Possumhaw: Murmurs of murmurations

Posted 2/16/2019 in Local Columns

Stepping outside at twilight, a whishing and whirling of hundreds of thousands, maybe even millions, of blackbirds could be heard as the birds were twirling across the sky. For a moment they may rest in the treetops or light on the ground, nosing under dry leaves.

Ask Rufus: The Passing of the Tombigbee Steamboats

Posted 2/16/2019 in Local Columns

The first steamboat arrived at Columbus in 1823. For almost 100 years they were the principal means of shipping and passenger service along the Upper Tombigbee River.


Brett Kittredge: Film incentives are a losing proposition for taxpayers

Posted 2/14/2019 in Local Columns

The prospect of a movie star eating at a local restaurant or a movie being filmed in your home town is appealing to most people. Yet it shouldn't be funded by taxpayers.


Home Base: On a public health matter, the South fails to rise ... again

Posted 2/12/2019 in Local Columns

Mississippi claims the No. 1 ranking in a statistical category that might surprise you. No, it's not public education funding, vocational training skills or even the number of 4- or 5-star football recruits per capita.

Possumhaw: The Victorian art of salmon fly-tying.

Posted 2/9/2019 in Local Columns

Why would anyone want to steal dead birds? It was the hook that grabbed author Kirk Wallace Johnson's attention. It was the hook that grabbed mine. Johnson's book "The Feather Thief" introduced a world I knew nothing about.

Ask Rufus: A Forgotten Aviation Milestone

Posted 2/9/2019 in Local Columns

The centennial of an aviation milestone that was connected to our area passed unnoticed 11 days ago. It was the first transcontinental round-trip airplane flight and only the fourth transcontinental flight.


Wyatt Emmerich: Northsiders plan Franklin County destination resort

Posted 2/7/2019 in Local Columns

C Spire is spearheading a public-private partnership to build a beautiful 200-room resort and 1,000-seat conference center on a beautiful spring fed lake in southwest Mississippi.


Ask Rufus: The 'Bold Feat' of Simon, a Free Black French Captain

Posted 2/3/2019 in Local Columns

In the 1730s, conflict in Europe between England and France spread to the Tombigbee River Valley between the Choctaw-French alliance and the Chickasaw-English alliance. It was a North American extension of a European conflict with a local twist.

Possumhaw: Bring your own bodock ball

Posted 2/2/2019 in Local Columns

There we were standing in the woods, surrounded by half-eaten and mostly-eaten bodock (bois d'arc) balls. Something had a party.


Legislature serenades teachers with "How Great Thou Aren't"

Posted 2/1/2019 in Local Columns

This is one of those years the Mississippi Legislature pretends to care about all sorts of things they've spent the previous three years hacking to pieces.


Possumhaw: Warm within and cold without

Posted 1/29/2019 in Local Columns

Sometimes the house feels like it's holding a chill. I add layer upon layer until I think I could hardly bend over, but still there's a chill.

Partial to Home: Moon river

Posted 1/26/2019 in Local Columns

It was a scene straight out of Huck Finn. Two guys standing around a campfire on a remote island in a wide river, bright moon and stars overhead.

Ask Rufus: Columbus Water/Ways

Posted 1/26/2019 in Local Columns

A Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibit on waterways has opened at the Agnes Zaiontz Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway Transportation Museum on Seventh Street North here in Columbus.


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