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Five sons, four dads hope to make state championships a family tradition

Posted yesterday in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

When Starkville Academy faces off against Oak Forest (La.) for the Class AAA, Division II state championship game Saturday it is certain to evoke powerful memories in the grandstands.


Slimantics: Possibly the best Egg Bowl ever

Posted 11/20/2014 in Local Columns

The Egg Bowl was played Wednesday on the Mississippi State campus and for time first time ever, it didn't matter who won or lost.


Brewer returns to the Golden Triangle with stories to tell

Posted 11/20/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Kiwanis Club welcomed an old friend "back home" Wednesday during its regular monthly luncheon at Lions Hills Center and Golf Club.


Higgins mum on aluminum mill report

Posted 11/19/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It has long been Joe Max Higgins' modus operandi to retreat from public view when negotiations on a big deal reach the final stages.


Slimantics: Public hearing fails to 'Inspire'

Posted 11/18/2014 in Local Columns

The public hearing had just ended. As Tommie Cardin was packing up for his drive back to Jackson, Darren Leach approached him and made what seemed to me a curious comment.


First Unified Egg Bowl is Wednesday

Posted 11/18/2014 in State

The Rebels and Bulldogs will collide in an Egg Bowl of a different sort on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. on the MSU intramural field.


Perfection denied: Bulldog's quest for undefeated season ends in Tuscaloosa

Posted 11/15/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Nobody's perfect. The first time Josh Robinson, Mississippi State's bowling ball of a tailback, carried the ball Saturday, it went for a score... For Alabama.


Fans will have to wait to see how far No. 1 MSU falls

Posted 11/15/2014 in Local Columns

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. There is but one question that will be on the minds of Mississippi State fans today. MSU, No. 1 in the polls and No. 1 in the College Football Playoff ratings, fell to Alabama 25-20 on Saturday. What MSU fans want to know is how far that fall will be.


Slimantics: 1980 win over Tide was coronation of the King of the County Line

Posted 11/13/2014 in Local Columns

On Nov. 1, 1980, John Bond became a king and I became one of his subjects.


Seven brothers, seven veterans

Posted 11/11/2014 in Area

For the Cummings boys of Pickens County, Alabama, there is more than one Veterans Day.


Slimantics: Waverley Mansion needs her friends

Posted 11/8/2014 in Area

She is still beautiful, even in her old age. But even her dear friends will admit she could use some fresh make-up, maybe a mild face-lift.


KiOR fails to make MDA loan payment

Posted 11/7/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

KiOR has missed its final deadline for making a $1.85 million payment on its $75 million Mississippi Development Authority loan.


In Mississippi, job placement made easier

Posted 11/5/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Looking for a job? Looking for a worker? In Mississippi, there's an app for that.


Slimantics: An American music true to its roots

Posted 11/4/2014 in Local Columns

I despise country music and I'm not too keen about the music you generally hear in church, either. This was not always the case.


MSU survives after getting pushed to final play

Posted 11/2/2014 in Local Columns

Even before the season began, the seven Southeastern Conference Western Division coaches talked about the incredible balance in the best division in the nation's best conference. Week in and week out, you hear it from winning coaches and losing coaches. So what is the difference between the team at the top of the SEC West and the team at the bottom?


KiOR fails to meet state loan deadline

Posted 11/1/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

KiOR has failed to meet a deadline to pay a $1.85 million installment payment to the Mississippi Development Authority.


Slim Smith: Mississippi's Man of La Mancha

Posted 11/1/2014 in Local Columns

It is a little after 2 p.m. Friday and Shawn O'Hara interrupts the interview as his driver, Pancho Sancho, er, Eli "Sarge" Jackson, gets into the car. The two candidates are criss-crossing the state on the campaign train in advance of Tuesday's general election.


Slimantics: State senate race: Four candidates, zero ideas

Posted 10/29/2014 in Local Columns

Tuesday evening, Mississippi University for Women held a candidates forum for the four men who are running to fill the unexpired, one-year state senate term of the late Terry Brown.


Backpack Buddies program helps feed hungry students

Posted 10/27/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

One of Starkville's most successful feeding programs can trace its roots to a deception.


Slimantics: Prison stories have ring of truth

Posted 10/27/2014 in Local Columns

I have been reading with great interest the reporting of the Clarion-Ledger's Jerry Mitchell on the conditions of prisons in Mississippi.



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