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Ask Rufus: A grand Air Force heritage

Posted 9/16/2017 in Local Columns

The heritage of the Air Force in the Golden Triangle runs deep.


Ask Rufus: Lt. Col. Duckworth and the 'Surprise Hurricane' of 1943

Posted 9/9/2017 in Local Columns

As Hurricane Irma tracked across the Caribbean last week, we got frequent updates of where it was and where landfall might be.


Ask Rufus: The legacy of Madam John's Legacy

Posted 9/2/2017 in Local Columns

One of the earliest styles of architecture in the south and the style of the some of the oldest surviving houses in Columbus is the raised cottage.


Ask Rufus: The blues

Posted 8/26/2017 in Local Columns

I grew up claiming the Black Prairie as home. Named after its rich black or charcoal colored soil the Black Prairie stretches in a crescent shape from northeast Mississippi to south west Alabama.


Ask Rufus: Lost churches of Columbus

Posted 8/19/2017 in Local Columns

Lately I have been asked about some of the old church buildings of Columbus that have been lost to so-called progress.


Ask Rufus: 'What brave noble fellows they were'

Posted 8/12/2017 in Local Columns

The past few days have been fun, informative and poignant for me.


Ask Rufus: The Columbus Bicentennial

Posted 8/5/2017 in Local Columns

Apparently there is confusion over the year in which Columbus should celebrate its bicentennial.


Ask Rufus: Footprints of Columbus' earliest days

Posted 7/29/2017 in Local Columns

Offset streets and city blocks across South Side and along Military Road and Waterworks on North Side show the footprints of Columbus' earliest days.


Ask Rufus: Highway 45 North to the Ocean

Posted 7/22/2017 in Local Columns

My grandchildren Harper and Sykes are visiting from Virginia and wanted to go hunting, dinosaur and shark hunting.


Ask Rufus: The local press

Posted 7/15/2017 in Local Columns

In history books we read the big picture of important events, but all too often the details and working personalities behind those events are overlooked.


Ask Rufus: Treasures from camp

Posted 7/8/2017 in Local Columns

Last week, I ventured south to spend a day at Episcopal Camp Bratton-Green, 9 miles north of Canton, at Way.


Ask Rufus: A place out of time

Posted 7/1/2017 in Local Columns

Karen and I began our Independence Day weekend traveling to the Delta and visiting a place that time surely has forgotten.


Ask Rufus: Celebrating the Fourth

Posted 6/24/2017 in Local Columns

To celebrate Independence Day, there will be a grand fireworks show at the Stennis Lock and Dam, East Bank, on July 1.


Ask Rufus: A crutch's story

Posted 6/17/2017 in Local Columns

On Friday the Billups-Garth Foundation presented to the S.D. Lee Home a 153-year-old wooden crutch with the owner's name carved across it. It is a grand example of how confusing history can be.


Ask Rufus: Tunnels under Columbus?

Posted 6/10/2017 in Local Columns

Are there really Civil War tunnels under Columbus? That is one of the questions I am most frequently asked, and within the last two weeks, three people have asked me that again.


Ask Rufus: Horace King and the 1842 Tombigbee bridge

Posted 6/3/2017 in Local Columns

I had not decided what to write about this week until I came across an article in a May 10, 1842, Columbus newspaper announcing that construction was about to start on a bridge across the Tombigbee River at Columbus.


Ask Rufus: A legacy of heroism

Posted 5/20/2017 in Local Columns

There is a strange web about this world that sometimes makes it seem like a much smaller place than it is.


Ask Rufus: Shot down over Germany: A story of heroism

Posted 5/6/2017 in Local Columns

During World War II, my father, Rufus Ward Sr., was a B-17 tail gunner in the 337th Squadron of the 96th Bomb Group based at Snetterton Heath, England.


Ask Rufus: Natural Beauty

Posted 4/29/2017 in Local Columns

So often when we think of the grand beauty of nature, we think of impressive sights such as Niagara Falls or the Grand Canyon.


Ask Rufus: Three Houses

Posted 4/22/2017 in Local Columns

My plan for today's column was to put together a walking tour of a historic area on the north side of Main Street in Columbus.



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