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Ask Rufus: The Minister's Duel

Posted 1/14/2017 in Local Columns

It's always surprising how finding an interesting story can lead down a trail to even far more interesting stories.

 

Ask Rufus: The Red Cross: 100 years in the Golden Triangle

Posted 12/31/2016 in Local Columns

Lost in the celebration of Mississippi"s Bicentennial is another time for celebration.

 

Ask Rufus: The Night Before Christmas

Posted 12/24/2016 in Local Columns

The poem "The Night Before Christmas" is an enduring American Christmas tradition, but few know its history or realize its impact on how we celebrate Christmas.

 

Ask Rufus: Williamsburg links

Posted 12/17/2016 in Local Columns

We recently spent four days in Williamsburg, Virginia. It was their Grand Illumination with all of its lights, fireworks and Christmas decorations.

 

Ask Rufus: Walt Disney and Catfish

Posted 12/10/2016 in Local Columns

During the "Golden Age" of Disney animation, the term catfish around Walt Disney Studios did not refer to a fish.

 

Ask Rufus: The Old Elks Club

Posted 12/3/2016 in Local Columns

The Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau recently announced the Elks Club building on Main Street in Columbus was purchased and would become the home of a new children's museum.

 

Ask Rufus: The Rev. Dr. Teasdale's house

Posted 11/19/2016 in Local Columns

One of Columbus' historic homes needs a friend.

 

Ask Rufus: Two veterans

Posted 11/13/2016 in Local Columns

Friday was Veterans Day and one of the few holidays still celebrated primarily with parades and public programs.

 

Ask Rufus: Two heroes

Posted 11/5/2016 in Local Columns

At the close of a divisive political campaign, two very real heroes came to mind last week.

 

Ask Rufus: Haunted landscapes

Posted 10/29/2016 in Local Columns

Mississippi and Alabama are filled with ghost stories.

 

Ask Rufus: Horned serpents, a portal and a witch

Posted 10/22/2016 in Local Columns

Next Friday there will be a Chickasaw Indian Heritage Festival in Tupelo. That event provides the perfect backdrop for an interesting ancient Chickasaw legend. It is the legend of Tibbee Lake, which is between Columbus and West Point.

 

Ask Rufus: The art of history

Posted 10/15/2016 in Local Columns

I recently bought a painting by Josh Meador from a Nevada art dealer. It arrived today and got me thinking about how history and art are intertwined.

 

Ask Rufus: An elegant sufficiency

Posted 10/8/2016 in Local Columns

I recall from my childhood an elderly cousin, Dr. William Richards. After a good meal he would often look up and announce that he had had an "elegant sufficiency."

 

Ask Rufus: Columbus and Mississippi's Bicentennial

Posted 10/1/2016 in Local Columns

Today, the Bicentennial of Mississippi kicks off here in Columbus but another bicentennial is also fast approaching -- that of the founding of Columbus.

 

Ask Rufus: In 1819 this was Columbus, Alabama

Posted 9/24/2016 in Local Columns

In a week the Mississippi Bicentennial Celebration will kick off in Columbus.

 

Ask Rufus: Intruders in the Chickasaw Nation

Posted 9/17/2016 in Local Columns

It's interesting how projects and research often end up overlapping.

 

Ask Rufus: Horse Hunter

Posted 9/10/2016 in Local Columns

In Noxubee County, east of Brooksville, flows Horse Hunters Creek.

 

Ask Rufus: The blues heritage of the Black Prairie

Posted 8/27/2016 in Local Columns

The old Black Prairie of Mississippi and Alabama, named after its fertile soil, has deep roots in the history of blues music.

 

Ask Rufus: Aberdeen is burning

Posted 8/13/2016 in Local Columns

On Monday March 20, 1882, Columbus Mayor C.E. Dancy received a telegram of distress from the mayor of Aberdeen.

 

Ask Rufus: Walt Disney's artist friend

Posted 8/6/2016 in Local Columns

Recently I bought a painting by Oscar-winning Columbus native Josh Meador.

 

 

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