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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.

 

Ask Rufus: Easter Dinner

Posted 4/15/2017 in Local Columns

Most Christians today will celebrate Easter enjoying a traditional meal that is also one of the year's most important family gathering times.

 

Ask Rufus: The Voyage of the Gopher

Posted 4/8/2017 in Local Columns

Two years ago, I wrote a column about famed archaeologist Clarence Bloomfield Moore's expeditions up the Tombigbee and Black Warrior rivers between 1900 and 1906.

 

Ask Rufus: A Sunday stroll of historic homes

Posted 4/1/2017 in Local Columns

Today there are seven different homes and two Churches open on three different tours for the Columbus pilgrimage.

 

Ask Rufus: Columbus in 1822

Posted 3/26/2017 in Local Columns

I was talking the other day with Carolyn Kaye about the book on the history of Columbus that she, her late husband Sam Kaye and I had written in 1992 and how much more information we had uncovered since then.

 

Ask Rufus: 99 years ago airplanes were everywhere

Posted 3/18/2017 in Local Columns

In 1917 the Army began construction of a pilot training base on 533 acres in the prairie four miles north of West Point.

 

Ask Rufus: The Chickasaws and Choctaws, people of culture

Posted 3/11/2017 in Local Columns

Last Sunday at the Mississippi-Alabama Bicentennial program at Mississippi University for Women, Phillip Morgan, a Chickasaw writer/historian, spoke about how the Chickasaws and Choctaws here at the time of statehood were a cultured, civilized people.

 

Ask Rufus: It was exactly 200 years ago

Posted 3/4/2017 in Local Columns

This past Friday marked the 200th anniversary of the separation of the Mississippi Territory into Mississippi and Alabama, and it was 200 years ago this fall that the first house was built on the site that became Columbus.

 

Ask Rufus: The Cotton Plant

Posted 2/26/2017 in Local Columns

A week from today, at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 5, there will be a most interesting program open to the public at the Mississippi University for Women titled "Borderline Confusion: Culture and Conflict in the Making of Mississippi and Alabama."

 

 

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