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Possumhaw: Where did they all come from?

Posted 12/8/2018 in Local Columns

A host of Canada geese have remained with us for an unusually long time. Often the birds migrate in, settle for a while, and when the air turns cold, they head further south. But this year, they have stayed.

Ask Rufus: The Fish Trap

Posted 12/8/2018 in Local Columns

I just took a journey through history, fishing, politics and up the Tombigbee. It all started in the parking lot of the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation in West Point one day last week.

Home Base: Mississippi Republicans lean on natural selection when it comes to educating its children

Posted 12/7/2018 in Local Columns

My three daughters are all in bed by 8:30 every night. At least four nights a week, that's when my wife breaks out the laptop and various paper-stuffed folders.


Charlie Mitchell: Bush elected before campaigns became science

Posted 12/4/2018 in Local Columns

It's true that George H.W. Bush was the last president from The Greatest Generation. This week, commentators have pointed out that when Bill Clinton defeated Bush for a second term, Clinton's youth was a big plus.


Possumhaw: The little bird book

Posted 12/3/2018 in Local Columns

The deciduous trees let go their leaves, the foliage folded into nothingness and the cold descended like the night sky.


Wyatt Emmerich: Remembering Jeff Cole

Posted 12/3/2018 in Local Columns

On Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, we buried my step father-in-law.


Partial to Home: A day in the woods

Posted 12/1/2018 in Local Columns

To say you spent a day in the woods with a woodcutter sounds like the opening lines of a folk tale.

Ask Rufus: The Face in a Photograph

Posted 12/1/2018 in Local Columns

It is a rare and very poignant image. A lady photographed as a slave in Columbus circa 1860.


Brandon Presley: Rural Mississippians deserve internet service

Posted 11/30/2018 in Local Columns

Ask any elected official in Mississippi if people living in rural areas deserve the same quality of life as people living in cities and you will probably get a quick "yes" but, that isn't what current state policy says.



Brett Kittredge: Real debate is lacking on college campuses

Posted 11/30/2018 in Local Columns

Colleges and universities are supposed to be places where curiosity is developed and intellectual debate in encouraged. But with each passing day, it appears that the debate part of the equation is limited in favor of indoctrination, or at a minimum, silence.



Charlie Mitchell: Trump v. Acosta: It's about the fame not the journalism

Posted 11/27/2018 in Local Columns

Tension between the press and public officials is a good thing. The greater worry for this public is if reporters and politicians are too buddy-buddy.


Possumhaw: The season of giving

Posted 11/26/2018 in Local Columns

There he sat on the sidewalk, next to the big ice chest. He had a duffle bag and an empty two-gallon water jug. On the side of the water jug, written in magic marker, were the words, "need work." He held in his hands a book. At first, I thought it was the Bible.


Other Editors: 11/26/18

Posted 11/26/2018 in Local Columns

Mississippi needs more teachers. It's not a new problem, and neither are the attempted solutions. Programs like Teach for America, alternate route certification, and the Mississippi Excellence in Teaching Program at the University of Mississippi and Mississippi State University all aim to attract more people with a diversity of skill sets and experiences into the field of education.


Ask Rufus: Steamboats and Holiday Fare

Posted 11/24/2018 in Local Columns

Last week was the Thanksgiving holiday and soon Christmas will be upon us.


Partial to Home: Poetry from the boy king

Posted 11/24/2018 in Local Columns

The setting for Bill Boling's childhood in Aliceville, Alabama, was a cotton mill house across the road from the German prisoner of war camp.



Wyatt Emmerich: More reasons to be grateful

Posted 11/23/2018 in Local Columns

I LOVE writing my annual Thanksgiving column. As an American living in the 21st century, there is an overwhelming amount to be thankful for.



Charlie Mitchell: Thanks? How about a list of aggravations instead?

Posted 11/21/2018 in Local Columns

Long-time readers (for whom I am grateful) may recall Thanksgiving columns have often been homilies on how choosing an attitude of gratitude lessens stress, enhances enjoyment of life.


Slimantics: Dr. Heckle, Missus Hide

Posted 11/21/2018 in Local Columns

We might as well call her Cindy "Hide" Smith.

Possumhaw: The way it was

Posted 11/19/2018 in Local Columns

Over coffee one morning Sam and I were discussing shoes; maybe I was more discussing and he was listening. I expressed my concern there were so few shoe stores.


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