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Charlie Mitchell: Everybody may be equal, but every opinion is not

Posted yesterday in Local Columns

The civic club speech ended, the applause faded. Members formed a line to shake the speaker's hand, assure her how much they appreciated her words. She was inspiring. She was awesome. Everyone hoped she'd come back soon.

 

Possumhaw: Home, there's no place like it

Posted 8/24/2015 in Local Columns

It was early morning when they left, almost daybreak. The duo would see a lot of sunrises before I'd see the guys again.

Slimantics: Columbus native's summer job was a dream come true

Posted 8/22/2015 in Local Columns

Columbus High School graduate and current Mississippi State University engineering student Hagan Walker spent the summer as an intern at electric car maker Tesla.

 

Carol Littlejohn: Mr. Henry

Posted 8/22/2015 in Local Columns

Most of you know him as Mr. Henry Weiss, you know, the man over at Columbus Scrap Material. In the past few weeks Mr. Henry has been getting accolades in this paper for his years of service in his business and of course, all he has done for the city of Columbus.

 

Lynn Spruill: 'The Infidelity Group'

Posted 8/21/2015 in Local Columns

Trusting our elected officials is extremely hard to do under any circumstances these days, but usually you have a better feel and sense of reliance on your elected neighbors with whom you share the daily common experience of living in a small Southern town.

 

Marty Wiseman: The fog of party transformation

Posted 8/21/2015 in Local Columns

Politics: Where are we? It taxes the memory to recall when the political landscape looked so unfamiliar.

 

Slimantics: Edmonson is bullish on MSMS

Posted 8/18/2015 in Local Columns

When Chad Edmonson calls the Mississippi School for Math and Science "the best economic development program Mississippi has ever developed," you might be inclined to dismiss the statement as the hyperbole of a proud alumnus.

Possumhaw: A ways down the road

Posted 8/17/2015 in Local Columns

We entered the Natchez Trace Parkway near Mathiston and headed south. The trees formed a natural canopy, making it seem cool, though it was probably just the air conditioner.

 

Wyatt Emmerich: Hottest place on earth

Posted 8/17/2015 in Local Columns

As I write this, my weather app tells me the heat index is 110 degrees. These are the dog days of summer.

 

 

Charlie Mitchell: Money is only part of the solution

Posted 8/17/2015 in Local Columns

Every day, Eddie went to his kitchen, got the jelly and peanut butter from the shelf and sat down to fix himself a sandwich.

 

Ask Rufus: Early Columbus churches

Posted 8/15/2015 in Local Columns

Last week I spoke about the history of Columbus to a large group of sixth graders at Heritage Academy. It's always interesting to see what questions are on the minds of young people.

Birney Imes: Cameras I have owned (and loved)

Posted 8/15/2015 in Local Columns

Lately, I've been thinking about buying a digital camera, one with professional features. While I've taken plenty of pictures with point-and-shoot digitals, I've yet to fully embrace the trend that almost overnight relegated film to the same status as record albums.

Lynn Spruill: An evening at justice court

Posted 8/14/2015 in Local Columns

During one of the recent citizen forum nights for justice court judge candidates, Judge William "Tony" Boykin, currently a sitting justice court judge for District 1 in Oktibbeha County, invited the audience to attend a court proceeding to see how justice is dispensed in the "peoples' court."

 

Charlie Mitchell: 'App' displays new, layered approach to storytelling

Posted 8/12/2015 in Local Columns

As the wind and rain of Hurricane Katrina started to subside, newspaper publishers all across Mississippi were scrambling.

 

Froma Harrop: Get government out of marriage altogether

Posted 8/12/2015 in Local Columns

When the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states must recognize same-sex marriages, dissenting Chief Justice John Roberts wondered whether polygamy will be next.

Slimantics: The inalterable tide of LGBT acceptance

Posted 8/11/2015 in Local Columns

The gay marriage movement might be considered an "overnight success,'' based on how quickly it evolved from a idea even some gay people weren't sure about to the law of the land.

Possumhaw: An odd August

Posted 8/10/2015 in Local Columns

August is always a hot one, but this one ... days upon days of "feels like" 100 degrees. A walk through the grass is like stepping on cornflakes; the blades of grass are drawn up slim as needles.

Ask Rufus: The Black Prairie blues

Posted 8/9/2015 in Local Columns

Recently, I traveled with some other members of the Black Belt Blues Foundation to the B.B. King Museum in Indianola and the Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale.

Birney Imes: Wildlife

Posted 8/8/2015 in Local Columns

Charlie Slayton had just come home with Chinese take-out for his wife when I got him on the phone Wednesday evening. A few days earlier, Charlie, a high school classmate, had emailed a suggestion on how to rid a house of fleas. "I was told that taking a walnut branch and dragging it through the house and yard will repel fleas," wrote Charlie. "Something about walnuts they can't stand."

Lynn Spruill: Educated voting choices

Posted 8/7/2015 in Local Columns

Our most recent election has more than a few of us scratching our heads and musing about what in the world happened on the democratic side of the governor's race.

 

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