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Possumhaw: Out of sight, out of mind

Posted less than 6 hours ago in Local Columns

The surgeon said, "There's a small surgical risk that you will lose your sight in your left eye. Without the surgery, it's a certainty."

 

Charlie Mitchell: National parks a freebie for Mississippi economy

Posted less than 6 hours ago in Local Columns

A century ago, Congress created the National Park Service to maintain and enhance America's natural and historic preserves.

 

Partial to Home: A night on the river

Posted 8/27/2016 in Local Columns

Beth and I went kayaking Wednesday afternoon. We launched at DeWayne Hayes Park out near Columbus Air Force Base. It's lovely out there.

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.

Lynn Spruill: My front door

Posted 8/26/2016 in Local Columns

I have lots of stickers on the front door of my office. Probably too many. I have the typical "We're Open" sign that reverses to "We'll be back at" with a clock face and moving clock hands so we can approximate our return from wherever.

Slimantics: Country Mouse vs. City Mouse

Posted 8/24/2016 in Local Columns

Maybe I'm just getting old, but more and more as of late, current events stir the echoes of my childhood.

Slimantics: Pappy 0'Bryant and his 'brain trust'

Posted 8/23/2016 in Local Columns

This month, the people who run the state -- Gov. Phil Bryant, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and Speaker of the House Phillip Gunn -- announced their intentions to "reform" the state's tax structure as a means of a reviving a state economy that appears to be poised on the edge of the abyss.

 

Charlie Mitchell: Doctors' advice: It's time to opt in to Medicaid expansion

Posted 8/23/2016 in Local Columns

During the past two and a half years, dozens of factual studies and reports have accumulated from states that expanded Medicaid as part of Obamacare.

 

Possumhaw: The poached egg patch

Posted 8/22/2016 in Local Columns

Making my way slowly down the stairway I placed my right hand on the wall while my left hand covered my eye.

Partial to Home: Prankster fails to get Harper's goat

Posted 8/20/2016 in Local Columns

OK, let's get one thing straight before we go any further: Bobby Harper has no more goats for sale. Fact is, he never had any to begin with. Throughout most of August, though, he's had a pleasant, though not always easy, time trying to convince readers of the Mississippi Market Bulletin of that.

 

Home Base: Ignorance is bliss

Posted 8/20/2016 in Local Columns

Facebook scrolling can be a sobering experience. If I hadn't learned that before, I knew it Sunday night.

 

Lynn Spruill: Going crackers over Troy's latest

Posted 8/19/2016 in Local Columns

There are multiple legitimate forms of economic development.

Slimantics: Mississippi: The Free State of ALEC

Posted 8/18/2016 in Local Columns

Here's how it is supposed to work: Every four years, Mississippians go to the polls to elect fellow Mississippians to serve our interests by crafting legislation to address the state's unique issues.

 

Wyatt Emmerich: Time for your de-worming?

Posted 8/18/2016 in Local Columns

Now we can add the Zika virus to things that go bump in the night. Headlines abound.

 

 

Charlie Mitchell: Candidates, media team up to panic voters

Posted 8/17/2016 in Local Columns

A bit of advice for people in a total tizzy over the presidential election: Get a soda and some popcorn, turn off CNN and Fox for an hour or two and watch the 2015 movie, "Our Brand is Crisis."

 

 

Rheta Johnson: My old man and lesser writers

Posted 8/16/2016 in Local Columns

I'm scheduled this month to show up at a writer's fair in Mississippi's Jackson, a town where I've only ever distinguished myself by not being hired by the local newspaper, being evicted from an apartment for parking a rotten sailboat in the side yard and working briefly for United Press International after that news organization stopped issuing regular paychecks.

 

Possumhaw: Down comes rain; up goes grass

Posted 8/15/2016 in Local Columns

A couple of years back Sam signed up to cut the grass at the church.

Partial to Home: Extracting sweetness

Posted 8/13/2016 in Local Columns

Since company was coming at 7:30, bright and early, we needed to get up and get moving. There was the old cypress table Melvin Brewer made for us to move to the garage, the extractor to set up and the five-gallon pails to rinse out.

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.

Lynn Spruill: A new and improved Highway 12 coming

Posted 8/12/2016 in Local Columns

I happened to be stuck at the intersection of Highway 12 and Louisville Street this week waiting on the light to change when I noticed the beginnings of next year's headache.

 

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