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Bill Crawford: College scorecard stirs interest and concern

Posted yesterday in Local Columns

Misleading or useful? That's the question surrounding the updated College Scorecard website published by the U.S. Department of Education. (See collegescorecard.ed.gov)



Charlie Mitchell: Small businesses now have access to big business asset

Posted 10/8/2015 in Local Columns

In "Lonesome Dove," the cowboys crest a hill and see a gentle valley with ample timber, grazing and water. "This will do," is how they end their months-long cattle drive. They had found a place to settle down, seek prosperity. In 2015, they'd need to know more -- a lot more.



Local voices: Small-town editor cast a long shadow over the community she served

Posted 10/7/2015 in Local Columns

In the days when we were colleagues in the Mississippi Press Association, I learned quickly that Patsy Speights was a substantial, formidable woman and a truly great small town newspaper editor.


Possumhaw: Fall is the coolest season

Posted 10/5/2015 in Local Columns

Just when you think you can't take the summer heat one moment longer, it's fall. Momma always said fall was her most favorite season.

Ask Rufus: A conversation with Charles Dickens

Posted 10/3/2015 in Local Columns

I have often written about the many people who have lived in the Columbus, Starkville, West Point area and left their footprints across history or the arts.

Birney Imes: John Harris' gift

Posted 10/3/2015 in Local Columns

"Now, that's somebody y'all need to do a story on." Mike Perkerson was standing behind the counter of his family's hardware store on Military Road. He was nodding in the direction of a man outside his front door standing next to a motorized bicycle.

Lynn Spruill: Apartment moratorium a bad idea

Posted 10/2/2015 in Local Columns

I have on good authority a moratorium prohibiting the building of new apartments was going to be on the agenda of the Board of Aldermen.


Bill Crawford: Initiative 42 will put other programs at risk

Posted 10/2/2015 in Local Columns

The November vote on Initiative 42 is days away.


Slimantics: It's a brave new (tasty) world

Posted 10/1/2015 in Local Columns

For about an hour-and-a-half on Wednesday, it was both the best restaurant and the best classroom in town.


Wyatt Emmerich: Racoons in the attic

Posted 9/29/2015 in Local Columns

Behind my house on the Rebel Drive cul-de-sac is an old graveyard of several acres. Its ownership is unclear.


Possumhaw: All decked out in red

Posted 9/28/2015 in Local Columns

The swarming ruby-throated hummingbirds are declining at the feeders.


Charlie Mitchell: The pope: Republican or a Democrat?

Posted 9/28/2015 in Local Columns


Ask Rufus: Friendship Cemetery, a walk through history

Posted 9/26/2015 in Local Columns

A couple of months ago Berkley Hudson, an old friend, was in town and called. He wanted to get together and walk through Columbus' Friendship Cemetery exchanging stories of the people buried there.

Birney Imes: Dick Mahoney's baseball memories

Posted 9/26/2015 in Local Columns

After several unsuccessful tries to reach him by phone, I caught up with Dick Mahoney in his wife's beauty shop Friday morning. Dick is a baseball fan par excellence ... of the Red Sox variety. I figured he, if anyone in these parts, would have had contact with the recently departed and much beloved New York Yankees catcher, coach and sage, Lawrence Peter Berra.

Slimantics: The importance of storytelling

Posted 9/24/2015 in Local Columns

The fourth annual Possum Town Storytelling Festival begins this evening, with seven events over four days, concluding Sunday afternoon.

Possumhaw: Flight of the dragonfly

Posted 9/22/2015 in Local Columns

Three beautiful sights appeared before my eyes.

Slimantics: Will Ole Miss get over this win?

Posted 9/22/2015 in Local Columns

Two days before Ole Miss' historic 43-37 win over Alabama in Tuscaloosa, former Ole Miss coach Billy Brewer talked about the last time - in fact the only time - Ole Miss had ever beaten the Tide as the visiting team.


Charlie Mitchell: State media, officials tested by coverage of homicides

Posted 9/22/2015 in Local Columns

In addition to creating horrors for all involved last week, Shannon Lamb tested the media's ability to track and report a developing story in this new era of gushing "real time" information.



Voice of the people: Lee Roy Lollar Jr.

Posted 9/21/2015 in Local Columns

Mrs. Stone hit the nail on the head with her article Sept. 20. We that are of moral fiber whether Christian or not, are sick and tired of the elitist of Hollywood producing such vile and profane garbage.



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