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.
It was early morning when they left, almost daybreak. The duo would see a lot of sunrises before I'd see the guys again.
Columbus High School graduate and current Mississippi State University engineering student Hagan Walker spent the summer as an intern at electric car maker Tesla.
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.
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.
Politics: Where are we? It taxes the memory to recall when the political landscape looked so unfamiliar.
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.
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.
As I write this, my weather app tells me the heat index is 110 degrees. These are the dog days of summer.
Every day, Eddie went to his kitchen, got the jelly and peanut butter from the shelf and sat down to fix himself a sandwich.
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.
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.
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."
As the wind and rain of Hurricane Katrina started to subside, newspaper publishers all across Mississippi were scrambling.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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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