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William Browning: A hero's passing

Posted yesterday in Local Columns

I heard the news recently of John Doar's passing.

 

Ask Rufus: Oysters, steamboats and Thanksgiving

Posted 11/22/2014 in Local Columns

Next week brings the American Thanksgiving holiday and for most of us a wonderful feast.

Birney Imes: Coffee run evokes memories of days past

Posted 11/22/2014 in Local Columns

Friday morning started out with a small crisis. We were out of coffee and I had a gathering to attend before 7. The downtown shop I frequent doesn't open until 7:30, so I headed out 45 for a national coffee chain that takes its name from a character in Moby Dick. (The company, I learned on the Internet, was almost named for the whaling ship in the story, Pequod.)

Lynn Spruill: Another way of thinking about dogs and cemeteries

Posted 11/21/2014 in Local Columns

There are differing ideas about the recently proposed ban on allowing dogs in public cemeteries in Starkville.

Slimantics: Possibly the best Egg Bowl ever

Posted 11/20/2014 in Local Columns

The Egg Bowl was played Wednesday on the Mississippi State campus and for time first time ever, it didn't matter who won or lost.

Slimantics: Public hearing fails to 'Inspire'

Posted 11/18/2014 in Local Columns

The public hearing had just ended. As Tommie Cardin was packing up for his drive back to Jackson, Darren Leach approached him and made what seemed to me a curious comment.

 

Charlie Mitchell: Epps may do some time, but guilt is not his alone

Posted 11/18/2014 in Local Columns

Mississippians will be able to tell whether the criminal indictment faced by Christopher Epps means anything by how the 2015 edition of the Mississippi Legislature reacts.

 

Possumhaw: Havoc in the boat shed

Posted 11/17/2014 in Local Columns

Shirley, my walking partner turned house sitter, reported all went well at the Prairie house while we were away. She had only one scare when she feared Jack, the cat, had expired on the sofa.

Ask Rufus: Choctaw baskets

Posted 11/15/2014 in Local Columns

"Since time memorial the Choctaw Indians have lived in Mississippi, and have made baskets of the reed cane which grows in the swamps of the south." So begins a ca. 1920 letter from Mrs. J.E. Arnold, a Baptist missionary to the Choctaw in Union.

Birney Imes: Trees from acorns

Posted 11/15/2014 in Local Columns

In 1953 the French writer Jean Giono published a thin volume, titled, "The Man Who Planted Trees." The story's narrator, hiking alone in the south of France, comes upon a desolate, treeless valley covered in wild lavender. The year is 1910.

Slimantics: 1980 win over Tide was coronation of the King of the County Line

Posted 11/13/2014 in Local Columns

On Nov. 1, 1980, John Bond became a king and I became one of his subjects.

Possumhaw: Fear of thresholds

Posted 11/10/2014 in Local Columns

From the front porch I studied the lake and the fields and deer grazing along the tree line.

Ask Rufus: The mystery of Mrs. Canant

Posted 11/8/2014 in Local Columns

It is a simple marble military headstone in a sea of more than a thousand white marble military headstones. It is not a soldier, though, who is buried there.

Lynn Spruill: Winning halo

Posted 11/8/2014 in Local Columns

There are the obvious, direct and immediate benefits of having a strong national standing for your football team. And there are some indirect benefits.

 

Charlie Mitchell: More states are passing own minimum wage laws

Posted 11/7/2014 in Local Columns

As with many public policies, the idea of a government-set minimum wage started small.

 

Slimantics: An American music true to its roots

Posted 11/4/2014 in Local Columns

I despise country music and I'm not too keen about the music you generally hear in church, either. This was not always the case.

 

Charlie Mitchell: Unsung heroes walk the halls of America's hospitals

Posted 11/4/2014 in Local Columns

Let's pause in praise of nurses.

 

Possumhaw: When one thing leads to another

Posted 11/3/2014 in Local Columns

Sam said the Saints game would be over in 5 minutes 29 seconds and then we could go for a bike ride but I'd been around that block before and I knew that a televised game of 5 minutes would be at least another 30 so I headed out to the lake.

Ask Rufus: Forever lost

Posted 11/1/2014 in Local Columns

I recall years ago that Greenpeace had a T-shirt out with a dinosaur pictured on it. The text around the dinosaur said, "Extinct means forever."

Slim Smith: Mississippi's Man of La Mancha

Posted 11/1/2014 in Local Columns

It is a little after 2 p.m. Friday and Shawn O'Hara interrupts the interview as his driver, Pancho Sancho, er, Eli "Sarge" Jackson, gets into the car. The two candidates are criss-crossing the state on the campaign train in advance of Tuesday's general election.

 

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