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Slimantics: Brooks' epiphany leads to new mission

Posted 9/27/2014 in Local Columns

As a group of about 60 men settled into their seats at Sim Scott Community Center on Monday evening, city councilman Kabir Karriem opened the meeting with a stark word portrait of the black community in Columbus -- high crime rates, high unemployment, high drop-out rates, and a high percentage of children born to single teen-aged mothers. They are all symptoms of a community in crisis, Karriem grimly observed.

Lynn Spruill: The quest for acceptance

Posted 9/27/2014 in Local Columns

There has been more than one postmortem written about Starkville Board of Aldermen meetings over the past few weeks. Without question employee-paid insurance has created a division between some residents in our community. It is a cautionary tale that deserves a few more words.

Slimantics: It's up to the men now

Posted 9/23/2014 in Local Columns

Monday night I attended a "Men of Color" community meeting at Sim Scott Community Center not because white is a color, too, but because I was invited by the organizer of the event, Lowndes County supervisor Leroy Brooks, who felt it proper that the media be included.

Possumhaw: Too harmful to handle

Posted 9/22/2014 in Local Columns

Ten-year-old Moriah Carpenter was outside playing with Mikaela, Gabriel and Nate, three of her six siblings, when her hand brushed a tree. Instantly she felt an intense, stinging pain. Her mother, Dawn, soothed the child and doctored the sting as any mother would do.

Ask Rufus: Mississippi MASH

Posted 9/20/2014 in Local Columns

Among my all time favorite books, movies and television shows is one that transcends all three media. It's M*A*S*H, the classic story of the 4077 Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) during the Korean War. Many people do not realize the Mississippi ties to the events upon which the original book was based.

Birney Imes: The moon winx at Glenn House

Posted 9/20/2014 in Local Columns

Sunday afternoon, a week ago, the idea entered my head I should ride over to Gordo and look in on Glenn House and Kathy Fetters.

Lynn Spruill: Plus none

Posted 9/19/2014 in Local Columns

And who said government wasn't entertaining. We could have sold tickets to the Starkville Board of Aldermen meeting Tuesday night and probably paid off the Park Commission's budget deficit.

 

Wyatt Emmerich: Musgrove stands to win big in education lawsuit

Posted 9/18/2014 in Local Columns

Ronnie Musgrove was more than a little peeved when I asked him how much money he was going to make from his education lawsuit.

 

Slimantics: What would Jesus do a point of contention for Starkville aldermen

Posted 9/17/2014 in Local Columns

Upon further review, the Starkville Board of Aldermen, most of them at least, would like you to know that God doesn't hate gay people; he just hates giving them health insurance.

Possumhaw: Browning leaves and bodock balls

Posted 9/15/2014 in Local Columns

The calendar says autumn is a week away and golden brown leaves are beginning to fall. Felder Rushing says it is not fall but only drought causing the leaves to flutter. Sam and I talk about the benefits of each season and how fast they pass these days.

Ask Rufus: The Coming of Greek Revival

Posted 9/13/2014 in Local Columns

When people think of antebellum homes in the South it is generally an image of a large Greek Revival style house that comes to mind.

Birney Imes: Childhood

Posted 9/13/2014 in Local Columns

It was Hemingway, I think, who said the best early training for a writer is an unhappy childhood. While I expect there is some truth to Papa's observation, it is not the training regimen any of us would choose for ourselves or our offspring.

 

George Hazard: 'Wrap it in maroon and white'

Posted 9/13/2014 in Local Columns

A pleasant Southland breeze brought the unique and imperishable radio calls to Verona's Lee Memorial Cemetery on Wednesday. There, under a maroon-and-white burial-vault cover, Mississippi State radioman Jack Cristil was buried. The service lasted about 20 minutes after the hearse arrived flying a State flag.

 

Lynn Spruill: Make it pretty

Posted 9/12/2014 in Local Columns

The psychology of beauty is undeniable.

Slimantics: Bullish on Columbus ...

Posted 9/10/2014 in Local Columns

Generally, when something in Mississippi attracts the interest of those in other parts of the country, it is not a pleasant thing.

 

Charlie Mitchell: Casino sheen is fading, but no rescue effort is likely

Posted 9/10/2014 in Local Columns

Grass is reclaiming the acres of parking that served what was Mississippi's largest casino complex. One white pickup with a blinking orange light now prowls the vast real estate of Harrah's Tunica -- the only security remaining from 1,000 folks who lost jobs three months ago when Caesar's Entertainment decided to stop losing money at the venue and shut it down.

 

 

Local Voices: When theatre comes alive in Columbus

Posted 9/9/2014 in Local Columns

As the intimacy of candles gives way to the clarity of lightning, the curtain comes down on Tennessee Williams' powerful foray into the secret dimensions of the human heart. This brilliant production of The Glass Menagerie sparks with an intensity rarely found in hometown productions.

 

Possumhaw: The underground hornworm

Posted 9/8/2014 in Local Columns

Ah, back in the Prairie where the hornworm thrives. After trying to grow tomatoes in the greenhouse where the whiteflies were as thick as thieves, I gave up. I tried every means of extermination and nothing worked. So this year I purchased two large planters with a water reservoir.

Ask Rufus: Air Force roots run deep

Posted 9/6/2014 in Local Columns

The roots of the U.S. Air Force run very deep in the Golden Triangle.

Southern Gardening: Get fired up about ornamental peppers

Posted 9/6/2014 in Local Columns

My taste buds love hot peppers, but the rest of me really likes the increased use of peppers as ornamentals.

 

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