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Ask Rufus: Two veterans

Posted 11/13/2016 in Local Columns

Friday was Veterans Day and one of the few holidays still celebrated primarily with parades and public programs.

Birney Imes: By way of the river

Posted 11/12/2016 in Local Columns

Friday morning around 11 o'clock Dick Leike stood on the widow's walk of Riverview and gazed out over the treetops toward the river and the black prairie beyond. The sun had cleared the oak trees in the front yard of the house, and the stained glass of the cupola behind Leike glowed like neon. The cupola is as large as a two-car garage and is, like every other feature of this Greek revival treasure, majestic.


Home Base: Embracing feminism in a nation that doesn't

Posted 11/12/2016 in Local Columns

Once, I recall saying something negative to my wife about feminism.


Lynn Spruill: We should all be veterans

Posted 11/11/2016 in Local Columns

Veterans Day doesn't have the longest holiday history.

Slimantics: The dawn of American Fascism?

Posted 11/9/2016 in Local Columns

So this is how it happens.

Possumhaw: Soaking in quietness

Posted 11/7/2016 in Local Columns

My "stay-cation" came and went like a dream, as did the quiet.

Partial to Home: Conversation under an oak tree

Posted 11/5/2016 in Local Columns

"I'm gonna miss that tree," said Jimmy Cole. He was nodding toward a white oak that might have been a seedling when Lincoln took the dais at Gettysburg.

Ask Rufus: Two heroes

Posted 11/5/2016 in Local Columns

At the close of a divisive political campaign, two very real heroes came to mind last week.

Lynn Spruill: Should city be giving handouts to Walmart?

Posted 11/4/2016 in Local Columns

The Starkville Board of Aldermen is getting a full court press to grant yet another TIF (Tax Increment Financing).

Home Base: The 'mom' solution

Posted 11/2/2016 in Local Columns

Sometimes my children cry.


Charlie Mitchell: Formula for funding is not all public schools need

Posted 11/1/2016 in Local Columns

Interviewed on Mississippi Public Broadcasting, Joyce Helmick made a great point.


Possumhaw: A time of quiet reverie

Posted 10/31/2016 in Local Columns

Looking down from my perch at the upstairs window I could see Harry, the cat, sitting on the bridge over the spillway-his favorite spot.


Jiben Roy: Know your limits and be happy

Posted 10/31/2016 in Local Columns

For long I was thinking of writing about happiness and finally pinned down the title of the piece. Immediately, I Googled it.


Ask Rufus: Haunted landscapes

Posted 10/29/2016 in Local Columns

Mississippi and Alabama are filled with ghost stories.

Lynn Spruill: Community hospital?

Posted 10/28/2016 in Local Columns

Oktibbeha County Hospital's future is yet again the subject of community discourse. This is a seminal aspect of our identity and the surrounding discussion and ultimate decision is one of the most critical we will have from the Board of Supervisors in the foreseeable future.


Wyatt Emmerich: Kemper operating costs are the final blow

Posted 10/28/2016 in Local Columns

In a state like Mississippi, which limits and regulates power companies, your electric bill is effectively a tax over which you have little control. As a result, it is incumbent upon the Mississippi Public Service Commission (PSC) to act responsibly to protect consumers. We call on the PSC commissioners to do their jobs and shoot down any more rate increases relating to the ill-fated Kemper power plant.


Slimantics: More on the care and feeding of ghosts

Posted 10/25/2016 in Local Columns

Alan Brown has been writing about ghosts for 20 years now. He's authored 17 books about the ghosts of the South, including his latest effort: "Ghosts of Mississippi's Golden Triangle."

Partial to Home: Bob Nolan's Trumpian encounter

Posted 10/22/2016 in Local Columns

A couple weeks ago, Bob Nolan and I were standing around in my backyard talking. Actually, I was doing the talking; Bob was repairing a crack in a rowboat made of polyethylene plastic with a heat gun. I was trying to stay out of his way.


Local Voices: Life as a minority

Posted 10/22/2016 in Local Columns

Ever heard of Yazidi, a very small community in Northern Iraq? Probably not. We never heard of them until ISIS started massacring its residents in 2014.


Ask Rufus: Horned serpents, a portal and a witch

Posted 10/22/2016 in Local Columns

Next Friday there will be a Chickasaw Indian Heritage Festival in Tupelo. That event provides the perfect backdrop for an interesting ancient Chickasaw legend. It is the legend of Tibbee Lake, which is between Columbus and West Point.


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