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Ask Rufus: The separation of church and state's deep roots in Mississippi

Posted 6/11/2016 in Local Columns

Prayer in schools, prayer at public events and the public display of religious scenes all too often seem under attack by the courts. The courts base their rulings on more than 200 years of legal precedents that there must be a separation -- a wall -- between church and state.

Partial to Home: Summer in a jar

Posted 6/11/2016 in Local Columns

Pat Burwell is telling me how to get to her house in Steens, but I'm not getting it.

 

Charlie Mitchell: College sports may be state's major growth industry

Posted 6/8/2016 in Local Columns

Ole Miss and Mississippi State -- this state's two members of the Southeastern Conference -- may be financial midgets when compared to most other SEC schools, but the size and scope of their athletics operations is staggering.

 

 

Rheta Johnson: Rent to own or get a loan

Posted 6/6/2016 in Local Columns

President and Mrs. Obama reportedly are about to join a club in which I'm glad to no longer hold membership: They are about to become renters.

 

Bardwell: Just a numbers game

Posted 6/4/2016 in Local Columns

The green heron stood on the dock with its two short twig-like yellow legs. Usually the screen door opens and he takes flight immediately.

Ask Rufus: 197 years of hotel history

Posted 6/4/2016 in Local Columns

Last year's announced plans for a Columbus children's museum in the old Elks Club Building and the city's demolition of the Gilmer Inn focuses attention on one of Columbus' most historic city blocks.

Local voices: MSMS: An opportunity for excellence challenged by budget cuts

Posted 6/3/2016 in Local Columns

"MSMS is a high school. But it is probably very different than the high school you attend right now." Themsms.org As an alumna of the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science, I can wholeheartedly attest to this.

Slimantics: Is Mississippi on the threshold of an economic death spiral?

Posted 6/1/2016 in Local Columns

Each April, when the Mississippi legislature ends its session, the furor over new legislation generally drifts away and most Mississippians never really feel the consequences of those new laws in any meaningful way.

Possumhaw: Superman has left the building

Posted 5/31/2016 in Local Columns

Sam and I went to see Prairie neighbors Nick and Eleanor Hairston's granddaughter Reed's school musical where she belted out the "Hero" song. I've been thinking about that song ever since.

Ask Rufus: Down the Tombigbee

Posted 5/28/2016 in Local Columns

The three of us had started school together at Demonstration School more years ago than we would care to admit. This was a journey we had always wanted to make.

Slimantics: On Memorial Day weekend, a slice of Americana

Posted 5/28/2016 in Local Columns

It is the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend and the campground at DeWayne Hayes Recreation Center is filled to capacity. All 100 campsites are occupied, some elaborately so, with enormous campers, adorned with flags, personalized signs, even satellite dishes.

Lynn Spruill: BINGO!

Posted 5/27/2016 in Local Columns

Up until recently the only reference that bingo conjured up for me was the simple little ditty about the farmer's dog: "and B.I.N.G.O. was his name O." Not so any more.

 

Wyatt Emmerich: Non-profit journalism

Posted 5/25/2016 in Local Columns

I received a nice letter from Donna Barksdale asking me to contribute to a new online Mississippi news service called Mississippi Today.

 

Slimantics: Senior Expo exceeds all expectations

Posted 5/24/2016 in Local Columns

It ain't easy getting old. First off, it's terribly time-consuming.

Slimantics: Paws for a Cause has gone to the dogs

Posted 5/23/2016 in Local Columns

On the first Saturday in May, Louisville, Kentucky, is home to "The Run for the Roses." On the third Saturday in May, Columbus is home to the "Run of the Noses."

Possumhaw: You could be sugar-addicted if ...

Posted 5/23/2016 in Local Columns

The doctor warned our cholesterol levels were rising, not dangerously so, but rising. No medicines were required, but paying closer attention to our eating habits was advised.

 

Bob Usey: Mental health in Mississippi needs immediate attention

Posted 5/23/2016 in Local Columns

Of the 174 members of the Legislature, I wonder just how many of them ever drove just a few miles South of the Capitol at Jackson to actually visit the Whitfield State Hospital for the mentally ill.

 

Birney Imes: The fraternity of beekeepers

Posted 5/21/2016 in Local Columns

Omar is having trouble with his bees; they're not producing honey. This according to Rashita, the woman who manages the inn where I am staying.

Lynn Spruill: Parks: Another economic development opportunity

Posted 5/20/2016 in Local Columns

As much as I give well-deserved but unmitigated grief to members of the Starkville Board of Aldermen, in the interest of fairness, I must also give a thumbs up to them for their support of a game-changing move for the city's future.

Slimantics: It's not whether you win or lose ...

Posted 5/19/2016 in Local Columns

Now that youth league baseball and softball have started, an old, predictable debate again emerges about the purpose of youth sports and what it says about modern society.

 

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