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Birney Imes: Ed Phillips, requiescat in pace

Posted 3/7/2015 in Local Columns

Ed Phillips looked like a man you might have seen sauntering down the gangplank of a Mississippi riverboat at the foot of Canal Street sometime in the mid-1800s. Barrel chested, uncommonly handsome and with a voice that rumbled like distant thunder, Ed would have been a more-than-adequate stand-in for Clark Gable in that actor's most memorable role. Ed died Saturday a week ago. He was 80.

A letter home: A Christian response to the Paris terrorist attacks

Posted 3/7/2015 in Local Columns

When the two terrorist killings happened in France, we were all glued to our TVs. First was the attack Wednesday morning Jan. 7 at the Paris office of Charlie Hebdo, a satirical magazine where eight journalists, two policemen and two other people were shot and killed. The next morning a policewoman was killed by a second terrorist south of Paris.

 

Local voices: Remembering Ed Phillips

Posted 3/5/2015 in Local Columns

I learned of Ed's passing while onboard a small yacht in Keppel Marina in Singapore in a brief email from my dear friend Capt. Sid Caradine, obviously sent well after Sid's normal early-to-bed-and-early-to-rise routine.

 

Slimantics: Memo to the Mayor: You break it, you own it

Posted 3/4/2015 in Local Columns

Tuesday evening, the Columbus City Council appointed two members to the Columbus Municipal School District - Stephen Jones and Currie Fisher.

 

Charlie Mitchell: Attitudes about work are inconsistent, at best

Posted 3/4/2015 in Local Columns

Imagine being a farmer. Imagine plowing, sowing and, when the time is right, harvesting your best crop ever.

 

Slimantics: Mullen raises the bar of expectations

Posted 3/3/2015 in Local Columns

Dan Mullen breezed into the Starkville Country Club 15 minutes late for his speaking engagement at the Starkville Rotary Club.

Possumhaw: Finding daffodils in hard ground

Posted 3/2/2015 in Local Columns

On days when fishing is out of the question and the 24/7 news has taken its circuitous route about dozen times and the SEC channel is showing decades-old football games, Sam opens a book.

Birney Imes: Downtown Brooksville: Where you can't get lost to save your soul

Posted 2/28/2015 in Local Columns

Maybe it strains the limits of plausibility to claim to have found a penny in front of a place called "Down to the Penny Accounting Tax Service," but there on the sidewalk was Honest Abe in profile. Not one to shun the prospect of good luck, I bent over and picked it up.

Lynn Spruill: Social responsibility

Posted 2/27/2015 in Local Columns

At the most recent MLK equality march I had an acquaintance pause long enough to ask me to talk with him about a homeless shelter for Starkville.

Slimantics: Proposed tax cut a cynical ploy

Posted 2/26/2015 in Local Columns

My grandfather was a share-cropper in Tippah County, a widower trying to raise six daughters in the height of The Great Depression.

 

Possumhaw: A bit of humor, by way of China

Posted 2/23/2015 in Local Columns

A few warm days fooled the ladybugs into coming out of hiding. There they were -- a few on the windowsill, one or two on the bedside rug; Sam pointed to the ceiling and asked, "Is that a spot?"

 

Birney Imes: White-tailed deer 101

Posted 2/21/2015 in Local Columns

About two winters ago while riding alone in the rain in an ATV, I surprised two deer bedded down in a thicket of scrubby trees. Once rousted, the deer sprinted alongside me for four or five seconds before veering off and vanishing into nearby woods. It happened so suddenly and was over so quickly, I was left wondering if it had happened at all.

Lynn Spruill: A humdinger of a meeting

Posted 2/20/2015 in Local Columns

There are board meetings and then there are board meetings.

Slimantics: A tale of two immigrant groups

Posted 2/19/2015 in Local Columns

I saw a documentary on immigration two nights ago and I was fascinated by what I learned, although it painted a disturbing picture.

 

Rheta Johnson: Reaching the masses

Posted 2/17/2015 in Local Columns

The New York Times comes to the mailbox in fits and starts, sometimes three papers a day, often none at all.

 

 

Charlie Mitchell: Energy giant gets comeuppance from Supreme Court

Posted 2/17/2015 in Local Columns

The little guy has won a slobber-knocker in Mississippi.

 

Slimantics: Saturday Night Live: The best cast ever

Posted 2/16/2015 in Local Columns

Saturday Night Live celebrated its 40th year with a 3 1/2-hour prime time special Sunday evening.

Possumhaw: Just about time for serious fishing

Posted 2/16/2015 in Local Columns

As the days grow longer and the sun shines warmer and the occasional temperatures tip 70 degrees, a retired man's fancy turns to fishing.

Ask Rufus: When the bridge opened

Posted 2/14/2015 in Local Columns

Whenever I write a column about the Tombigbee and mention bridges, I am almost always asked whether the 1928 bridge at Columbus was really a draw bridge.

Birney Imes: David Carr's grand caper

Posted 2/14/2015 in Local Columns

Media personas were prominent in the news this past week. NBC News anchor Brian Williams' career went up in flames; former 60 Minutes correspondent Bob Simon was killed in a car crash in New York City; Jon Stewart announced plans to leave The Daily Show and Thursday night New York Times media critic David Carr collapsed in his paper's newsroom and shortly after was pronounced dead.

 

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