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Lynn Spruill: A tax we need to keep in place

Posted 2/6/2015 in Local Columns

Starkville is about to transition to an advisory park commission.

Slimantics: Between a rock and a masterpiece

Posted 2/5/2015 in Local Columns

Over the past four days, there are a few news items football fans were certain to note.

Slimantics: Harper Lee's newest (oldest) book piques interest of readers, authors alike

Posted 2/4/2015 in Local Columns

Years ago, when my children were young and devoted Harry Potter fans, the prospects of another Harry Potter book produced an almost palpable sense of anticipation.

 

Frances Hairston: Hometown newspapers, a rare thing

Posted 2/3/2015 in Local Columns

Columbus is proud of its downtown and is always trying to support the various businesses.

 

Possumhaw: The house that love built

Posted 2/2/2015 in Local Columns

"It's a small house, a fixer-upper. Could you be happy there until we can build our own?" The young man had his concerns.

Ask Rufus: 'Oh see the boat go round the bend'

Posted 1/31/2015 in Local Columns

It's February and the Tombigbee is filled to its banks with water from recent rains.

Birney Imes: And the bride wore ... a parachute?

Posted 1/31/2015 in Local Columns

"Did your mother use these much?" I asked my wife. I was washing dishes after a meal served on her mother's wedding china. "Hardly ever," Beth replied. "They didn't have much to choose from back then," she said, by way of explaining the pattern. And then, to make her point: "She got married in a dress made from a parachute."

Slimantics: Presidential campaigns and the Little Dooey effect

Posted 1/30/2015 in Local Columns

Mitt Romney didn't announce he was running for President during his visit to Mississippi on Wednesday.

Lynn Spruill: A watershed moment

Posted 1/30/2015 in Local Columns

Watershed moments are described as times in history when there occurs "a critical point that marks a division or a change of course; a turning point."

Slimantics: Our greatest unofficial national holiday

Posted 1/29/2015 in Local Columns

Each year between Martin Luther King Jr. Day in January and Presidents' Day in February, our nation pauses to celebrate a great national holiday.

Possumhaw: Corncobs, critters and Catalpa Creek

Posted 1/26/2015 in Local Columns

Someone or something was disconnecting the battery wires on the deer feeder. Checking the canister there was plenty of corn but no power. This was the second time in a week.

Ask Rufus: A tale of two boxers in Columbus

Posted 1/24/2015 in Local Columns

In 2008, Columbus celebrated the career and life of the legendary world champion boxer Henry Armstrong, who had been born on Nash Road just north of town.

Slimantics: Ours is a blended family

Posted 1/24/2015 in Local Columns

No kids. Tess and I both have two grown kids and all are out there in that big world on their own.

Lynn Spruill: The march

Posted 1/23/2015 in Local Columns

"It all depends on whose ox is getting gored."

Slimantics: Send in the clowns, the Legislature is in session

Posted 1/22/2015 in Local Columns

The Mississippi Legislature reached a key point in its 2015 session on Monday, the deadline for presenting new legislation.

Slimantics: Discrimination in the name of God is still discrimination

Posted 1/21/2015 in Local Columns

When I was a child, a visit from the preacher meant a flurry of activity.

 

Charlie Mitchell: Freedom of expression not easy, but not optional

Posted 1/20/2015 in Local Columns

It took a year, but Tommy Williams got an answer: He was right.

 

Possumhaw: Another one bites the dust

Posted 1/19/2015 in Local Columns

I've been mopey about another bookstore closing.

Ask Rufus: The Mississippi Choctaws

Posted 1/17/2015 in Local Columns

I have had several people ask me to explain how there came to be both the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians.

Birney Imes: Downtown

Posted 1/17/2015 in Local Columns

A team from Public Broadcasting System was in town most of last week doing a segment on Main Street for PBS's NewsHour. The piece is not on Main Street in the literal sense, but Main Street as a euphemism for small-town America.

 

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