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Possumhaw: One week ago tonight

Posted 5/5/2014 in Local Columns

A curtain of darkness fell as we spread blankets and pillows on the floor near the stairway. Sam watched the local news until the satellite cut out. An ominous message came across the screen saying, "Don't call us -- we already know."

Slim Smith: When breaking ground means breaking a vow

Posted 5/4/2014 in Local Columns

Hell froze over Saturday morning: I planted a garden, thus fulfilling an ancient prophecy.

 

Wyatt Emmerich: Federally funded community storm shelters a waste of money

Posted 5/2/2014 in Local Columns

As the recent tragic storms have once again proven, April and May are tornado season in Mississippi. Mississippi has the fifth most tornadoes in the nation and is number one in tornado deaths with an average of 10 fatalities per year.

 

Slimantics: Voter fraud is more a question of 'who' than 'how'

Posted 5/1/2014 in Local Columns

During the month of April, Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann began criss-crossing the state -- at taxpayer expense, naturally -- to promote the state-mandated Voter ID law that will require Mississippians to produce a state-issued ID before casting a ballot.

Partial to Home: The morning after, talk turns to the night before

Posted 4/30/2014 in Local Columns

By 10 o'clock Tuesday morning Bobby Ray had almost finished picking up storm debris in his yard on Tabernacle Road when neighbor Ricky Ward showed up. The two are old friends, their friendship rooted in their shared passion for dirt-track racing.

Slimantics: A community comes together

Posted 4/30/2014 in Local Columns

A couple of miles down Lee-Stokes Road, where Pleasant Hill Baptist Church sits on a hill above a cluster of modest brick homes where Lacy Road runs into Pleasant Hill Road, church pastor Bill Hurt wearily tended his flock, scattered but unharmed after a pair of Monday tornadoes plowed through East Columbus.

Storm journal: Residents rally in the storm's aftermath

Posted 4/29/2014 in Local Columns

Maybe there is something to that old saying, "The good guys wear white hats."

 

Charlie Mitchell: Mississippi borrows a bit of strategy from Gen. Patton

Posted 4/29/2014 in Local Columns

In "Patton," George C. Scott portrays the aggressive and effective World War II general. He finds an otherwise able soldier cowering in a hospital and slaps him.

 

Possumhaw: One night in the pen

Posted 4/28/2014 in Local Columns

The bunny numbers had grown to four, though not in the usual way. The first bunny, small and untamed, was Toby. He began his life at the Bardwells in a birdcage that opened into a small bathroom.

Local voices: A better process

Posted 4/26/2014 in Local Columns

As of Tuesday evening, the City of Starkville has now hired its new Community Development Director. I commend the Board of Aldermen for using an improved process.

Ask Rufus: Flowers, poetry and early explorers

Posted 4/26/2014 in Local Columns

Last week the primroses blossomed along Highway 82. I say primroses but I always called them buttercups as a child because if you smelled them your nose would become covered in yellow pollen.

 

Mississippi Voices: The Crony

Posted 4/25/2014 in Local Columns

 

 

Charlie Mitchell: A case for doing nothing

Posted 4/24/2014 in Local Columns

Walking ahead of two young people when one asked the other, "What are you doing this summer?"

 

Local voices: Alison Buehler

Posted 4/22/2014 in Local Columns

I just got back from an incredible weekend in Meridian. Go Green Meridian, a chapter of Gaining Ground.

Possumhaw: Busy week in the Prairie

Posted 4/21/2014 in Local Columns

On the heels of a quiet, cold winter, the Prairie house became a whirl of activity. It's good to enjoy those quiet winter days; they don't last long. Our visiting turkey hunters set out early and came in late, thus we rarely saw our guests. I caught up with my brother, Skip Shelton, coming in at the late hour of 9 p.m. His eyes looked bleary. "You can't run on a few hours of sleep," I said.

Ask Rufus: No sidewalk, no mail

Posted 4/19/2014 in Local Columns

From its founding, the United States has provided for mail delivery across the country.

Birney Imes: An afternoon with beekeepers

Posted 4/19/2014 in Local Columns

On a recent Saturday about 40 beekeepers stood in the twilight on a cement pad outside a metal farm building in south Noxubee County.

Lynn Spruill: Annexation and growth

Posted 4/19/2014 in Local Columns

As of the last formal census of 2010, Starkville has a population of 23,888. The most recent figure from 2012 is an official estimate of 24,360. So, in the past two years we have grown by roughly 472 people. If we project that rate of growth over the next eight years by 2020 we should have about 26,248 as our population base.

 

Rheta Johnson: Making hay of hate

Posted 4/19/2014 in Local Columns

Mississippi, my adopted home state, place that I love, is reverting to its old ways, which many of us who live here had believed and hoped to be in the distant past.

 

 

Charlie Mitchell: The law as a pacifier

Posted 4/14/2014 in Local Columns

Section 1 of the Mississippi Religious Freedom Restoration Act, signed into law last week, is to calm the masses -- those who believe the gay agenda in America needs to be sent a message.

 

 

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