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Slimantics: More than 'simple' charity

Posted yesterday in Local Columns

Someone who wandered into the large first-floor meeting room at the Columbus Marriott Tuesday evening would have immediately recognized that the 94 people gathered there had one thing in common: They were all women. The similarities pretty much ended there.


Wyatt Emmerich: Lack of Medicaid expansion is holding state back

Posted 4/16/2019 in Local Columns

With state Elections coming up, one of the hottest issues is expansion of Medicaid


Possumhaw: Ducks take a stroll

Posted 4/15/2019 in Local Columns

The oddest thing happens every year about this time. Besides the torrential rains, the Pekin ducks come waddling up to the house.

Ask Rufus: An Evening with Heroes

Posted 4/13/2019 in Local Columns

In late January, Steve Wallace, Danny Coggins and I went with Brad Freeman to the German POW Museum in Aliceville, Alabama.

Slimantics: Breaking the ideological sound barrier

Posted 4/10/2019 in Local Columns

I had a pretty good idea of what to expect when Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves arrived in Columbus Tuesday to speak to the Lowndes County Republican Women at the group's monthly luncheon at Lion Hills Center.

Slimantics: A thing of beauty...

Posted 4/9/2019 in Local Columns

My dad was a practical man and, out of necessity, frugal, too. He and mom raised six kids and although ours was a two-income home, neither mom nor dad ever made more then $8 per hour.

Possumhaw: Easter bonnet with all the frills

Posted 4/6/2019 in Local Columns

There's an old black and white photograph when I'm about 2 or 3 years old, glued in a faded album. Mother must have taken the photograph because my father is squatting beside me as I hold my Easter basket.

Ask Rufus: Southern Scenery

Posted 4/6/2019 in Local Columns

When researching southern history, it is always interesting to find first-person accounts of earlier times but it is most fascinating to find early images. It is surprising just how many of those early images are around and how they can relate to the present.

Slimantics: Take-aways from Tuesday's gubernatorial debate

Posted 4/4/2019 in Local Columns

Tuesday's Republican Primary debate at Mississippi State drew a small crowd -- an audience of about 100 people. It also included only two of the three Republicans running for Governor.


Wyatt Emmerich: Canopy saving lives of thousands of young people

Posted 4/3/2019 in Local Columns

It's not often I am completely blown away by something I didn't know about, but that's exactly what happened when I spent an afternoon with leaders of Canopy Children's Solutions.


Possumhaw: Let it go, let it go

Posted 4/1/2019 in Local Columns

It's midway through the Lenten season and not too late to join in. Some people chose to stop an activity while some chose to start one. Lent is the 40 days before Easter, not counting Sundays. It's a time of giving something up or taking something on as a means of reflection and repentance.

Partial to Home: 'Always inspired, sometimes poetic and often just downright funny'

Posted 3/30/2019 in Local Columns

Saturday, a week ago, while waiting on coffee in one of those scruffy, only-in-New-Orleans kind of places, I leafed through the current issue of Gambit, a local weekly newspaper, and there was Elayne Goodman.

Ask Rufus: Walking through South Side

Posted 3/30/2019 in Local Columns

The South Side Historic District in Columbus is a real gem. It provides a place where, in a less than an hour's walk, you are carried through almost 200 years of architectural history.

Wyatt Emmerich: Mississippi government is shrinking

Posted 3/27/2019 in Local Columns

The legislature is in session and big money is on the line - $21 billion. This represents 18.3 percent of Mississippi's total GDP of $115 billion.

Possumhaw: All along the river

Posted 3/25/2019 in Local Columns

The day started cool, with a gusty wind, and gradually warmed as the sun shone overhead. Sam suggested a drive, which meant heading to the Tombigbee River spillway on the west bank. I was eager to see the area since the last time the river raged and the grassy hill beside the spillway was covered deep in floodwater.

Ask Rufus: Was Kubla Khan's Sacred River the Tombigbee?

Posted 3/23/2019 in Local Columns

Connections are always interesting. With the recent blooming of daffodils and jonquils I could not help but think of one of my favorite poems.

Big T stands apart: Bulldog center Teaira McCowan will play her final home game tonight

Posted 3/23/2019 in Local Columns

Midway through the second quarter Friday night, Teaira McCowan, Mississippi State's 6-foot-7 center, got the ball about 20 feet from the basket, turned and fired the first three-point shot of her 146-game career at Mississippi State. The shot clanged off the basket. The crowd roared with approval anyway.


Brett Kittredge: Little appetite for food freedom in Mississippi

Posted 3/19/2019 in Local Columns

A few years ago, the Mississippi legislature adopted a cottage food operators law, bringing the industry, those who bake goods at home and then sell to the public, into the light.



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