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Ask Rufus: A Walk Through 200 Years of History

Posted 3/28/2020 in Local Columns

One of the highlights to have been included in this year's Pilgrimage was an Architectural History Walking Tour of Southside by Ken P'Pool, retired deputy state historic preservation officer and longtime head of the Division of Historic Preservation for the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.

Possumhaw: What you can, while you can

Posted 3/28/2020 in Local Columns

It would be so easy to pull up a chair and sit by the window and do nothing all day long except watch bluebirds fly in and out of the bluebird box or watch swallowtail butterflies flit here and there on the wild cherry tree.

John Bean: Help support local restaurants by ordering takeout

Posted 3/26/2020 in Local Columns

As our community, state, nation, and world face the current pandemic, I feel we must all focus inward toward our local communities and work together to get through this. As founder and CEO of the Eat With Us Group I never dreamed I would face the situation we are in now.

Slimantics: Letter-writing in the time of COVID-19

Posted 3/24/2020 in Local Columns

It's only been a couple of weeks since Americans have been "sheltering at home," yet some folks are already showing signs of discontent.

Marion Whitley: A 'drop by' visit

Posted 3/24/2020 in Local Columns

When you're told, "Yes ma'am, I live in Columbus, but I was born in Caledonia," you have a "Me Too Moment" like no other!

Possumhaw: Safe and sound at home

Posted 3/23/2020 in Local Columns

If ever there was a good season to draw close to home, this would have to be it. The sun shines, the flowers bloom, the clover multiplies, the birds sing, the bees buzz. Dandelions open fully in the mornings.

Ask Rufus: An 1828 Choctaw Account of Creation

Posted 3/21/2020 in Local Columns

A fascinating article on the Choctaw account of creation was written by Rev Alfred Wright, a missionary at Mayhew, for the Missionary Herald and published in the July 2, 1828, Cherokee Phoenix of New Echota, Georgia.

Partial to Home: A boon and gentle tonic

Posted 3/21/2020 in Local Columns

Advice, insight and inspiration from a variety of sources.


Local Voices: Measures taken in the interest of public safety

Posted 3/21/2020 in Local Columns

Saturday at noon, the Mayor and City Council of Columbus implemented sweeping regulations that will affect all businesses and gatherings of citizens in some way or fashion.


Tate Reeves: Getting through this as a state

Posted 3/20/2020 in Local Columns

We are together in a moment of great uncertainty. It is a time when all of our lives are being disrupted as we come together to fight one common enemy. All of your state's leaders are working hard, following the lead of experts, to combat the COVID-19 virus and prevent its spread in our communities.

Slimantics: Just enough to share

Posted 3/18/2020 in Local Columns

My parents were born more than 100 years ago and grew up in an era when survival depended on hard work. Both had only a high school education.

Bill Gillmore: A proposal on firearms

Posted 3/17/2020 in Local Columns

The National Rifle Association (NRA) opposes most efforts to regulate firearm possession with the slippery slope argument: Give an inch, and they will take it all. Step on the slippery slope, and sliding to the bottom is inevitable.

Slimantics: Which kind of fear will it be?

Posted 3/17/2020 in Local Columns

On Monday, the Mississippi State Department of Health confirmed a case of COVID-19 in Monroe County, a sure sign that the dreaded virus is very near to us all. As of Monday there are 12 confirmed cases in Mississippi. Nationally, the number of cases is a 3,487, including 68 deaths.

Possumhaw: All about life and honeybees

Posted 3/16/2020 in Local Columns

There's more about honeybees I don't know than I do know. That's a phrase we use a lot here at the Bardwell abode. Not the honeybee part but the what we don't know part

Partial to Home: After a half century in the North, home

Posted 3/14/2020 in Local Columns

It was one of those glad-you-are-alive-and-out-in-the-world Saturday afternoons -- sunny, bright, crisp and clear -- and I was sitting in the three-sided shed that is the in-house dining facility of Brother's Keeper Barbecue.

Ask Rufus: 'All the Beauty and Innocence of Eden'

Posted 3/14/2020 in Local Columns

So often when we think of the grand beauty of nature, we think of impressive sights such as Niagara Falls or the Grand Canyon. While those are truly world class wonders, the countryside around us is filled with wondrous beauty and fascinating sights only on a lesser scale.


Home Base: Remembering Mr. Don

Posted 3/13/2020 in Local Columns

t was a little after 10 a.m. on a weekday. Another edition of the newspaper was printing on the press, and Don Rowe was sitting in my office.



Home Base: Better safe than sorry

Posted 3/12/2020 in Local Columns

My stepdaughter, Julia, has severe food allergies. We're talking peanuts, tree nuts, soy flour and soy protein.


Bill Gilmore: Shifting more powers to the president is dangerous

Posted 3/10/2020 in Local Columns

We seem to be in thrall to the idea of leadership, or, rather, to the figure of the leader. Football players are referred to as team leaders. Politicians' advocates extol them as leaders. Successful people are described as leaders in their fields.

Ask Rufus: The Presence of History

Posted 3/7/2020 in Local Columns

Sometimes when you are walking across a piece of property, the land seems to speak. There seems to be almost a spiritual presence as though it is a special or holy place. Often that piece of earth is the location of some historic event or of religious significance.


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