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Possumhaw: Of fowl and fawn

Posted 7/11/2020 in Local Columns

Truly, for all the troubles we've had as a country and community, there's still a beautiful world out there. While sheltering at home we've built flower beds and tended to them better than ever because we've had time on our hands and dirt under our fingernails.

Ask Rufus: Lost Graves and the Confederate Monument

Posted 7/11/2020 in Local Columns

Last week the subject about possibly relocating the Confederate monument at the Lowndes County Courthouse to a possible location at Friendship Cemetery came up.

The only 'rehabilitation' Reeves cares about is his own

Posted 7/10/2020 in Local Columns

When Gov. Tate Reeves gritted his teeth and signed into law a measure to change the Mississippi flag on June 30, he probably knew there would be hell to pay among his ultra-conservative base.

Slimantics: Beyond the pain, there is potential

Posted 7/7/2020 in Local Columns

Monday, the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to have the Confederate Memorial relocated from the courthouse grounds, presumably to Friendship Cemetery, although a few obstacles are yet to be navigated.

Partial to Home: Honeybees offer virus preview

Posted 7/4/2020 in Local Columns

With a bit of imagination you could say that last fall our bees gave us a preview of the pandemic now besetting us. Suddenly they started dying in large numbers. I would walk out mornings to find piles of dead honeybees on the ground around the hives. Not only was it confounding, it was heart-wrenching. These thousands of small flying creatures were our pets.

Ask Rufus: Real Heroes

Posted 7/4/2020 in Local Columns

This Fourth of July weekend we celebrate America's independence as a holiday weekend. At a time when heroes are needed, we are now prone to judge those of the past by the standards of today and we are seeing efforts to tear down or remove memorials to Washington, Lincoln, Roosevelt and Jefferson.

Wyatt Emmerich: The Mississippi-Malawi connection

Posted 7/2/2020 in Local Columns

Something happened recently that made me shake my head in wonder. Lazarus Chakwera, a Christian minister, was elected president of Malawi, in one of the most stunning upsets in African history.


Scott Colom: Kylin Hill deserves the key to the city

Posted 7/1/2020 in Local Columns

Football players are accustom to risk. Every time they strap on their shoulder pads and lock in their helmets, they do so with a tacit acceptance that serious bodily injury is one freak tackle away.


Possumhaw: Save the fish; protect the turtle

Posted 6/30/2020 in Local Columns

From the breakfast table I could see Harry, the boy cat, peering through the picket fence into the perennial garden. You would think by now whenever Harry is transfixed on something, I would check it out.


Local Voices: Remembering Charleigh Ford

Posted 6/29/2020 in Local Columns

If you have lived in Columbus for any length of time, you know the name Charleigh Ford. Maybe you have driven out to the Industrial Park and have seen the funny looking name on the road sign and wondered about him.



Our view: What comes next is on us

Posted 6/29/2020 in Local Columns

Sunday, the Mississippi Legislature did in the span of four hours what seemed virtually impossible as recently as a month ago. Mississippi will have a new flag, perhaps before the end of the year, after both the Senate and the House voted resoundingly to remove the current flag, with its conspicuous Confederate imagery.


Partial to Home: Life lessons from the bee yard

Posted 6/27/2020 in Local Columns

On a recent Saturday morning as I walked into the Starkville Community Market, a young boy, his blue baseball cap askew over curly brown hair, asked if I'd like to buy a beeswax candle.

Ask Rufus: Flags and Heritage

Posted 6/27/2020 in Local Columns

The 1st Mississippi Regiment, better known as the Mississippi Rifles or Riflemen, stood fast at the Battle of Buena Vista and scaled the walls of a Mexican fort at Monterey during the Mexican American War in 1846 and '47.

Slimantics: You should be wearing a mask

Posted 6/26/2020 in Local Columns

When I was kid, back when dinosaurs still roamed the earth, I never wore a seatbelt. Nobody I knew wore a seatbelt. In fact, the seatbelts in my mom's 1964 Plymouth Valiant or my dad's 1962 Chevy pick-up truck had slipped beneath the seats, and you would have had to fish them out if you wanted them. It never occurred to any of us to do this.

Bill Gillmore: Drug laws need reform

Posted 6/23/2020 in Local Columns

The Harrison Narcotics Tax Act of 1914 was a bill that regulated and taxed the production, importation, and distribution of opiates and coca products. Actually, since it banned the sale and use of them, the tax part has never been implemented. Senator Harrison was a New Yorker, but the real source of the bill was the South.


Home Base: Harry Sanders' legacy and how we can define its impact

Posted 6/22/2020 in Local Columns

My father has always been a walking repository of profound colloquialisms. Each were either passed down to him directly from generations of our family or by cultural osmosis from his nearly 70 years living in Southeast Arkansas.


Anna Marcum: Confederate monuments made Harry Sanders

Posted 6/20/2020 in Local Columns

As an architectural historian and preservationist raised in Mississippi, I am frequently asked my opinion regarding monuments to the Confederacy. "I don't want to erase history," people say, "so what do you think we should do about Confederate monuments?" My answer? Take them down.

Ask Rufus: The Mississippi Flag

Posted 6/20/2020 in Local Columns

It was almost 10 years ago that I first wrote a column on the state flag and the need to look at changing it.

Justin Brooks: To Harry Sanders and other supporters of the status quo

Posted 6/20/2020 in Local Columns

Harry Sanders, I do not owe you this letter. You aren't owed my attention or my time. If anyone owes anyone anything, America and her racism owes me. She has exploited black people for well over four centuries, but the debt she owes -- the death and the violence she has caused us -- is incalculable.


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