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Partial to Home: Resisting the cell phone's Siren call

Posted less than 6 hours ago in Local Columns

The other day I was in Office Depot getting some river maps laminated. The Army Corps of Engineers has wonderful navigation maps available online of the Tenn-Tom and the Mississippi, two rivers I've been exploring in a kayak.

Ask Rufus: 'An Irreparable Loss'

Posted yesterday in Local Columns

Reading news accounts last week brought to mind the many landmarks that Columbus has lost. Just during my lifetime, far too many historic and irreplaceable buildings have been destroyed.

Slimantics: The Timex Quarterback

Posted yesterday in Local Columns

The most dramatic -- or you might say traumatic -- play in Mississippi State's 52-6 romp over Arkansas Saturday came on a 16-yard run about a minute into the fourth quarter with the Bulldogs already leading by four touchdowns.

Slimantics: The two words Cindy Hyde-Smith won't say

Posted 11/15/2018 in Local Columns

It was not long after I had made the 2,500-mile move from Biloxi to Santa Rosa, California, that two important working relationships were put to the test.


Wyatt Emmerich: Social media posting can have dire consequences

Posted 11/15/2018 in Local Columns

Here's some free advice: Be careful what you post on social media platforms. When you post, it can go all over the world and last forever. That's one very scary aspect to the Internet.



Charlie Mitchell: One way or the other, voters to make electoral history

Posted 11/13/2018 in Local Columns

For weeks if not months, there is media and coffee club speculation about the hearts and minds of American voters. Then election day comes, and we find out. The answer in Mississippi was, "We're pretty much where we were two years ago, four years ago, six years ago ..."


Possumhaw: 'Twas a dark and stormy night

Posted 11/11/2018 in Local Columns

Monday a week ago, severe weather warnings were issued for the wee hours. That night, Sam -- the weather watcher -- said, "I'll set the alarm for 1 a.m. and get up and check the TV."

Results of one chancery judge race still unclear

Posted 11/9/2018 in Local Columns

The runoff picture for the Chancery district 14, Place 1 judgeship remained unclear Thursday evening after Oktibbeha County released updated vote totals.


Other Editors: Preparation imperative when next pandemic hits

Posted 11/9/2018 in Local Columns

When you stop and allow it to sink in, the scope of the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic is simply staggering.



Other Editors: More to climb

Posted 11/8/2018 in Local Columns

Mississippi has made progress toward catching up with the rest of the nation in the academic achievement of its students. According to a report released this week, Mississippi over the past 12 years has shown more improvement in math and reading scores on a respected national test than the U.S. average.



Jiben Roy: Choice of words matters

Posted 11/6/2018 in Local Columns

Every life matters. The environmentalists or ecologists would say, this particular animal may be dangerous to humans, but we shouldn't kill to make it endangered spies.


Possumhaw: The season, it is a changin'

Posted 11/5/2018 in Local Columns

Hallelujah, fall is finally here. One day the temperature is 55 degrees, and the next day temperatures rise to 70, maybe even 80. One night the gas heater gets lit, and another night air conditioning feels good.

Partial to Home: Spreading the gospel of chess

Posted 11/4/2018 in Local Columns

Isaac Miller wakes up thinking about different things than most of us. To wit: Friday morning he woke replaying in his mind a game of chess he played the night before with his brother.

Ask Rufus: Columbus in 1837

Posted 11/3/2018 in Local Columns

An interesting description of Columbus and Lowndes County was published in the Columbus Democrat on November 25, 1837.


Jiben Roy: Choice of words matters

Posted 11/2/2018 in Local Columns

Every life matters.



Wyatt Emmerich: Tiny state agency plans on issuing $895 million bond

Posted 11/2/2018 in Local Columns

When a Tiny backwater state agency published a public notice in the newspaper that it planned on issuing up to $895 million in state debt, it raised some eyebrows.



Brett Kittredge: Americans move to low tax states

Posted 11/1/2018 in Local Columns

Few people would argue with the beauty of a California sunset. The bright lights of Times Square are tough to compete with. But there is one thing that can top the allure of California or Manhattan: your pocketbook.



Charlie Mitchell: Violence yet another reason to avoid public service

Posted 10/30/2018 in Local Columns

We should have seen it coming in 2001. That's when President George W. Bush selected U.S. District Judge Charles Pickering of Laurel for promotion to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.


Possumhaw: Just another day in paradise

Posted 10/29/2018 in Local Columns

Just days before the cold and the rain came we were sitting on the dock feeding the Pekin ducks and the schooling bream. The ducks come at my repeated calling of "pretty bird," and the bream come when they hear footsteps on the dock. We do this daily, like clockwork.

Ask Rufus: The Foxhole in the Trees

Posted 10/27/2018 in Local Columns

Bradford Freeman lives in Caledonia, but 74 years ago he and the other members of Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506 Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR), 101st Airborne Division were part of an operation along the Rhine River to rescue about 300 British soldiers and prisoners of war that had escaped being cut off by Germans at the Arnhem bridge -- the "bridge too far" of the movie by that name.


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