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Possumhaw: Here today, gone tomorrow

Posted yesterday in Local Columns

I rather vowed I would not discuss closet organizing or capsule wardrobes or anything like that for my Lenten commitment. After only four days I realized it was a terrible commitment because we are right in the middle of a season change where one day it's a chilling 30 degrees and the next day it's a warm 70 degrees.

Ask Rufus: Factory Hill, Frog Bottom or Burns Bottom, it's a historic neighborhood

Posted 3/17/2018 in Local Columns

The neighborhood is now commonly called Burns Bottom but in the past has also been known as Factory Hill and Frog Bottom. It is one of the oldest and most historic neighborhoods in Columbus.

Partial to Home: A teacher's legacy

Posted 3/17/2018 in Local Columns

OK, here's a math problem for you, one I was faced with one day last week. A 1-cubic-foot bag of topsoil at a big box store costs $1.50. A yard of topsoil from the Lowndes County Co-Op is $40.

Slimantics: Have the stars aligned for Miss. Democrats?

Posted 3/16/2018 in Local Columns

Ever since the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the idea that a coalition of progressive white and black voters in Mississippi could break the stranglehold of conservative politics in a state-wide race has been largely an unproven theory.

Home Base: In black communities, 'traffic stop safety' is a priority conversation

Posted 3/15/2018 in Local Columns

Walking up to the driver's side of a pickup that was "pulled over" by Lowndes County sheriff's deputies Tuesday evening in the Oak Grove MB Church parking lot on Taylor Thurston Road, the pastor and I muttered our lines to ourselves as we shuffled closer to the vehicle.


Wyatt Emmerich: Lawsuit exposes harsh reality of mental health care

Posted 3/14/2018 in Local Columns

At the federal courthouse in Jackson, East Mississippi Correctional Facility is defending itself against a lawsuit claiming atrocious conditions for its inmates.



Charlie Mitchell: Wrist slap for Tate Reeves his biggest setback

Posted 3/13/2018 in Local Columns

On March 1, the state Senate said no to the leadership's plan to change how state money is distributed to public K-12 schools. Next came the weekend. On March 5, Thad Cochran, Mississippi's senior and super delegate to the U.S. Senate announced his resignation.


Possumhaw: A trace of history

Posted 3/12/2018 in Local Columns

Little over a week ago we joined the Bulldog Nation headed to Nashville, Tennessee, for the SEC Tournament.

Ask Rufus: A duel, a preacher and The Ten Commandments

Posted 3/10/2018 in Local Columns

With Passover and Easter approaching the classic movie, "The Ten Commandments," is sure to be shown again. Few people, though, know the Aberdeen, Columbus and Holly Springs tie to the movie.

Partial to Home: Being there

Posted 3/10/2018 in Local Columns

The only time I ever went deer hunting was when Bull Sullivan was recruiting me to play football at Scooba. A group of fellow recruits and I spent a night or two at a deer camp somewhere in the wilds of Noxubee County. (A friend who was similarly recruited two years earlier said the deer camp belonged to the Sparkmans of Macon.)

Slimantics: Mississippi abortion bill is built on science that doesn't exist

Posted 3/8/2018 in Local Columns

Something interesting happened in the Mississippi Legislature this week.


Charlie Mitchell: Cochran's well-timed exit triggers high drama

Posted 3/6/2018 in Local Columns

The April departure from the U.S. Senate of the man who broke the Democratic Party's lock on federal offices from Mississippi opens the door to a doozy of a summer and fall.


Possumhaw: Immigration or importation

Posted 3/5/2018 in Local Columns

This is not your pretty little innocuous storybook ladybug -- not at all.

David Creel: Butterflies and bullets just don't mix

Posted 3/5/2018 in Local Columns

I sat there with tears in the corners of my eyes, first from the joy of looking into their innocent, expectant faces. Then as time went on, the tears took on a very different meaning as I became outraged and terribly afraid.

Partial to Home: A morning in Steens

Posted 3/3/2018 in Local Columns

Ross, a kayaking buddy, likes to take a garbage bag on our river outings so we can police the take-out area after we've finished paddling.

Ask Rufus: The stories flowers tell

Posted 3/3/2018 in Local Columns

Last week the snowdrops bloomed. It was almost two weeks earlier than they bloomed last year.

Slimantics: Senate campaign: Sweet, but deadly

Posted 3/1/2018 in Local Columns

Ask any dog owner and he will tell you to be careful where you keep the anti-freeze.

Slimantics: MSMS is model that can be followed

Posted 2/28/2018 in Local Columns

Thirty years ago, the Mississippi Legislature, in a rare spasm of visionary leadership, created the Mississippi School for Mathematics & Science on the campus of Mississippi University for Women.


Charlie Mitchell: How about tiered permitting keyed to firepower?

Posted 2/26/2018 in Local Columns

OK. Deep breath. In Mississippi, the state has a wringer. It puts citizens who ask to pack firearms where otherwise not allowed through that wringer. The wringer is so good that not one incident of weapons misuse by a state-certified enhanced carry permit holder has ever been reported.


Possumhaw: Some things never change

Posted 2/24/2018 in Local Columns

"Men and fish are a lot alike. Both get into trouble when they open their mouth." Author unknown


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