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Partial to Home: Revisiting Highway 61

Posted yesterday in Local Columns

I'd seen lots of country churches, though none with such lovely proportions or so beautifully sited. So it was on a clear spring day in 1986 I happened to be standing on the banks of Deer Creek, my head under a dark cloth, scrutinizing on the ground glass of my 4x5 view camera a reversed image of New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, Estill, Mississippi.

Ask Rufus: By the flow of the inland river

Posted yesterday in Local Columns

By the flow of the inland river, Whence the fleets of iron have fled, Where the blades of the grave-grass quiver, Asleep are the ranks of the dead

Slimantics: Katherine the Tate is the most interesting choice for Congress

Posted 4/20/2018 in Local Columns

Monday in Starkville, the Oktibbeha County Republicans hosted a forum for the six GOP candidates who have thrown their hats -- tin-foil or otherwise -- into the race to replace Gregg Harper in the U.S. House of Representatives.

 

Wyatt Emmerich: Despite pending federal lawsuit, outlook remains bleak for state's mentally ill prisoners

Posted 4/18/2018 in Local Columns

Two hundred and twenty-six years ago, the Federalists were having trouble getting the states to ratify the new Constitution of the United States. The anti-Federalists, led by Samuel Adams, John Hancock and Patrick Henry, feared the proposed constitution did not adequately protect the individual rights of the common man.

 

 

Charlie Mitchell: Sad to hear Wicker singing praises of Trump

Posted 4/16/2018 in Local Columns

With apologies to Lloyd Bentsen, Mississippians have watched the career of Roger Wicker for a while. Roger Wicker is no Donald Trump.

 

 

Mississippi Issues: A lot at stake for C Spire, AT&T in state telecom contract

Posted 4/16/2018 in Local Columns

 

 

Mississippi Voices: Sad to hear Wicker singing praises of Trump

Posted 4/16/2018 in Local Columns

With apologies to Lloyd Bentsen, Mississippians have watched the career of Roger Wicker for a while. Roger Wicker is no Donald Trump.

 

Ask Rufus: The Victory Flying Circus of 1919

Posted 4/14/2018 in Local Columns

A couple of months ago I wrote about Payne Field, a historic World War I air field four miles north of West Point, and the centennial of military aviation in the Golden Triangle.

Slimantics: The orange cone business, a growth industry in Mississippi

Posted 4/12/2018 in Local Columns

I hate to be the one to mention it, but our state is pretty much falling apart.

Possumhaw: A bird, a bee, a butterfly

Posted 4/7/2018 in Local Columns

My neighbor Joe stopped and asked if I had my hummingbird feeders out.

Ask Rufus: A cultural crossroads of architecture

Posted 4/7/2018 in Local Columns

The site where Columbus now sits has for hundreds of years been a cultural crossroads.

Slimantics: Shelton's Senate bid illustrates lack of Democratic organization

Posted 4/6/2018 in Local Columns

American humorist, essayist and entertainer Will Rogers is long dead, but his words, in some cases, remain as relevant today as they were when he first uttered them more than 80 years ago.

 

Wyatt Emmerich: Competitive bidding to save state $32 million

Posted 4/6/2018 in Local Columns

Competition is the lifeblood of success, so it's good news to finally see some competition in the bidding for statewide landline telecommunication services to state agencies, schools, libraries, universities and other governmental entities.

 

 

Wyatt Emmerich: Trial highlights atrocities in mental health care

Posted 4/5/2018 in Local Columns

The United States Federal Courthouse in downtown Jackson is a gleaming testament to the power of our federal government.

 

 

Charlie Mitchell: MPB radio and TV told to prepare to go it alone

Posted 4/3/2018 in Local Columns

Let's hope not. Tucked into Section 12 of House Bill 1593 was a directive to Mississippi Public Broadcasting: "...Initiate a planning process to transition from receiving any state general funds beginning in Fiscal Year 2022."

 

Home Base: Thanks for the memories

Posted 4/2/2018 in Local Columns

Notre Dame is a second-half team. Everyone knew that, and the Irish's late comebacks had already become things of legend in this year's NCAA Tournament.

Ask Rufus: Choctaw Code Talkers of World War I

Posted 4/2/2018 in Local Columns

When researching a topic you don't always find what you are looking for, but sometimes you find something even better. Recently I was looking through spring of 1919 issues of Stars and Stripes, the U.S. military newspaper. I was searching for information on the Army Air Service's Victory Loan Flying Circus which was a military aerial acrobatic group traveling the U.S. in the spring of 1919 putting on air shows to promote the sell of U.S. bonds to pay World War I debt.

Possumhaw: Catkins, midges and galls

Posted 4/2/2018 in Local Columns

There are few things cuter than a bunny rabbit munching on a newly-sprouted dandelion. Between the days of rain and warm sunshine the yard has exploded with yellow dandelions, green clover and tiny white flowers, for which I have no name.

Partial to Home: Mr. Biddy exits stage left

Posted 3/31/2018 in Local Columns

On a rainy morning last week, William "Peppy" Biddy stood in front of a computer next to his desk in Cromwell Hall talking via Skype with a student in Italy. The student's name is Tristan, and he and Biddy were going over a marked up version of the student's M.F.A. thesis discussing Biddy's suggestions for improvement.

 

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