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Possumhaw: What a wonderful day

Posted 11/10/2019 in Local Columns

Fall has been particularly lovely this year, perhaps because it came so quickly as a much-needed break from scorching temperatures. Now it appears fall is "leaving" just as fast as chilling temperatures arrive early.

Ask Rufus: A Seabee's Story

Posted 11/9/2019 in Local Columns

Over the almost 10 years I have been writing this column I've told stories of many local veterans.

Slimantics: The life cycle of the Mississippi Cicada

Posted 11/5/2019 in Local Columns

If politicians were insects -- and I'm not saying they aren't -- they would likely be cicadas.

Possumhaw: Just me and Willie

Posted 11/4/2019 in Local Columns

Lately I've spent a lot of time driving back and forth along Highway 82 and Highway 45 between Columbus, Starkville and West Point. From West Point, traveling south toward Highway 82, on the crest of a hill I could see a fair distance to the next rise. Along that stretch I counted 12 large trucks -- 18 wheelers.

Partial to Home: How Elvis bought Graceland

Posted 11/2/2019 in Local Columns

This past Sunday Ed Rice, Bobby Manning and I were headed north on Wolf Road when Bobby for no apparent reason launched into a narrative about his family history.

 

Local Voices: Research vote and support public education

Posted 11/2/2019 in Local Columns

On a recent early morning, so close to Mississippi's statewide election, I wrestled with a long, soulful prayer for our state. As I finished up, this huge black moth flew into the living room. It was such an odd contrast to my current situation, it struck me that this little guy was a messenger -- a reflection of something I needed to pay attention to.

 

Ask Rufus: MUW'S Historic Callaway Hall

Posted 11/2/2019 in Local Columns

MUW opened as the Mississippi Industrial Institute and College in 1885.

Slimantics: If a tree falls in Biloxi

Posted 10/30/2019 in Local Columns

Tony Biffle died Tuesday, which probably doesn't qualify as news in these parts, although his passing is worth noting anywhere the value of newspaper editorials is appreciated.

Slimantics: The most partisan state candidate isn't Tate Reeves

Posted 10/29/2019 in Local Columns

At every level of government, the importance of political ideology increases in proportion to the scope of the office. Even the most partisan citizen will agree that the work of a constable or tax collector or a chancery clerk is seldom, if ever, influenced by the office holder's political ideology. As someone long ago observed, there is no such thing as a Republican Party pothole or a Democratic Party drainage ditch.

Partial to Home: Catfish ponds, cotton fields ... and a coffee house?

Posted 10/27/2019 in Local Columns

Try to hold these two images in your mind. A young Mennonite man who spends workdays with his father, Michael, installing and adjusting control panels for aerators in catfish ponds in Noxubee County.

 

Joe Dillon:There are many things to be proud of in Columbus

Posted 10/27/2019 in Local Columns

In one of Lee Roy Lollar's recent always-critical letters published in this paper, he said that someone asked him: "why can't you write something positive about the City?" His reply was, "give me something positive!" I want to thank Mr. Lollar for reminding me to look for the good in Columbus each day.

 

Ask Rufus: The Grand Heritage of the 43rd Flying Training Squadron

Posted 10/26/2019 in Local Columns

On Friday, Steve Wallace and I, as Honorary Commanders of the 43rd Flying Training Squadron at Columbus Air Force Base, attended the unveiling of the 43rd's Heritage Flagship.

Slimantics: Quite frankly, we expected better

Posted 10/25/2019 in Local Columns

What I'm about to say does not necessarily represent the views of the management of The Dispatch. Depending on the reaction it receives, it may not even reflect my own views. In the event of angry phone calls, my reaction may have evolved along the lines of "Gee, what was I thinking?"

Slimantics: In Starkville, it's the Montagues vs. Capulets

Posted 10/24/2019 in Local Columns

I have great empathy for Starkville's city officials as they try to appease all those who are up in arms about how -- or if -- the city should regulate short-term property rentals in residential neighborhoods.

Possumhaw: Tumbling into a fall

Posted 10/21/2019 in Local Columns

You might remember a column a couple of weeks back. Momma said when the State Fair comes the weather will turn cooler. Before the fair had ended and practically overnight, temperatures plummeted into the 40s.

Partial to Home: Perfection as a business model

Posted 10/19/2019 in Local Columns

By the time he had worked five years in a local manufacturing plant Tony Parson knew he wanted out. But there was the usual ballast of house payments, health insurance, groceries, children, more insurance. He would endure the plant for 17 more years, until 2006.

Ask Rufus: The First Trail Of Tears

Posted 10/19/2019 in Local Columns

In September 1830, President Andrew Jackson dispatched commissioners Gen. John Coffee and Secretary of War John Eaton to Mississippi to negotiate a treaty with the Choctaw Indians, whereby the Choctaws would sell their homeland and move west of the Mississippi River.

Slimantics: Reeves is running against himself -- and losing

Posted 10/15/2019 in Local Columns

A comedian once explained why grandparents are so much nicer than parents: "It's because they're old and they want to go to heaven."

Possumhaw: Two men and a ladder

Posted 10/14/2019 in Local Columns

You know, I saw a meme once depicting a man straddled across a stairway with one foot on a ladder and the other braced on the wall. The caption said, "Why women live longer than men."

 

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