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Possumhaw: Amid the noise and haste

Posted 8/10/2019 in Local Columns

Way back then there was no caller ID or hitting a button to decline calls, so I answered the phone. It was a representative from Nielsen Media Research. She asked if I'd be interested in joining the Nielsen TV family. The TV family are people chosen to allow Nielsen to measure their TV viewing and radio listening. While I was flattered, I responded, "The only problem is I don't own a TV."

Ask Rufus: A Flag and a Single Star

Posted 8/10/2019 in Local Columns

Of Mississippi's historic flags I have always thought the prettiest was the Magnolia Flag.


Local voices: Stories from a first-time poll worker

Posted 8/9/2019 in Local Columns

Where were you this past Tuesday? This week was eventful with final summer plans or back to school for some. For others, Tuesday was a regular workday. I spent the day as a poll worker watching our democratic system work at the ground level.



Home Base: Pray away gun violence? OK. Let's do it

Posted 8/6/2019 in Local Columns

The venerable Texas lieutenant governor may have a point. Bringing teacher-led prayer back into public schools may just be the ticket for turning back the tide of gun violence. I'm sure nothing in his record would suggest ties to gun lobbies that would sully his objectivity on the gun control argument, so let's for a moment, take him at his word.


Possumhaw: Way back when

Posted 8/5/2019 in Local Columns

R.C. White's book "Ten Million Kisses" turned over in my hands. If ever a cover attracted my attention this one did. A handsome soldier embraces his girl. The cover is done in deep sepia like photographs stored in boxes and albums from my mom and dad of the same era.

Ask Rufus: John Daves and the Forlorn Hope of Stony Point

Posted 8/3/2019 in Local Columns

Writing my column last week on the Washington medallion passed down through Sallie Govan Billups, I told of the Revolutionary War record of John Daves, her great-grandfather.

Possumhaw: Rain gardens, barrels and bioswales

Posted 7/29/2019 in Local Columns

Here's a little follow-up from last week's Possumhaw on rain and how you might conserve water to make it work for you.

Partial to Home: Camping on the Sipsey

Posted 7/27/2019 in Local Columns

Around 5 o'clock on a recent Wednesday afternoon I was standing in the wilds of Pickens County, Alabama, in the only whitewater rapids on the Sipsey River, with a peach in one hand and a cell phone in the other.


Our view: Getting it right

Posted 7/27/2019 in Local Columns

Accountability. Our newsroom knows the word well. We work daily, on behalf of the public, to hold accountable government officials, candidates and others charged with the public trust.


Ask Rufus: Looking for Lafayette

Posted 7/27/2019 in Local Columns

This fall marks the 195th anniversary of the return to America of Lafayette in 1824. In Columbus there is a rare medallion presented by Lafayette on that return visit. However, as is often the case with historic relics, it is unclear as to exactly who Lafayette gave it to.

Slimantics: More Walkers, less tires

Posted 7/25/2019 in Local Columns

If you ask me, what this state needs is more Hagan Walkers and fewer state politicians throwing money around like beads at a Mardi Gras parade.

Ask Rufus: The 1842 Tombigbee Bridge

Posted 7/20/2019 in Local Columns

It's always rewarding when research confirms an earlier educated guess.

Slimantics: When 'racist' spills the bounds of political correctness

Posted 7/19/2019 in Local Columns

Not all life lessons come easy.


Daniel Gardner: Everyday living in Russia and America

Posted 7/17/2019 in Local Columns

And then it was time to go home. In the end, it's not the places, but the people who make trips memorable.


Possumhaw: It's an Uncle Bunky world

Posted 7/15/2019 in Local Columns

Kat was a young woman when we met. Fresh out of college and living in a small rental house just out from Starkville. I had furniture needing a new home and gave it to Kat to incorporate into her home. We became friends, and then not long after, Kat moved away.

Partial to Home: A childhood pleasure rediscovered

Posted 7/13/2019 in Local Columns

Wednesday afternoon walking through downtown you felt as if you were trapped inside a pizza oven. Thus the late afternoon rain provided a welcome finish to the day, even if you were riding a bike on the Riverwalk, as I happened to be.

Ask Rufus: A Photo and a Hurricane

Posted 7/13/2019 in Local Columns

It's odd how sometimes two seemingly different events suddenly merge into a single story.

Slimantics: I know misogyny when I see it

Posted 7/11/2019 in Local Columns

Have yourself a day, Robert Foster. Before Wednesday, Robert Foster was pretty much off the radar, a one-term state senator polling in single digits in the GOP Governor primary.


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