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Local Voices: Measures taken in the interest of public safety

Posted 3/21/2020 in Local Columns

Saturday at noon, the Mayor and City Council of Columbus implemented sweeping regulations that will affect all businesses and gatherings of citizens in some way or fashion.


Tate Reeves: Getting through this as a state

Posted 3/20/2020 in Local Columns

We are together in a moment of great uncertainty. It is a time when all of our lives are being disrupted as we come together to fight one common enemy. All of your state's leaders are working hard, following the lead of experts, to combat the COVID-19 virus and prevent its spread in our communities.

Slimantics: Just enough to share

Posted 3/18/2020 in Local Columns

My parents were born more than 100 years ago and grew up in an era when survival depended on hard work. Both had only a high school education.

Bill Gillmore: A proposal on firearms

Posted 3/17/2020 in Local Columns

The National Rifle Association (NRA) opposes most efforts to regulate firearm possession with the slippery slope argument: Give an inch, and they will take it all. Step on the slippery slope, and sliding to the bottom is inevitable.

Slimantics: Which kind of fear will it be?

Posted 3/17/2020 in Local Columns

On Monday, the Mississippi State Department of Health confirmed a case of COVID-19 in Monroe County, a sure sign that the dreaded virus is very near to us all. As of Monday there are 12 confirmed cases in Mississippi. Nationally, the number of cases is a 3,487, including 68 deaths.

Possumhaw: All about life and honeybees

Posted 3/16/2020 in Local Columns

There's more about honeybees I don't know than I do know. That's a phrase we use a lot here at the Bardwell abode. Not the honeybee part but the what we don't know part

Partial to Home: After a half century in the North, home

Posted 3/14/2020 in Local Columns

It was one of those glad-you-are-alive-and-out-in-the-world Saturday afternoons -- sunny, bright, crisp and clear -- and I was sitting in the three-sided shed that is the in-house dining facility of Brother's Keeper Barbecue.

Ask Rufus: 'All the Beauty and Innocence of Eden'

Posted 3/14/2020 in Local Columns

So often when we think of the grand beauty of nature, we think of impressive sights such as Niagara Falls or the Grand Canyon. While those are truly world class wonders, the countryside around us is filled with wondrous beauty and fascinating sights only on a lesser scale.


Home Base: Remembering Mr. Don

Posted 3/13/2020 in Local Columns

t was a little after 10 a.m. on a weekday. Another edition of the newspaper was printing on the press, and Don Rowe was sitting in my office.



Home Base: Better safe than sorry

Posted 3/12/2020 in Local Columns

My stepdaughter, Julia, has severe food allergies. We're talking peanuts, tree nuts, soy flour and soy protein.


Bill Gilmore: Shifting more powers to the president is dangerous

Posted 3/10/2020 in Local Columns

We seem to be in thrall to the idea of leadership, or, rather, to the figure of the leader. Football players are referred to as team leaders. Politicians' advocates extol them as leaders. Successful people are described as leaders in their fields.

Ask Rufus: The Presence of History

Posted 3/7/2020 in Local Columns

Sometimes when you are walking across a piece of property, the land seems to speak. There seems to be almost a spiritual presence as though it is a special or holy place. Often that piece of earth is the location of some historic event or of religious significance.

Possumhaw: Hold on, it's coming

Posted 3/7/2020 in Local Columns

Within five days, five possums were spotted in the yard. I wondered if maybe water rising in Tibbee and Catalpa Creeks forced wild animals to higher ground. A large rat was hiding in the gardenias beside the porch.


Other Editors: Anti-lynching law late and redundant

Posted 3/5/2020 in Local Columns

As symbols go, the Emmett Till Antilynching Act is a fine one.


Slimantics: Consideration of 'sanctuary' gun law a waste of time

Posted 3/4/2020 in Local Columns

Monday, county resident Scott Ivy approached the Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors to ask them to pass a resolution to make the county a "Second Amendment Sanctuary."

Leonard Pitts: Democrats must plant their feet, make a stand

Posted 3/4/2020 in Local Columns

Here's some advice for Democrats. It will run over 600 words, but I can give you the gist of it in two: Stop whining.

Marion Whitley: That matchbox

Posted 3/3/2020 in Local Columns

It's an old thing, that matchbox, same as anything you'd find in Gerry's houses, even the sad apartment on 12th Street where he died.

Possumhaw: A crazy mixed-up world

Posted 3/2/2020 in Local Columns

Sixteen years ago, my 10 faith-based articles for Adams Media were published in the "Cup of Comfort" series. A few copies remain in the treasure chest that sits at the foot of my bed.


Shad White: Auditor's team key to success

Posted 3/2/2020 in Local Columns

Jim Collins is one of the most well-known business advisors in the world and his book, Good to Great, is one of the most widely read on building strong organizations. In Good to Great, Collins says the first and most important task for any manager is getting the right people in your organization.


Partial to Home: Beauty and sadness as Louisiana dissolves into the sea

Posted 2/29/2020 in Local Columns

Ben Depp is a New Orleans-based freelance photographer with a fixation on Louisiana's disappearing wetlands.


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