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Partial to Home: On Magowah Creek

Posted 12/15/2018 in Local Columns

Shortly after passing Bob Roberts Barbecue and Burkhalter Rigging, the motorist heading south on Highway 45 crosses three streams, Motley Slough, Gilmer Creek and Magowah Creek.

Ask Rufus: Christmas Traditions?

Posted 12/15/2018 in Local Columns

My column today is a look at some unusual Christmas celebrations in Mississippi during the 1800s and earlier.


Phil Bryant: Bold criminal justice reform is needed

Posted 12/14/2018 in Local Columns

I spoke at the first Mississippi Summit on Criminal Justice Reform on Tuesday about the need to invest in proven public safety strategies. Those in attendance heard similar testimonials from legislators, judges, law enforcement officials, and families impacted by incarceration, all of whom are ready to see Mississippi take the next step on criminal justice reform.


Slimantics: Real criminal justice reform means comprehensive changes

Posted 12/14/2018 in Local Columns

This week's criminal justice summit in Jackson was hailed as a milestone moment in criminal justice reform, drawing speakers from both the political left and right in addressing a problem that both sides agree has had a devastating affect on our state.


Kate Farabaugh: AG opinion will strengthen state legislature

Posted 12/14/2018 in Local Columns

Every year around this time, the Mississippi Legislature develops a variety of policies and bills designed to reinvent or reform public education -- school choice, high-stakes testing, letter grades for school performance, you name it.



Daniel Gardner: We're all in this together

Posted 12/12/2018 in Local Columns

Gracious! We're ending 2018 on a bitter note, no different from the cacophony we've heard continually since the 2016 election.



Charlie Mitchell: 'Differentness' is real, but doesn't always matter

Posted 12/11/2018 in Local Columns

It was certainly no surprise when race bubbled up more than a month ago in the runoff between Cindy Hyde-Smith and Mike Espy.


Possumhaw: Where did they all come from?

Posted 12/8/2018 in Local Columns

A host of Canada geese have remained with us for an unusually long time. Often the birds migrate in, settle for a while, and when the air turns cold, they head further south. But this year, they have stayed.

Ask Rufus: The Fish Trap

Posted 12/8/2018 in Local Columns

I just took a journey through history, fishing, politics and up the Tombigbee. It all started in the parking lot of the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation in West Point one day last week.

Home Base: Mississippi Republicans lean on natural selection when it comes to educating its children

Posted 12/7/2018 in Local Columns

My three daughters are all in bed by 8:30 every night. At least four nights a week, that's when my wife breaks out the laptop and various paper-stuffed folders.


Charlie Mitchell: Bush elected before campaigns became science

Posted 12/4/2018 in Local Columns

It's true that George H.W. Bush was the last president from The Greatest Generation. This week, commentators have pointed out that when Bill Clinton defeated Bush for a second term, Clinton's youth was a big plus.


Possumhaw: The little bird book

Posted 12/3/2018 in Local Columns

The deciduous trees let go their leaves, the foliage folded into nothingness and the cold descended like the night sky.


Wyatt Emmerich: Remembering Jeff Cole

Posted 12/3/2018 in Local Columns

On Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, we buried my step father-in-law.


Partial to Home: A day in the woods

Posted 12/1/2018 in Local Columns

To say you spent a day in the woods with a woodcutter sounds like the opening lines of a folk tale.

Ask Rufus: The Face in a Photograph

Posted 12/1/2018 in Local Columns

It is a rare and very poignant image. A lady photographed as a slave in Columbus circa 1860.


Brandon Presley: Rural Mississippians deserve internet service

Posted 11/30/2018 in Local Columns

Ask any elected official in Mississippi if people living in rural areas deserve the same quality of life as people living in cities and you will probably get a quick "yes" but, that isn't what current state policy says.



Brett Kittredge: Real debate is lacking on college campuses

Posted 11/30/2018 in Local Columns

Colleges and universities are supposed to be places where curiosity is developed and intellectual debate in encouraged. But with each passing day, it appears that the debate part of the equation is limited in favor of indoctrination, or at a minimum, silence.



Charlie Mitchell: Trump v. Acosta: It's about the fame not the journalism

Posted 11/27/2018 in Local Columns

Tension between the press and public officials is a good thing. The greater worry for this public is if reporters and politicians are too buddy-buddy.


Possumhaw: The season of giving

Posted 11/26/2018 in Local Columns

There he sat on the sidewalk, next to the big ice chest. He had a duffle bag and an empty two-gallon water jug. On the side of the water jug, written in magic marker, were the words, "need work." He held in his hands a book. At first, I thought it was the Bible.


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