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Felder’s Winter Flowers



Felder Rushing

Are you sitting on your garden hands waiting for better weather, or taking the winter season by the horns and enjoying what we have in the here and now?

Being a “gather ye rosebuds while ye may” gardener, I don’t pine for spring. Instead, I’m taking advantage of sunny winter days, admiring what I planted earlier just for this season and thinking of what I ought to be doing now and later in the spring, which is just weeks away.

I do have some cleanup chores, after losing some snapdragons, S . . .

Armchair Ponderings
Cremation or Burial



Guy Geller

I was listening to the car radio to the conversation bemoaning the fact that by the years 2030 eighty percent of the deceased population would be cremated, instead of being interned due to the lack of space in the 20,272 registered cemeteries in this country. Personally, I believe that cost may have something to do with that statistic. Still, it started me thinking that it was time to do a little research.

Cremation began some three thousand years ago in Europe and the near-east. For Christia . . .

New York City Didn’t Disappoint, Even in January



Kara Kimbrough

I’ve previously shared my love of visiting New York City. However, traveling to the chilly island surrounded by water in the dead of winter, aka January, was not something I’d seriously considered. After a visit last month, it may now be one of my favorite times to visit.

The reason for a trip during the off-season? I was selected to attend TravMedia’s International Media Marketplace (IMM), a networking event on steroids at NYC’s Javits Center. TravMedia connected hundreds of the world’s le . . .

The Late Singer Jimmy Buffett was Full Bore Mississippi:
His Home State Should Celebrate
His Unique Talent



Mac Gordon

The Florida Legislature is studying proposals to memorialize the late singer Jimmy Buffet by naming a state highway and a specialty license plate for him. They’ve also held “Jimmy Buffett Day” at their Capitol in Tallahassee.

With apologies to former coach and football analyst Lee Corso, I say not so fast, my friend. It’s the Mississippi Legislature that should be honoring this Mississippi-born superstar of the cultural arts.

Perhaps Mississippi could honor him with memorial highway signage . . .

Dr. Ben L. Crawford, Jr. (1923-2024)
Cared for Generations of Locals



Dr. Benjamin
Crawford, Jr.
September 19, 1923-January 29, 2024

Dr. Benjamin L. Crawford, Jr. (Dr. Ben as he was known to all) passed away on January 29, 2024. He spent his life in Tylertown except when he was in the military, away at school, and in assisted living near the end of his life. He was very devoted to Tylertown, Walthall County, and the people there.

Dr. Ben was the youngest child of Benjamin L. Crawford, M.D. and Myrtis Lea Crawford. He was preceded in death by his wi . . .

It’s Not Too Late to Celebrate Valentine’s Day



Kara Kimbrough

There’s a good chance you’re reading this on Valentine’s Day or maybe the weekend following the day when a special meal of some kind is required with your significant other. Even if it’s too late to make a restaurant reservation, there are still a few options left to create a special meal.

First, if you’re on a strict budget, you can always go to Sonic (yes, you read that right). Supposedly Reba McIntire’s post that Sonic’s #1 Cheeseburger would be her last meal on earth if given the chance c . . .

Historian Charles Sallis Transformed the Teaching of Mississippi’s Story



Mac Gordon

The recent death of retired Millsaps College professor William Charles Sallis silenced a truthful voice in this state’s ongoing struggles over race and how that subject was originally taught to Mississippi’s public school students.

In “Mississippi Conflict & Change,” Sallis and his co-editor, Tougaloo College professor James Loewen, produced a book that spoke candidly about the state’s torrid racial past and brought new awareness on such issues to school children they’d never heard of or been . . .

Osyka Elementary School
Parent’s Christmas Luncheon



OSYKA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL COMMUNITY--- The Osyka Elementary School Community enjoyed a delicious Christmas meal of ham with dressing, sides and homemade cookies prepared by the cafeteria staff. The Parent’s Christmas Luncheon was served in the gym on December 14. . . .

Armchair Ponderings
To a Happy New Year



Guy Geller

I said something mundane in passing to an individual like, Happy New Year! He replied, “it’s just another holiday.” That sort of got my hackles up. Of course, I didn’t know him, so I could not lecture him, but I took the time to lecture an imaginary person in my mind.

January 1st is a beginning of so many potential things. Perhaps it will be a beginning to give the leaders of both sides of that senseless war in the middle-east a chance to reflect and pause. It’s not OK to kill hundreds of pe . . .

Celebrate New Year’s Eve, Day With Fun Traditions



by Kara Kimbrough

I’ve shared this in previous columns, but it may bear repeating. I don’t believe in luck, but instead, put my faith in God’s grace and blessings for the coming year. However, like any good Southerner, starting 2024 off without sampling at least one of these traditional New Year’s dishes - cabbage, black-eyed peas, pork and cornbread - just doesn’t feel right.

First, enjoying these foods on the first day of a new year is a fun tradition to maintain. I love the story of starving Vicksburg na . . .

McComb - Brookhaven Rivalry



Mac Gordon

It used to be, back in the halcyon days of yesteryear when McComb and “Ole Brook,” Brookhaven, played a football game on Thanksgiving afternoon, the towns’ biggest yearly argument was over high school athletics.

Those local high schools fielded teams with kids who grew up to become some of the fastest and fiercest football players in Mississippi prep, collegiate and professional sports history.

I’d attempt a list of those athletes at the top of the line, but my list would be incomplete and . . .

Osyka Elementary School News:
“A Banker in Every Classroom” by Pike National Bank



OSYKA ELEMENTARY NEWS-- India Warshauer and Kayla Hunter from Pike National Bank in McComb presented students at Osyka Elementary School the program “A Banker in Every Classroom” which is affiliated with the Mississippi Bakers Association. The program was held in the Character Education Classes, taught by Takeshia Jefferson-Pickens, counselor. Pictured from left to right are India Warshauer, Takeshia Jefferson-Pickens, Kayla Hunter, Karmello Stewart, first grade, sorting and counting money. . . .


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