Jim Buck Ross was one of the best all-around politicians

Dec. 30, 1999 – We may very well have lost our best all around politician of the second half of the 20th century with the death of Jim Buck Ross earlier this month. The long time commissioner of agriculture, unlike many other politicians of the era, didn’t traffic in race or other negative issues bantered around in the 1950s and -60s. It wasn’t his style. He was a fun-loving, people- loving fellow from Pelahatchie, who never forgot who he was, where he came from, or who sent him.

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All I want for Christmas is my favorite walking stick refinished

Dec. 13, 2007 –  Most years when someone asks what I need or want for Christmas, I can’t think of anything. I don’t need or want anything much and what I do need or want I usually get for myself when I need or want it.
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Prairie, Mississippi doesn’t ring a bell with most Mississippians

Feb. 13, 2003 – The mention of Prairie, MS, doesn’t even ring a bell with most Mississippians. But 60 years ago the now floundering little village on Highway 382, between Highway 45W and Aberdeen was a bustling place.

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How muscadine vines helped Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest

Jan. 11, 2001 — How muscadine vines were used to help Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest get from Oxford to Memphis and destroy the supplies of invading Federal troops in North Mississippi is a bit of lore passed on to me by John Bagwell of Bruce.

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Backing Up The Hill In An Old Model A

A recent column about cars reminded me of my first, sort of, interest in a vehicle. It was a Model A that really belonged to a high school buddy, John
Crumby, but I bought enough gas and parts to claim a part ownership. I don’t remember what year model it was, but it was of the version that Henry Ford made from 1927 until 1931.

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