Visiting Estha Mae is nothing but joy

Joel McNeece

Spend an afternoon with Estha Mae Parker and you will come away with the same belief as me – she is one of the great jewels of Calhoun County.

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Gender reveal, aka “Sex Party,” at Neshoba County Fair a big hit

Lisa McNeece

Gender reveal parties are sort of a new fad for pregnant women, but catching on quickly.  The party is where expectant parents share the moment they discover their baby’s sex.

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History ignored in debate over black vote, GOP Senate primary

Sid Salter

Reaction to the fact that black voters were either invited or influenced to take part in a Mississippi Republican second primary vote has run the gamut from histrionics to humor, but the fact is that the history of electoral entanglement between blacks and the Mississippi GOP is in great measure coming full circle.

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Indian battle at Oldtown

Joel McNeece

During our recent renovation of The Journal office, my wife Lisa uncovered a very comprehensive economic development plan for all of Calhoun County dated 1962.

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New additions to this year’s Neshoba County Fair menu

Lisa McNeece

My pre-fair cooking is done, perhaps the earliest ever. I always try to do some cooking before we go to Philadelphia, because it’s just so much easier.

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Black voter participation in GOP primary is not a step backward

Sid Salter

Back in 1995 in the film “The American President,” Michael Douglas delivered a speech answering a rival that for many defined the cynical, hardball nature of politics in our country when he said that his opponent was “interested in two things, and two things only: making you afraid of it, and telling you who’s to blame for it. That, ladies and gentlemen, is how you win elections.”

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Nobody likes a sore loser

Joel McNeece

I don’t know what it’s going to take for U.S. Senate challenger Chris McDaniel to get the message this race is over.

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Bruce Sawmill Festival was most successful ever; enjoyed short trip to Hot Springs

Lisa McNeece

Bruce’s Sawmill Festival had the biggest crowd in its history on Friday night and Saturday. The square was full of vendors and visitors with quite a festive atmosphere throughout. In addition to the local crowd, there were Calhoun County natives and a lot of out-of towners.

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Immigration issue illustrates broader partisan divide in USA

Sid Salter

The border crisis that brought President Barack Obama and Texas Gov. Rick Perry to the table earlier this week is one that graphically illustrates the partisan and philosophic divide that is grinding our American government into the quagmire of gridlock.

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The Best of Mississippi

Joel McNeece

While driving to Philadelphia last Saturday morning to do some prep work on our family’s Neshoba County Fair cabin, my wife Lisa, as she often does, was reading a magazine article to me.

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