Nothing like that first day on the Harley

Joel McNeece

It’s always a day of celebration for me – the first time my Harley is awakened from its winter hibernation.

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A great coon dog Jack will never be

Lisa McNeece

Our big Yellow Lab Jack woke us up just after midnight one night last week, and we were able to determine that it was not an armadillo digging up the back yard after all.

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Nation’s warning label crusade approaching ridiculous levels

Sid Salter

First came the Surgeon General’s warnings on the packs of cigarettes that I once smoked. The warnings were correct, of course, and perhaps necessary to supplant the influence of massing advertising campaigns that targeted young people.

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Thaddeus Stevens among history’s greatest unknown characters

Joel McNeece

Last weekend I saw Steven Spielberg’s film “Lincoln” for possibly the hundredth time. It has become one of my all-time favorites and part of my greatest fascination with the movie is Thaddeus Stevens – the fiery tongued Republican played by Tommy Lee Jones in the movie.

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How do you respond to threat of bad storm? I put on my jewelry

Lisa McNeece

What are your priorities in the middle of the night when the tornado siren goes off? This is no joking matter, but some of the answers are pretty funny.

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States exploring all options over road and bridge repair funding

Sid Salter

While there were a number of legislative victories during the 2014 session of the Mississippi Legislature, lawmakers could not reach agreement on a long term fix for an old problem – the fact that the revenue structure for funding road and bridge construction and repair in Mississippi isn’t keeping pace with the projected costs of the state’s needs.

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Executive sessions only hide the truth

Joel McNeece

My friend Scott Boyd, a fellow Southern Miss alum and longtime publisher of the Macon Beacon, has always called them “secret meetings.” I’ve always considered executive sessions government playing politics with the public’s business. And there’s no lack of politic playing in Calhoun County.

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Battling the arrival of the gnats; enjoying walks with Addie Claire and Ellie Kathryn

Lisa McNeece

Spring is barely here, but the gnats have settled in to our house in full force. I don’t remember having the gnat problem five years ago, that we have now. But none-the-less we have it.

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Byrom execution: Equal rights should mean equal responsibility

Sid Salter

I have no idea whatsoever if Mississippi Death Row inmate Michelle Byrom is guilty of the masterminding the alleged murder-for-hire of her husband, Edward Byrom Sr., in 1999 in Iuka. The Byrom case is not one in which I’ve invested any significant research.

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A beautiful day at the ole ballpark

Joel McNeece

Chicago Cub great Ernie Banks always wanted to play two. The weather last Saturday was so wonderful I took in five and two more if you count Friday night.

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