We need more funding for schools, less Pepsi

Joel McNeece

•I think the Legislature should try fully funding the MAEP formula for at least five consecutive years so we can get a better gauge on how truly impactful it is. When it’s only been fully funded twice, both election years, you’re not giving the system an opportunity to work.

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One of the greatest honors of my life

Joel McNeece

I am two months into one of the greatest honors of my life – serving the Mississippi Press Association (MPA) as its president – and am reminded daily of the many people who are responsible for this incredible opportunity.

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Mississippi’s Tamale Trail will never let you down

Casey Clark, Bruce Longest, Joel McNeece, Kent Moore and Brad Logan in Rosedale.

If we’ve learned anything over the past four years, it’s that good friends, good tamales and good music always equal good times.

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Gov. William Winter delivers best speech of 2014 Neshoba County Fair

Joel McNeece, Gov. William Winter, Lisa McNeece

Former Gov. William Winter has long been one of my absolute favorite Mississippians. Not only for his contributions to this state during his term in the governor’s office (1980-84), but for his work since focused on bringing Mississippians together.

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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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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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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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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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Community college system is a key to Calhoun County success

Joel McNeece

While the Ole Miss, Mississippi State, and the handful of us Southern Miss fans around Calhoun are most vocal when it comes to supporting our respective athletic teams, it’s Mississippi’s community college system that is of greatest importance to this county.

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Heart is broken, but we’ll persevere for Kerry

Joel McNeece

I’ll never forget the first time we met. I was greeted with a big hug and a wet kiss that left lipstick marks on my cheek. That was Kerry.

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