Wedding evokes memories of Vardaman Ram football

Joel McNeece

What started as a beautiful wedding, turned into a Vardaman football reunion for me last Saturday night.

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Bud Welch finally getting the acclaim he long deserved

Joel McNeece

It’s long overdue. That’s how I would describe the success Leo “Bud” Welch of Bruce is experiencing right now.

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A penny’s worth of treasure in my Jeep

Joel McNeece

Do we really need pennies anymore? Other than the old superstition of gaining some good luck if you find a stray one on the ground, the usefulness of the penny seems a thing of the past.

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Supervisors’ and superintendent salary debate on opposite ends of spectrum

Joel McNeece

Over the past week I’ve witnessed salary debates on opposite sides of the spectrum for prominent elected positions in Calhoun County.

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I’m not allowed to drive in Memphis anymore

Joel McNeece

I’m not allowed to drive in Memphis anymore. The reason behind this edict is two costly traffic tickets I received in the mail, neither of which I believe were warranted.

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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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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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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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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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SEC trip less about basketball, more about my friends

Joel McNeece

As the years fly by seemingly faster and faster these days, opportunities to get together with friends become more valuable.

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