Perfect Christmas tree was hard to find

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I still remember it like it was yesterday – my family loading up and driving deep into the country around Raymond, Miss. to march off into the woods in search of the perfect Christmas tree.

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How ’bout them Wildcats?

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Calhoun City Head Coach Perry Liles told me he realized last December this year’s Wildcat football team was state championship caliber.

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Cold and wet travel wherever I go

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The theme for the past week seems to be cold and wet. It has followed me every where I’ve gone.

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Calhoun County always lifts up its neighbors

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“There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.”
– John Holmes

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Veterans’ Day makes me first think of the “Greatest Generation”

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I’ll never forget Wesley Ruth’s description of the scene at Normandy Beach as he landed on June 14, 1944.

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Calhoun City – Okolona game was one to remember

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Last Friday night in Okolona was one of the great examples of why high school football is so entertaining. It featured tremendous athletic ability, stomach churning intensity, absolute elation and take-you-to-your-knees heartbreak, all within just a couple of minutes.

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Stephanie Cannon and Polka Dot prove our dogs can be more than just our best friend

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I don’t know how anyone could meet Stephanie Cannon’s bulldog Polka Dot and not instantly feel better. There’s something about a bulldog that anybody can love, even an Ole Miss fan, as Stephanie pointed out during our visit Monday afternoon.

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Addicted to coffee? Yes, I am

I can’t recall my first cup of coffee, but I certainly do my last. It was about 10 minutes ago, and that holds true for most any time of day I’m asked.

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Emails from France always have great meaning

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They arrive almost monthly and each time I open one I feel a wide array of emotions. Gerard Louis, of Chanteheup, France, emails me regularly and entertains me with his latest discoveries of the World War II experience and the many Americans who fought and died on his native soil.

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Gravity’s 3-D effects make it a great movie experience

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“Gravity,” the record-breaking movie starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, is a fast, action-packed thriller that mostly left me asking, how did they do that?

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