Teacher pay will be the hot topic of 2014 legislative session

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There doesn’t appear to be a lot on the 2014 agenda of the Mississippi Legislature, which opened for business Tuesday, that will really stir the pot due to the Republican Leadership of Gov. Phil Bryant, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and Speaker Philip Gunn mostly being on the same page when it comes to hot button issues.

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Never know what we will find at end of Journal’s driveway

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The end of the driveway entering The Journal is often like a horrific thrift store where you can find most everything in the world you would never want for yourself.

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Dreaming of a “White Christmas”

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I’m still dreaming of a white Christmas. I’ve haven’t experienced one in my many years. Maybe a few flakes here or there or a light dusting, but nothing snowman worthy.

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Some of the many reasons I love Christmas

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I love sitting by the fire with a warm cup of coffee, listening to Bing Crosby sing as I watch the lights on our Christmas tree twinkle.

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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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