That is not the Lone Ranger

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After several months of waiting to see one of my childhood heroes come to life on the big screen, I left the movie theater last weekend feeling as though I had been punched in the gut.

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Politicians quick to waste taxpayer money

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The wastefulness of politics was on display for all to see last week in Jackson as  the Mississippi Legislature hit taxpayers with a bill of approximately $100,000 so they could play political patty-cake with many Mississippians’ health care.

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U.S. Postal Service’s failure to deliver newspapers frustrating, but their latest response is disgraceful

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It’s impossible for me to adequately express the level of frustration all of us at the Calhoun County Journal have experienced the past month due to the unreliability of the United States Postal Service following their decision to consolidate all of the processing and distribution centers in the state with Jackson.

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New study confirms strength of newspapers

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Paraphrasing the words  of the great Mark Twain, reports of the death of newspapers have been greatly exaggerated. A recently conducted study of Mississippians’ habits when it comes to seeking out news and advertising showed that seven out of 10 Mississippi adults read a newspaper either in print or online every week.

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The Best Donuts in America

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There are few things in this world that I love more than a hot, glaze covered donut. That’s why I was so intrigued when I saw the headline “The Best Donuts in America” while reading “Business Insider” Sunday night.

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Another trip down the irresistible Mississippi Tamale Trail

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Working our way from Yazoo City to Vicksburg and then north on Hwy. 61, my regular traveling crew completed a mission two years in the making last Saturday – the second half of the Mississippi Tamale Trail.

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Arts & Crafts Festival, Memphis Botanical Garden and area Memorial services make for full weekend

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Calhoun City’s Arts & Crafts Festival, three Memorial Day services, a trip to the Memphis Botanical Garden and a small cookout on the patio made for a good weekend.
It all began Saturday morning with a trip to the Arts &?Crafts Festival on the Calhoun City Square.

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So many to remember on Memorial Day and everyday

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We drive by them every day, the veterans’ monuments on the Bruce and Calhoun City squares. This approaching Memorial Day weekend is one we should take the time to look at them closer, understand the meaning of the many names etched in granite.

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Voter apathy and uninformed candidates are troubling

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It’s not a new problem, but it doesn’t make it any less frustrating. Bruce held its primary election last week with a contested race for mayor and alderman races in three of the town’s five wards and yet only 524 people bothered to cast a vote. That’s barely over 30% of the registered voters in the town.

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MPA talks newspapers, New Orleans at South Beach in Biloxi

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One of the greatest privileges of serving on the Mississippi Press Association Board of Directors is the opportunities it provides to exchange ideas with newspaper publishers from all over the state.

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