Family beach trip cut short, but still memory making

Lisa McNeece

Our family beach trip was abbreviated last week due to visitation and funeral of Kerry Heinz. We normally leave Wednesday afternoon and return home Sunday, but this year, we left Wednesday morning and came home early Friday morning.

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Online gaming results suggest more bad news for state casinos

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – With Mississippi’s gaming revenues declining – particularly in the Tunica/Mississippi River markets – the potential national impact of online gaming is a particularly relevant topic of public policy debate.

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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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I feel like a part of me is missing

Kerry Heinz and Lisa McNeece

Kerry Heinz and I have been best friends since elementary school. Along the way, there have been boyfriends, marriages, babies, divorces, deaths, but we’ve always had each other.

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Why is Mississippi’s senate primary running up a tab of $16.4 million?

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – As of June 19, Mississippi’s 2014 U.S. Senate race had run up a tab of $16,352,087 and growing, according to the Sunlight Foundation’s “Influence Explorer” web site. See for yourself at http://realtime.influenceexplorer.com/race/2014/S/MS/2/.

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Can’t turn away from the 2014 World Cup

Joel McNeece

It only comes around every four years, and when it does, I’m addicted. The World Cup, taking place right now in Brazil and broadcast all over ESPN’s television and radio channels, is a can’t miss event for me.

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I don’t recall the first Journal office on the square

Lisa McNeece

Part of the renovation in The Journal has included new artwork for the walls. On one of the front walls, we had canvas prints made of The Journal in three different time periods.

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Federal high fund depletion looms as threat to Mississippi

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – A couple of facts as the jumping off place from which to begin this conversation: From 2007 to 2011, the federal government provided $1.27 for road improvements in Mississippi for every one dollar paid in federal motor fuel fees and during the same period, federal revenues accounted for 51 percent of state spending on Mississippi’s roads, highways and bridges.

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Regardless of outcome, Cochran-McDaniel runoff will be historic

Joel McNeece

“The McDaniel campaign, they seem to always be on the wrong side of a door,” said former Gov. Haley Barbour. “Have you ever heard of a group of people who were in places they weren’t supposed to be more often?”

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Homemade Butterfinger ice cream makes its first appearance of the summer

Lisa McNeece

I have a new favorite food blog, that I discovered, of course, through Pinterest. The blog is South Your Mouth. And the recipe that caught my attention was Butterfinger Pie with a photo that made my mouth water.

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