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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From food stamps to tax collections, state’s economy improving

Sid Salter

How bad and how pervasive was the latest recession? Well, it was deep enough that every state in the union saw an increase in the number of food stamp recipients.

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Tough week in Calhoun; Disturbing fishing trip for Jordan Moore

Joel McNeece

The past few weeks have been  rather difficult with a number of deaths around the county. Two that were personal for me were Linda Cooper of Bruce and Gordon Cook of Pittsboro.

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Scooby Doo comes to my aid at SquareFest in Calhoun City

Lisa McNeece

Calhoun City’s Square-Fest was well attended Friday night for movies on the square and the 5K Glow Run. It rained on and off Friday, but sawdust was brought in on the wettest areas of the square, and the rain held off Saturday for the arts and crafts part of the festival.

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Implementation of state’s new Voter ID law was a non-event

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – Imagine my absolute shock on Election Day when I approached the South Starkville precinct with my wife and we were indeed not overrun by voters stampeding from the precinct in fright over the requirement that they produce a photo ID in order to vote.

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Let us use our freedom well

Joel McNeece

Memorial Day services in Bruce and Calhoun City Monday morning provided wonderful reminders that the holiday for most is more than the official beginning of summer. However, simply remembering those lost serving this nation falls short of a proper memorial.

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Journal renovation almost complete; attended State of the Region in Tupelo

Lisa McNeece

The Journal interior renovation is 98 percent complete. I gave Tony Martin and crew a deadline, and they made it. I told them they could work past last Friday, but that’s all we were paying them for.

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Senate race: Goldwater was wrong, extremism is a vice

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – So exactly who among us becomes convinced that an incapacitated dementia patient’s dignity, safety and privacy are expendable so long as those sacrifices are useful in swaying a few votes in a political campaign?

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