Hurricane Katrina still casts a long shadow after nine years

Sid Salter

Mississippi communities are rejoicing over the fact that Federal Emergency Management Agency Community Disaster Loan Program debts are being forgiven by the federal government in area where those loans were made nine year ago for Hurricane Katrina relief.

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We need more funding for schools, less Pepsi

Joel McNeece

•I think the Legislature should try fully funding the MAEP formula for at least five consecutive years so we can get a better gauge on how truly impactful it is. When it’s only been fully funded twice, both election years, you’re not giving the system an opportunity to work.

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Jimmy Ball finds souce of black elephant ear plant; steam cleaner causes quite a scare

Lisa McNeece

Jimmy Ball, of Calhoun City, sent me a clipping of the black Elephant Ear I had seen at Lake Tiak-O-Khata. The variety is Diamond Head and it is named after the volcanic cone on the Hawaiian island of Oahu.
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Immigration remains a political lightning rod in coming elections

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – With statewide elections looming next year and federal elections a year later, Mississippi voters can prepare for another round of electioneering that focuses on the question of illegal immigration.

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One of the greatest honors of my life

Joel McNeece

I am two months into one of the greatest honors of my life – serving the Mississippi Press Association (MPA) as its president – and am reminded daily of the many people who are responsible for this incredible opportunity.

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Celia’s phone disaster at the pool; White House Hotel lived up to expectations

Lisa McNeece

The launch of the SEC network this weekend makes me think I’ll be seeing less and less of my husband.

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Ronnie Musgrove’s zeal over full funding for MAEP hasn’t waned

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – The push being spearheaded by former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove to gin up lawsuits against the state over the failure of the Mississippi Legislature to fully fund the Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP) is one that is understandable if one simply read his Wikipedia entry on his political views on education.

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Mississippi’s Tamale Trail will never let you down

Casey Clark, Bruce Longest, Joel McNeece, Kent Moore and Brad Logan in Rosedale.

If we’ve learned anything over the past four years, it’s that good friends, good tamales and good music always equal good times.

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Ellie Kathryn wants to go to “Big School;” Dustin is on Hotel Hell; The Journal turns 62

Lisa McNeece

Addi Claire starting “big school” has left her little sister Ellie Kathryn very sad and Grana, too. The girls have been in day care together since Ellie Kathryn was six weeks old. Even though they were not in the same room, they walked in together in the morning, had lunch together, had nap time together, had play time in the afternoon and walked out together.

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Gov. William Winter delivers best speech of 2014 Neshoba County Fair

Joel McNeece, Gov. William Winter, Lisa McNeece

Former Gov. William Winter has long been one of my absolute favorite Mississippians. Not only for his contributions to this state during his term in the governor’s office (1980-84), but for his work since focused on bringing Mississippians together.

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