His tired body played out, but Cristil’s voice never failed him

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – “Fridays With Jack” was what Jack Cristil’s daughters Kay and Rebecca wryly called my many kitchen table interviews with their father in the process of writing his 2011 biography on the model of Mitch Albom’s “Tuesdays With Morrie.”

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Bruce Trojans are playing for Jaden and Caden this season

jaden caden

There’s a lot more things in life than high school football. Most of us with plenty of years in the rear view mirror easily understand that, but it’s not as common for most 15-18 year olds suiting up every Friday for the highlight of their week, and for many their lives.

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Can’t wait for “Gone Girl” and “This is Where I Leave You”

Lisa McNeece

Movies from two of my all time favorite books are coming out in the next month. I read and have re-read “This Is Where I Leave You” by Jonathan Tropper more than a year ago.
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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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