Over $22.1 million later, Senate race nears merciful conclusion

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – At the close of business on Friday, Oct. 31, Mississippi’s 2014 U.S. Senate race had run up a tab of $22,129,447 and growing, according to the Sunlight Foundation’s “Influence Explorer” website. See for yourself at http://realtime.influenceexplorer.com/race/2014/S/MS/2/.

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Talking politics with the “Good Ole Boys and Gals”

Joel McNeece

A comfortably cool evening, a stunning sunset and plenty of political surmising highlighted the most recent gathering of the “Good Ole’ Boys and Gals” at Johnny Morgan’s metal barn off Hwy. 7 just north of Oxford last Thursday night.

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Andrew Bryant performing at Proud Larry’s; Great time at Celebration Village

Lisa McNeece

Pittsboro native Andrew Bryant and his Water Liars band will be playing at Proud Larry’s in Oxford this Thursday night.
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Cochran-Childers race will test how state’s voters value seniority

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – After a long, bruising, and for Mississippi Republicans, significantly divisive U.S. Senate campaign, the end of the road is now in sight.

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Get out of their way and let teachers teach

Joel McNeece

Accreditation grades for schools and school districts around the state were released last week by the Mississippi Department of Education with less fanfare than in previous years.

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Variety of wildlife showing up at our house in the middle of town

Lisa McNeece

My mother, Jo Ann Denley, is continuing to improve at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford. She has been moved to the rehab part of the hospital which she undergoes physical therapy for most of every day. She fell more than a week ago, fracturing her hip, and had partial hip replacement.

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Cruising toward the end of a long, strange trip

Sid Salter

Let’s step back a bit from normal prognostication in what has now supplanted the 1983 Mississippi gubernatorial campaign as the strangest political campaign in the state’s long and bewildering political history.

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One of those Mondays

Joel McNeece

Monday was one of those days my late father-in-law Gale Denley would have written a whale of a column about – a power outage, a broken bone, flooding in The Journal, and a night in the ER, ultimately prompting a hospital stay and surgery.

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Addie Claire had lots of questions about Calhoun City football

Lisa McNeece

Since my birthday fell on Friday when we cover high school football, we celebrated a day early at my house.

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Restoration of voting rights for felons issue likely to resurface

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – As part of his final months in office, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has continued to beat the political drums for restoration of voting rights to felons in states like Mississippi that make it difficult if not impossible for convicted felons to vote.

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