This time, Rapunzel was going to spin kudzu into black gold

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – I like to think of it as the day that Mississippi taxpayers were told that with a little faith and an investment in new technology, we could turn kudzu into gold. Black gold, Texas Tea, you know the rest of the song.

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Assassins, Eccentrics, Politicians, and Other Persons of Interest

Joel McNeece

Curtis Wilkie’s latest book has a little of everything, as its title – Assassins, Eccentrics, Politicians, and Other Persons of Interest – describes.

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Can still taste Mrs. Tula’s butter rolls from the Trojan Restaurant

Lisa McNeece

It’s been at least 30 years since I’ve had one of Tula Vance’s butter rolls, but I can taste it today.
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MAEP battle will be fought on two fronts with numbers and language

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – The brewing battle over what the Mississippi Legislature does with the Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP) conflict will be defined both by numbers and by language.
Proponents of the Better Schools, Better Jobs group are pushing a ballot initiative to amend Section 201 of the Mississippi Constitution to require that the state provide and the Legislature fully fund an “adequate and efficient” public school system.

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Politicians have to get out of the way

Joel McNeece

State leaders convened this week in Jackson to begin deliberating on 2015 business, which is a scary proposition to many, especially those concerned about public education in this state.

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Several bald eagle reportings around Bruce

Lisa McNeece

Have you seen a bald eagle in the Bruce area? We have had several sightings over the past month.
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Hood’s outside counsel nets $400M of funds for the state

Sid Salter

While Mississippi’s Attorney General Jim Hood has been one Democrat that the state’s Republican Party has often targeted but never tagged, the GOP trial balloons continue to be floated by a number of potential challengers.

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Mother surprises with best gift this Christmas

Joel McNeece

Santa was very good to me this year, but my mother topped him in a big way. Prior to making the trip to Raymond for the annual McNeece family Christmas gathering, I was in coffee heaven with the new coffee bean grinder from Santa.
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Two new babies for Christmas

Lisa McNeece

Celia’s second grandchild scheduled to arrive this month, came last Monday, Dec. 22. Lainy Kathryn Rea was born Monday night around 9 p.m. to niece Abby Hillhouse and her husband Sam.

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State’s educational attainment is linked to poverty, unemployment

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – Since we’re headed into a courthouse-to-statehouse election year in Mississippi, the political conversation will of course turn to who is responsible for any and every thing that’s not to the liking of the state’s electorate.

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