The view was stunning from the 14th floor balcony atop the Butler Snow Law Firm in Ridgeland. The skyline of downtown Jackson was due south, the Ross Barnett Reservoir to the east and a colorful sunset to the west.
Some of the fondest memories of my childhood were the time I spent with each of my grandmothers– Maggie Ellen Denley of Bruce and Myrtle Scott of Macon, and I desperately want my granddaughters to have those memories of time with me.
STARKVILLE – State Rep. Toby Barker’s House Bill 716 calling for creation of a new Starkville Consolidated School District from a merger of the existing Starkville School District and the Oktibbeha County School District is likely the first salvo in a more systematic battle to reduce the number of school districts in the state after decades of the issue of school consolidation being a political planet killer to politicians who dared mention it.
It was one of those rare moments when happiness and great sadness hit you simultaneously, taking your breath away like a punch to the gut.
My wife Lisa and I were sitting near the back of Oxford-University Methodist Church last Saturday night to celebrate the marriage of Margaret Goodwyn Phillips and Ryne Bankston.
We woke up Sunday morning to water going everywhere in the front yard. There was a big leak at the meter at the empty house on the hill and it literally flooded our yard.
Despite politically crapping out last year on virtually the same piece of legislation, State Rep. Bobby Moak, D-Bogue Chitto, is rolling the dice again in the 2013 legislative session on online gaming legislation that could have a profound impact on the future of legal gaming in the state.
I can’t recall the first time I ate at Tico’s Steak House off County Line Road in Ridgeland. I sure couldn’t take a guess at the number of times I’ve pushed my way through the crowd of legislators to find my table.
The last time I gave a movie recommendation in this column, I swore it would be my last. I don’t remember the movie, but I remember the phone call I got the next week. A subscriber had gone to see it and “could not get beyond the language” and “couldn’t believe that I had recommended it.”
STARKVILLE – This week’s unveiling of the annual “Kids Count” Data Book for Mississippi will – as always – stir interest on both sides of the state’s legislative aisle as Democrats and Republicans alike confront reliable statistics from the leading resource for comprehensive research and information on Mississippi’s children.
Last week was just one of those weeks. You know the kind – major fire in the middle of the night, snowstorm hits the county, dog eats a few socks, work on emotional feature story about family reuniting after 60 years apart, field more calls from state media about local investigation into shooting, Bruce and Calhoun City renew rivalry on basketball court, dog inhales a corn cob, county employee charged with stealing 4-H kids’ wishing well, area store operator arrested twice in one week, dog cut open to remove corn cob, another fire, a few meetings, a banquet and the always entertaining Addi Claire Bailey awaiting at home.