Best pre-game meal found at Anna Beth’s in Pontotoc

Lisa McNeece

Linda Jane Ramage and I had one of our best pre-game meals Friday night in Pontotoc before the Pontotoc/Calhoun City game.

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Fine print raises skepticism, both approaches to MAEP ‘full funding’

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – Former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove wants Mississippi to sue its way to so-called “full funding” of the Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP), while other well-intentioned public education advocates want voters to approve a ballot referendum that purports to mandate education funding.

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There’s more to Leland than Hwy. 82

Leland Progress Publisher Stephanie Patton and MPA President Joel McNeece at the newspaper office in Leland.

I was no stranger to Leland, having traveled there for several high school football games through the years.

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You have to stand up for the tee-tee dance

Lisa McNeece

It has taken all summer, but granddaughter Ellie Kathryn finally seems to be potty trained.

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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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