Calhoun natives among those impacted by Monday’s tornadoes

Lisa McNeece

Monday was a long day with storms all day, weather sirens and reports of tornadoes and damage. Calhoun County schools let out at 1:15.

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State voter identification program set to debut in June 3 primaries

Sid Salter

Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann is telling everyone he sees about two national awards the state won for its Voter ID campaign.
Barring a lawsuit, the June 3 primaries in Mississippi will mark the first time the state has required voter identification in a statewide election, putting into practice a policy Mississippi voters approved by 62 percent of the vote back in 2012.

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I’m not allowed to drive in Memphis anymore

Joel McNeece

I’m not allowed to drive in Memphis anymore. The reason behind this edict is two costly traffic tickets I received in the mail, neither of which I believe were warranted.

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Goar Hill, journalism friends, big Easter crowd and Dewitt Spencer

Lisa McNeece

We continue to hear from more Goar family members. After making the discovery, to me anyway, that the correct spelling of the hill between Bruce and Pittsboro is “Goar,” we have heard from several who thanked us for getting it right.

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Amazon begins collecting online sales tax from Floridians this month

Sid Salter

Online retail giant Amazon.com this month began collecting sales tax for online purchases made by Floridians. Why now? It’s because Amazon.com now has a physical bricks-and-mortar presence in Florida.

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Nothing like that first day on the Harley

Joel McNeece

It’s always a day of celebration for me – the first time my Harley is awakened from its winter hibernation.

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A great coon dog Jack will never be

Lisa McNeece

Our big Yellow Lab Jack woke us up just after midnight one night last week, and we were able to determine that it was not an armadillo digging up the back yard after all.

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Nation’s warning label crusade approaching ridiculous levels

Sid Salter

First came the Surgeon General’s warnings on the packs of cigarettes that I once smoked. The warnings were correct, of course, and perhaps necessary to supplant the influence of massing advertising campaigns that targeted young people.

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Thaddeus Stevens among history’s greatest unknown characters

Joel McNeece

Last weekend I saw Steven Spielberg’s film “Lincoln” for possibly the hundredth time. It has become one of my all-time favorites and part of my greatest fascination with the movie is Thaddeus Stevens – the fiery tongued Republican played by Tommy Lee Jones in the movie.

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How do you respond to threat of bad storm? I put on my jewelry

Lisa McNeece

What are your priorities in the middle of the night when the tornado siren goes off? This is no joking matter, but some of the answers are pretty funny.

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