Looks like state will have a 2015 governor’s race after a fashion

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – Mississippi is going to have a contested governor’s race in 2015 after all – well, after a fashion. The entry of successful Madison attorney Vicki Slater into the race guarantees incumbent Republican Gov. Phil Bryant an opponent.

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Manning: Convicted murderer catches another appellate break

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – News that the state Supreme Court has granted convicted quadruple murderer Willie Jerome “Fly” Manning of Starkville a new trial in two of those murders rocked this community this week.

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Stan Brinker: Metropolis produced another super man

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – in the DC Comics I read as a boy, Metropolis was since 1939 a grand city that was home to Superman and The Daily Planet newspaper where’s Superman’s alter ego Clark Kent worked and kept a close eye on Lois Lane.

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I still miss the magic

Ray Mosby

COAHOMA—In this, the hamlet of my youth, there once lived a magic woman, whose influence upon my life and those of my siblings can never be overstated.

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Judge Lee modernized state appellate court system

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – The death of the retired Mississippi Supreme Court chief justice Roy Noble Lee Sr. should be noted for what it is – the passing of the man who led efforts to modernize the Mississippi court system despite the strongest possible ties to the status quo in Mississippi.

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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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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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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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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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Christmas no longer about the presents, because it’s the presences that matter

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – I remember so well the unbearable anticipation of Christmas Eve with my sisters Sharon and Sheila in the little teacher’s home across from the Beulah-Hubbard school in rural Newton County a half-century ago.

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