Let your voice be heard, go vote!

Joel McNeece

Absentee voting is now underway for this year’s county elections, but it would be more appropriate to say that voting has been absent in Calhoun County over the past decade and appears to be getting more scarce.

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Rediscovering the joys of riding a bike

Lisa McNeece

One of the highlights of our early summer trip to Jekyll Island was renting bicycles and riding for two days of our stay.
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One Trump over the line

Ray Mosby

On a stage in Iowa last week, Donald Trump told a group of gathered conservatives that John McCain was not really a war hero. Donald Trump said that about John McCain.

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Potential Sawmill Festival record

Joel McNeece

It will go down as possibly the hottest Sawmill Festival in history, but I’m not referring exclusively to the near 100 degree heat, but also the remarkable fireworks show that put the exclamation point on Bruce’s annual celebration.

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Banana wins top honors among Sawmill Fest’s homemade ice cream

Lisa McNeece

Was it this hot last year? I don’t think so. It is miserably, dangerously hot and I absolutely hate it. I can handle cold much better.
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Lessons on official symbolism beckon from across Miss. River

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – From Washington to Charleston, South Carolina and across the states that comprised the old Confederacy, debates continue to rage over vestiges and symbols of the Civil War. The debate is at once emotional, irrational, passionate and picayunish.
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Ottis Crocker – a life of thinking

Joel McNeece

“Life is a tragedy for those who feel and a comedy for those who think.” – Jean Baptiste Racine
The above quote from the French dramatist dates back to the 17th Century, but I’ve been thinking about it a lot over the past week since Chip Crocker told me it was a favorite of his father, Ottis Brazel Crocker.
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Best recipe I’ve tried this year

Lisa McNeece

This is the best recipe I have tried this year. It came from Eat, Drink, Mississippi magazine which is published by newspaper friends in Monticello. The magazine is great, and I always find a good recipe or two, but this one is tops:
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New book will offer a look behind Haley Barbour’s political mystique

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – Slated for an August 15 release, the new book by former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour is called “America’s Great Storm: Leading Through Hurricane Katrina” (University Press of Mississippi, 243 pages) and - with an able assist from writer Jere Nash and a moving foreword by former Biloxi newspaper publisher Ricky Mathews – it tells a remarkable tale of resilience, determination, hardball politics and perseverance by the most able politician I’ve ever known.

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Change comes very slow, but steady in Mississippi

Joel McNeece

Obamacare, same sex marriage and the Confederate flag – quite a past 10 days it has been in national news with much of the changing winds blowing against traditional Mississippi stances.

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