Exploring Faulkner with good friends

Joel McNeece

Seldom is the sequel to anything just as good as the first time around, but Dudley Davis, Robert Stewart and I gave it a good go in New Albany last week.
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First visit to Ethel and a few laughs on the pitch

Joel McNeece

There are few schools in Mississippi that I haven’t been to at one point or another during my newspaper career. Ethel was one of them until last Friday when I visited to cover the Vardaman Rams.
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Inspiring artistry comes in all forms

Joel McNeece

Hanging on the wall in our bedroom is a painting by Susan Patton of Bruce of my late Border Collie King. It’s a stunning, priceless piece that captures him perfectly. Every black and white hair, his dog tag, his piercing eyes, she captured it all. I stare at it often and wonder, how did she do that?
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Proud of my U.S. Marine Charlie Solis

joel charlie

It was the middle of the soccer season. The weather had turned a little cool, at least cool enough to require a jacket. Charlie and I were standing at the top of the penalty box talking as the rest of my Vardaman Rams’ soccer team pelted Charlie’s brother Eric, our goalie, with shots from all angles as we did every day at the start of practice while waiting for everyone to arrive.
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The flight of the hummingbirds

Joel McNeece

The sound was something to behold. Sitting on Grady Wilson’s back porch under his metal roof there was a constant hum.
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Poor Charlie isn’t poor or a jackass

Joel McNeece

“Is that Jackass?” J.R. Denton asked.
“It is,” I told him. “We miss him.”
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My kind of town, Chicago is…

View of the North Side of Chicago from atop the Hancock Tower.

Just moments after we arrived my wife Lisa and I made the short walk through a beautiful city park, through a tunnel under Lake Shore Drive and on to Oak Street Beach where bright blue waves were crashing on to the sand and the steady cool breeze coming off Lake Michigan reminded us we weren’t in Mississippi any more.
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Can’t stand still when they strike up the band

Joel McNeece

It was among the loudest cheers of the night at Carter Field in Vardaman last Friday – when the Bruce High School Marching Band finished their halftime performance. The loudest roar came from the home Vardaman stands, who showed great appreciation for the more than 100 students playing and marching so well.
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Fun Friday with good friends and good fish

Joel McNeece

We ventured off the highway deep into the woods of Monroe County winding around a narrow road.
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It’s time for some football, let’s eat!

Joel McNeece

Clint Faust, new head football coach in Bruce, is combing through whatever information he can scrape up to learn something about the very different schedule his Trojans are facing this season beginning Friday at Aberdeen. Dr. Bruce Longest and I are doing our own intense scouting, but with a slightly different mission.
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