Calhoun’s best days could still be ahead

Joel McNeece

I read a story in The Washington Post Sunday afternoon that painted a rather bleak picture for the future of Calhoun County.
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Some advice for our 2016 graduates

Joel McNeece

Just over 150 young Calhoun Countians will walk across a stage this week and receive their high school diploma and immediately step into the next phase of their lives. Here’s a few notes to ponder as you move forward:
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Michael Herrod makes you want to travel everywhere

Joel McNeece

Michael Herrod, of Bruce, is an example of the remarkably talented and fascinating people in Calhoun County.
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Good friends are hard to come by

Joel McNeece

I’ve never been much for regrets, but after the passing of my friend Bob Cooper, one is unshakable.
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Baseball is the worst, and best

Joel McNeece

“The impossible is possible. The unbelievable is believable.” Those were the words of my favorite baseball announcer, the late, great Harry Caray speaking about the game he loved most.
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Good tunes, good tamales, good combination

Joel McNeece

Sitting on a curb in Downtown Clarksdale, I told my friends, “I could sit here all day.” The mellifluous baritone voice of Pittsboro native Andrew Bryant gets me every time.
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Our state is better than this

Joel McNeece

Last Thursday, I stood on the first floor of our beautiful state Capitol with newspaper publishers from around the state to mark the 150th anniversary of the Mississippi Press Association.

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Wiping the dust off some great memories

Joel McNeece

The shine is ultimately blinding, but not achieved until the long winter’s dust is painstakingly wiped away from every curve, crevice and chrome.
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Thankful for Bud and our other makers of local music

Joel McNeece

Calhoun County is blessed with more than our fair share of marvelous musicians. This week’s CCJ feature, Jessey Higdon, is no exception.

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Good folks behind the scenes on ‘The Hill’

thad joel

While most Americans associate the United States Congress, and not necessarily wrongly, with general dysfunction, gridlock and even at times incompetence, there are thousands of hardworking people behind the scenes that you learn on every visit to Capitol Hill are providing invaluable service to all of us back home.
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