A spotless News King and saucy tomatoes

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Every time I walk into the offices of the Clarion-Ledger in downtown Jackson, I’m reminded of a picture of my friend David Hampton, a longtime editorialist for the newspaper, sitting underneath the large display of the First Amendment on the lobby wall – “Congress shall make no law...abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press...”
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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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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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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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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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Gov. Haley Barbour delivers in visit with MPA

Joel McNeece

It was the most breath-taking view of New Orleans I had ever seen, and I’m not talking about a plate full of beignets at Cafe Du Monde.

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Border Collies are smartest dogs, but my Jack disagrees

Two of the Border Collie puppies at the Mays' farm in Bruce.

It came as no shock to me that when I tuned in to 60 Minutes Sunday night to watch a story entitled “The World’s Smartest Dog,” it was about a Border Collie.

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In awe of my friend Morley Piper

Joel McNeece

“It’s a day that will live throughout history. I have thought about it every day,” Morley Piper told the Georgia Press Association.

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Rupert Lunceford is among our best

Joel McNeece

“King of the Deadbeats” – that’s Rupert Lunceford’s title with the early morning coffee crowd at Nancy’s Restaurant in Calhoun City. It’s only humorous because it’s so opposite the man, one of the most respected in all of Calhoun County.

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Hal Reese’s “Taps” an important part of our Memorial Day services

Joel McNeece

It’s always the most solemn moment of each Memorial Day service here in Calhoun County, but also the most poignant, thanks in part to Hal Reese, Jr.
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