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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The Cajun Boudin Trail is a trip down the right path

Boudin has been described as one of the most unique, tasty and distinctly uncorrupted regional specialties in America, so how could my team of Mississippi Tamale Trail experts pass up the chance to travel the Cajun Boudin Trail?

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My friends much more candid than the boring politicians

As I write this column, I don’t yet know the results of Tuesday’s special election in the first congressional district, but at last week’s “Good Ole Boys & Gals” gathering at Johnny Morgan’s in Oxford, Trent Kelly and Mike Tagert were heavy favorites to advance to the runoff.

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Poverty, not race, is the core issue

If you read or watched any of the national news coverage over the past week, you were certainly inundated with the scenes out of Baltimore.
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Enjoying good coffee and good friends in New Albany

What started out as a reconnaissance mission for the Bruce Museum turned into a trip of good coffee, lots of laughs and some great storytelling.

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Admire Charles Overby and Dan Jones; IHL, not so much

Every time I’m around Charles “Peanut” Overby, I come away more proud to call myself a journalist. Last Saturday night, I immensely enjoyed one of those opportunities at Ole Miss Chancellor Dan Jones’ home on campus where Overby was being honored as the 2015 Legacy Award recipient by the UM Women’s Council.

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No better time for a journalist than today

“No better time to be a journalist than today.” Those were the words of Lewis Dvorkin, chief product officer for Forbes Magazine during a presentation at the Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics at Ole Miss last Thursday.

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