Soaking up shade from Houlka to Houston

Joel McNeece

I’m closer to completing the entire Tanglefoot Trail after a wonderful bicycling experience this past weekend.
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Jazz, the way it was meant to be heard

preservation hall

It was a small, dimly lit room filled with old wooden benches, a few tattered cushions on the floor, and paint peeling off the walls. If you didn’t know better, you’d think it was on the verge of being condemned by the City of New Orleans.
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Land of the free, home of the brave

Joel McNeece

The sun shined brightly through a deep blue sky and just enough breeze was stirring to keep the dozens of American flags waving perfectly as the national anthem was beautifully sung by Laura Edwards in Calhoun City and Kim Gregory in Bruce at the respective Memorial Day programs.
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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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