Trent gifts hot tamales for me and my guys

Joel McNeece

Standing amongst a very excited Bruce football team on the incredibly dark sidelines of Okolona’s new field as the Trojans were leaping into the air, yelling and celebrating as they watched 5’8”, 155 pound defensive back Trent Hall pull in an interception and race down the field for the end zone for a game changing, ultimately game-winning play, I must acknowledge my first thought wasn’t playoffs.
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Cool night, warm fire, sizzling steak

Joel McNeece

It all came together almost perfectly for the first clear, crisp, cool Saturday night of the fall. The temperature had dipped into the low 50s, begging for a few logs in the fire pit and the strike of a match. It’s one of my favorite places in the world – a seat on our patio in the fall and winter with a roaring fire blazing.
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Let’s help the less fortunate, not punish

Joel McNeece

There is no secret about the giving nature of Calhoun countians. You can see it in the successes of so many charitable events, the long list of benefits for local citizens listed each week in this newspaper and the number of good deeds performed routinely.
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Calhoun music rightly honored

Leo "Bud" Welch and Joel McNeece

I was standing next to Kempf Poole, chairman of the Mississippi Blues Commission, appreciating the grin on his face as he watched Bruce bluesman Leo “Bud” Welch make his hot pink guitar sing from a chair just a few feet beyond the freshly unveiled marker celebrating Calhoun County music.
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Duck knows how to throw a good “Block Party”

Joel McNeece

My neighbor James “Duck” Drake, who had stents inserted into his heart recently after a significant attack, was sounding better than ever last weekend when he took the stage for what we hope becomes a first annual “Block Party.”
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First debate lacks bluster, but plenty of falsehoods

Joel McNeece

I found the first presidential debate Monday night between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump less blusterous than anticipated, but abundant with the same myths providing a frustrating choice for the American people.
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Much to enjoy in sunny Sarasota

sarasota

Surrounded by tall, green palm trees swaying in a steady breeze and beautiful blue water in every direction sparkling in the endless bright sunshine is a view that’s hard to beat and easy to get used to.

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Stephens inspires by hard work

Joel McNeece

If hard work is truly a virtue, then Samuel Stephens is a saint.
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Protests can still be respectful

Joel McNeece

I support Colin Kaepernick’s constitutional right to make an ass of himself.
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Demise of right wing media may be close

Joel McNeece

Among the many fascinating effects of this most unusual presidential election featuring the two most unpopular candidates in U.S. history, is the carnage it is having within the respective political parties.
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