Get out of their way and let teachers teach

Accreditation grades for schools and school districts around the state were released last week by the Mississippi Department of Education with less fanfare than in previous years.

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One of those Mondays

Monday was one of those days my late father-in-law Gale Denley would have written a whale of a column about – a power outage, a broken bone, flooding in The Journal, and a night in the ER, ultimately prompting a hospital stay and surgery.

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I will forever “Remember the Alamo”


“Ya’ll can go to hell, I’m goin’ to Texas!” – That is the famous quote from one of my childhood heroes, Davy Crockett, upon his election loss in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Great feeling to be back in Harley saddle


Absence truly does make the heart grow fonder. At least that’s how I felt Saturday afternoon when I was reunited with my Harley Davidson motorcycle.

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George Thomas honor more than deserved

When you need a little pick-me-up, Becky Thomas of Vardaman is better than a strong cup of coffee. I was reminded of that last week when I was honored to take part in a ceremony naming the drive outside Vardaman Elementary in memory of her late husband George Thomas – a renowned educator in this area.

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Leave it to adults to spoil great game for the kids

The evidence is overwhelming on the value of sports for young people, unless of course adults get in the way. That happened last Friday night in Water Valley where two hard-playing football teams saw the game they love taken over by a handful of men in black and white striped shirts.

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There’s more to Leland than Hwy. 82

Leland Progress Publisher Stephanie Patton and MPA President Joel McNeece at the newspaper office in Leland.

I was no stranger to Leland, having traveled there for several high school football games through the years.

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Bruce Trojans are playing for Jaden and Caden this season

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There’s a lot more things in life than high school football. Most of us with plenty of years in the rear view mirror easily understand that, but it’s not as common for most 15-18 year olds suiting up every Friday for the highlight of their week, and for many their lives.

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We need more funding for schools, less Pepsi

•I think the Legislature should try fully funding the MAEP formula for at least five consecutive years so we can get a better gauge on how truly impactful it is. When it’s only been fully funded twice, both election years, you’re not giving the system an opportunity to work.

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One of the greatest honors of my life

I am two months into one of the greatest honors of my life – serving the Mississippi Press Association (MPA) as its president – and am reminded daily of the many people who are responsible for this incredible opportunity.

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