Going back in time at the Sarepta Schoolhouse

Sarepta Schoolhouse

I think I was among many who surprisingly learned last week that the old Sarepta school and gymnasium are still standing. Carolyn Bryant, of the Shady Grove Community near the Lafayette County line, alerted me to that fact early last week. She explained that Chad Clark had clear cut the area around the old school exposing it for the first time in years.
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Jack Marshall arrives to the thrill of us all

Jack Marshall Bailey

Our first grandson, Jack Marshall Bailey, made his arrival last Thursday just after lunch at Baptist Memorial in Oxford. He weighed 7 lbs. 13 oz. and has a head full of dark hair.
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Low voter turnout in 2017 Mississippi municipal election bodes ill for future

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann reported low voter turnout in the recent round of state municipal elections. That’s distressing on any number of levels.
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Mississippi makes big improvement to procurement laws

Emmerich
Mississippi has made a step in the right direction. Gov. Phil Bryant has signed into law significant reform of our bidding and procurement laws.
State Rep. Jerry Turner, chairman of the House committee on Accountability, Efficiency and Transparency, rated the new laws a “10 on a scale of 1 to 10.”

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America’s 100-day dichotomy

Ray Mosby

It really could not have been more stark. On the symbolic 100th day of Donald Trump’s presidency, the operant dichotomy of the American people—this country’s division into two mutually exclusive, opposed and contradictory groups—virtually slapped me in the face to the point of almost seeming tactile.

I have some sympathy for the president’s observation that the first 100 days business is a trifle ridiculous, first coined, as it was in a radio address by Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1933, not about his time in office but rather about the 73rd Congress and representing only 3 percent of a two-term presidency.

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Public school business is supposed to be public

Joel McNeece

The past few weeks the Calhoun County School District has been at the center of a lot of news, and much of it hasn’t been very flattering.
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Bad storms mean dog sitting with Jack

Lisa McNeece

I was on the couch Sunday morning when the weather reports of tornado warning and severe thunderstorms started coming in over my phone and the TV.
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Parole, probation; Mississippi should consider additional Corrections reforms

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – During his two terms as governor of Mississippi, Haley Barbour usually couched his public ruminations over proposals to reform Mississippi’s prison system and past “get tough on crime” mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines by observing: “Mississippi needs to decide who we’re afraid of and who we’re just mad at.”
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Ancient wisdom still applies

Ray Mosby

I came to realize quite a while back that there is just a lot to be learned from old dead Greeks.

And while that is true as it applies to life in general, perhaps nowhere is it as obvious than when it comes to politics as it is practiced in this country today. I’m thinking of making up some bumper stickers: “What this country needs is a few more old dead Greeks.”

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Marshall Fisher had plenty to say

Emmerich
I made a special effort to go hear Marshall Fisher speak at the Rotary Club of Jackson. I had never met the man and was eager to hear him speak. He has been occupying some of the most powerful and important positions in our state.
Fisher, the new head of the Mississippi Department of Public Safety, is about as true blue a law enforcement professional as you will ever find. His resume is incredible.

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