Journalists don’t “dumb down” their copy

Charlie Mitchell

Imagine a timber crew idling around their pickups in the moist, early-morning silence of a pine forest, waiting for their workday to begin. A tardy member of the crew pulls up, kills his engine, opens his door and steps out, his laced-up boot sliding just a bit on the scarred ground. He ambles around to the bed, lowers the gate and slides out a shiny new 40-inch Stihl. Without a word and in an instant, his mates notice, then gather around in hushed awe and admiration. His shoulders seem broader, head higher.
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Halloween was best time as kid

Joel McNeece

I remember vividly circling Maudedith Lane on Halloween night wearing with incredible pride my stunning Spiderman costume. Despite the cool temperatures, I was sweating profusely under the plastic mask that I was convinced fooled everybody, despite the thin rubber band my mom had re-stapled numerous times, struggling to hold it to my head.
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Delta trips and Halloween costume picks

Lisa McNeece

For the second time in as many weeks, I have been to the Mississippi Delta. Two weeks ago it was Greenwood for the Calhoun City/Leflore County football game.
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Too many people falling for easy “clickbait”

Wyatt Emmerich 2017

A friend of mine recently sent me an email about President Obama’s daughter, Malia.
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First Amendment under assault

Ray Mosby

It’s true you know: If you repeat something enough times people will start to believe it, whether true or not. It is propaganda 101 and there are just a slew of recent public opinion polls that prove that, once again.
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There is no easy A in education

Joel McNeece

Calhoun County School’s annual report card, issued last week by the state, is one I likely would have gotten a whipping for had I brought it home in my youth – an A, lots of Cs, and two capital Ds.
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Celebration Village signals start of our holiday season

Lisa McNeece

Celia and I decided one year that if you hadn’t started your Christmas shopping by Halloween, you were already behind. Rarely do I get that early of a start, but this year I did.
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Please don’t deny our children

Ray Mosby

“I’m not understanding really, what the big controversy is.” —Biloxi School District Supt. Arthur McMillan. Well, let me educate a superintendent of education.
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Encouraging entrepreneurs

Wyatt Emmerich 2017

Believe it or not, but there’s a new textile plant in Tylertown making shirts sold throughout the nation. Its existence sheds light on our ever changing economy and how the entrepreneurial spirit is a key to success.
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Exploring Faulkner with good friends

Joel McNeece

Seldom is the sequel to anything just as good as the first time around, but Dudley Davis, Robert Stewart and I gave it a good go in New Albany last week.
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