Demographics of Miss. Legislature show women lack representation

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – On the eve of convening of the 2016 regular session of the Mississippi Legislature, perhaps it’s educational to take a look at the demographics of that group.
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Secrecy is never best way to make any decision

Joel McNeece

Calhoun County Supervisors, Calhoun City Mayor and Board of Aldermen, and Calhoun Health Services administration and its board of directors voted unanimously Tuesday morning to accept a bid from Baptist Hospitals out of Memphis to take over operations at Calhoun Health Services, pending lease negotiations.
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Tough wrapping Christmas presents in 80 degree weather

Lisa McNeece

I will admit that I was skeptical when I saw the recipe for Bobbie Blount’s cornbread cake that ran in last week’s Journal. I just couldn’t imagine it.
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Municipal League recognizes state’s sales tax loss conundrum

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – When newspaper columnists write about state sales tax losses to online sales, the usual suspects shrug it off and makes the usual bogus defenses.
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Consider the gift of food this Christmas

Joel McNeece

Many of us are trying to wrap up our Christmas shopping for the year with the big day less than three weeks away. While you’re out searching for that perfect gift for your friends and family, consider a gift that would be even more meaningful to more than half a million Mississippians – food.
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Decorating for Christmas Open House was both exciting and exhausting

Lisa McNeece

For the past couple of weeks, all my spare time has been spent helping son Marshall and Whitney get ready for the Bruce Fine Arts Club Christmas Tour of Homes, which was yesterday.

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Challenges await a GOP that now controls state government

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – Not since the political aberration of Reconstruction have Republicans in Mississippi been in a stronger position to dominate and dictate public policy.
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Our Christmas tree is stunning, unlike any of those of my youth

Joel McNeece

My wife Lisa and I spent the holiday weekend putting up our Christmas tree. Technically speaking, I drug the artificial tree down from the attic and placed it in the stand.

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Holiday weekend a challenge after iPhone disaster

Lisa McNeece

It was exciting to have a pretty Thanksgiving morning for me to go on a long bike ride before Joel and I went to his parents’ house in Raymond. The weather was sunny and not too cold.
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Cochran helps level playing field for state’s catfish farmers

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – In what has been at times a bitter and personal political battle over the last several years, Mississippi U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran and Arizona U.S. Sen. John McCain have traded shots over legislation that would protect U.S. aquaculture trade interests from Chinese and Vietnamese competition.
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