Commentary

Vote and be heard next Tuesday

Voters in Hazlehurst will elect city leadership for the next four years on Tuesday, May 2. The most hotly contested races appear to be that for Ward 3 and for Mayor.  Incumbent Ward 3 alderman Shirley Sandifer is going against Henry Banks, the incumbent mayor, and has vacated the Ward 3 seat. What voters need…

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Theirs is a heavy, thankless load

We are in the midst of spring league baseball throughout Copiah County.  Wesson Athletic Foundation and Copiah County Youth Sports, among others, have been playing since the first weekend of April.  Practicing started in early March.  Preparations for the new season by board members and other volunteers of the organizations began months ago–prepping fields, cleaning,…

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Thankful for another year

The Courier turned 134 years old this week, remaining one of the longest running commercial entities in Copiah County.  We hardly recognized the milestone, though we sure should have.  We are very proud to be a part of Copiah County’s storied past, present and future.  You might say that we are an institution. The amount…

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Support Arts Month in Town

You’ve been reading about the Arts Month going on in around Hazlehurst since the first of April.  Several of our talented area artists and artisans are displaying in strategically located places–many of which are within walking distance of the Hazlehurst Depot.  (This week’s front page) We commend Dr. Jim Brewer, Director of the Mississippi Music…

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Cheer them on!

Mississippians get behind their sports teams.  While we might disagree about  Republican vs. Democrat or tax cuts vs. spending increases, we are vigorously going to support our collegiate teams–even when our favorite isn’t playing in the post-season. When I was a junior in high school, the Southern Miss Golden Eagle basketball team won the National…

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Just don’t do it

Every time I travel to the state of Texas, I am amazed at how clean and neat the thoroughfares are and at the smooth and well-built roadways one finds there.  Roadside litter is nearly non-existent.  Even pieces of failed truck tires are hard to be found. In the Lone Star State, the ‘country’ exits of…

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They certainly deserve credit

Last week I attended the ribbon cutting event of Copiah County Medical Center and joined several hundred others by learning how the new facility is going to help Copiah County and her people. I was and will continue to be amazed by this place.  If you haven’t seen it yet, I urge you to visit…

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You are going to like the result

Several dignitaries from around Copiah County, along with myself, attended a soft opening of the new hospital on Monday night.  “Wow!”  This was the first thought that came into my mind when I walked through doors of the new Copiah County Medical Center on Monday night.  “We’ve been waiting on this a long time,” I…

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It’s the tax base, stupid

Keeping up with what’s going on in the state legislature is part of my position.  Myriad other duties mean I devote little time to legislative issues.  However, the space at the right of this column is a good summary of what goes on each week, and I appreciate the House staff sending it to us.…

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Thanks for the feedback

Over the past several days we’ve heard from dozens of readers about the special issue we put out last week (First Response Copiah County).  Nothing makes us happier than to hear that we did or are doing a good job with the paper.  We strive to bring something unique to our readers that can’t be…

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