Commentary

Safety first and always

Interstate 55 through Copiah County has been a trek of near misses–and some unfortunate deadly crashes–over the past few months. Clearing and grubbing of the rights-of-way and, now, milling, grading, sealing and paving of I-55, has involved one-lane traffic flow on either side of the interstate at any given time of the day or night. …

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It all ties together

Another Hazlehurst business was the victim of a burglary, this time early Monday morning, police are saying. This time it was Newman’s Pawn Shop on Caldwell Drive – right in the heart of town. When I say broke in to, I mean literally.  The suspect, or suspects, probably used a sledge hammer or some other…

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It’s my turn to protest

NFL – I’m done with you.  (Unless the Cowboys, Saints or Patriots are playing). All of your teams have been unfollowed on my social media accounts. ESPN – You’re not being watched in my home.  None of your, like 12 channels, are lighting up the TV screen.  Nor are your websites, apps, etc., being hit…

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Congratulations, my good friend

Many of us have been knowing that this was coming at some point this season.  He and I even talked about it in our annual pre-season interview.  Nonetheless, the 500th win of Terry Bauer’s fastpitch softball coaching career  – all at Copiah Academy – nearly crept by without notice because of the busyness of fall…

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We answer the call, no matter what

Mississippi and Copiah County have been sandwiched between two major hurricanes that struck the southeast over the past several days.  Harvey devastated southeast Texas on Labor Day weekend, followed by Irma pummeling Florida on Sunday.  We have been lucky, for sure. Once again the people of Copiah County have risen up to help our neighbors…

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Don’t miss this chance

The job market in Copiah County has been stagnant for a long time.  Gone are most of the lumber mills and the pulpwood yards.  Gone is are the plants in Galllman and Wesson where electronic parts for machines and appliances were assembled.  All of this has adversely affected our local economy. So, why wouldn’t any…

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RR Festival is unique to Hazlehurst – support it!

The ninth-annual Rockin’ Railroad Festival is upon us and will be held this Saturday in downtown Hazlehurst.  The event is presented each year by the Hazlehurst Area Chamber of Commerce is a major attraction for area residents.  Furthermore, it’s just a great way to enjoy a wonderful time with family, friends, neighbors–and even folks you…

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Yours to enjoy

Years ago–five, to be exact–I attended the Mississippi Press Association’s Mid-Winter Conference in Jackson.  Mid-Winter focuses on the business side of the newspaper business and offers opportunities to glean ideas from publications around the state. I stood there looking at the display tables full of special editions, tabloids and magazines produced by Mississippi newspapers, and…

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Want to save jobs in your town? This is where it starts

Over the past several weeks I’ve written about the importance of buying goods and services locally.  That applies across the board inasmuch as humanly possible.  Local business owners and their employees and ancillary partners depend on the support of local customers to continue offering goods and services for sale and sustaining a viable operation.  Beyond…

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Letter to editor: Support locally owned businesses

Dear Editor: For the past 55 years Huntington Lumber & Supply Co., Inc., has provided home improvement goods and services to the residents and businesses that call Hazlehurst and Copiah County home. We are proud to be a part of this great community. Like many other local businesses, though, we have been impacted by the…

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