Commentary

Thank you, sirs, and Godspeed

By this time next week, many of us will be returning to work after a day of celebration that marks our country’s 241st birthday.  And, a new term for municipal elected officials will have begun.  All will have been sworn in. In most years after a municipal election cycle, this would be a ho-hum operation…

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This is how things should be handled

In last week’s column I referred to the MSU pitcher who was hit by the line drive from the bat of a Texas player as Bobby Reed.  The correct pitcher was Gene Morgan, and the ball struck his foot, not his leg.  In my haste to write the column, the years and players became mixed…

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Still holding out hope

I was 17 when my grandfather James West passed away.  It happened during my senior year in high school.  I remember thinking at the visitation and funeral that I never realized he had that many friends, that many people who knew and loved and/or respected him. He loved watching baseball, especially the Mississippi State baseball…

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Interesting figures

For the past week or so, we’ve had a poll on our website about our towns.  The poll question was “Which municipality in Copiah County is the most forward thinking/progressive?”  Anyone who visits copiahcountycourier.com can vote, and results are displayed in real time. Here are the results: Wesson, 34% (17 Votes); Hazlehurst, 30% (15 Votes);…

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One more election day

It’s not over yet.  Voters in Crystal Springs, Georgetown, Beaureguard and Wesson will head to the polls on Tuesday, June 6 to elect mayors and aldermen.  The City of Hazlehurst’s Democratic primary on May 2 served as the election for the town, so a general election need not be held on Tuesday, June 6. The…

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Memorial Day remembered

Looking forward to Memorial Day each year, my thoughts are with the folks who have lost family members in wars and other conflicts.  I am grateful for the freedom provided by the men and women who have served our country, and especially for the ones who were killed and will never return.  May we honor…

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Grads,the world is your oyster

This week and next week graduation ceremonies will be held for all the high school seniors in the county.  By my count, nearly 700 of you will walk across the platform and be handed the diploma that you have so duly earned. Congratulations.  I’d be willing to bet your senior year was fun.  You learned…

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Another primary? We’ll see

The developing situation with the Hazlehurst Democratic primary is at best a public relations disaster, and at worst a slap in the face of taxpayers.  The city spent thousands of taxpayer dollars to put on the primary, and now, may have to turn around and do it again.  Let’s hope the situation gets cleared up…

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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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