Commentary

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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Start here, stay here

Shopping for school supplies is an exciting time of summer for school kids.  Those of us with children in school know all about it.  The glee and optimism is hard to contain as the open house and first day of school draw nearer. We encourage all parents, grandparents, guardians, teachers and administrators to buy all…

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I’m not buying it

The unemployment figures for May show that the state’s rate is 4.9% seasonally adjusted.  Copiah County is 40th in the state at 5.9%.  The figures are based on the Civilian Labor Force (CLF) made up of everyone who has a job or is looking for a job.  In May, 1,303,100 Mississippians comprised the CLF–11,580 of…

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What do you expect?

All new municipal elected officials in Copiah County have been duly sworn and are in charge in Beauregard, Crystal Springs, Georgetown, Hazlehurst and Wesson.  Georgetown and Hazlehurst each have a new mayor.  Wesson has 3 new alderman.  Hazlehurst has one new alderman. These officials learned much on the campaign trail, and without a doubt, each…

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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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