Commentary

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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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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