Commentary

Moving on

So, this is the last column of mine that you will be reading here in this space.  After 22 years here at the Courier with 16 spent as your publisher, I’ve accepted employment elsewhere and will begin a new journey on Oct. 1. The words ‘thank you’ will never be enough to describe my gratitude…

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Social media truly not meant for this

I received a rather unusual phone call from a former resident of Hazlehurst the other day.  The person on the other end of the line was upset about some of the things being posted on social media by a couple of local residents.  One particular grievance dealt with funerals.  He asked me to write my…

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Newsprint tariffs reversed

This newspaper and thousands of others in the U. S. received a good bit of news last week when the International Trade Commission reversed the tariffs imposed on Canadian-imported newsprint earlier this year.  If left as it was, newsprint users faced a tax of 30% or more, which posed an enormous threat to this publication…

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Support your festival Sat.

Wow! I just realized yesterday that this year’s Rockin’ Railroad Festival presented by the Hazlehurst Area Chamber of Commerce is the tenth one. My, how time has flown since we held the first one in 2009. . . Thankfully, the festival has had great community support over the past 9 years.  The city, no matter…

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Heading in right direction

In last week’s edition, we published photos of the inside of the recently remodeled cafeteria at Hazlehurst High School.  School officials were scheduled to hold a community meeting in the new facility last Thursday; however, unforeseen circumstances led to its cancellation. Hopefully, another meeting will be held inside the new eating place for students.  Let…

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Glad to be back on the field

In the fall of 1997 my good friend Joe Martello of Crystal Springs asked me if I wanted to become a football official with him and a group of guys from around Hazlehurst and Crystal Springs. This was on a Tuesday.  The officials–many of whom had been in the association for 20 or more years–were…

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It’s our time

Copiah County is ripe for the picking.  Like the tomatoes and other vegetables that farmers and workers and families used to pluck, load and haul to the packing sheds along the railroad in our towns, the county is in prime condition to be selected and graded ‘A’. Why do I say this, you might ask.…

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They’re trying to kill local businesses

I was completely shocked and appalled by a post on social media Monday afternoon by a well-known Jackson TV station news anchor.  The post promoted Amazon’s Prime Day, when the online ‘store’s’ members can shop deals all day long or something.  I’m not a member of prime, nor will I ever be, so I’m not…

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Here’s hoping for a new dam

The Small Municipalities Grant that the City of Hazlehurst has applied for, if approved, will be a tremendous help in upgrading the dam that holds back what’s left of the water in Lake Hazle.  The city has had to keep the lake level lower than normal for the past few years at the direction of…

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Finally, we have relief

Some of the laws that took effect over the weekend (see the front page) will have a profound effect on the daily lives of us Copiah Countians.  For instance, your pharmacist will now be able to advise you legally of the cheapest way to pay for your prescriptions – co-pay versus straight cash. One new…

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