Commentary

Show your support, community pride

On Saturday, Hazlehurst hosts the premier event of the Keep Mississippi Beautiful cleanup campaign.  Thousands of hours have been spent by our local Keep Copiah County Beautiful committee members and volunteers, along with employees of the City of Hazlehurst Street Department, to prepare Lake Hazle for the wealth of state dignitaries that will be attending.…

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Your future is here

Three decades.  10,956 days.  262,944 hours.  I’m not even going to calculate the seconds. That’s how much time will have passed since I graduated from high school at Copiah Academy on May 13, 1988 at 7:00 p.m. This Friday I have a son, Connor, who will walk across the CA stage with 50-something other of…

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Others stepping up

Believe it or not, the news of Advance Auto Parts phased shut-down of its distribution facility in Gallman by the end of 2018 could be worse April 25 edition of the Courier).  The executive director’s report to the Copiah County Economic Development District’s trustees on Monday injected a bit of hope that many of the…

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KCCB earns our respect

Keep Copiah County Beautiful continues to rake in the awards from Keep Mississippi Beautiful each year, this year earning the President’s Circle Award.  For this we congratulate the men and women who volunteer their time to improving our communities through beautification projects, anti-litter programs in our schools and plain old hard work.  And, we are…

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Would like to see this

How many others of you go through a ton of plastic drink bottles, plastic coffee containers, cardboard boxes, paper products and the like each month?   The mountain of recyclable waste we produce in this county is immeasurable. The City of Crystal Springs has a recycling program through its waste pick-up service that has heavy participation…

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A special ‘thank you’

Not nearly often enough do I give credit to the people who help keep us in business each week and each year.  People like you reading this column right now are the heart that pumps the blood of the newspaper business and especially our community newspaper. Whether you consume your news from our print edition…

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Yes, it is that serious

Please take time to read the editorial piece at right.  I’ve never met the writer, Susan Rowell, but I’ve had plenty of experience with the National Newspaper Association.  Believe me, when they send out an editorial release like this, a critical point has been reached. As if we don’t already have enough mountains to climb…

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Railroad ties us together

In the interesting article on the next page, you’ll find some little-known facts about the railroad that runs through Copiah County.  For over 150 years the rail line has tied our communities together in this county and with many others along the way. Rail travel made industrialization possible and served as the lynchpin in our…

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Oh so close

The Hazlehurst Lady Indian basketball team’s near miss against Independence in the state 3A tournament semifinals in Jackson last week ended a breathtaking run that captivated Copiah County. Reaching that far in the state tournament may not have been on many folks’ radars in the past few weeks, and we learned as time went on…

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They’ve done what so many couldn’t

Thirty years ago this month I stepped off the basketball court for the final time as a Copiah Colonel, unable to get out of the first round of the south state AAA playoffs for the third year in a row.  Many times I’ve wondered that if we could’ve gotten past that first round at all,…

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