Commentary

Why do it?

I had a good conversation with Hazlehurst Police Chief Byron Swilley on Monday morning.  Chief Swilley called me about a misdemeanor crime that is plaguing Hazlehurst–and truly Copiah County.  Though I could not see him through the phone line, I could tell by the tone and tenor of his voice that he was just about…

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Make this one your top priority in ‘18

So, everyone is beginning to think about resolutions for the new year, things we want to change about ourselves or things we might can do better. One resolution we all need to make and stick to for 2018 is to keep our money in our own communities by strengthening our shopping effort with local merchants,…

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Slow down and enjoy the season

My family and I are just as guilty of it as everyone else is during this time of year.  From hustling to get work done before Christmas to checking names off Christmas gift lists to preparing for and/or attending parties and other social gatherings and getting every little detail just right for family gatherings, we…

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Socks for Heroes continues to shine

I had the privilege of attending Saturday’s Socks for Heroes packing event at the Old School in Wesson on Saturday.  The event has grown from helping one veterans’ home in Collins four years ago to over 11,500 socks and various and sundry items for 10 homes in 3 states.  The number of volunteers performing collecting,…

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It has slipped up on us

My friend and colleague Wyatt Emmerich has written more about it and in greater detail this week than I am going to, but we are at the cusp of Mississippi’s bicenntennial.  Events surrounding our state’s 200th birthday are taking place in Jackson this weekend with the opening of Two Mississippi Museums–Mississippi Museum of History and…

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‘Christmas at the Lake’ a treat

After the long Thanksgiving weekend, during which we traveled to Starkville to view the traditional end of football season pitting Ole Miss against Mississippi State in the Battle for the Golden Egg, we were in Hazlehurst on Sunday evening getting a bite to eat.  The decision was made to ride through the displays at Lake…

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Enjoy your blessings

The year seems to have flown by quickly, hasn’t it?  Thanksgiving is this week, and Christmas and a new year are just around the corner.  Most of us working stiffs are off work on Thursday, and some of us are lucky enough to have Friday off–a four-day weekend! Do yourself and your family a favor: …

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Not sure? Find out before Tuesday

This is your yearly reminder that we have an election coming up first Tuesday this month. That is, the election to fill the Justice Court Judge Post 1 seat, which will be held on November 7.  Polls are open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.  Only registered voters in the Post 1 district (which includes 6…

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50 years . . . incredible

As we have been putting together the special magazine celebrating 50 years of Copiah Academy serving the county and surrounding areas, many, many people have come forward with stories of incredible sacrifice under extraneous circumstances of the men and women who built the existing structure on East Gallman road in 1970.  In just a few…

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Safety first and always

Interstate 55 through Copiah County has been a trek of near misses–and some unfortunate deadly crashes–over the past few months. Clearing and grubbing of the rights-of-way and, now, milling, grading, sealing and paving of I-55, has involved one-lane traffic flow on either side of the interstate at any given time of the day or night. …

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