Commentary

How will you celebrate our freedom?

In a few more days Americans will be marking the 242nd anniversary of the date that representatives from 13 American colonies declared independence from centuries of British rule.  Most everyone who works will get the day off, enjoying a break from the grind.  Cookouts, fireworks, watermelons and red, white and blue will abound throughout the…

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Why not one flag for everyone?

The news out of our state capitol on Tuesday morning showed a group of protesters burning the state flag, along with a confederate battle flag (which is a misnomer because the ‘confederate battle flag’ that everyone refers to was never officially associated with the Confederacy nor was it recognized by the Confederacy as the official…

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Seasons come to a close

Rec league baseball and softball season has come to a close for many boys and girls around Copiah County.  All-star teams have been announced, and we will publish photos of those teams and the sponsored teams as space becomes available over the next few weeks. I offer a hearty ‘thank you’ to all the men…

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Mal will be greatly missed

When former Courier owner Jim Lambert hired me to sell advertising in late 1996, I was to replace Mal Jones who had been here for quite some time and was ready to retire (again). For the first month, I rode the route with Mal, learning about our accounts and how to treat people.  I had…

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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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