Lee County’s Excel by 5 coalition wants to give 600 Lee County children age 5 and under access to free books by the end of 2016, doubling the number already receiving free books through the Dolly Parton Foundation’s Imagination Library program. The United Way of Northeast Mississippi and the CREATE Foundation work in collaboration with […]

In 1994, former Attorney General Mike Moore laid out a plan to force tobacco companies to reimburse Mississippi the cost of treating people with smoking-related illnesses. When he did, then-Gov. Kirk Fordice made a competing dash for the courthouse. Fordice’s mission was to ask the state Supreme Court to decree no lawsuit could be filed […]

The Obama administration often chooses to ignore the law when it comes to illegal immigration. A glaring example is the failure to detain illegal immigrants who drink and drive. This year a number of car accidents across the country have exposed this serious lapse in federal immigration enforcement. In these cases, illegal immigrants were not […]

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From cutting the ribbon on a major project to the donation of Bibles to law enforcement officials, there was plenty of good news to share last week throughout Northeast Mississippi. Before we prepare for the week ahead, let’s take a look back at some of the highlights from last week: • City leaders and business […]

Too few appreciate the last great bastion of serenity. “Well,” my friend said the other day, “the world is going down the toilet anyway.” I prefer a kinder, gentler tone: that the world we once knew – a world that for all its problems had at least a semblance of order – is drifting farther […]

From heated races to choose county supervisors or local justices of the peace to the White House, the Neshoba County Fair remains Mississippi’s premier political stump. That fact will be again underscored this week with the scheduled appearance of the son of newly minted Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump at Neshoba on Tuesday. The […]

A decision by clergymen in Tupelo and Lee County to host a prayer rally Aug. 3 for reconciliation and peace opens the door for substantive actions in uniting people of faith and more broadly addressing issues of racial division. The decision, made public Thursday, apparently takes the place of a July 30 event that was […]

One year ago, I had the great honor of taking over the position as editor of the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal. Sometimes it’s hard to believe a whole year has passed. But then again, time moves quickly in the daily newspaper business. A lot has happened in that year, and our staff has been there […]