Lists are more popular than ever. People love lists. People love making lists, the most prevalent of which is the “bucket list,” a roster of to-do items before leaving this life for the next. How about an eventually list? It would be a list of things that will happen at some point, even if none […]

Go anywhere in our state and you can find fresh seafood. The catfish of the Delta and the oysters of the Gulf are a source of local pride and a delicious treat for visitors. Mississippi’s seafood industry is also a major economic driver, generating some $377 million and thousands of jobs in recent years. Our […]

‘Good samaritan’ deserves recognition, praise I am writing this message in the paper to thank the unknown “good samaritan” who found my purse in a shopping cart int he middle of the parking lot of Walmart on North Gloster Street on Saturday, March 5. You took the time to turn my purse into the customer […]

From an area World War II veteran receiving a surprise ceremony to an event aimed at bringing law enforcement officials closer to the community, 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 […]

My wife and I are in our 50s and chase grandchildren. So, in my health insurance, do I need maternity coverage? Does my wife need prostate exam coverage? While the answers to both questions would seem an obvious “no” – the questions are worth examining both in the halls of Congress and around family dinner […]

Sausage is being made in Washington. But you don’t want to watch. Whether you’re a Democrat or a Republican, liberal or conservative, watching Washington’s sausage being made will make you lose your appetite for democracy. Whether it’s rewriting tax policy or repealing and replacing Obamacare, I’ve always imagined the process starts somewhere in the basement […]

As odd as it might seem to celebrate something so routine, education administrators were likely doing just that – or at least breathing a sigh of relief – last week after Senate leaders decided to move ahead with the funding of Mississippi’s kindergarten through 12th-grade education budget. In a somewhat surprising move, the Senate leadership […]

Dad. Last month, that three-letter word became the most important title I will ever have associated with my name. Friends and family had already started using it with me since my wife and I began sharing the news that we were expecting and for most of the time throughout the pregnancy. “Are you ready, dad?” […]

Rural communities in the South can succeed. Thomasville, a small town in Alabama’s poor “Black Belt,” has thrived under the leadership of Mayor Sheldon Day. Indeed, Day has his folks believing it is “cool to be rural.” Census data shows Thomasville with 4,209 residents and a low family poverty rate of 13 percent compared to […]