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Candidates line up to fill Brown’s seat

October 1, 2014

We’re five months away from the qualifying deadline for the 2015 legislative elections, but the special election for the Lowndes County Senate District 17 to fill the remaining year of the late Senator Terry Brown is in six weeks and has already drawn four candidates.

Resetting or repeating history?

September 30, 2014

It’s complicated. War, hostilities or conflict; sects, religions and politics; nations, tribes, clans and loyalties; all of these terms revolve around competing worldviews.

Are you really a good listener?

September 29, 2014

“Hello Seattle, I’m listening.”
As a longtime fan of the comedy series Frasier, I think of the countless times I heard the lead character, Dr. Frasier Crane make that statement as he began his fictitious radio show.

A final note for Life Insurance Awareness Month

September 26, 2014

I sat with a couple this week who were in their late 40s and had five children between them. She has been married twice before, and has been through the illness and death of two husbands. Neither husband had life insurance. Did I mention that she is not yet 50 years old?

What we should learn from plus-one debacle

September 25, 2014

Tuesday night at Starkville City Hall provided the dream stage for someone fascinated with political theatre, and someone, somewhere should adapt footage from a very interesting Board of Aldermen meeting into a screenplay. The wry comedy could bear the title, “What, in God’s Name, Are You Doing?”

Giving school budgets to judges

September 24, 2014

Next month, the organization Better Schools Better Jobs (BSBJ) will present the signatures collected for Initiative 42, a proposed amendment to the Mississippi Constitution dealing with education. The initiative process requires 21,444 certified signatures from each of Mississippi’s old five congressional districts to make it on the ballot.

What will Lisa Wynn do?

September 23, 2014

Tonight will be a historic night for Starkville.
The Board of Aldermen tonight will decide whether to override a mayoral veto involving city employee health insurance, and whatever happens will carry heavy implications on Starkville’s workforce, as well as the city’s identity both statewide and nationwide.

Kiwanis Club Celebrates 50th Anniversary

September 22, 2014

The Kiwanis Club of Starkville is celebrating its 50th anniversary. It was officially established on July 24, 1964. The Charter Night Program for the 37 new members was September 12, 1964. The first officers were Sonny Mullins, Jr. (president), Bob Hartley (vice president), Bill Knight (secretary) and Charlie Weatherly (treasurer). Mr.

Hood, Pickering & MAEP suit

September 19, 2014

This week former Governor Ronnie Musgrove announced five more school districts have joined his lawsuit in a Hinds County chancery court against the state, seeking retroactive funding under the Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP) and bringing total plaintiff districts to nineteen.

Local gov’t. should stop dabbling in social engineering

September 18, 2014

Marriage is undoubtedly a strong bond that gets a lot of attention in Mississippi. But one marriage that has prevailed despite decades of social change — that between church and state — remains as strong as ever in the Magnolia State. These two, however, badly need to divorce.

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