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The sweet smell of honeysuckle lightly drifted over the back porch steps as I sit at the top of a thirty-step descent to the ground below. At three-years-old this was a surmountable achievement to navigate these without tumbling to the bottom. And in reality my mother was always watchfully s…

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As I turned the key and the engine on the gray Murray riding mower was balking, I sort of knew it was going to be one of those days. With a little prompting though I was off and running. Many people love to mow, although I started mowing other people’s yards at about age nine, I really am no…

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The saying “Southern by the Grace of God” came to us, maybe, from an old column writer Lewis Grizzard, sometime back in the late 1970s.

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The Band of Brothers Breakfast Club, who meet at Jack’s on West Main, are almost back to full membership.

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My fascination with taking my fingers and flipping through the pages of a book began early in my life. Beginning with the children’s books read by my mother, I soon found myself carried into other worlds created by the minds of authors. Once I started school, I soon spent any free time in th…

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As I stumbled along the dirt road, occasionally I would reach my hand up and slip it into that of my Grandpa Jesse’s. As an independence streak struck, I would then pull it back managing my steps all on my own at least for a few feet then I would once again find myself repeating the process.…

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As the nation celebrates April as Community College Month, on behalf of Itawamba Community College, thank you for your continuing commitment to education, which prepares both youth and adults with the foundation to ensure a better future. In some instances, that education is lifelong learnin…

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The warm air, a slight breeze, sunshine shining on my face, are all things that raise my spirits as we set off through another spring season. As a boy, this time of year was set aside for preparing and planting our family garden. I will never forget one year in some reading I had found some …

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This was the tenth week of the 2021 Legislative Session was busy with Floor action in the House. Wednesday was the deadline for the House to discuss general Senate bills. Senate bills that were not taken up by the members of the House and passed died. Tuesday, March 16, was the deadline to d…

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Monday, March 1 was busy with the Committees meeting vetting the Senate Bills went to the House. It was the ninth week of the 2021 Legislative Session. House committees had to report out general bills originating from the Senate before Tuesday at 8 p.m. Senate bills that did not make it out …

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I crowded into the MARTA bus headed towards downtown Atlanta. I grabbed a seat as the bus filled up. A black lady in gray dress and heels got on and I noticed that there was no available seat, so I rose and moved towards the back giving her my seat. As I got situated near the rear door, I wr…

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One of the greatest men of God of our time is undisputedly Billy Graham. The reach of his ministry has touched the four corners of the earth. I remember watching a message he delivered in Louisville, Ky. some years ago. He shared his realization that he was finally old, when not too long ago…

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WOW! The fifth week of the 2021 Legislative Session was the busiest by far. Committees wrapped up their deliberations by Tuesday. Wednesday, the House Chamber welcomed the entire membership of the House of Representatives. COVID-19 is still a large concern of everyone in the legislature. Rep…

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This is the fourth week of the 2021 Legislative Session. Members worked diligently in committee meetings, as next Tuesday’s deadline to have House Bills out of committee quickly approaches. Last week, the House announced new protocols, and all committee meetings and sessions were moved onlin…

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I pushed on through the mountains, my Lumina maneuvering the curves with great accuracy. Snow lay along the roads as I watched diligently for patches of black ice on the interstate. I had hit a patch of black ice before when I was about 20. I exited Atlanta’s 285 at Doraville returning home …

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A new year brings the promise of starting over. After 2020, we could all use that! Many folks see it as a point to make a resolution to complete or change things in their life. Perhaps coming out of the Christmas season gives them hope to make their lives better. In reality, each new day bri…

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There’s no way I can put lipstick on this pig called 2020. It’s been a horrible year. This creature called COVID has even penetrated my family in recent days. Fortunately, the youngest and probably healthiest in the family, my grandson and his wife have been able to match the virus. They liv…

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The time is December 1939 and the story is about a single Mother and her two boys, Jacque, age six and Bobby, age eight. Opal was working at the Tupelo Hotel as a waitress. She worked seven days a week for fifty cents per day, any tips she might receive plus two meals a day. They lived in a …

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This nasty COVID has made the fight personal — it’s taken one of our brothers. It hurts, even though we know Bill Roper has gone on to a better place. Bill had been a part of our Band of Brothers, who meet at Jack’s most week day morning for coffee and to solve the world’s problems as best we can.

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People will long remember and talk about the year of 2020, which thank goodness is almost over. But it’s not necessarily the worst time America has ever had. I was born in 1940 and for the first half of the 1940s the world was at war with itself in all of Europe and all of Asia at the same t…

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JACKSON, MISS. – With Christmas season here, the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) wants you to make sure your perfect Christmas tree makes it home by properly securing it to your vehicle.

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Sometimes there are points in life when one reflects on topics that bring worry, sadness, concern or even depression.

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I stood at the edge of the mountain and looked down at the green of the fields below. The fields were cut neatly into the shapes that the farmers had cultivated them in for years. The blue sky around me seemed to almost envelope me as I stood amongst the rocks and trees listening to the wind…

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With less than two months remaining in the 116th Congress, the Senate is working to complete several important priorities for Mississippi and the nation. These include an annual military authorization bill and funding for the federal government. We are continuing to confirm Trump-nominated j…

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It is amazing how disappointments can take various forms in life. I think often our childhoods are filled with little disappointments such as not getting something we really wanted – that pony. Perhaps by not winning the spelling bee or the science fair after so much practice and effort in p…

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National Veterans Small Business Week (November 2-6) was an opportunity for Mississippians and all Americans to recognize Veteran entrepreneurs. These men and women have distinguished themselves in service to our great Nation and now devote their time and energy to providing jobs to our citi…

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Do you ever go to the back of the house, and when you get there you don’t remember what you went after? How about do you ever go to the store without a list, only to return home with everything but what you went after? I do! More and more it seems. When I was little I remember watching a Sat…

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Do you ever find yourself looking around wondering what happened to the world around you? The lenses through which you have looked at life become skewed by some new information you learn, the action of another, or simply a mistake that you have made yourself. A blurred focus is something tha…

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Dear Editor: I read the recent editorials by Rep. Randy Boyd and saw they contained numerous inaccuracies. Therefore, I have contacted Rep. Boyd to correct the inaccuracies and am sharing this information with the Lee County Courier to correct the record. Although Rep. Boyd has not requested…

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We have a huge problem on the horizon Election Day. Initiative 65 is an attempt by a $14 billion industry to scam Mississippians. By installing this in our Constitution, Initiative 65 (I-65) would legitimize the smoking, vaping, using of water bongs, “ring pots,” gummy bears and “pot tarts” …

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On Oct. 1 – 2, 2020, the Mississippi Legislature went back into Session. These days were used to direct and redirect money of the COVID19 federal funds. This will be a brief summary of the bills passed and their funding. The Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is being stored by the Mississi…

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I am on the House Education Committee which is why I have more information on the State Department of Education than some of the other departments. Other departments do have concerns of their own. However, today I am again going to address another issue in the MDE. Superintendent Wright gave…

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Have you ever wondered who your walk each day impacts. Are you a leader in your community or your church? How about in your family? Do you set the pace that everyone else follows? What does it mean to be a leader? As I look back at those in my life who have inspired me to follow them, there …

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The “Deep State” in Mississippi is not just one department or agency. The Legislature allocates money to departments and agencies. Laws are in place to try and prevent misuse. The most current issue that has arisen does involve the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE). It was reported o…

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Mississippi has a “Deep State,” just like the Federal Government in Washington. The longer I stay in the Legislature, the more evident it becomes. Although, laws and bills appropriating money are written to be effective and efficient, the agencies and departments sometimes find ways to circu…

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When I was looking through this old box of memories that my mother saved all my life, I got this idea to write about things. I thought some of you might enjoy it as some of you ask for stories now and then. Now your stuck with a whole damn shoebox full more of a Boot Box, that's a little bigger.

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The coronavirus pandemic began as a threat to public health, but its ripple effects have touched every area of life and created vast new needs. Food pantries need more hands on deck to stock shelves and distribute goods. Students need tutoring to make up for lost time in the classroom. And m…

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Writer’s note: Friends, as a public personality for decades, I am always reluctant about sharing about any of my health concerns until I feel others may in some way gain an insight which may benefit them in future by my writing about it. Thankfully, this column is not about the pandemic.

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I was needing a laugh, so I hope you will join me as I recall an early music experience.

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Representatives have worked hard this week to finish the budget and bills. Starting on June 22nd with a full calendar of bills and working all week and the weekend, has slimmed the number down. Appropriation bills have been the priority. These bills fund the different Departments and Agencie…

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On June 26, I will begin my 81st year on planet Earth.  And during those 80 years I have done a lot of things. If you have been reading my columns for the past 10 or so years, you know about all of the places I’ve been and things I have done. But this column is about the things that I have n…

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