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Nobody likes to be called names. Nevertheless, political debate continues to devolve further into dregs of name-calling. Chuck Todd, contributing editor at The Atlantic and moderator of NBC’s Meet the Press, wrote an opinion piece reacting to the public’s dwindling trust in news media. He bl…

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OXFORD — It’s the season for storms to line up in the Atlantic and Pacific, seeming to take aim. TV weatherfolk become hyper-animated over how awful everything is going to be — which is too often true. What’s missing from the big picture is the small picture of individuals and small groups h…

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I am convinced that social media will make you lose all faith in humanity and will one day lead to the end of mankind.

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Last weekend, my daughter and I made a quick trip to Gulf Shores. Work demands had kept us apart more than usual the last few weeks, so I wanted to do something special to celebrate her 14th birthday (God help me).

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“I’m a citizen and a public official, too!” retorted Jones County Sheriff Alex Hodge, according to the Sept. 6 LL-C, in response to Board of Supervisors President Jerome Wyatt telling him “he wouldn’t be allowed to speak because the board had already listened to his presentation when departm…

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My nephew Ryder is 3 years old and he already knows who his team to root for is — Miss. State. Or, to him, the Bulldogs.

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A few years ago, I read a restaurant survey that ranked customers’ priorities when dining out. The study listed food, service, atmosphere, and location. The results were a little surprising to me in some areas.

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OXFORD — Long before there was a mutiny aboard H.M.S. Bounty, it was clear Capt. Bligh was unfit. As tensions built, the choice for his officers and crew became increasingly clear: (1) tough it out or (2) risk being hanged for deciding enough was enough.

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John Grisham clarified critical thinking in his first best seller, “A Time to Kill,” when he challenged jurors to think critically intentionally. As the story goes, a couple of white guys rape and torture a little black girl and try to kill her, but she survives. The sheriff arrests the two …

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Trial talk. Budget talk. Talk about those who talked at the trial. Talk about those who talked at the budget talks … I’m about talked out when it comes to those topics.

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An unrelenting pursuit of answers against Home Town corruption

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This past Saturday morning, celebration of the life of John Sidney McCain III was aired on television — reaffirming the ideals of America. McCain’s celebration sets the tone for this missive in view of what transpired on Lyon Ranch Road July 11, when and where, VIRTUE was NONE. Only transgre…

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A couple of decades ago, I wrote a column that posed the question, “If you could have dinner with six people throughout all of history, who would you invite?” The column received a lot of response from readers as they sent in their list of six dinner guests.

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Apart from building the wall, President Trump’s most important act as president so far was his attack on internet censorship this week.

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I know that a large portion of Jones County was extremely disappointed and upset with the outcome of the Greg Burroughs manslaughter trial. There are many who believe that Greg Burroughs has gotten away with murder, and there are an equally large number who believe that this is just another …

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The Scots have it right when it comes to the most precise language for a non-guilty verdict, a wise old prosecutor used to point out to me. They don’t say “not guilty” or “innocent.” No, they say “not proven.”

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Over the past 30 years our company has been busy. We’ve opened fine-dining restaurants, New Orleans-themed restaurants, an Italian restaurant, a live-music club, a daiquiri bar, a 20,000-square foot country and western nightclub, a burger joint, a couple of neighborhood bars, four steakhouse…

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In October 2011, working the drainage ditch that runs from old Roosevelt School campus south to McManus Street, the writer discovered the City of Ellisville’s historical marker in a wooded area under vegetation, where it had vanished for years. And, upon contacting Larry Rogers, Ellisville P…

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Many years ago, I heard an evangelist utter the following chilling words: “If you are only 99 percent sure that you are a Christian, then you can be sure that you are 100 percent lost.” And why do those words still disturb me today? Because they could not be any further from the truth. In fa…

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I appreciate everything that Ben and Erin Napier and the HGTV show “Home Town” has done for Laurel and Jones County. It has shone a spotlight on all that is good and vibrant in our little part of the South. 

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MEADVILLE — It’s interesting timing that on the night before testimony is expected to wrap up in the biggest trial I’ve ever covered, a movie that’s been on my wish list for about a year is coming on the free HBO at the Holiday Inn Express in Natchez: “Three Billboards in Ebbing, Missouri.”

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Two weeks ago, I wrote in this space about how I love Saturdays. I also wrote about a conversation I had with my 3-year-old nephew Ryder when he revealed to me that Saturday was his favorite day of the week, too, because “you don’t have to go to school on Saturdays,” he said.

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Today, with so much talk about “fake news” and “misinformation,” it behooves readers not — prima facie — to take for granted what is printed or otherwise disseminated for public consumption as “facts.” News and information should be “fact-checked.” It is the practice of examining, assessing …

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Community cafés and diners are a dying breed. Years ago, people gathered for breakfast in small cafés in downtown areas. They talked politics, sports, and religion over cups of strong coffee, eggs and grits. At lunch they often returned to the same café and ate fried chicken, country fried s…

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To listen to the mainstream media, both in Mississippi and across the nation, the U.S. Senate special election for Thad Cochran’s old seat, a battle between Cindy Hyde-Smith and Chris McDaniel, at least on the Republican side of things, is a fight for President Donald Trump’s endorsement, fo…

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A trade war does seem to be getting under way. Investors around the world see headwinds arising from newly enacted and planned tariffs, headwinds that could potentially exert a drag on global growth (and stock markets). How badly could these trade disputes hurt the American economy? Perhaps …

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    “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”  (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)

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Now, I realize that our Facebook page has been hijacked by a small band of Sheriff Alex Hodge supporters and SCAR attack dogs that don’t seem to care about anything but expressing hatred and calling for social-media lynchings, but I still have faith that the majority of our citizens, and esp…

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On Tuesday, July 24, between 1323 hours and 1406 hours, the writer left Lowe’s and went to Walmart. Entering through the automotive entrance, proceeding over to the toiletries-pharmacy main aisle — running from south to north — the writer and other patrons in that area suddenly stopped in th…

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Nassau Place in the small city of Peekskill in suburban New York City was about two-thirds as long as Oak to Central on North Magnolia.

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Suzanne is widowed and has four adult children. Her investment portfolio is worth $1 million, and she owns a bed-and-breakfast inn worth $1 million as well. Can she conveniently and equally bequeath these assets to her kids to give each child a $500,000 share of her wealth?

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School has been in session for a little over a week now and it has already begun.

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OXFORD — After 30 minutes with the household bills, Dad comes to the dinner table. Looking somber, he tells Mom, Junior and Sis, “We’ve got to cut back. We’re spending more than we have.”

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Baby boomers born, raised and schooled in Laurel-Jones County are likely to grasp the social dynamics, nuances and subtleties of interactions between classes, races and other demographics of people in Jones County. By the same token, this generation is likely to remember New York City’s East…

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An explorer organizes an expedition by studying maps and charts. A petroleum engineer prepares for a drill by scrutinizing geological surveys of the earth’s strata and seismic graphs. A ballet dancer prepares for a performance with years of training and practice. A competitive sailor reads o…

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It began on Thursday, and until after New Year’s, it will be the most hectic time of the year around our house.