In two years, Mississippi has moved from 29th place to 19th, but it isn't good news. The ranking is for average debt of people who leave college with a bachelor's degree and student loans to repay.
The gun control debate hit a fever pitch after the tragedy of Newtown and now, once again this country finds itself with another tragedy involving guns in Charleston, S.C.
To Chief Nichols credit, he has recently begun several community outreach efforts.
For Father's Day I gave Sam four white buckets and some blue cargo shorts. When I bought the buckets, a lady in the parking lot rolled her window down and hollered, "Those are fishing buckets! Wish I was fishing!"
Almost 475 years ago Hernando de Soto's Spanish expedition arrived in what is now the Columbus, Starkville and West Point, Mississippi area, exploring the land and encountering the Chickasaw.
Thursday, I spent a couple hours with Uncle Bunky watching him work his wonders at Camp Rising Sun.
The email came from a woman who I will call "Anna" for the sake of protecting her identity and her current job.
The White House Council of Economic Advisers says Mississippi is leaving $1.38 billion cash money on the table. How so?
They are Life's Little Annoyances, the inconveniences too small to be considered serious, yet big enough to make us temporarily insane.
They were a band of brothers, and 71 years ago on June 6, 1944, in the night time darkness, hours before the landing of the greatest invasion force in history, they parachuted behind enemy lines.
Looks like we're into snake season. I've seen more snakes in the past few weeks than I've seen in the last decade, or maybe ever.
Decades ago, when there were obvious, well-constructed barriers to prevent minorities from improving their lives, there was the occasional story of light-skinned blacks who passed themselves off as white in order to get ahead.
At a family gathering last week, someone suggested we take a group picture. It was a momentous occasion; there were a lot of us there; and everyone thought it a good idea. But the light was fading. Anyone have a camera?
Not too long ago if you looked at a Starkville Board meeting electronic packet you would be able to tell which alderman of the seven had asked for any particular item to be placed on the agenda.
Last year Mississippi lawmakers insisted it was essential to start drug-testing welfare applicants.
I was sitting on the porch and staring at the cat in my lap when the phone rang.
The sequester - you do remember the controversial budget sequester - has Republican deficit hawks and military hawks squabbling.
On a recent gray, rainy afternoon a friend and I were in a trailer on a gravel road in one of the small towns scattered across southern Lowndes County. The woman who owns the trailer is related to a musician I photographed years ago. She greeted us warmly and invited us in.
The Starkville Board of Aldermen received a good report on the status of the new city hall at a recent board meeting.
The folks at CBS have a hit series on their hands, if last week's debut of the new "reality" series "The Briefcase" is any indicator.
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