When state and federal programs to health-care providers began, so did a behind-the-scenes struggle. It centered on keeping the payments secret.
A large number of the Starkville property owners are girding their loins for battle. It is the collective gearing up for the turnover of college kids for our landlord population.
A curtain of darkness fell as we spread blankets and pillows on the floor near the stairway. Sam watched the local news until the satellite cut out. An ominous message came across the screen saying, "Don't call us -- we already know."
Hell froze over Saturday morning: I planted a garden, thus fulfilling an ancient prophecy.
As the recent tragic storms have once again proven, April and May are tornado season in Mississippi. Mississippi has the fifth most tornadoes in the nation and is number one in tornado deaths with an average of 10 fatalities per year.
During the month of April, Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann began criss-crossing the state -- at taxpayer expense, naturally -- to promote the state-mandated Voter ID law that will require Mississippians to produce a state-issued ID before casting a ballot.
By 10 o'clock Tuesday morning Bobby Ray had almost finished picking up storm debris in his yard on Tabernacle Road when neighbor Ricky Ward showed up. The two are old friends, their friendship rooted in their shared passion for dirt-track racing.
A couple of miles down Lee-Stokes Road, where Pleasant Hill Baptist Church sits on a hill above a cluster of modest brick homes where Lacy Road runs into Pleasant Hill Road, church pastor Bill Hurt wearily tended his flock, scattered but unharmed after a pair of Monday tornadoes plowed through East Columbus.
Maybe there is something to that old saying, "The good guys wear white hats."
In "Patton," George C. Scott portrays the aggressive and effective World War II general. He finds an otherwise able soldier cowering in a hospital and slaps him.
The bunny numbers had grown to four, though not in the usual way. The first bunny, small and untamed, was Toby. He began his life at the Bardwells in a birdcage that opened into a small bathroom.
As of Tuesday evening, the City of Starkville has now hired its new Community Development Director. I commend the Board of Aldermen for using an improved process.
Last week the primroses blossomed along Highway 82. I say primroses but I always called them buttercups as a child because if you smelled them your nose would become covered in yellow pollen.
Walking ahead of two young people when one asked the other, "What are you doing this summer?"
I just got back from an incredible weekend in Meridian. Go Green Meridian, a chapter of Gaining Ground.
On the heels of a quiet, cold winter, the Prairie house became a whirl of activity. It's good to enjoy those quiet winter days; they don't last long. Our visiting turkey hunters set out early and came in late, thus we rarely saw our guests. I caught up with my brother, Skip Shelton, coming in at the late hour of 9 p.m. His eyes looked bleary. "You can't run on a few hours of sleep," I said.
From its founding, the United States has provided for mail delivery across the country.
On a recent Saturday about 40 beekeepers stood in the twilight on a cement pad outside a metal farm building in south Noxubee County.
As of the last formal census of 2010, Starkville has a population of 23,888. The most recent figure from 2012 is an official estimate of 24,360. So, in the past two years we have grown by roughly 472 people. If we project that rate of growth over the next eight years by 2020 we should have about 26,248 as our population base.
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