Last week, rounding the corner of the porch, I came face to face with a young deer lying in the grass, not 50 feet away. We stared; neither moved. She was lying at the edge of some trees, not hidden, even though the sun had been up for hours.
In early January of 2014, Jessica Austin boarded a KLM Royal Dutch Airlines jet in Washington D.C. and flew to Istanbul, Turkey. She knew no one in Istanbul. She did not have a place to stay, nor did she have a job waiting on her.
Veterans Day is the day set aside to honor the men and women who have served and are serving our county.
The Board of Aldermen of the City of Starkville held their last formal meeting in the old location this week.
Twenty or so years ago, 'privatize' became a big word. The trend had started slowly.
The attorney next to me was having a conversation with his assistant. I listened.
In 1992, Mississippi voters amended Section 273 of the state constitution to allow for an initiative process for our citizens.
Last week it was announced that the City Of Columbus was purchasing the Gilmer Inn in downtown Columbus.
Tuesday, Mississippians will go to the polls to determine the outcome of numerous local and state elections, including who will be our governor.
One of the overriding challenges facing organizations is how to increase membership and encourage wider involvement.
As I write this, a burn ban rages across the state.
A week ago I had the pleasure of meeting some folks from out of town who were just passing through.
A thick down comforter of gray clouds pressed against the morning sky. The fringe along the eastern edge of the clouds was the color of July peaches. Before sunrise late last week, I had come outside, coffee in hand, to admire the explosion of yellow swamp sunflowers in our otherwise fading backyard. The sunflowers are perennials that grow and grow -- some are as tall as 12-feet -- and you wonder if they will ever bloom.
This summer Starkville's city leaders engaged an independent consulting firm to develop a new comprehensive plan.
Several good friends and readers have asked me to weigh in on the Initiative 42 referendum.
Please find a rich person -- which isn't easy in Mississippi -- and offer him or her a hug today.
Last week we left for our annual camping trip to north Alabama. I admit I was torn between camping and staying with the new kittens but my responsible 16-year-old neighbor girl readily agreed to keep the kittens and besides I knew Sam needed a vacation from SEC television and retirement activities.
We are seeing so much energy and activity in downtown Starkville these days.
I have just finished reading the article in Tuesday's Dispatch concerning Initiative 42 (Slimantics: Just in time for Halloween: The scary story of the "single liberal judge").
It is almost comical the lengths our state's career politicians are going to in a frenzied effort to defeat Initiative 42, a November ballot measure that requires the state to adequately fund K-12 public education by holding the Legislature accountable to the judicial system.
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