It has been a year since one of Mississippi's longest-serving sheriffs died, but people in Warren County remember. Everybody has a Paul Barrett story. Most are about how he stepped up when they needed it most.
ACKERMAN -- By five o'clock Friday afternoon, the cars had begun piling up in the gravel lot in front of two small buildings made of rough-cut timber. Smoke could be seen billowing from an open shed behind the buildings. The air was thick with the heavy fragrance of meat cooking.
It had been 40 years since I first attended the Black Hawk political rally in Carroll County, Mississippi.
It took me three weeks to even begin to write this and a lot longer to complete it.
There's no reason under the sun the ducks should have survived this long, but there they are, waddling as fast as they can toward the house.
We should seize the moment. As the only state in the union that incorporates the Confederate battle flag in its state flag, we signal to the rest of the world allegiance to a cause a large portion of our population associates with enslavement and oppression.
Once again the question of Mississippi's flag has reared an ugly head.
Twitter recently went all aflutter because of the proposed change to the picture on the paper currency of the $20 bill.
The debate over whether or not Mississippi should change the state flag to remove the image of the Confederate flag has featured many of the predictable arguments of previous debates on this issue.
No one talked about the Civil War where I grew up. Not outside of class, anyway.
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.
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