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Mississippi’s Ports Are Crucial
to State’s Success

7/15/24

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Mac Gordon

Since March, when a massive cargo ship severed the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore, resulting in the deaths of seven workers and a slowdown in ocean freight arriving in the U.S., this country’s port cities have been riding a mixture of good and bad news.

Usually when we encounter news about the ports system, it involves accidents like that one.

In Mississippi, general knowledge of our 17 seaport and riverport operations remains on the back burner when discussing the state’s economic de . . .

48 hours in Grapevine: ‘Christmas Capital of Texas”
is the perfect getaway

7/12/24

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Kara Kimbrough

FAMOUS TEXAS DESTINATIONS-- Gaylord Texan’s massive atrium is a wonderland of lights, flowers, trees and replicas of famous Texas attractions like The Alamo.

Describing the unique features and sights of charming Grapevine, Texas in a few hundred words is an impossible task. Visiting the city on the outskirts of Dallas was an enjoyable, eye-opening experience that left me wanting to return.

I knew little about Grapevine before I arrived to spend a whirlwind 48 hours with writers and tourism o . . .

Twists & Turns:
Oh Dear! Where Are My Glasses!

7/12/24

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Judy Causey Love

A most dreadful thing happened recently, and I am still in recovery mode! I misplaced my glasses! And no, they were not on my head. I checked there first!

For those of you good people who do not need such sight enhancers perched on your nose, this can be a nerve shattering event.

I naturally checked the nightstand beside the bed where they usually lie, within easy reach in the mornings. Nope. Not there. I then pulled open the drawer to check in case I had, for some dumb reason, locked them o . . .

Felder’s Mix & Match Shrubs

7/16/24

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Felder Rushing

Dilemma: Do I replace the big shrubs that succumbed to severe weather with more of the same, or go with something different?

I’m not really a garden gambler; the scientist in me understands that ongoing world-wide climate changes affect local weather patterns, and who knows what that may trend. And though I do experiment a bit, I’m cautious about investing money, effort, time, and hope on iffy plants, making me think twice about what I shove into my garden’s dirt.

Luckily, I don’t worry at . . .

Southwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center Welcomes New Family Medicine Residents

7/13/24

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STATE HEALTH OFFICER AND SOUTHWEST MEDICAL STAFF WELCOME NEW FAMILY MEDICINE RESIDENTS--- At the July meeting of the medical staff of Southwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center in McComb, the four new Family Medicine residents in the Southwest Family Medicine Residency program were introduced to the staff. Among those welcoming them was Mississippi’s State Health Officer Dr. Daniel Edney. Pictured from left to right, Drs. Joseph Reinshagen, Rishi Kumar, Daniel Edney, Ivan Makiyama, and Abolar . . .

Hayden Fortenberry Among Mississippi State Presenters at Spring Undergraduate Research Symposium

7/8/24

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Hayden Fortin-berry, of Summit, MS, is among Mississippi State students who presented at the university’s Undergraduate Research Symposium this spring.

Fortinberry presented “Mental Health and Greek Life at MSU” in Social Sciences/ Poster category.

MSU’s Under-graduate Research Symposium allows students to showcase faculty-guided research and creative activity. This bi-annual event includes students from diverse departments and colleges who participate in poster and oral presentation sessio . . .

South Pike Welcomes Senator Laphonza Butler

7/6/24

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U. S. SENATOR LAPHONZA BUTLER GLAD TO SEE SOUTH PIKE SCHOOL BOARD PRESIDENT PERCY MARTIN--- On May 3rd, California’s U. S. Senator Laphonza Butler visited her hometown of Magnolia. She is shown here at the school coliseum being welcomed by her former 5th grade teacher at Eva Gordon Elementary in Magnolia, Mr. Percy Martin, who is currently president of the South Pike School Board. Butler is a 1997 South Pike High School and was one of four salutatorians for South Pike’s Class of 1997 and also wa . . .

Whitney Strong Named a Stephen D. Lee Scholar at Mississippi State University

7/4/24

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STRONG RECOGNIZED AT MSU--- Whitney Strong, of Mccomb, MS, was recognized as a Stephen D. Lee Scholar during Mississippi State University’s spring 2024 commencement exercises. Strong is one of 113 students who attained this honor among nearly 3,500 spring graduates. Stephen D. Lee Scholars have achieved a cumulative 4.0 grade point average during their college careers. Strong, who studied Biological Sciences, earned the Bachelor of Science degree from MSU’s College of Arts and Sciences. . . .

Best Food & Travel Items of 2024… So Far, Anyway

7/5/24

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Kara Kimbrough

BEST HOMEMADE GRANOLA-- Homemade granola is the perfect meal or snack; better yet, it tastes 100 times better than the store-bought version.

I’m not sure how – or when – it happened, but 2024 is more than halfway done. Before more time elapses, here are the items that have made cooking, eating and traveling a little more memorable in the first six months.

1. The first one is actually a combination food/travel find: A road trip of any length must include snacks. A new favorite is Ritz Toaste . . .

Felder’s Bizarre Critters

7/4/24

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Felder Rushing

Don’t look too closely at a cicada, whose lurid red eyes are downright nightmarish.

Cicadas are truly odd critters, living underground for years as soft, thumb-size grubs, only to emerge with hard-shell exoskeletons and brittle wings for a few days of rattling out raspy mating songs before becoming fodder for birds and possums… what a life.

But while discussing them on the radio the last week I got stumped good and proper by someone asking me what the weirdest creature is I have ever come . . .

Winning A Debate Isn’t Exactly Tantamount To Winning An Election

7/3/24

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Mac Gordon

In the eyes of many political observers and voters, serious questions over President Biden’s mental sharpness and physical limitations going forward are of epic consequence to America in this election year.

But “many” doesn’t take in all of the populace of this country. Many others say there are other overriding factors in play as the country chooses a leader for the next four years.

One of these obvious factors is the legal trouble still facing former President Trump, already carrying a 34- . . .

Armchair Ponderings
Debate, Ha!

7/7/24

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Guy Geller

Last night I, like millions of viewers were not necessarily shocked at the debacle entitled “presidential debate.” We suspected that the President was on a downward trend regarding his cognitive function, but not quite to that extent. We all saw it so I don’t have to point out any particular statement even though some were whoppers. “No military have died under my watch!” I can think of 18 in Afghanistan.

Many of his statements will be regurgitated over the next few weeks; so, I will let oth . . .

7/15/24

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