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Thanks-giving was a low-key event for us this year. We had a few members of the family and some friends over on Thanksgiving Day to do the turkey thang. We may be a minority, but we like to celebrate Halloween in October and Thanksgiving in November. We don’t start decorating for Christmas until December. That’s just the way we roll. more
Attend enough Sunday sermons, and you’ll hear the story of the pot roast. A young woman is preparing a pot roast one day. Before placing it in the pan, she cuts off both ends. “Why did you do that?” her husband asks. “Because … more
The tune is instantly recognizable. I associate it with patriotic parades, black-and-white newsreels and pickup trucks covered in bunting that cruise around courthouse squares blaring slogans like … more
On April 27, 2011, I huddled in a hallway with my son as an EF4 tornado passed within a half-mile of us. At the first sound of wood cracking, my plan was to throw myself on top of him, shielding him from whatever the wind unleashed. Ninety miles away in Smithville, Mississippi, another mother stood in front of what was left of her house. Patty Parker had chased the mile-wide EF5 tornado from nearby Amory, where she was the executive director of United Way, to Smithville. When live power lines and debris made driving impossible, she abandoned her car and ran toward home in high heels. more
In July 2016, a stakeholder focus group meeting was conducted to discuss marketing needs and strategies for the Walker County Airport. Organizations represented at the meeting included the Chamber of Commerce of Walker County, the Walker County … more
On Feb. 14, Jilda and I celebrate our 43rd Valentine’s Day as a married couple. There were also several years before we tied the knot, but suffice it to say we’ve eaten a few boxes of chocolates together. In the early years, I was broker than … more
Last Monday when we arrived for our weekly yoga class, the parking lot of the community center was full. When we went inside, we learned that one of the local merchants had rented the center for the evening for their annual Christmas party. more
Jasper Mayor David O’Mary spoke in-depth earlier this week about the state of the city’s finances. His presentation showed the city will end fiscal year 2017 with a $2.7 million … more
When the weather turned off chilly the week before last, Jilda was giddy. She stripped the cotton sheets from our bed and put on flannel sheets. Those sheets feel like the red and green shirt I wore … more
At lunchtime yesterday, I left my office at Bevill State Community College to attend a chamber of commerce lunch meeting. The sky was tombstone grey with light mist falling. Cranking up my truck, I sat for a moment while the engine warmed and the wipers squeaked on the windshield, looking for water to swish. I rolled the driver’s side window down to wipe the mist off my rearview mirror. more
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