My oldest son graduates from college this week and I am so proud. Every parent has dreams when they hold a newborn that they will grow up and graduate from college. I’ve got another boy who will graduate from Houston High School in two short years. I am so proud of James, too. But his […]
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At my house we have a job-jar. It’s a jar filled with jobs Sara feels need tending to on the Ingram Plantation. We’ve had this system for the past 20-years. I wake up most Saturday mornings and pull out a job. When it’s finished I pull out another. The job-jar has never been empty. It’s […]
We moved to Houston five years ago and have attended every Flywheel Festival since – spring and fall. Our first year here we got to pull the lanyard on the Keck-Gonnerman steam tractor and make it whistle. The next year we got to push the button at the Friday morning anvil shoot. We’ve been a […]
In a day and age when our lives are ruled by the clock and in a business filled with deadlines, I have to sometimes step back and look at the bigger picture. April 15 Hope you paid your taxes today. It’s the law and if you didn’t Uncle Sam tends to get upset and he […]
I’ve had the good fortune to work for several newspapers in several different parts of this great country. As I move into a community and make my rounds of city, county and state offices, one question always comes up. “Are you a Republican or Democrat?” It’s usually pretty easy to figure out the party of […]
Pardon the twist on Bill Shakespeare’s famous line, but one of the joys of this business is bending the words of The Bard to fit my fancy. The other real joy of this business is getting to cover baseball in the spring. I’ve covered the Ole Miss Rebels in Memphis, the MSU Bulldogs in New […]
Not long after I moved to Houston I pulled up to the stoplight on the Courthouse Square on a summer night in my old truck and there was an elected official in his old truck. We all know what goes through the minds of two boys when they pull up to a stoplight in old […]
A wise old politician once told me all politics is local. After watching campaigns, elections and political shenanigans for 25 years, I’ve come to the conclusion this is true. When you look at the national picture, you have to remember that it all filters down to a particular region or community heading to the polls […]
The snow is gone. I thought the last pile would be that massive snow drift city crews pushed up on the northeast corner of the Fire Station. But those busy guys came back and loaded that heap into a dump truck and carried it off. I was out at the Courthouse office on Sunday and […]
We hear people talk about quality of life all the time. It’s one of those feel-good phrases that are loved by local, state and federal politicians when they want to say something good without really saying something at all. Think about it. What is quality of life? A person’s health is one factor when we […]
Special to the Chickasaw Journal Houston’s boys and girls basketball teams lost in Tuesday’s Division 4-4A Tournament openers, effectively ending their seasons. Until … Until the school was alerted by the MHSAA that division opponent Noxubee County’s basketball teams had been ruled ineligible for playing too many regular season games. Teams are allowed 28 games. […]
Why someone wants to throw their hat in the ring and become a public servant has never made a lot of sense to me. Most public posts don’t really pay that well and the heartache and grief you take from John Q. Public and Jane Q. Citizen take their toll on a mind and body. […]
Sara and I will exchange Valentine cards this weekend. I’ll put hers on the kitchen table propped up by a little something sweet, shiny or with the appropriate red bloom. She has always stuck mine on the mirror in our bathroom. We’ll find them and smile as we use sleepy fingers to tear it open. […]
Covering Chickasaw County puts me in touch with a lot of people each week and in meetings where a lot of information and data is presented. No medium is better suited to explain the details of budgets, trends and plain raw numbers than a newspaper. TV wants 30-seconds of pictures. Radio wants a five second […]
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