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Keeping tabs on my sister

My sister has a stalker! OK, that would be kind of alarming, except the stalker is me, her brother. At least, that’s what my wife thinks. Jenny says I’m obsessed with keeping track of where Donna and her husband Homer are during a cruise trip they are taking to Australia and several places in southeast […]

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Correcting a mistake

The Mississippi Senate Education Committee has wisely blocked the appointment of Joel Bomgar to the state Board of Education. The committee voted 8 to 7 not to send Bomgar’s appointment to the full Senate for a vote. House Speaker Phillip Gunn, a Republican from Clinton, had made the appointment. Bomgar, of Ridgeland, is head of […]

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Home and garden show good opportunity to learn what works and doesn’t in tourism

The Union County Master Gardeners are presenting their fifth annual home and garden show this Friday and Saturday. The annual event may not get as widespread publicity as, say, the Tallahatchie RiverFest but it is noteworthy for several reasons. One, it is put together by a relatively small group but includes a day and a […]

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Hurting our schools

The deal is done. The Mississippi Legislature has given final approval to a bill that will allow the money available for public education to be further diluted by creation of more competing charter schools. Charter schools do not have to follow many of the regulations that govern our public schools, but are allowed to receive […]

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Trials of a middle name

My name is a problem. Maybe it is for everyone who goes by his or her middle name. I don’t know. My whole name is Thomas Wayne Mitchell, but from birth, my parents called me Wayne. It was the same with my father, whose name was Thomas Alan Mitchell. He was called Alan when he […]

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Gardening weekend

The annual New Albany Home and Garden Show will take place Friday and Saturday, April 5 and 6, at the Union County Fairgrounds. This is the fifth year for the event, which is sponsored by the Union County Master Gardeners with help from the Mississippi State Extension Service. The show this year features 28 different […]

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Switching parties

State Sen. Nickey Browning of Pontotoc has become the latest Mississippi legislator to switch political parties. The announcement that Browning would become a Republican was made Wednesday in a short statement from Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves. Browning, whose district includes Union County, has been elected five times to the Senate as a Democrat. We […]

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Basketball and a nap

It was a perfect-weather weekend for a basketball nap – rainy, gray, cold and just too nasty to spend much time outdoors. Jenny and I turned on the NCAA college basketball tournament on TV Friday night and prepared to nod off. We were both tired. Jenny had the better excuse. She and several other Oxford […]

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Protecting the hens

It’s a case of putting a fox in the henhouse. Pardon us for starting with a trite expression, but it fits the situation perfectly. Monday House Speaker Phillip Gunn, a Republican from Clinton announced he is appointing Joel Bomgar to the state Board of Education. What’s wrong with that, you ask? Plenty. Bomgar of Ridgeland […]

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Spring snow, spring sports

School spring break week was one of stark contrasts for our family. Jenny, our son Joe, and I took our three dogs and the cat to the kennel a week ago Saturday and then headed north. By driving all day, we hoped to arrive in the Kentucky suburbs of Cincinnati in time to have cake […]

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