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Advancing education

The Mississippi Legislature is considering a proposal that would provide some state money and standards for preschool programs in the state. Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and House Speaker Philip Gunn had a press conference Wednesday to show support for bills that would provide the first state aid to early childhood education. The legislation would provide […]

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Ahem, about that gardening

One of the things Jenny liked about me before she even met me was that I bragged that I was a gardener. She thought she had found a kindred spirit. Now, 13 years later, she says I can’t tell a weed from a flower, or at least I can’t when it’s time to pull weeds […]

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It’s race time again

In its first year, it was an overwhelming success. This year we expect it will be even better. We, of course, are talking about the Amanda Price Memorial Run. More than 1,300 people, including more than 1,000 runners, turned out last year for the event, which honors Amanda Price, who was shot to death at […]

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Are you ‘entitled’ or just ‘due?’

Every once in a while we receive emails that contains topics or information people feel strongly about. Sometimes they want us to print it in the News Exchange. Most of the time, these emails have been bouncing around the internet, sometimes for years. They sound reasonable and most people take them at face value. Whenever […]

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A ‘classic” NA event

What has become one of northeast Mississippi’s premiere prep sports events takes place tomorrow in New Albany. The 22nd annual New Albany Hotbed Classic, featuring 16 boys’ basketball teams in eight games, gets under way at 10 a.m. at Memorial Gym on the New Albany High School campus. This year’s sequence of games and the […]

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The Playhouse

The boxes have been hauled down from the attic, the decorations wrapped, loaded and packed away. That part of Christmas is history, but there’s been much more to my Christmas than what we packed away in the attic. The sparkle from the gold nativity scene on our dining table was reflected onto the faces of […]

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Missing out on January guilt

This is the time of year when I usually feel guilty. It’s not that I’ve done anything really terrible. No, nothing like that. The guilt is because it’s usually about this time when the last of the New Year’s resolutions have fallen by the wayside. Oh, I start out with good intentions, usually some noble […]

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Education rankings

The annual Quality Counts national survey by Education Week magazine has been published and the overall state rankings are not good news for our state. The 17th annual report contains an analysis of the states in six categories: chance for success; K-12 achievement; standards, assessments and accountability; transitions and alignment, teaching profession, and school finance. […]

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The Playhouse

Things My Grandchildren Will Never Feel: The pull of a cotton sack on their back; an iodine swab slathered around and over their tonsils; the warm, thick dose of a spoon of castor oil gagging them; the soft, downy coat of a baby deer sleeping by their bed; the squishy floor of my grandfather’s pond […]

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Diluting education

The Mississippi Senate has quickly passed a charter school bill that, if approved, by the House, will dilute the money available for public education and set up a system of competing schools not supervised by the state Department of Education. The latest attack on public education, led by Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and the Republican […]

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