Editorial-Opinion

Investigation taught value of shared intel and pooled resources

Investigation taught value of shared intel and pooled resources Lest we forget, when we get around to calculating how much the Tellis trial cost us, that Panola County benefited from the investigation of the murder of Jessica Chambers even though it ended Monday in a mistrial. In December, 2015, one year after Chambers’ death and…

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Intense and serious week has moments of local levity

Intense and serious week has moments of local levity It was a bizarre finish to a long, stressful trial. When the confusion arose after Circuit Clerk Melissa Meek-Phelps read the first statement the jury foreman handed her and then a juror or blurted out a contradiction, I suspected that someone or more on the jury,…

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Trial reveals deep wound tragedy left on community

Trial reveals deep wound tragedy left on community That the murder of Jessica Chambers was almost three years ago has allowed time to put the heinous crime into a perspective that has grown more distant for most of us. During the first days of this week’s trial of the man accused of her murder we…

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Nate didn’t rate all the media hype, pre-storm frenzy

Nate didn’t rate all the media hype, pre-storm frenzy Nate failed to come close to its threat of tidal surge and inundating rains in New Orleans, but not because we didn’t try. The city has four TV stations that cover local news and weather, and they are very competitive in normal weather. During most broadcasts…

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Nate too long ignored, now threatens to become hurricane

Nate too long ignored, now threatens to become hurricane As we head into this busy weekend, I am bugging out for New Orleans. I’ll miss seeing you at the Exchange Club Pancake Breakfast Saturday, but club members have assured me there will be plenty of peanut butter on hand for the pancakes. Enjoy. And the…

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Philanthropist allows story to be told in excellent documentary

Philanthropist allows story to be told in excellent documentary Between 200 and 300 people gathered for the premier showing of Business Conservationist, a documentary about Batesville native Bob Dunlap, his business and contributions to conservation and education. The film was shown Thursday evening at the Batesville Elementary School Auditorium. Filmmaker David Crews of Oxford recorded…

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Three new ‘guests’ arrive at B and B on Eureka Street

Three new ‘guests’ arrive at B and B on Eureka Street We found ourselves back in the damncat business and not in a good way this week at Annie-Glenn’s Bed and Breakfast on Eureka Street: three new kittens have appeared. Not that I should be surprised. I knew that a fertile female remains the feral…

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Colorful candidate makes mayoral bid in New Orleans

Colorful candidate makes mayoral bid in New Orleans There are umpteen candidates running for mayor of New Orleans this year, none of whom has a lock on name recognition in the city. Incumbent Mayor Mitch Landrieu is completing his second term and is prohibited by law from seeking a third. Landrieu followed Ray Nagin who…

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Response revisited with elaborations about demographics

Response revisited with elaborations about demographics Dear Friend, Following a recent conversation about the Mississippi state flag you asked me if “things were getting any better.” My assumption was concerning race relations and I think I told you, “somewhat.” But I later recalled that it has been 47 years since you lived here and I…

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