opinion Mac Gordon Guest Columnist Published 9:00 p.m. UTC Jul 22, 2018 One small Mississippi town’s sea-change in local government may not mean much on the national political landscape’s grand scheme of things to come. Time will tell. There is much talk across the fruited plain about a “Blue Wave” possibly coming ashore this fall in the form of a Democrat Party sweep of both houses of Congress. The wave has already hit McComb. On June 19, voters in the self-styled “Camellia City of America” selected five Democrats and two Republicans for positions on the city board, including the first majority-black board. Voter turnout was typical of all types of balloting in Mississippi, a pitiful 30 percent, but we shouldn’t allow small facts to get in the way of a big story. The new mayor is Democrat Quordiniah Lockley, a one-time city administrator. He turned back former Republican selectman-at-large Tommy McKenzie, who was seeking to advance … [Read more...] about Has a Democratic ‘blue wave’ already hit part of Mississippi?
WHY I FAVOR REMOVING THOSE 2 DAMS ON THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER I’m writing in support of the removal of the Mississippi lock and dams in Minneapolis. This issue intrigues me as a Minnesotan, an engineer and as a river enthusiast. Over the past week I’ve researched the issue, looking at a variety of sources including the Army Corps of Engineers’ own data, as well as a study into gorge restoration by the University of Minnesota in 2012. Here are some things I believe need to be clarified: First, the project proposal is talking about the removal of only two dams: The Lower St Anthony and Ford Dam. The project will not compromise St Anthony Falls as a barrier against invasive species, as the Upper Dam is staying in place. Second, the dam removal will change the section of river between St Anthony Falls and the Ford Dam. Pool 2, which stretches from the Ford Dam to Hastings will remain calm and navigable to pleasure craft, shipping, and rowers. However, the removal of the dams … [Read more...] about Letter: Why I favor removing those 2 dams on the Mississippi River
BILL CRAWFORD “Hatred is blind and anger deaf” wrote Alexandre Dumas in his classic “The Count of Monte Cristo.” In February, WalletHub.com ranked Mississippi as the 5th angriest and most hateful state behind Tennessee, Kentucky, Arkansas, and Alaska. And the Clarion-Ledger reported “Mississippi has the third most hate groups in the country” per capita behind Idaho and Tennessee. This comes amidst reports of increases in hate and hate crimes across America. “Hate in America is on the rise” headlined a Washington Post editorial last November. “A new FBI report on hate crimes tells a sobering story. For the second year in a row, police departments across the country reported a rise in the number of crimes motivated by bias.” Former President George W. Bush slammed Russia for using cyberattacks during the 2016 elections to turn “Americans against each other” and “exploit our … [Read more...] about BILL CRAWFORD — Mississippi morality yielding to anger and hatred?
BILOXI, Miss. (AP) -- Mississippi's second pharmacy school is opening on the state's Gulf Coast, with William Carey University beginning classes on Monday at its School of Pharmacy in Biloxi. For now, the 58 students will be meeting in temporary locations, awaiting the October scheduled opening of the $7 million, three-story pharmacy building. Baptist-affiliated William Carey will offer an accelerated pharmacy course, with students finishing in three academic years instead of the traditional four years. Classes will meet year-round in four terms of 10 weeks each. Gloria Rawls of Hattiesburg will be one of the first students. She tells the Hattiesburg American that she couldn't move to Oxford to take pharmacy classes at the University of Mississippi, because she has two young children. But she plans to commute from Hattiesburg to the campus at the Tradition development on the northern edge of Biloxi. Student Candace Webber tells WLOX-TV that she left pharmacy school … [Read more...] about Mississippi’s 2nd pharmacy school to open in Biloxi: AP
Staff Reports Published 7:29 p.m. UTC Jul 21, 2018 Four people — including three children — were killed and three people critically injured in a two-vehicle collision on Mississippi 53 just after midnight Friday. Pearl River County Coroner Derek Turnage told the Picayune Item that the fatal accident occurred at the Savannah curve along Mississippi 53. Emergency responders found three children and one adult in one of the vehicles had died as a result of their injuries. Two other people in the vehicle, as well as the driver of the second vehicle, were transported to a nearby hospital with critical injuries. The identities of the deceased are being withheld until the next of kin are notified. This story will be updated as more information becomes available. … [Read more...] about 4 killed, 3 injured in head-on collision in south Mississippi