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If, as a healthy adult, I’m in a relationship that isn’t serving me, I know I need to make some changes. For example, if I’m always giving and the other person is always taking, or if I’m constantly having to defend the relationship to others, then I should know something is wrong. Perhaps s…

The stories of how the global coronavirus pandemic have brought out the best in people were just gathering some momentum when the tragic murder of George Floyd in Minnesota by a white police officer turned things upside down. Battling the virus briefly seemed to unite everyone against a comm…

Every four years, Olympics enthusiasts in these parts cheer for Team USA during the summer games. With every summer Olympics season, there are the Carl Lewises, Mary Lou Rettons, Michael Phelpses and Simone Bileses who shine on the world’s stage, make a name for themselves and spark a differ…

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For less than a year now, the coronavirus COVID-19 has been infecting people around the world, changing the way we live and work dramatically. There is a lot that is unknown about this novel disease, but there are a few things that are certain.

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The safety, health and well-being of Monroe County’s residents are always the top priority of our health care providers. The COVID-19 pandemic has made all of us reevaluate how we do any number of activities and for many patients, that has included delaying or avoiding seeing a physician.

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During the COVID-19 pandemic, Mississippi hospitals have stepped up to build and staff temporary treatment facilities; overcome personal protective equipment (PPE) and ventilator shortages; and care for the sick and dying – often at great personal sacrifice. Mississippi’s nearly 60,000 hospi…

Living in northeast Mississippi, there are plenty of things you’re used to seeing on a regular basis. A field full of some sort of crop during the growing season, church parking lots full of cars and stadium lights illuminating small towns on Fridays in late summer and the fall are just thre…

While those of us who call northeast Mississippi home have never felt the concept of the 100-year flood as intimately as our fellow citizens of Mississippi Delta, we are in close enough proximity to be familiar with the concept. I recall in college when there was such an event that struck th…

When this pandemic began, life was crazy for us all. So many overwhelming feelings, the scary thoughts forming from the unknown, stress from financial changes and burdens, routines being messed up, loneliness due to social distancing…the list can go on and on.

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It’s February, 1962. As a 14-year-old girl, I sat on the floor in front of the cast iron wood stove inside our unpainted, mostly unheated cabin in the woods near Noel, Missouri. As I put the kindling in the stove, I stirred the coals and watched the flame ignite. Looking deep within the fire…

In less than two weeks, two cars built for speed have tried to outrun the Aberdeen Police Department and wound up wrecking into trees. Even though no injuries were reported in either case, both should’ve been reminders of how dangerous and destructive illegal street racing can be.

Last week Monroe County surpassed the 100 mark for people who have tested positive for coronavirus since March 16. For several days straight, the Mississippi State Department of Health has reported more cases in this county than any other northeast Mississippi county to date. Remember, too, …

I’ve heard it repeatedly and said it repeatedly. There was a time when the generations before me were young, and going to town on Saturdays was a big deal. We’re just as rural now as we were then but we’re far more mobile and dependent on going to town, making us quick to rush to bigger citi…

Many musicians and artists know the value of telling a good story. A story idea or even a fable with a good moral are means of drawing many different people into a shared understanding about life issues. Agreement on the basics is the accelerator for moving forward as opposed to merely repea…

Last Wednesday morning, I looked down Amory Main Street knowing that’s the day I would’ve seen the Ferris wheel from a few blocks away. I would’ve gotten apple fritters the next night, sang along to “Strawberry Wine,” gotten up the next morning and learned something I didn’t know about one o…

I’m glad it wasn’t just me and my friends who were mischievous when we were in junior high and high school. In college, though, when I started making friends with a group of guys from Smithville, I realized they took it to a whole other level.

You can shock yourself learning to be an electrician and you can cut yourself learning to be a butcher. Someone teaching you skills like these can only do so much explaining of what you should do, but you’ve got to take the lead to do it yourself eventually.

I was just talking a couple of weekends ago about watching it on ESPN. It was a Thursday night game, and Mississippi State hosted South Carolina. What made that game so special, and patriotic, was it was the first college football game after the Sept. 11 attacks.

Am I ever full of flaws? I’m running one week late to make that obvious statement widely known. About this time last week, you may have spent the day fasting and in prayer or you could’ve been somewhere else recovering from Fat Tuesday.

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How did AmFed, a workers’ compensation insurance carrier, get involved in arts and education? The same way it’s gotten involved in all its community fundraising efforts – by listening to its employees and embracing its mission to support the people who share the place they call home.

I sometimes miss sleeping in until noon, not caring about a credit score and dreaming big about even bigger places. Everyone goes through a stage when the world’s opportunities seem so reachable that you can almost touch them. At the same time, though, it overlaps a stage of not really carin…