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Recess: Roach letter

Sent by Paul Shaw   Chuck Swindoll in “Tales from the Tardy Ox Cart” tells about a man who took a dinner flight. After the stewardess had served him his meal, he unwrapped the salad and noticed right on top a rather large roach. Infuriated, enraged, he couldn’t wait to get home and write the…

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Recess: The burial

Sent by Paul Shaw   An old man and woman were married for years even though they hated each other. When they had a fight screams and yelling could be heard all through the night. The neighbors feared the husband the most. They heard him tell his wife many times, “When I die, I’m going…

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David Cross

  Sometimes ideas for this column come along sparsely. I’ll dig, and dig, and dig, until eventually I find a thread to pull that I think is close enough to what I’ve told y’all I’m going to be talking about here without just beating you over the head with dullness. It would be quite simple…

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Mississippi and the ol’ reverse Robin Hood

  Alright, folks, I’ve got a real rib-tickler for you. You ready? Okay, what do Brett Favre (the retired quarterback), Paul Lacoste (retired linebacker), Brett Dibiase (retired professional wrestler), Marcus Dupree (another retired football player), The University of Southern Mississippi volleyball stadium, Prevacus (a drug company that Brett Favre holds shares in), John Davis (former…

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Southern Bread Riots

        Grocery shopping hurts. Always has, always will for most of us. It’s hard to make sure that we have enough to get what we need, let alone what we want, even within reason. As our system battles with low-wage employment, systemic recovery from the COVID-19 epidemic and the greed of those…

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Jason McCall and the future of Southern culture

  I’ve been writing this column for about…two and a half years now. It’s a pretty niche topic, if you think about it. Writing about our history and culture from a modern perspective can be kinda limiting, because so much of our narrative was written by tarnished hands or subjective points of view. It’s hard…

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Ray VFD undergoing reorganization

By Christa Jennings Senior Staff Writer   In another illustration of how badly volunteers are needed, the Ray Volunteer Fire Department has had to temporarily cease responding to calls. With no volunteers serving at the department, it has been unable to respond to any calls recently. However, it is hoped that the situation will soon…

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Jason McCall

  Jason McCall is a fascinating poet and native of the State of Alabama. I’ll tell y’all more about him next week. This week, however, one of his poems caught my eye, and I’d like to share it with you: “My Great-great-great-great Grandfather was a Railroad Man who Owned my Great-great-great-great Grandmother and Shares my…

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Evelyn Anderson: Teaching Alabama to respect those with disabilities

  You know, sometimes we may feel like there are too many special holidays and remembrances. Fiddler’s Month, Eastern Crab Day, National Day of Curtains, etc. And it can be really easy to make light of all those seemingly extraneous remembrances. However, sometimes we pick a real winner. July is Disability Awareness Month. This annual…

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Parrotheads   

  I don’t need to tell you who Jimmy Buffett is. The Hawaiian shirt-clad, boozy crooner is like if you looked for Roy Orbison’s Bizarro. We’ve heard all the classics, and many of us have availed ourselves of some other Jimmy Buffet-adjacent business… He’s got bars, kitchenware, restaurants, retirement homes, a casino…you name it, he’s…

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