Tue, 07/07/2020 - 02:59 PM
The Mississippi House of Representatives adjourned for the regular 2020 session on Wednesday, July 1. We will likely be forced to return later in the year to take up more COVID-related matters, especially if the federal government sends more funding to the states to battle the pandemic and lessen its effects on businesses.
During the last week before adjournment, the House passed several bills which were among the most noteworthy of the entire session.
Tue, 07/07/2020 - 02:58 PM
Lawmakers at the Capitol have had an extremely busy the last two weeks. After many hours of working in conference committees to finalize the state budget and other bills, legislators completed most regular session work on Thursday, July 1. The Legislature could come back in October or before if needed as laid out in House Concurrent Resolution 69, which extended session and allowed for more flexible deadlines for COVID-19 related legislation.
Tue, 07/07/2020 - 02:58 PM
With recent marches gone bad and violence being the outcome, the newspaper feels that the idea of hosting a “Unity March” from Magee High School to the bank downtown is not a good idea. In the same way, we felt that hosting a “Black Lives Matter”event in Mendenhall was not a good idea given the circumstances that were unfolding. Too much is going on in the nation right now, and we do not want to be the next site of racial confrontation.
Tue, 07/07/2020 - 02:56 PM
We really take a lot for granted, but what we have came at a huge cost when you stop and look at it.
Specifically, we are referring to the weekend we just had and the holiday associated with the Fourth of July.
Nancy and I had a good time. She worked on Friday and I went into the office for a while.
At noon several of us met and played a round of golf at the country club. Other than the fact it was so hot, we had a great time.
Tue, 06/30/2020 - 02:39 PM
Statement on The Flag Vote
When I ran for office five years ago, I spoke with many of the good folks across District 35. They let me know how important it was for them to have an opportunity to vote on the flag if it ever came up again.
Tue, 06/30/2020 - 02:37 PM
At this point, the legislature is nearing the end of the 2020 session—one that will certainly be remembered. This is the first time in more than 100 years that the legislature was suspended mid-session. This time, of course, was due to the COVID pandemic.
Tue, 06/30/2020 - 02:35 PM
Mississippi Logging Industry Challenged in 2020 -
Federal Relief Package for the Logging Industry Needs Support
Tue, 06/30/2020 - 02:34 PM
We suppose it must be chic to get on the band wagon with President Donald Trump and call something “Fake News.”
We were recently called out by Magee’s mayor for “fake news” for publishing a story on the web that quoted the mayor as saying that the city would be broke in five to ten years. He not only said this once, but he made the statement twice and supported it with information from the city’s financial advisor, Brett Duncan.
Tue, 06/30/2020 - 02:33 PM
There was debate in our household as to who should have the responsibility for deciding whether or not to change the state flag.
For consideration here is my thought. If an issue creates as much strife as the flag controversy has in our state, we should consider change. I agree that the flag is a part of history, but so was Hitler and the Nazi regime. The Germans did away with all of that, destroying the swastika symbol when World War II ended.
Tue, 06/23/2020 - 02:28 PM
I am excited that the SCCC Members Golf Association (MGA) is active again this year. The MGA has been a tremendous help in improving the quality of the golf course over the last two years. This group, led by Wayne Hilton, raise funds that go directly to golf course projects such as the recent paving of the cart path on Hole #9.