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Scotty Nichols

The NFL is becoming a lynch mob toward Lynch

Everyone has a different perspective of Seattle Seahawk standout running back Marshawn Lynch, many for different reasons. I, for one, absolutely love the guy. He’s become my favorite NFL player over the past few years, and I love him for what many despise him for. Working as a journalist, I guess I’m supposed to dislike […]

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Letters to the Editor

Reader questions point of beer restrictions

What is the intent of restrictions on beer displays? Dear Editor, This letter is directed toward the city council. Last fall an election was held as to whether or not beer, wine and other alcoholic beverages should be sold in the city. The general public voted to have beer, wine and other alcoholic beverages available […]

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Miranda Cipkowski

One flu over the Cipkowski’s nest

I am a notoriously light sleeper. I suppose having children does that to a girl. As my children have gotten older, I have begun to sleep a bit more soundly. But there are still nights I am awakened by the most ordinary of sounds: my husband, in desperate need of sinus medication, breathing heavily; the […]

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Scotty Nichols

I don’t care what the rulebook says, Dez Bryant caught that ball

By SCOTTY NICHOLS Sports Writer Before getting into this topic at all, I’d like to throw out a disclaimer. *I am in no way, shape, or form, a fan of the Dallas Cowboys. You could even say that I have a healthy dislike for them. Not quite the New York Yankees-level dislike, but I don’t care […]

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Miranda Cipkowski

OPINION: Our Christmas Story

By MIRANDA CIPKOWSKI Guest Columnist I plopped down at my desk and realized this was the first opportunity I’d had to sit down all day. I figured it was as good a time as any to check my e-mail. There, amid the horde of work related communications, was an email from my sister, which was […]

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Despite flaws, the CFB playoff is as right as it can be this year

Since virtually the inception of the BCS system back in 1998, the majority of college football fans have been calling for a playoff-style system. As the old saying goes, “be careful what you wish for.” This season we were all finally introduced to such a system and, initially, we all thought that the problems that […]

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OPINION: Former ICDC head reflects on his time at the helm

The question of how I feel about leaving the Itawamba County Development Council after serving the past five months as its interim executive director is not easy to answer. I am not an economic developer. All I have is willingness to help and do the best I can. I was really proud of being asked […]

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Examining the double standard of the SEC

Ok. We all know how great the SEC has been the past several years. We know how great the SEC West has been the past couple of seasons, as all seven teams in the division have found themselves bowl-eligible with six wins. Heck, only two of the 14 teams in the SEC missed out on […]

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OPINION: Screams from an Italian restaurant

As soon as the patron at the table adjacent to ours opened her mouth, I knew dinner was ruined. “It’s so good to see you,”she said. Sure, reading those six words might not tag them as the kind to destroy a pleasant meal out during a pleasant vacation in Florida. After all, she wasn’t describing […]

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Scotty Nichols

OPINION: SEC resume, havoc in the West and overall CFB playoff picture

In a 2014 season where it was generally expected, total chaos has engulfed the SEC western division. First off, let’s start with this little bit of information: IF Arkansas manages to beat Ole Miss this weekend, all seven SEC west teams will be bowl eligible. This further proves that the SEC west is the toughest […]

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Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Reader concerned with ambulance service Dear Editor: On Saturday afternoon, Oct. 25, 2014, I was outside when I heard a siren approaching. There was an ambulance driving at an unhurried speed. Because of the absence of urgent speed I waited a few minutes, went in the house and thought no more of it. Later that […]

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Just Ramblin: A visit to the old country store

By LAWRENCE H. CONWILL Special to The Times Last week, I was back at an old country store around which I grew up. It is no longer in operation and is overgrown with weeds and honeysuckle vines, but as I stood there it brought back a flood of memories. The lone gasoline pump is still […]

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Miranda Cipkowski

Time to take off the mask

By MIRANDA CIPKOWSKI Special to The Times “Hold still!” My mother half begged, grabbing my arm as she performed a sort of backward shimmy in order to snap my picture with her new Polaroid Instamatic. I fidgeted almost involuntarily, as I stood in the corner of our kitchen, waiting for the inevitable flash that would […]

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Scotty Nichols

Because who else would yank the rug from underneath?

I’m not going to lie about it. I’m salty. I don’t normally get that way over a football game, but I was overcome last Saturday night. Most everyone who knows me knows that I’ve been a Florida State football fan since I was a little boy, but I also love Ole Miss because it provided/provides […]

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