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Monday, January 26, 2015

Jackson

What will the next budget pie look like?

With a lot of talk about spending in education, corrections, social welfare, et cetera in the next state budget already going on in Jackson and around the state, Editor Don Whitten takes a look at pie graphs showing revenues and spending with last year’s budget. (January 19, 2015, Page 4)

Sports trips about more than sports

Students from the local school systems are often part of trips related to extracurricular activities as well as those connected with academic classes. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at the OHS boys basketball team’s recent trip to Washington D.C. to show how valuable all of these out-of-the-classroom trips are for students. (January 5, 2015, Page 4)

Lawmakers know we’re watching; they’ll be listening, too

Our view, with midterm national elections last fall and statewide elections coming up this year, is that our state and national lawmakers will be a little more attentive to our needs in upcoming sessions. We urge all to watch what’s happening in Jackson and Washington D.C. and let your senators and representatives know how you feel about pending legislation. (January 5, 2015, Page 4)

Unemployment numbers in state a reason to be concerned

The U.S. Department of Labor’s statistics for November show Mississippi’s unemployment rate of 7.3 percent leading the nation. It’s not something that’s good news at this time of the year and will take a concerted effort locally, regionally and across the state to turn things around. (December 23, 2014, Page 4A)

Lawmakers face active, involved constituency

We predict interesting conversations coming up between state lawmakers and their constituents — particularly school officials, educators and parents of school-aged children — as they prepare to deal with two key education issues: fully funding MAEP and Common Core. (December 15, 2014, Page 4)

MAEP must be fully funded for students to succeed

Oxford School District Superintendent Brian D. Harvey, in a “Your Turn” guest column, explains the important of fully funding the Mississippi Adequate Education Program. (December 14, 2014, Page 4A)

Two big gold trophies would look real nice

The Ole Miss Rebels claimed the Egg Bowl trophy last weekend in Oxford. Now, the Oxford High Chargers will be going to Starkville and MSU’s Davis-Wade Stadium to try to win their first-ever gold football signifying a state championship. We applaud the decision to take the championship games to sites other than Jackson and wish the Chargers well in their game Saturday night. (December 4, 2014, Page 4A)

Is state becoming a more welcoming place?

News Editor Jonathan Scott, here during LGBT History Month, looks at the progress made in equal rights and civil rights for all Americans around the country and in Mississippi. (October 24, 2014, Page 4A)

Dealing with tragedy, life

The news Monday that Jackson Prep football player Walker Wilbanks had died after suffering an illness in Friday’s football game against Oxford puts a different spin on the world, and makes us all realize how we never know what we’ll have to deal with in life. (August 26, 2014, Page 4)

Helping — because you can

Did you feel relief before you felt concern after  the severe storms and tornadoes blew through earlier this week? Editor Don Whitten writes that you’re not alone — that’s an expected reaction that turns into concern and wanting to help very quickly. (May 2, 2014, Page 4A)

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