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Mississippi

911, 411, 811 not the only quick dial numbers

Most of us have dialed 4-1-1 on our phones to get someone’s number. We’ve been taught to dial 9-1-1 in case of an emergency. And we’ve heard about how you should “call 8-1-1 before you dig.” Did you know, though, that there are other quick dial numbers. Editor Don Whitten shares what he’s learned about 211, 311, 511 and others. (May 23, 2011, Page 4)

Familiar-looking author pens ‘debut’ novel

Mystery. Check. Mississippi author. Check. Debut novel. Check. That ought to attract the interest of lots of book-lovers around these parts, and that’s what Anna Michaels’ “The Tender Mercy of Roses” offers. Editor Don Whitten takes a closer look at the book, the story and the author. (May 16, 2011, Page 4A)

Who will join Meridian in policing sagging?

The Meridian city council recently passed an amendment to the city’s indecent exposure laws that outlaw wearing pants more than three inches below the hip. Editor Don Whitten wonders how long it will be before other cities and towns across the state take on sagging pants and baggy britches. (April 25, 2011, Page 4A)

Putting a price on peace

It’s not so difficult to understand some of the price increases and economic reports we see. But what about something more abstract? How do you determine, say, the cost of peace? News Editor Jonathan Scott takes a look at putting a price on peace by studying some recent numbers in the United States Peace Index that show how all 50 states rank in peace and prosperity. (April 21, 2011, Page 4)

Giving – it’s something we’re good at

If you’re lending someone a helping hand, then give yourself a hand. In a state and a community that’s known for supporting charitable causes, there are plenty of options. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at our giving spirit and some of the possibilities to get involved with this spring. (March 25, 2011, Page 4A)

Legislators need to work this conflict out

There’s a new “R” word being thrown around that has folks up in arms – “redistricting.” State legislators cannot agree on new district lines for the state House and Senate, and now it appears some members of the House will be joining a lawsuit that could involve the Senate. Editor Don Whitten notes that legislators need to work this one out – and soon – or voters will take care of the problem in one or two upcoming elections. (March 23, 2011, Page 4)

Letters to the Editor

Maralyn Howell Bullion writes to remind readers about the story of Betsy Love Allen and to note how appropriate it is to pay tribute to the longtime Toccopola resident during Women’s History Month. (March 21, 2011, Page 4A)

Letters to the Editor

Phyllis Campbell writes to say that she’s a “concerned citizen” and to point out that not all “concerned citizens” have the same feelings about a possible site for the new hospital, while Lena L. Ward writes to urge citizens to let their representatives know their priorities for funding different programs. (March 17, 2011, Page 4)

Sun shines brighter over time in Mississippi

Guest columnist Layne Bruce of the Mississippi Press Association discusses progress over the last few years in Mississippi as far as open meetings and open records go. Bruce’s column is part of a closer look at government, the media and the public during Sunshine Week. (March 16, 2011, Page 4)

Animals recognized, finally

It appears Mississippi is catching up to the rest of the country when it comes to protecting our pets and punishing those who mistreat them. Staff Writer Melanie Addington takes a closer look at some of the bills dealing with the issue that are moving through the Legislature. (February 25, 2011, Page 4A)

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