Local columnist T.J. Ray takes a look back at a recent program in town that featured two state legislators discussing education and other issues in Mississippi. (March 6, 2015, Page 4)
Those he grew up with in Lafayette County, those he went to school and church with, knew him as Jim Smith. Those who heard him on the radio, on the P.A. at Ole Miss and as the voice of Lafayette High School football for years, knew him as Jim Martin.
To those privileged to know him in all of his roles, he was just “Jim.”
James Martin Smith, 55, passed away last Friday at his home. And with his passing, those who knew him best and those of us who knew him pretty well through his nearly four decades in the radio business, another void was created.
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Those who’ve known him since his days in school at Lafayette know him as Jim Smith. Those who only know him through more than three decades as a local radio personality know him as Jim Martin. Either way, Jim, who passed away late last week, will be missed by all who enjoyed the way he practiced his craft on the radio. (March 5, 2015, Page 4A)
It’s good to see our state lawmakers and top educators on the same page with the state House’s vote showing support for the announcement that subject area test results will no longer be an independent factor that determines whether or not a senior can graduate. (March 5, 2015, Page 4A)
We remind everyone to take care of the P’s — people, pets, pipes and plants — in the winter storm moving through the area. We also encourage everyone to use common sense when getting outside for activities in ice and snow. (March 4, 2015, Page 4A)
Josie Gladden and Adele Johnson write a tribute to their beloved C.M. “Tad” Smith Coliseum, while Russ Fisher and the local veterans thank the local morning coffee groups for their donations. (March 4, 2015, Page 4A)
Editor Don Whitten takes a look at how our memory banks fill up with time, and writes about how recalling memories — through pictures, books, TV shows, movies, et cetera — seems to strengthen the memory process. (March 3, 2015, Page 4)
This evening’s meeting at the First Baptist Church’s Fellowship Hall concerning transitioning youngsters to kindergarten is extremely important. We applaud the effort by the local Excel by 5 Coalition to get the word out, and encourage all with young children to attend or follow up to get the information. (March 3, 2015, Page 4)
Local columnist Jimmy Reed learned from his childhood friend and mentor Jaybird that it formal education isn’t everything when it comes to communicating and teaching. (March 3, 2015, Page 4)
Brenda West writes a “Your Turn” column about Doors of Hope and how it helps members of the community during a transition period as they try to become self-sufficients after a setback. (March 2, 2015, Page 4)