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Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 6:02 PM
A jury trial will be held immediately to determine the outcome of an ongoing District 4 Supervisor election challenge between Karl Banks and David Bishop that began at the end of 2015.
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  • DUNCAN/‘The Kingdom of God’
    Wednesday, February 22, 2017 6:00 PM Turn in your Bible to Luke 17:20-21. In this passage we find Jesus correcting the Pharisees’ incorrect ideas about the kingdom of God. It is an idea that even today is hotly debated amongst Christians. Some believe it is an entirely future entity, while others believe we ought to be working to establish it on earth either by reclaiming Judeo-Christian moral norms or promoting social justice in the culture. In Jesus’s day as well there were all sorts of competing expectations about the kingdom of God. Many, including the Pharisees, believed that the kingdom of God would involve the repentance of the Jews, the expulsion of the Romans, and the restoration of the kingship in Israel. Jesus here is responding to precisely that kind of misguided expectation about what the kingdom of God is going to look like. What we find Jesus saying here and elsewhere in the gospels is that, wherever God is truly recognized and honored as King, there you find His kingdom.
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    Wednesday, February 22, 2017 6:00 PM The notes in the NIV Study Bible say Psalm 93 is: “a hymn to the eternal, universal, and invincible reign of the Lord.” This is correct. It is a hymn we should remember. The praise of God’s glory and his attributes is where we find real joy.  If you want to be happy, seek to understand and marvel at the Lord. Studying this psalm is a good start. Read More
  • PERRY/Democracy: A radical idea
    Friday, February 17, 2017 6:00 PM Our Founding Fathers debated government structure. John Adams believed in a strong elected executive; his opponents feared monarchy. Thomas Jefferson believed in liberal democracy (albeit of aristocrats); his opponents feared rule of the rabble. Some Mississippians have created a synthesis of the two: they fear both monarch and rabble.  To protect against both they sacrificed the common ground between Adams and Jefferson - democracy.

    When it comes to some decisions, it seems government is too important to let voters decide how it should operate; tax dollars are too sacred to trust them to elections.
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  • BROOKS/Bonhoeffer, Benedict or Ford
    Friday, February 17, 2017 6:00 PM How should one resist the Trump administration? Well, that depends on what kind of threat Donald Trump represents.

    It could be that the primary Trump threat is authoritarianism. It is hard to imagine America turning into full fascism, but it is possible to see it sliding into the sort of “repressive kleptocracy” that David Frum describes in the current Atlantic — like the regimes that now run Hungary, the Philippines, Venezuela and Poland.
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  • LOWRY/Heed the protests
    Friday, February 17, 2017 6:00 PM It’s beginning to look a lot like August 2009 in reverse.

    In that summer of the Tea Party, conservative activists packed the town-hall meetings of Democratic congressmen and peppered them with hostile questions. It was an early sign of the abiding opposition that Obamacare would encounter, and the prelude to Democratic defeats in 2010, 2014 and 2016.
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  • Father and son bond through weightlifting, prep for event
    Wednesday, February 22, 2017 6:00 PM A St. Joseph High School junior discovers a love for powerlifting that brings him even closer to his dad.

    Pat Frascogna, 54, and his only son, 17-year-old, Franco, do all the usual things a father and son do together with one exception; they are training for the competitive powerlifting circuit, too.  Pat was a competitive powerlifter some decades ago but, as he says, "the tyranny of life dictated my time be spent away from the weightroom".
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  • Saint Joseph Catholic School seniors sign athletic scholarships on Wednesday
    Wednesday, February 8, 2017 6:00 PM MADISON  Saint Joseph Catholic School seniors Bergen Teeter and Nick Thompson signed scholarship offers today, National Signing Day, to continue playing sports on the community college and university level.

    Teeter will play volleyball next fall at Hannibal-LaGrange University in Hannibal, Mo., while Thompson signed to play football beginning next fall at Holmes Community College. Both were standout players during their high school playing career at Saint Joseph.
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  • Wednesday, November 30, 2016 6:00 PM MADISON – The first thing one notices upon entering the lobby of MRA’s gymnasium is the trophy case filled with gold balls. Enter into the gym itself, and there’s championship banners galore. Step inside longtime coach Richard Duease’s office and there’s even more title paraphernalia and countless Coach of the Year plaques from year’s past.

    Yes, MRA’s dominance in boy’s basketball is real. All the trophies, banners and plaques are just further proof of that.
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  • Equestrian Team at Mississippi College wraps up Fall 2016 season at Georgia tournament
    Wednesday, November 30, 2016 6:00 PM Mississippi College equestrian team riders finished the Fall season in style with an impressive showing at a recent Georgia tournament.

    Topping the highlight reel for the Blue & Gold was MC senior captain Maggie Waters. The Zanesville, Ohio rider and her horse earned a first-place ribbon in the category of open over the fences.
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  • Wednesday, November 30, 2016 6:00 PM The late, immeasurably great Boo Ferriss could have become a Major League manager had he chosen that path. With his people skills and his baseball acumen, he surely would have been a splendid one. Read More
  • Dorothy Elizabeth Courtney Rule, 85, of Ridgeland, died on Feb. 6, 2017. Mrs. Rule was born in Bassfield, MS, as the youngest of ten children born to L.L. and Elizabeth Courtney.

    She was valedictorian of her graduating class at Bassfield High School and was also a graduate of Clarke College She was an active member of First Baptist Church of Madison.
  • Dr. John Rhett Presley ,64, of Madison, died on February 5, 2016. Born on March 18, 1952 to John Hearst Presley and Ora Lavon Cahoon Presley, Rhett resided in Pickens until he graduated from Lexington High School in 1970. While at The University of Mississippi, he was a member of Kappa Alpha Order. After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree from Ole Miss, he attended the University of Tennessee where he received a Doctorate of Dental Surgery in 1979.
  • Charles Mars, died on February 10, 2017.  He was born in New Orleans, LA on February 8, 1925. He was raised in Philadelphia, MS where he is a member of The First United Methodist Church, where he and his wife Sue Anne raised their four children.  

    From working at his family's Mars Bros. Wholesale Grocery, to becoming an entrepreneur, he believed in the value of good work. Likewise, he believed in the value of pursuing your interests.
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