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Opinion
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I think every kid in school got excited about getting a substitute teacher back in the day. It was usually a guaranteed movie day or possibly a day with extended recess, at least in the elementary school days and before common core or standardized tests with repercussions. But there is always an exception to every rule, it was not going to be a free day if Miss Ruth showed up. more
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Max called. With questions. I leaned in a little. He is sometimes hard to understand over the phone. “KK, what was the name of your second grade teacher?” more
For the last couple weeks, the Banner staff has been hunkered down prepping for the upcoming football season. Each year we publish our gridiron guide along with a host of football programs for area schools. While it is a painstaking process, we take pride in what we do and feel honored to help the schools. more
One of the most important reasons for teaching history is to allow our young people to learn about the past. more
It’s not often, a small private school in rural America can claim an award-winning journalist and television correspondent as an alumnus. Yet, Bethel University has that distinction with James Terrell Wooten. more
Sometimes we throw the term “lucky” around a bit more than we might ought to. It’s like “love.” We love ice cream. We love mushrooms. We love a sunshiny day. We love Barbara Jean Dalrymple. Come on now. We can enjoy a mushroom. Or like a mushroom. But love one? more
The Local Journalism Sustainability Act (LJSA) was recently introduced in the U.S. House and has now been introduced in the U.S. Senate — and will benefit every member of this community! Unlike many issues in Washington, this legislation has bipartisan support and is focused on delivering benefits to local communities across the U.S. by sustaining local news organizations, including this newspaper. more
Aw man, this could be really bad. I’m talking Sing Sing. Or maybe Leavenworth. They might reopen Alcatraz just for me. I don’t believe they’re going to let me off with just a few nights in the Starkville City Jail. I got a letter from the IRS. more
A few years ago I came across an old Life Magazine cover with a baseball player who looked as if he was trying to knock the cover off the ball. Since the cover was with other historical photos of McKenzie, I assumed the player had something to do with McKenzie but I never pursued any information. Then last week during a Rotary Club meeting, I noticed the photo downstairs at Lakeside Senior Living Community. more
Willie and Shirley Ramsey started talking to me about writing a weekly article for The Star in 1983. more
On Tuesday, August 3, the class of 2022 will begin their final year at McKenzie High School. Students will attend the traditional half-day on August 3 and begin a full-day schedule on August 4. I want to welcome all of our new and returning students for what is going to be an exciting year. more
We left the house and drove up to North Carolina. The mountains were spectacular, the cooler temperatures refreshing and the folks we met along the way were most friendly. more
When talking about Mike Snider and his music career, it is a must to bring up Gordon Stoker as both men hail from Gleason. I didn’t realize until the other day, it was Stoker who arranged for Snider to appear on the Opry. more
Voting by every US citizen who is 18 years of age or older is perhaps the most important tenant of American democracy. It is sacred and must be encouraged and protected by everyone. more
Most communities have a claim to fame and even a favorite son. For Gleason, the town is Tater Town U.S.A. and they too have a favorite son, banjo champion and Grand Ole Opry star Mike Snider. more
It didn’t make any sense. Then, a lot of things with me don’t. It was July 3rd. 6:45 in the morning. I was running around Lake Junaluska. Somewhere in the mountains of North Carolina. The houses surrounding the lake were adorned with red, white and blue bunting. Signs along the route advertised the fireworks display set for the next day. more
Carolyn Keiper Wrinkle Fite was the oldest of the two children born to Amos (1902–1995) and Elsie Keiper Wrinkle (1903–1990). Born on June 9, 1924, she was five years older than her brother Bailey Moore (1929–2015). Her father owned Wrinkle-Moore Hardware and Furniture which later became Wrinkle Hardware. more
Martha Sanborn was one of the first people I met when I moved to Port St. Joe in 1969. I coached her two sons. I had both of them in my history class. Her husband was a bit more country than I was…and that is quite a statement! I appointed her daughter the first bat girl ever in the history of Port St. Joe High School baseball. more
The story of Charlie Cox is the epitome of perseverance. Born in 1935, in the Buchanan community of Henry County, little Charlie fared worse than most children of the Great Depression. When he was nine months old, his father committed suicide. more
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