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Summer Chocolate Mimosa Tree



Felder Rushing

I love and actually plant mimosa trees. There, I admitted it, exposing myself to be both endearing and loathed.

I long ago stopped trying to appease the “you can’t grow that here” naysayers, who believe if you want to plant something that has the propensity to spread and take over, gotta stick with natives. But I figure that in these days of so many over-polarized topics I can sneak this fairly mild one by the non-native plant vigilantes.

Sure, as with quite a few other plants that are bo . . .

Congressional Bipartisanship Key to Renewal of Farm Bill



Mac Gordon

Like most Americans who didn’t grow up on a production farm or ranch, I didn’t know much until a later age about the term “Farm Bill.”

That changed for me upon moving to Leland to operate the local weekly newspaper in the late 1970s. A gentleman farmer there — a Delta planter — advised me early-on to always look out for changes in the federal legislation that governs U.S. agriculture.

“Around here, there’s a large group of people who will appreciate every word you write or publish concernin . . .

From the Pastor’s Pen:



Zachery Byrd

“Then he went home, and
the crowd
gathered again, so that they could not
even eat.
And when his
family heard it, they went out to
seize him, for they were
“He is out of his mind.”
(Mark 3:20-21)

Most retailers impose their will upon us by the layout of their store. Grocery stores keep the milk and eggs in the back, forcing you to on a harrowing exodus through aisles of snacks you don’t really need. Retailers attempt to divert customers to the right, forcing you to make a full . . .

Statewide Economic Council Honors MC College Alum by Naming Leadership Award in His Honor



Mississippi Sen. Robin Robinson, center, receives the first Bob Pittman Excellence in Leadership Award from Scott Walker, president and CEO of the Mississippi Economic Council, while Pittman’s daughter, Dianne Pittman Holbert, looks on during the 2024 “Pathways to Success” STAR Education Celebration April 4 at the Clyde Muse Center in Pearl.

Bob W. Pittman dedicated his career to strengthening Miss-issippi’s education system, improving county government, and developing legislation to create a . . .

Chilled Desserts Are The Only Way to Survive Summer ‘24



Kara Kimbrough

CHILLED DESSERTS FOR SUMMER-- Three-ingredient, no-freezer-needed homemade strawberry ice cream is the perfect summertime treat.

First, the bad news: It’s hot. Even worse, the official start of summer is still days away. But things are not all gloom and doom. There are numerous recipes containing words like “frozen,” “frosted,” “cool,” “chilled” and perhaps the best one this time of year: “no bake.”

In case you haven’t guessed, I’m not a hot weather person. In fact, I live for our all-too- . . .

Terry P. Johnson:
Alderman & Long-time Hinds County
Gazette Columnist Passes



Terry P. Johnson
1955 - 2024

Alderman Terry P. Johnson, age 68, passed away on Thursday, June 6, 2024, at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Born on December 15, 1955, to parents Elzena Kitchens Johnson and Daniel Johnson of Terry, Mississippi.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in music/organ performance from the Winters School of Music at William Carey University in 1977 and a master’s degree with an emphasis in Remedial Reading. He further pursued his education by obtaining an ad . . .

Twists & Turns:
The Importance of Porch Sitting



Judy Causey Love

Most every new home built in America today comes with a two car garage, 3 to 5 bedrooms and a kitchen that could hold the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. But something is missing in their structure. I’ll bet you can guess what it is. It’s a front porch.

Lots of things have gone by the wayside in architectural design in our towns and cities over the decades. Things like sidewalks, trees, buildings low enough to let the sky show overhead. But to me, one of the most important is the front porch.

The . . .

Salem Baptist Church in Lake Welcomes After The ownbeat:Stories & Songs Tour Featuring Grammy Winning Recording Artist, David Phelps



The unmistakable sound of multi-Dove and Grammy Award-winning recording artist, David Phelps (pictured in attached jpg), will be featured in Lake, MS, at the Salem Baptist Church, located at 2380 Salem Road on Saturday, May 18. This exciting concert event begins at 6:00pm.

Once a childhood musical prodigy from Tomball, TX, David Phelps earned a bachelor's degree in music from Baylor University. Since then, he has become a nationally celebrated vocalist, whose gifts and talents are matched by . . .

Raymond Library’s Summer Music Series: A Melodic Invitation



Raymond Library is thrilled to announce our Summer Music Series, a celebration of sound and community spirit. This year, we’re extending an open invitation to all community and local musicians to join us in creating a summer to remember.

Whether you’re a solo artist strumming a guitar, a band that gets the crowd moving, or an ensemble that harmonizes to perfection, we welcome you to showcase your talent. Our series is a platform for diverse genres and styles, reflecting the rich tapestry of o . . .

From the Pastor’s Pen:
“Follow Your Heart”



Zachery Byrd

"The Pharisees went out and immediately held counsel with the Herodians against him, how to destroy him." (Mark 3:6)

"Follow your heart." Have you ever heard such rubbish? Only the ill-advised and ill-willed would ever give such advice to their children. And yet, we see such vanity printed and plastered upon every surface too cheap to hold anything of actual meaning. These three words have led generations of children down the laundry chute of lust and of envy, of malice and malcontent, of eve . . .

Soul City Solar Awards $40,000 to Hinds County Nonprofits in Inaugural Round of Community Grants



The company planning a new solar farm between Bolton and Raymond is partnering with several local organizations to ensure that the project's benefits are felt broadly throughout Hinds County.

Soul City Solar is awarding $40,000 in funding through its Community Grant Program to support eight local nonprofit organizations. The program is designed to support groups working in Hinds County to build healthy communities, support economic development, foster environmental sustainability, and promote . . .

Raymond Chamber of Commerce Recogonizes Local Students



RAYMOND GRADUATES--- The Raymond Chamber of Commerce was pleased to recognize and present awards to six outstanding students who are graduating from high school with highest honors. Pictured left to right: Central Hinds Academy Salutatorian and Valedictorian, Macie Curtis and Piper Lloyd; Rebul Academy Valedictorian and Salutatorian, Cody Scruggs and Aimee Townsend; Raymond High School Valedictorian and Salutatorian, Nadia Burse and Jayden Singleton. . . .


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