JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The nominee to lead Mississippi's troubled prison system, Burl Cain, spent 21 years as warden of Louisiana's Angola penitentiary, resigning in early 2016 amid ethics questions about how public money was spent during his tenure. Advocates for inmates' rights have also co…

Memorial Day is the “unofficial” start of summer, but the day itself means so much more to all Americans. This is the day that we observe and honor those men and women who died while serving in the U. S. Military.

Community colleges in Mississippi and nationwide have responded quickly to the COVID-19 pandemic, making contributions to enhance capabilities of emergency responders and health care professionals. Two-year public colleges have the unique capability to re-skill the workforce as Mississippi …

In an article by Eva Holland, published in The Wall Street Journal, the emotion of fear is explored.

The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on our nation and the world. Our citizens have responded by social distancing, wearing masks, sheltering at home, and sanitizing our hands. Through these measures, we are attempting to reduce harm in order to save lives. Although the strategies look d…

Do you ever find yourself complaining about well … anything and everything? With the additional stress of the pandemic complaining seems to have gained momentum, and it’s actually very difficult to get on social media, watch TV, or even have a conversation without battling this tendency in …

My son and daughter just finished a semester of college at home, sitting in our pool house. They had it easy. Once the pandemic hit and all classes were switched to online computer classes, life got much simpler for them. Both finished with good grades and a suntan.


JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi lawmakers and Gov. Tate Reeves still have to make big decisions about spending most of the $1.25 billion that the federal government is sending the state for coronavirus relief.

As our worlds collide over the coronavirus, the surreal 1933 novel of that name by Philip Wylie and Edwin Balmer comes to mind. The novel “When Worlds Collide” portrayed the surreal phenomenon of another world crashing into Earth. Old Earth did not survive, but a new Earth did.

During these unprecedented times, I am grateful for all of the essential workers and volunteers who are providing access to food, healthcare and supplies. The COVID-19 global pandemic has forced us to provide vital services and take care of those in need using very limited resources. As exp…

East Mississippi development falls short

“Hell, boy, any old fool can make ‘em laugh; you got a chance of being good when you can make ‘em cry.” —Hodding Carter III

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If y’all could use something lighthearted like me, then hopefully this week’s column will provide just that as we further adjust to life with no sports, no school, no church, no concerts and no rush-hour traffic.

Sometimes baseball stays constant to a fault. It took way too long for instant replay to make its way to America’s pastime, and the sport has been slow to make peace with the idea of players showing emotions after a big hit or strikeout.

The Meridian Star is again asking your help to identify people who do good work in the community and to nomintate them for recognition as Citizen of the Year or as an Unsung Hero to be featured in our Proile editions.

Not too long ago I came across a segment by HBO late-night host John Oliver titled “How Is This Still A Thing?” The subject was Daylight Saving Time, in which Oliver dispelled a common myth about the practice of springing our clocks forward in March and how it’s ridiculous we’re still doing it.

Forty years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a state could require nonmembers of a public employee union to pay an “agency fee,” otherwise known as costs of collective bargaining, for their representation by the union.

CHICAGO — Almost every year since 1988, I have made a late-May journey up here to attend the National Restaurant Association’s annual trade show. It is a massive gathering that brings together every component of the food-service industry under one roof. It’s a yearly kid-in-a-candy-shop mom…

Republican efforts to impose strict work requirements on recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program as part of the new farm bill were temporarily thwarted Friday when the House rejected the multiyear legislation in an unrelated dispute over immigration.

Testing will begin later this month on drinking-water wells in areas of Kemper County surrounding Naval Air Station Meridian’s Joe Williams Field. Officials with the U.S. Navy will conduct the testing.

President Trump's performance at the G-20 summit in Germany produced a wave of commentary claiming the United States has abdicated its role as world leader.

The Meridian Star asked candidates for mayor of Meridian to respond in guest columns to four questions based on input from our readers. Their responses have been published on this page in advance of the June 6 election.

The recent report that Mississippi State and Southern Miss will renew their basketball rivalry came as welcomed news to this observer.

“I thought about the dilapidated church down town. And I realized that, in some ways, we all have a hole in our roof, a gap through which tears fall and bad events blow like harsh wind. We feel vulnerable; we worry about what storm will strike next… With a little faith, people can fix things…

This Week's Circulars


JASPER COUNTY [ndash] Arrangements were incomplete at Berry and Gardner Funeral Home for Ms. Mary L. Watts, 91, of Jasper County, who died Friday, May 22, 2020 at her residence.

MERIDIAN [ndash] Arrangements were incomplete at Berry and Gardner Funeral Home for Mrs. Maxine Mosley, 61, of Meridian, who died Friday, May 22, 2020 at Rush Foundation Hospital.

MERIDIAN [ndash] Arrangements were incomplete at Berry and Gardner Funeral Home for Mrs. Lizzie Dean, 93, of Meridian, who died Friday, May 22, 2020 at Anderson Regional Medical Center.

MERIDIAN [ndash] Arrangements were incomplete at Berry and Gardner Funeral Home for Mr. Gregory Lewis, 60, of Meridian, who died Sunday, May 17, 2020 at his residence.

STONEWALL [ndash] Arrangements were incomplete at Berry and Gardner Funeral Home for Mr. Stanley Doby, 57, of Stonewall, who died Thursday, May 21, 2020 at Rush Foundation Hospital.