Martin Luther King Jr. Day is certainly a day of commemoration. We remember, perhaps most notably, the great orator that was — in large part — chiefly responsible for many of the successes of the civil rights movement. Much more than a masterful rhetorician, Dr. King’s contributions extende…

Longtime Mississippi Republicans will remember political consultant Stuart Stevens for his work on early campaigns for the late Sen. Thad Cochran. Since those early races he has become a highly successful media strategist and has helped elect numerous Republican governors and senators.

A week of gunplay in Meridian that left three people dead and two hospitalized – including children among the victims – serves as a reminder that while the Second Amendment may give us the right to bear arms, not everyone is up to that responsibility.

The news is filled with impeachment, witnesses, no witnesses, regulations and well, corruption, on both sides of the aisle. Not exactly a Deep South peach, however, there is great news. The economy is booming – more jobs available than there are workers to fill them. I believe I know why.

“Do not dwell on the past. See, God is doing a new thing! As you begin a fresh year, rejoice that the Lord is continually working newness into your life. this is the time to make a fresh start! Our God has unlimited creativity.” Sarah Young, Jesus Always

Mississippi has 78 people each serving 50+ years in prison on a non-violent drug charge, with no eligibility for parole. Twenty-one of them are serving that sentence for simple drug possession. This is a waste of taxpayer dollars and people's lives, and it does nothing to actually address o…

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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…

More than any other celebration, the Fourth of July provides us the opportunity to assemble to celebrate the gift that we’ve been given - the gift that we have earned from the sacrifice of countless brave men and women - those patriots who protected our independence. The gift I’m referring t…

Dear Readers: Today’s column is for the children in your life. I was thrilled to tell this story recently at Meridian Public Library.

I don’t dine in buffet restaurants very often. Though a few times a year I like to visit my friend Roger Bickham at his restaurant The Movie Star on Old Hwy 11 in Hattiesburg. Roger runs a great buffet— it’s local, the portions are replenished often, the food is hot, it tastes good, and he’s…

This Week's Circulars


Funeral services for Tanisha Berry will be held Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020, at noon, at Cedric D. Clark Memorial Funeral Home. Visitation will be Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, from 6-7 p.m. Interment in Pine Grove Cemetery, Bailey.

Funeral services for Betty McConnell will be held Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020, at noon, at Cedric D. Clark Memorial Funeral Home. Visitation will be Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, from 6-7 p.m. Interment in Pine Grove Cemetery, Bailey.

BRUNSWICK, Ga. - Ellen Raybon, born March 17, 1941, passed away peacefully Jan. 18, 2020, at her home in St. Mary's, Ga. after a long illness. Ellen was born in Laurel, Miss. She lived in Bailey, Miss. and also in St. Mary's, Ga. Preceded in death are her beloved parents, Mr. and and Mrs. Wi…

Graveside service for Mary Murry will be held Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, at 11 a.m., at Woodlawn Cemetery in Columbia, Miss., with Rev. Neil Wigley officiating with burial following. Robert Barham Family Funeral Home is honored to be entrusted with arrangements. Ms. Murry, 97, of Meridian, passe…

MERIDIAN [ndash] Graveside services for Mrs. Beverly Jackson will be held on Wednesday, January 22, 2020, at 1:00 pm. Interment will be in Meridian Memorial Park Cemetery. To view the full obituary go to