A woman stopped by our office the other day to show us a photo of a homeless person who is commonly seen around Meridian, sleeping on a bench or shuffling across a street.

WASHINGTON – Watching videos of Chinese protestors singing the U.S. national anthem in the streets of Hong Kong, or hearing the tear-jerking chorus of "Les Miserables" during a sit-in at the Hong Kong airport, only someone with a heart of stone wouldn't want to assist these brave people who …

According to history, August is the eighth month of the year and has 31 days. When Julius Caesar created the Julian calendar in 45 BC, two days were added giving the month a total of 31. It was later renamed Augustus in honor of the first emperor of Rome, Caesar Augustus.

CHICAGO – Given its surplus of violence and scarcity of resources, Chicago surely has bigger things to worry about than the menace, as the city sees it, of Laura Pekarik's cupcakes. Herewith redundant evidence of regulatory government's unsleeping solicitousness for the strong.

Do you ever find yourself lost in thought about something that you feel bad about? Maybe it’s a situation in which you feel you didn’t do well, you didn’t do enough, you embarrassed yourself, you can’t fix something that’s broken, you wasted time, you hurt someone’s feelings, you can’t get …

There is discrimination of all sorts, and that includes racial discrimination. Thus, it’s somewhat foolhardy to debate the existence of racial discrimination yesteryear or today. From a policy point of view, a far more useful question to ask is: How much of the plight of many blacks can be …

Food tastes better on vacation. I don’t know the psychology behind that premise, but it’s true. In the days before I opened my first restaurant, I pulled two stints, in two different years, as a server in restaurants in Destin, Florida.

WASHINGTON – Regimes, however intellectually disreputable, rarely are unable to attract intellectuals eager to rationalize the regimes' behavior. America's current administration has "national conservatives." They advocate unprecedented expansion of government in order to purge America of e…

“We’ve seen the worst that human beings are capable of. We’ve seen what happens when leaders abandon common decency in favor of rage and hate.”— This and other quoted material by Max Joseph.

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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…

“If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has not pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?” 1 John 3:17

Powder room, ladies room, gent’s room, the facilities, the john, the potty, lavatory, washroom, toilet, etc – yes, the terms all mean the same but are not all the same. Uh-huh. My point today is cleanliness, which is next to Godliness.

Dan Talley began military service in 1986. In 1990, he was deployed with the 82nd Airborne Division to Saudi Arabia for Desert Shield. In 1991, he remained in the Middle East to serve in Desert Storm.


“In this age of Twitter, is reasoned discourse truly an historical relic, or is there hope for its revival?” Deanna Kuhn, professor of psychology and education at Teachers College Columbia University, examined in Scientific American.

“If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has not pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?” 1 John 3:17

Laps of what, you might ask? Could it be laps of banana pudding or homemade ice cream? Well, I’ve just got to tell you; NEVER would four laps be enough of those two low-carb-diet assassins.  

“If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has not pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?” 1 John 3:17

This is the second column in a three-part series on Chicago restaurants.

This Week's Circulars


Arrangements were incomplete at Berry and Gardner Funeral Home for Ms. Tajauna Y. Reed, 42, of Meridian, who died Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, at Anderson Regional Medical Center.

Memorial services for Mickey Ray Parker will be Monday, Aug. 19, 2019, at 11 a.m., at Stephens Funeral Home. Visitation one hour prior to services. Mr. Parker 58, of Zero community passed away Sunday. Register at www.stephensfunerals.com.

TUPELO - Mrs. Kelly Gable Conway, 51, passed away Aug. 12, 2019, in Tupelo. Kelly was born April 24, 1968, in Clinton, the daughter of the late John Clifton and Kay Elizabeth Low Gable. Kelly was a graduate of Meridian High School, class of 1986. She, then, graduated from The University of M…

UNION [ndash] Services for Mrs. Harriet "Tootsie" Burroughs Clark will be held Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, at noon, at Stephens Funeral Home in Union. Interment will follow at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Newton. Bro. Thomas Fortenberry will be officiating. Visitation will be from 10…