There is something special and cozy about Wednesday night church services. As one who attends most Wednesday nights, I feel as if I am part of “the Flock,” the ones who come together even after a busy day, the ones who are there to diligently pray for special needs and also as members of th…

Mississippi legislative leaders are recommending a preliminary budget plan for the state to spend slightly less than the current budget. Do you agree with that recommendation?

“Life is a train of moods like a string of beads, and as we pass through them, they prove to be many-colored lenses which paint the world their own hue, and each show only what lies in its focus.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

A CROWN TO THE CITY of Meridian and its residents for putting on the annual Christmas parade Saturday evening.

Dr. Richard Ebeling, professor of economics at The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, and my longtime friend and colleague, has written an important article, "Business Ethics and Morality of the Marketplace," appearing in the American Institute for Economic Research. Its import…

If the city of Meridian offered an app that allowed users to provide information or report problems in the city, would you use it?

3:59 a.m. Barberino Val d’Elsa, Tuscany — I am dead asleep in the small apartment below Villa il Santo. The pizza I had consumed hours earlier worked better than any over-the-counter melatonin to put me down. I was dead to the world and exhausted from leading a group of 24 Americans on a we…

Three of governor elect Tate Reeves’ inauguration events will be open to sponsors only. Should there be exclusive access events related to the inauguration?


JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi lawmakers begin their new term Jan. 7, with Republicans maintaining large majorities in the House and Senate. Some leadership jobs will change hands, including chairmanships of important committees.

“The worst thing a coach can do is stand pat and think the things that worked yesterday will win tomorrow. Intelligent changes must be made.” —John H. Vaught

Has anything occurred in the impeachment proceedings that has changed your opinion one way or another?

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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.


This Week's Circulars


Services: Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019, at 11 a.m., at Berry and Gardner Funeral Home's OP Chapel. Burial: Monday, Dec. 16, at 10 a.m., at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Newton. Visitation will be one hour prior to services.

Services: Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019, at 11 a.m., at Mt. Pleasant MB Church, Hwy. 145 South. Burial will follow in Mt. Pleasant Church Cemetery with Berry and Gardner in charge. Visitation one hour prior to services.

Services for Mrs. Mary Walker will be Saturday Dec. 14, 2019, at noon, at Greenhill Missionary Baptist Church with Pastor B.L. Richardson officiating. Burial will follow in Salem Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday Dec. 13, 2019, from 1-5 p.m. at E.E. McDonald Community Chapel.