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Elbow grease


It is easy to complain about everything wrong in our communities, but it was heartening to see Attala County residents rise up and put some elbow grease into making a difference for the Great American CleanUp this past weekend.

Spring revival


We have just finished with a Spring Revival at my home church this week.  As I sat in the new blue padded, comfortable chairs, I looked around at the new fresh walls of the sanctuary and especially the most magnificent cross hanging from the stained glass windows framing the

Delivery on the comeback


Technology has made it super easy to sit in my comfortable reclining chair and shop for anything my heart desires. All I need is a credit card, preferably for me, Paypal.  Instead of going to a department store, jewelry store, grocery store, hardware, plant nursery, pharmacie

Be here now

I sat down at my office desk this morning with a steaming cup of coffee and the intention of writing something remarkable. About the best I could muster was writing out a check for the light bill. My mind ricochets from current events to a never-ending to-do list.



Hugh Lee Ballard, Jr. died in his home on April 20, 2018, in Ethel, MS. He was 78.