Will Branch is 75, but he works like a man half his age.
During the lunch hour Wednesday, he remained behind the wheel of a track hoe. His task? Salvaging the wood from homes on Mary Street that have been involved in a now-settled eminent domain case between the owners and the Columbia School District.
The exact moment Dr. Cody Choate decided to pursue medicine came while he was repairing a barbed wire fence on his family’s cattle farm near McComb.
“I decided I didn’t want to do that for the rest of my life,” he says with a laugh.
But there was more to it.
Never-ending and never-settled, the partisan debate over gun control rages again after the Las Vegas shooting that killed at least 59 Sunday night. Stephen Paddock, 64, was armed to a T and slaughtered concert-goers trapped in an enclosed area from his 32nd-floor casino suite before turning a weapon on himself when police closed in.
About 19 percent of Mississippi high school graduates did not pass one or more of the subject-area tests last year, according to data I received through a public records request.
Up until 2015, that would have meant they would not have been eligible to receive a diploma.
A rural mail carrier and auto parts store employee collided Friday morning just off U.S. 98 in Columbia, but there were no serious injuries.
The wreck happened before 10:30 in front of Pearl River Valley Opportunity Inc., and the two drivers offered differing accounts of what happened.