How to have an 8-team playoff

Here’s a great idea from Yahoo Sports columnist Dan Wetzel: Since  some of this weekend’s college football conference championship games essentially are the first round of the playoffs, how about replacing these games by bringing four more schools into the chase for the national title?

Colleges innovate to combat loss

One week ago in this space, we noted a warning Mississippi State University President Mark Keenum gave to the Columbia Rotary Club about Mississippi’s troubling population loss. Among other things, it means a smaller group of high school seniors that colleges are competing for.

Brothers in arms still give support

As the World War II veteran rose slowly from his chair to be recognized Monday during the Marion County Veterans Day program, one of his brothers in arms seated next to him placed a hand on his back to help hold him up. The assistance was both needed for practical reasons  and symbolic of the bond America’s veterans share.


Downtown Halloween a big hit

Zigzagging lines stretched more than the length of a city block on Main Street Tuesday night as trunk-or-eaters came out in droves.

Downtown businesses are to be commended for putting on the event themselves. It was a fun time for families and seemed to go off without a hitch.

Right to block caravan's entry

The Wall Street Journal pointed out an interesting fact about the response to the migrant caravan slowly moving toward the United States from Honduras: The 5,200 troops set to be deployed there in the next several weeks plus the 2,000 National Guardsmen already there means there will be more of a military footprint at the border than is current



David Allen Watts 85, Hattiesburg


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