Daily Lead 12.15.14: Maher looks back, looks ahead

Lauren Wood | Buy at photos.djournal.com Joseph Maher's recovery is going well, and he's also rockin' a sweet beard.

Lauren Wood | Buy at photos.djournal.com
Joseph Maher’s recovery is going well, and he’s also rockin’ a sweet beard.

Hello, people. ‘Tis the season of giving thanks, and Joseph Maher has plenty for which to be thankful. If you didn’t see it, you need to check out our Sunday story on Maher, the Tupelo police officer who was shot in the head last December during a shootout with a bank robber, who also shot and killed Gale Stauffer.

It’s the first interview Maher has given since the incident, and he openly talked about the difficulty of his recovery and his eagerness to rejoin the police force as a detective.

I for one will feel a little bit safer once he’s back on the job. Read more

Daily Lead 12.11.14: Wal-Mart kills dreams

Walmart memeWell, thanks a lot, Wal-Mart.

The evil empire has squashed plans for a locally owned grocery store that was to open in west Tupelo. Brooks Grocery has put the project on hold.

It’s no coincidence that soon after ground was broken, work halted when word came that Wal-Mart was looking into opening three of its smaller-format Walmart Neighborhood Markets in Tupelo. Goes to show you that the general public is either too stupid or too lazy to demand Walmart alternatives like a Brooks Grocery. (Personally, I will go to Kroger or Todd’s before I go to Walmart if it can be helped.)

Wal-Mart’s looming shadow is where dreams go to die. Read more

Daily Lead 12.10.14: Education shortchanged again

Geico camelGUESS WHAT DAY IT IS??

Oh, I guess that’s gotten a little stale, hasn’t it? But that’s never stopped me before.

It’s Hump Day, and we have news to share with you. Down in Jackson, the Legislative Budget Committee has drafted a proposed budget for the coming fiscal year. Education remains underfunded, although it’s getting more than it had in the past.

You get what you get and don’t throw a fit … I guess. Read more

Daily Lead 12.09.14: Dan is the man

Dan Mullen is your SEC coach of the year. As Dan might say, "Goooood!" (AP photo)

Dan Mullen is your SEC coach of the year. As Dan might say, “Goooood!” (AP photo)

Howdy, people. You never know when I’m actually going to post something, do you? Perhaps I should return to a regular schedule of putting stuff on here.

We have headlines to share with you; stuff you need to read. You like college football, right? Well, the big news around here is that Mississippi State’s Dan Mullen was named the SEC coach of the year, and Ole Miss had five players on the first team. Read more

Police Reports 12.05.14: It’s OK, he’s a professional (drunk) driver

It’s always good when the police reports can teach us something. Like the value of keeping one’s car locked, or if you’re not gonna lock it, don’t leave a bunch of money sitting in there (or your power drill). We also learn that even your parking lights are not safe. And, we learn some people believe themselves to be professional drunk drivers.

Enjoy, and have a great weekend (and don’t get arrested). Read more

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