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Finding young writers. Taking Them to New Levels!

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A new grass-roots writing initiative identifies talented young writers and gives them the same "select" opportunity that their peers in sports and music have. The results are already are great and the plans for growth statewide are big. 

September 11, 2018

Two longtime legislators and friends presented differing views of the just completed special session at the Stennis Capitol Press Forum Monday.

State Rep. Greg Snowden (R-Meridian) and state Sen. Hob Bryan (D-Amory) both voted against the lottery bill that passed with t...

September 7, 2018

I have come to praise the Mississippi Legislature, not to bury it. At least this once.

In a week-long special session, the Legislature did what it couldn't do during the regular session: Pass a bill that deals with the state's infrastructure woes without raising gasolin...

August 28, 2018

An infrastructure package and a bill that would create a state lottery now await the signature of Gov. Phil Bryant into law.

August 23, 2018

The state could increase its infrastructure spending by $200 million by tapping into use tax revenues, money from sports gaming and the creation of a state lottery if approved by the Legislature.

Gov. Phil Bryant signed a proclamation Tuesday that will call the Legislat...

May 2, 2018

Hinds County has spent, on average, only 6.45 percent of its budget on public works projects — which includes roads and bridges — since 2010, according to an examination of records by the Mississippi Independent.

Broken down to bridges specifically, the number gets even...

April 12, 2018

A list of 106 bridges that are to be closed after Gov. Phil Bryant issued an emergency proclamation  containing 21 locally-owned bridges listed in good, fair or satisfactory structural condition.

The federal government uses a 0 to 100 system to rate the sufficiency of b...

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Confused and frustrated by others and his state, Horace Benbow in William Faulkner’s 

Sanctuary says, “I need a change. Either I, or Mississippi, one.”

     Do we sometimes feel like Horace? We love our state, but it confounds us.     

      Mississippimatters' creative co-op of writers, videographers and thinkers invites wrestling with such tensions.

     MM won't cover much breaking news. Instead, it will reflect, suggest  and chat.

     Some entries will be a bit deeper. We will feature investigative articles other publications avoid. Lots of lighthearted ideas will be tossed in about enjoyable people, places and things. Expect an eclectic mix.

      If we're easily pegged politically or socially, we need to do better. Let us know.

     Some contributors have "extra" degrees, others are "degree-less." All can write; they care and dare to share their hearts and minds (and they can turn a phrase).

    Our writers come from unlikely places. We think some of the best thinkers use a wrench. not a pen. 

     Some of our "takes" may upset you.Thanks for feeling! Some may prop up your opinions. We hope to prompt banter at water coolers, coffee shops and family tables.

     It’s so true—we in the Magnolia State often feel like Horace Benbow. Faulkner tapped into us. 

     How about us doing some head-scratching together?  

     Let’s laugh, muse and talk. After all, Mississippi Matters. 

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MississippiMatters is a news blog of cooperative writers, videographers and podcasters published by  The Well Writers Guild, a 501c3 devoted to mentoring Mississippi writers and to addressing uncovered or under-covered topics.  MississippiMatters focuses on offering creative "takes" on our state's culture, ideas, events and more.