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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. 

April 9, 2018

According to a report released by State Auditor Stacey Pickering last week, taxpayers have lost $185 million on various failed projects.

Most of them were during the tenure of two-term Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour and three biggest — KiOR, Greentech and Stion — added...

April 4, 2018

State Auditor Stacey Pickering's office issued more than $21,000 in demand letters to several members of the state's Cosmetology Board Tuesday, plus $188,500 to the former city clerk of the town of Potts Camp.

In a news release, Pickering's office said that board member...

January 17, 2018

According to a pair of reports released by state Auditor Stacey Pickering's office Tuesday, investigators found several instances of fraud, waste and abuse at the state Board of Cosmetology and the state Auctioneer Commission.

For the Mississippi Auctioneer Commission,...

September 29, 2017

A report by State Auditor Stacey Pickering's office says that the Mississippi Department of Education has circumvented state procurement laws and has wasted taxpayer funds with duplicative service contracts.

The auditor also accused the state Board of Education of not e...

September 6, 2017

Mississippi auditor Stacey Pickering told state lawmakers Tuesday that his office couldn't verify the preliminary estimate for the Mississippi Adequate Education Program funding formula because of issues with figures supplied from the Mississippi Department of Educatio...

July 13, 2017

Mississippi state auditor Stacey Pickering’s office released its investigative report July 12 on Greentech Automotive, which built a now-closed plant using state and local funds in Tunica.

The report reveals that the company never met its job creation goals by the deadl...

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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.