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Ben Hillyer

Lessons for the future lie in our past

Sometimes the past is just as mysterious as the future. Read more

4 years ago by Ben Hillyer.

Eighteenth century era coming into focus

How easy is it to catch a glimpse of what Natchez life was like 300 years ago? Read more

4 years ago by Ben Hillyer.

Ball fields have big impact on towns like ours

How much of an impact can eight baseball fields have? Read more

4 years ago by Ben Hillyer.

Is future of tourism in Pokémon Go?

Have you met Jigglypuff at the intersection of Pearl and Franklin streets? Have you spotted Charmander hiding in the bushes on the bluff? Read more

4 years ago by Ben Hillyer.

Take me back to biscuit country

The line between the North and the South runs through the breakfast table. Read more

4 years ago by Ben Hillyer.

Coaches turn errors into opportunities

What this world needs is more T-ball coaches. Read more

4 years ago by Ben Hillyer.

Hand me a cold one from the ice chest

When I opened up the ice chest to reach for a cold bottle of water and found submerged in the cooler a ball cap and ... Read more

4 years ago by Ben Hillyer.

Is opinion on state flag changing?

Fifteen years ago I was in a different place in my life — just married, no children and starting a new job. Now I am ... Read more

4 years ago by Ben Hillyer.

Services hard to come by in our region

The doctor’s words should not have come as surprise when I heard them a few weeks ago. Read more

4 years ago by Ben Hillyer.

Vidalia keeps holiday tradition alive with Memorial Day parade

In a region filled with spectacular views, few equal the view of the annual Memorial Day parade crossing the Mississippi River bridge. Read more

4 years ago by Ben Hillyer.

We are all tourism ambassadors

Maybe everyone in Natchez needs to wear a party hat. Read more

4 years ago by Ben Hillyer.

Listen for that voice, graduates

To the graduates of 2016, let me be the first to welcome you into the world of adulthood. Read more

4 years ago by Ben Hillyer.

Natchez mayor’s race not over yet

If you think the Natchez mayor’s race is over, think again. Read more

4 years ago by Ben Hillyer.

Election not about cookies, ice cream

My first and only foray into politics was a surprising success. Read more

4 years ago by Ben Hillyer.

Tourism voices need to stop, listen

In Natchez, there is no shortage of people with strong opinions. My guess is that it has been that way for many years. Read more

5 years ago by Ben Hillyer.

‘Your Take’ going strong after 10 years

Ten years and two months, 3,717 photographs later, the “Your Take” feature of The Natchez Democrat keeps going strong. Read more

5 years ago by Ben Hillyer.

Could Trump give state election blues?

Does Donald Trump’s candidacy open up the possibility that Mississippi will go for a Democrat this year? Read more

5 years ago by Ben Hillyer.

Candidates put parents in quandry

Watching my son squirm in his chair doing everything he could to evade my questions, I thought for a split second, “Maybe this kid could ... Read more

5 years ago by Ben Hillyer.

Old jail? Been there, done that

When it comes to building a new county jail, Adams County leaders have “been there, done that.” Read more

5 years ago by Ben Hillyer.

Being gross is in the eye of the beholder

Just like beauty, all things gross and slightly repulsive are in the eye of the beholder. Read more

5 years ago by Ben Hillyer.

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