Hinds County Sheriff Lee Vance was found dead at his home today after testing positive of the Delta variant of COVID-19. In this business, you meet many of the people who are in public office. I had met Lee a few times and always enjoyed our conversations — he was a good dude. This is a big loss for Hinds County — he was making progress correcting many of the issues that have vexed the county for the past few years. My prayers are with his family and the scores of people who loved him.

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Marshall Ramsey, a nationally recognized editorial cartoonist, shares his cartoons and travels the state as Mississippi Today’s Editor-At-Large. He’s also host of a weekly statewide radio program and a television program on Mississippi Public Broadcasting and is the author of several books. Marshall is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and a 2019 recipient of the University of Tennessee Alumni Professional Achievement Award.