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Earlier this year, Garden & Gun magazine launched a biweekly newsletter dedicated to all things Southern food called The Skillet. The Dec. 6 issue featured a recipe for a decadent cheese grits casserole and my fellow foodie Mike Armour was eager to share it with me.

BEAR is an 8-month-old male domestic shorthair cat. His jet back coat and bright gold eyes will melt your heart. He can’t wait to find a forever family. Bear’s adoption number is 113002M.

BARBERRINO VAL D’ELSA, TUSCANY – My friend, collaborator, and business partner, Wyatt Waters, and I are working back in Italy this week leading a group of people through one of our favorite parts of the world. We’re turning all 25 of them on to the people, places, and things that we have dis…

Bob and Sandra Pruett of Tupelo will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on Monday, Dec. 9, 2019, with family. The Pruetts were married Dec. 9, 1959, in Florence, Alabama.

Deborah and Tim Jones of Mantachie will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Lakeland Baptist Church at 5633 River Road in Mantachie. The reception is hosted by their children, Rachelle and Chris Wilson and Mark and Emily Jones, and their gra…

Q: I’m already dreading the holidays. Our 8-year-old is a very excitable child and our family is expected to attend numerous holiday get-togethers at the homes of family members. When he’s included in events where there’s lots of excitement and anticipation in the air, he has a reputation fo…

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TUPELO • For 25 years, Cindy Sparks steered the Antone Tannehill Good Samaritan Free Clinic, firmly establishing the medical home for Lee County’s working uninsured.

No one had to introduce Joseph to Mary. He had known her his whole life. No dating services in those days, unless you count arranged marriages. Who knows? Perhaps a yente did the honors of officially connecting them and their families. “The perfect match,” she might say. It’s the way things …

For those birdwatchers who have time on their hands and industrious elves to help with holiday preparations, this is a good time to hone bird identification skills. The birds that call your garden home year-round, and the birds that come south for the winter will flock to the feeder, which f…

Family and friends helped Cozette Agnew Campbell of Baldwyn celebrate her 100th birthday on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019, at a community center in Baldwyn. She was born in Baldwyn on Nov. 24, 1919. A retired teacher from the Baldwyn Separate School District, she enjoys working crossword puzzles, …

This week, the president signed an act supporting protestors in the city of Hong Kong. The act promises sanctions and restrictions on those who persecute residents of Hong Kong. It requires the State Department to assess whether Hong Kong is truly autonomous, thus able to remain a crucial tr…

KANAYA is a 2-month-old female domestic shorthair cat. Her sleek black coat gives her an air of mystery and who can resist that tail! She can’t wait to find a forever family. Kanaya’s adoption number is 110906M.

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The great Frederick Beuchner wrote a few years ago that most religious words have lost almost all vitality. Through overuse and abuse, terms like church and heaven and sin cause the eyes to glaze and the attention to wander.

One Saturday morning, some Cub Scouts came calling at our house – a couple of little guys accompanied by the father of one of the boys. The boys had plastic sacks in their hands and something on their mind. They said that they were collecting cans of food for the needy. So, I found some cans…

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TUPELO • Syndi Davis loves this time of the year. When Christmas is around the corner, the Tupelo High School senior knows it’s time for Singe Feaste.