Last Wednesday morning, I looked down Amory Main Street knowing that’s the day I would’ve seen the Ferris wheel from a few blocks away. I would’ve gotten apple fritters the next night, sang along to “Strawberry Wine,” gotten up the next morning and learned something I didn’t know about one o…
I’m glad it wasn’t just me and my friends who were mischievous when we were in junior high and high school. In college, though, when I started making friends with a group of guys from Smithville, I realized they took it to a whole other level.
You can shock yourself learning to be an electrician and you can cut yourself learning to be a butcher. Someone teaching you skills like these can only do so much explaining of what you should do, but you’ve got to take the lead to do it yourself eventually.
I was just talking a couple of weekends ago about watching it on ESPN. It was a Thursday night game, and Mississippi State hosted South Carolina. What made that game so special, and patriotic, was it was the first college football game after the Sept. 11 attacks.
After 25 years of kicking the butts of tobacco industry leaders, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is now leading the way to Take Down Tobacco.
I’m almost positive I wouldn’t be at the Monroe Journal had it not been for Don Rowe. Back in the summer of 2009, he told me about a part-time staff writer position for the paper I was really too busy to even think about having.
A couple of Saturdays ago, the same conversation came up twice with two different groups – the bigger number of young families that used to live in Aberdeen.
Am I ever full of flaws? I’m running one week late to make that obvious statement widely known. About this time last week, you may have spent the day fasting and in prayer or you could’ve been somewhere else recovering from Fat Tuesday.
How did AmFed, a workers’ compensation insurance carrier, get involved in arts and education? The same way it’s gotten involved in all its community fundraising efforts – by listening to its employees and embracing its mission to support the people who share the place they call home.
I sometimes miss sleeping in until noon, not caring about a credit score and dreaming big about even bigger places. Everyone goes through a stage when the world’s opportunities seem so reachable that you can almost touch them. At the same time, though, it overlaps a stage of not really carin…
Jesus was quoted in Matthew’s gospel as saying, “Those who give one of these little ones a cup of cold water because they are my followers will truly get their reward." (Mark 9:41 NCV)
Most of the time, I write columns in my head and have it down pat exactly how they’ll read before I even pull up a blank Word document. Sometimes, though, the subjects get a little twisted – in a good way.
The end of winter promises to be an enjoyable time at the Amory Municipal Library. Tuesday, Feb. 18, is a special Lunching with Books, with Hatley native and retired intensive care physician Margaret Watkins talking about her books.
Nothing says Happy Valentine’s Day like a fresh bouquet of flowers. Make sure your gift provides many days of enjoyment by selecting the freshest flowers and providing the best possible care.
Love them or hate them, you’ve got to admit Adam Sandler comedies can be really dumb. That’s exactly why “Billy Madison” sucked me in and why “Big Daddy” references come up in conversation from time to time.
All I first knew about Mardi Gras in high school was one of my friends had a pair of tan Timberland boots that came back a light gray because of everything he walked through in the French Quarter.
I know how to make a cup of coffee specific enough to my liking. I haven’t been electrocuted (yet) jumping off another vehicle. One time I even changed a broken part inside my washing machine so it could drain water again.
Maybe you needed to check a second, third or fourth news source Sunday afternoon when you heard the news that Kobe Bryant was killed in a helicopter crash. You definitely weren’t alone.
As much of a thing as my grandparents not having to lock their doors back in the day was, being worried about falling prey to a scam is as much of a thing now. The past couple, three decades have taught us to keep our doors locked tight, but how do you keep predators out of your life?
If you read into this week’s 1A story about the transition of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office into a new term, you can see the message of people coming together for a common cause.
Improve your indoor and outdoor container gardening success with a quality potting mix. This can be more difficult than it sounds since you can’t see or feel the product you are about to buy. Ask your gardening friends for recommendations and once at the garden center, check the package and …
There are things we all want to run from and run towards. For so many people, both of these things meet somewhere in the middle two or three weeks a year when cashing in on vacation time.
Strawberry, lemon, mango, blueberry, cinnamon and cheesecake all sound like great flavors of your favorite sweet treat. The bright colors and smells can make your mouth water for a snack or give you the urge to take a drag from an electronic cigarette (e-cigarette).
I was born on the tail-end of the disco days and raised on the glam and glitz of the next decade. Life experiences started to trickle in as grungy and loud as the following decade could be and ever since the millennium rolled over, not quite as much has stuck out through life stages or pop culture.
Define the holiday season from Halloween to New Year’s Day however you’d like – turkey, fireworks shows or church services, and you get joy. Think back to this time of year any other month and you get the same thing – joy.
Well, here we are, a year and 17 columns later, back to the holiday season. One thing especially nice about the end-of-the-year holidays is all the rememberings and summings up that it triggers. And it seems to me that 2019 has been a pretty good year.
I love telling the story about one day my junior year in high school when one of my Aberdeen friends happened to be in West Point for something and came to my school to hang out in the parking lot during break.
A glimmer of hope is shining in Becker with a new neighborhood Dollar General store that is filling the gap left by the closing of the two previous convenience stores that once populated the downtown area. Even the former Helen’s Beauty Shop is coming back to life under a new owner.
As I am standing at the back of the starting line for the Abbott Dash 5K in Manhattan on Saturday, Nov. 2, near the United Nations buildings, I am thinking about similarities between diabetes prevention or anything related to better health and running a marathon.
Prediabetes is the preclinical state preceding Type 2 diabetes. In prediabetes, fasting blood sugars (100-125 mg/dL), hemoglobin A1c values (5.7-6.4) or oral glucose tolerance results (140-199 mg/dL) fall between the normal range and diabetes range.
Autumn is upon us and with winter rapidly approaching, you’re probably not spending much time thinking about your lawn. But during the fall of the year, with its cooler temperatures and occasional rainfall, is the ideal time to prepare your lawn for next spring. Just because it is the fall o…
Wedged between a spike in Halloween activities and the onslaught of Thanksgiving and Christmas events, it’s assuring to know Monroe County stands behind its veterans by offering an increasing number of Veterans Day events.
Politically speaking, about this time next year is going to feel like you’re five leftover turkey sandwiches into wanting to forget about Thanksgiving food for a while. The way national politics is already tracking, it won’t take long for most of us to be just as burnt out by the time Electi…
We all take way too much for granted. Technology has led us to expect instant results at the touch of a button. A few times in my life, I have been reminded how important it is to have a “Plan B.” Times do come when the conveniences we take for granted don’t work for us for one reason or another.
So somebody asked me how on Earth I have time to read all these books. Wow, um, no. I don’t have time to read all these books. I’m a pretty quick reader, but these days if I manage a book a week, I consider that a win.
I spent many of my formative and awkward years growing up in a great neighborhood surrounded by friends my age working out their awkward years too. It’s hard to believe all that peaked nearly 30 years ago before we got our driver’s licenses and slowly drifted in our separate directions.
As we prepare for 2020, the Mississippi Department of Human Services (MDHS) is committed to helping children and families transition from a state of crisis to a state of self-sufficiency. Our ability to accomplish this mission largely depends on three things: leadership, partnership and stew…