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It’s that magical time of year again when we come together as a community and celebrate one another. That’s right, folks. It’s time for Best of Monroe Reader’s Choice.

Every time you can get away with paying $1.07 for a couple of boxes of lemon cake and sugar cookie mix, it’s a good day. Last week, though, I told the cashier when she rang it up it was pretty much breaking my heart.

I recently had the pleasure of hearing a sermon on embracing change. The preacher likened keeping the church locked up tight against change to an empty, shut up house that reeks of must, and how nice it is when you can open the doors and windows and let the light in. When that never happens,…

A few weeks ago, I got to meet a young and really happy Chihuahua named Sweetie for a story. In Angelia Goode’s fourth-grade class, Sweetie seems to be the class favorite. While math problems and numbers are the center of attention in her class, Sweetie is hanging in there really close.

Last week, our sports editor, Melissa Meador, said in conversation Monroe County has a graduating high school class this year producing an incoming Yale freshman and a pitcher who is a potential MLB draft candidate. That statement sparked the sometimes overlooked fact that Monroe County is a…

About 14 hours after the tornado hit Hamilton April 13, I saw a completely different scene than from the early morning hours before then. Whereas flashing blue and red lights lit up the sky as first responders poured in throughout the night, volunteers were coming in droves the next afternoo…

I had the opportunity to go to Washington, D.C. last week as a chaperone with the Amory High School band for its performance at the World War II Memorial on Independence Avenue. I will admit, the real reason I signed up to be a chaperone was not because I wanted to look after a bunch of high…

If you’re reading this, Mallory Johnston, sorry if it reads like a broken record sounds. After bumping into her near Walmart’s produce section recently, we got on the subject of how Facebook for this generation of grandmas packs the same excitement as scanners did for my late grandma’s age group.

My volunteer work at our local nursing homes grew out of visiting resident members of our church close to 20 years ago. Some interesting experiences during those years have become Kodak moments that will stay with me as long as my memory remains.

Thinking back to four Spring Break trips to Panama City beginning with my senior year in high school, I can’t remember the planning to be too thought consuming. These days, however, a Saturday trip to Tupelo or Tuscaloosa gets me through the week. And when those occasional trips to Birmingha…

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The House met as a whole throughout the week last week to discuss general bills that made it out of committee and onto the calendar. Thursday, Feb. 14, was the deadline for representatives to discuss these general bills. Any bills not discussed in session by this deadline died on the calenda…

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Books are a great way to learn and to travel. The pages of a book can take you to distant lands and even imaginary lands, and books encourage empathy by allowing us to see the world through other eyes.

Last weekend I finally saw “Bohemian Rhapsody,” the biopic about the band Queen. Movies rarely surprise me these days, but this one was different in some ways.

In the back and forth soap opera that is recent zoning issues in Aberdeen, it’s nice to know there’s an escape from it all by flipping on the television. Last week, though, Aberdeen was on there twice at a national level through good and bad representations.

The first time one of my English students from a previous year stopped by my room and said “We miss you Ms. Sherrill,” my heart swelled. Then I asked how they were doing in their new eighth-grade English class. I heard, “We’re not learning anything,” and “I hate going to that woman’s room.” …

With every toast and warm welcome to the New Year, there has got to be at least 10 times as many sentiments from those not wanting to rush into its routine. For every one of you who was off school or work for the holidays, last week was the start of an uphill climb back to normalcy.

From time to time, it’s easy to get sucked into the online edition of large daily newspapers across the country. You can add Tupelo, Starkville and Columbus, multiply them by Biloxi and still never have as much activity going on as several metropolitan areas.

I was invited to come by River Place Nursing Center a couple of weeks before Christmas to get some photos of preschoolers visiting from Uptown Kids Childcare and Learning Center to deliver blankets and candy canes to the residents. Among the children were Charli Kate Adams and her brothers, …

I looked forward to Christmas as much as anyone when I was a child. As an American, the holiday is naturally expected to occur by the young, and it anchors the annual interchange of communication and enterprise among grown-ups. We still do send out Christmas cards, but I must confess that “r…

I’ve caught myself browsing through department stores a little more often the past few weeks. What I thought was going to be the hardest Christmas shopping season to date has actually turned out to be the easiest one so far.