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.
It’s almost Railroad Festival time!! A fun way to kick off the annual festival is to hear from two real-life hobos at the Amory Municipal Library at noon on April 9.
As stressful as some work weeks may be, I honestly think this newspaper could sometimes run itself easier than one of the community events I’ve helped plan in the past.
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…
Medication should be affordable and accessible for everyone no matter their economic status. The cost of medication is becoming too expensive to purchase for a lot of Americans. The United States allows drug makers to set their own prices for medication and allows every drug that’s proven to…
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…
My family and I live alongside Highway 25 South of Becker, and we get a regular dumping of litter along our share of the roadside that varies from fast food wrappers to whiskey bottles to road kill.
In one way or another, somebody at the Monroe Journal has managed to snap a welding picture for print the past several Februaries for Career and Technical Education Month. When we published our first industry-centered magazine last year, you can guess what the cover shot was.
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.
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.
Mississippians know all too well how fast weather conditions can change throughout the state. With winter officially here, it is important to stay prepared for any weather event that Mother Nature dishes out.
Don’t sweat the small stuff! That’s a phrase we use a lot while planning the Eldridge Toy Run. Sometimes what we think is a huge stumbling block really isn’t, if we step back and look at the whole picture.
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.
This fall, the state wildlife commission cast what could be a lethal blow for wildlife and deer hunters in Mississippi. Until October 2018, hunters had to be at least 100 yards from a supplemental feeding station before a deer could be harvested. Effective Oct. 11, the Mississippi Department…
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…
Happy Holidays from the Amory Municipal Library! Hopefully everyone is having a Merry Christmas and looking forward to a brand New Year starting soon.
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.
Throughout our nation, rural hospitals are struggling and facing financial difficulties. Gilmore Memorial Hospital, unlike many hospitals that are facing closure, has been given a new lease on life.
The stress and pressures of today’s society are greater than ever. So, it no surprise that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that suicide rates have increased more than 30 percent in the U.S. since 1999.
Ask any elected official in Mississippi if people living in rural areas deserve the same quality of life as people living in cities and you will probably get a quick “yes” but, that isn’t what current state policy says.
Last week, I found myself at a funeral home twice in five days’ time. It’s not the first time that happened and certainly not the last time it will.
From the county officials to the poll workers to the media to the candidates themselves, everyone can agree turnout for Nov. 6’s general election was phenomenal. The past couple of years have certainly made us all dial more into politics.
Before we can get still on Christmas Eve after the church services and presents are wrapped, we’ve got to dive into all things Christmas. In case you haven’t already begun the festivities, there will be lots of people at the stores, parades and plenty of lights to see.
I’ve heard it directly from speeches and overheard it from nearby conversations. “We don’t celebrate Memorial Day – it’s a somber day of remembrance of members of the military no longer here.” “We don’t have a party on Memorial Day; that’s Veterans Day.”
I can tell you with confidence it was 70 degrees on Dec. 1, 1996, but when put on the spot recently about remembering somebody I probably last saw in 1996, my guess ended with a question mark.
The thing about Hobby Lobby is no matter what time of the year it is, autumn, Halloween and Christmas are almost here by means of inventory. If I remember right, it was July this year when the red, white and blue tinsel made way for scarecrows and Pilgrims on that store’s shelves.
I’m pretty sure once a year Oxford-based Thacker Mountain Radio takes its show on the road to Tupelo, but I’m even more sure that being in that audience is on my wish list of things to do.
During the last decade, the Aberdeen School District has been under fire about its low test scores and inconsistent teacher rosters due to the trails of conservatorship. The worst was expected, the district would fail. Against the odds, Aberdeen is a resilient city with several corners of we…
As a resident of West Point for the last 22 years, I have experienced how fortunate our community is to have been connected with the North Mississippi Health Services (NMHS) hospital and clinic system.
The future of Amory is at stake. It will be decided next month in a bankruptcy court in Nashville. Unless something happens, the outcome will be grim.
Between work and showing my face here and there throughout Monroe County, I get to to bump into people I knew, distinctly or vaguely, from years ago. It’s been hard to recall exactly one specific memory with Noah Wren, but I know we ran with some of the same crowd 20-something years ago.
I turned 40 this summer and can hopefully say the days of making really embarrassing mistakes to cringe over 15 years later are done. Although I can’t predict the future, I can make a promise to try really, really hard to not intentionally embarrass myself again.
I can still remember what that soupy green slime that came with a He-Man playset smelled like. I can still remember how hard it was to land a jet on the aircraft carrier playing Top Gun on Nintendo.
When my late husband, Hopson, was in about the second or third year of Alzheimer’s, I began to laugh instead of cry. My mind was made up after laughing for the first time in years that I was going to continue to find all the funny things that happened and hug them close because it felt so go…
I have no clue if I accidentally dialed a 369 instead of a 256 a few weeks ago when trying to double check about an obituary for work. Regardless, the super sweet lady who took my wrong phone number call played along the best she could.
If I were a diabetic, it’s very likely I would pray for help in making the right choices for my health, but I would also study what diabetes is and what foods to avoid. I would make a point to learn how my body and brain works in relation to that disease.
I’ve been witnessing some doors closed for the last time lately but not the metaphorical kind. Late one recent cloudy Tuesday evening, I took a pretty long time giving a house I knew as home for the majority of my life one last look. A few days later, on a sunny day in Southaven, I helped a …
I never met Jackie Wilson of Hatley. I was in New Albany for a meeting on a Friday night when my wife relayed a text message to me that someone from Hatley was going to get their last ride the next day on a trailer being pulled by a farm tractor.