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I’m sure many of your readers are aware that Thursday, May 5, is the annual National Day of Prayer. What a beautiful expression of love for our country. It would be great to have a grand outpouring of our citizens both locally and around the country. It only lasts from 12:20 to 12:40 p.m. at […]

Tupelo’s voters go the polls Tuesday for the sixth time to approve or disapprove a 10-mill property tax to fund the city’s Major Thoroughfare Program. Supporters of the MTP have prevailed by landslide margins in the previous five referendums; funds have been raised to build major new streets and improve existing ones citywide. A simple […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal Hats, horse racing and a hot time are lined up for the annual Kentucky Derby Party on May 7. The elegant, grown up event benefiting the Regional Rehabilitation Center has been a Tupelo tradition for nearly two decades. “All are welcome,” said Tom Evans, who hosts the event at […]

By Emma Crawford Kent Daily Journal TUPELO – Data released by the Mississippi Department of Education this week reveals Mississippi graduation rates have increased steadily over the past five years, but most of the numbers still aren’t where area educators want them to be. Statewide, 78.4 percent of students graduated high school in 2014, just […]

The anniversary of two deadly and destructive storms in Northeast Mississippi came and went last week with ceremonies in each respective community that marked the incredible feats those residents have made to bounce back after severe devastation. In Smithville, residents and officials gathered in Smithville High School’s gymnasium five years to the day that an […]

Let’s be honest: With the third airline since 2012 to begin service in Tupelo, public skepticism was expected with the arrival of Contour Airlines. After all, previous carriers Silver Airways and SeaPort Airlines were less-than-stellar in their performance in Tupelo. Whether it was flying to Memphis or flying to Atlanta, neither Silver nor SeaPort could […]

By Zack Orsborn Daily Journal STARKVILLE – Wiping away tears, Paletha Keaton hugged her husband, Staff Sergeant Joe Keaton, before he boarded a charter bus heading toward Sioux City, Iowa, to be deployed for the second time. Early in the morning, the soft blue light of dusk covered the 71 U.S. Army Reservists and their […]

BY CALEB BEDILLION DAILY JOURNAL TUPELO – When citizens decide Tuesday whether to renew the city’s Major Thoroughfare Program tax, they will decide the fate of a program that officials believe to be one-of-a-kind. “It’s a model not only for the state of Mississippi but across the country,” said Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton. Under the […]

By Zack Orsborn Daily Journal TUPELO – At the age of 8, Brenton Cole, now 31, began participating in Special Olympics gymnastic meets. After relocating to Mississippi from New Jersey with his parents six years ago, Cole joined the swim team since there were no Special Olympic gymnastic teams in the state. On Saturday, Cole, […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – Christ the King Lutheran Church in Tupelo has closed its doors after a nearly two-year absence of a head pastor. The Rev. Will Rogers retired in June 2014, and since then, Christ the King has dwindled to 20 to 25 attendees on Sunday mornings. “It’s hard to grow […]