Riley Manning


Hello! I'm Riley Manning, Religion editor here at the Journal. I graduated from Millsaps in 2011 with a degree in English and a bad habit of correcting other people's grammar. My favorite places to be are on the beach with a book or in a hay field at sun down.

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By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – The annual Tupelo Reads program promises to be bigger than ever this year with the community-wide reading of Winston Groom’s classic “Forrest Gump.” This will be the first year the actual author will be present. Groom will appear at the Lee County Library’s Lunching with Books from 11:30 […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal “Now the Lord God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed… The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.” Genesis 2:8 and 15 It is […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – It’s not every day a hot-air balloon touches down in Robins Field, but when it does, it’s at the Festival on the Field. The annual event is the combined effort of All Saints’ Episcopal Church, First United Methodist Church, and First Presbyterian Church. This year, their ranks were […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal The issue of immigration reform is one of many facets, be it political, economic, legislative, or otherwise. But for the church, the Catholic church especially, the hope of immigration reform presents a moral imperative. Pastoral minister of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Booneville Sheila Przesmicki brings to bear […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal The Fisheries Bureau of Mississippi’s Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks said Friday progress is being made on reopening two major lakes in Lee County. Elvis Presley Lake northeast of Tupelo was closed after the April 28 tornado that thrashed the woods and facilities around it. Larry Bull, assistant director […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – Months after the tornado that tore through the church, St. Luke United Methodist Church is still picking up the pieces in more ways than one. The April storm caused extensive damage to St. Luke, including the shattering of its sizable stained-glass window. When the storm subsided, choir director […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – The Mississippi branch of the American Association of Retired Persons hit the road Wednesday to present donations to the cities of Tupelo and Louisville. Each received a check for $5,000 for funding disaster relief efforts in the tornado-stricken towns. “It was such an awful, awful thing to have […]

by Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – Gloster St. Church of Christ, the “mother church” for most Churches of Christ in the area, will mark this month the centennial of their formation, and of an idea. The first congregation consisted of only three or four families, and met in the courthouse way back in 1914, […]

  TUPELO – Film buffs and friends of Mantachie native Casey Spradling honored their friend at the Link Centre on Sunday. Spradling, 31, collapsed and died July 18, while in Jackson working on the film, “The Hollars.” Casey Dillard and Glenn Payne met Spradling about five years ago through working with West of Shake Rag, […]

  TUPELO – Brian Reynolds wakes up every day with a goal in mind. During the day, the 27-year-old Tupelo native works to instill a winning attitude in students with discipline issues at the Tupelo Public School District’s Fillmore Center. After the 3 p.m. bell, he works as a strength and conditioning coach for aspiring […]