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 Pope Francis, in a declaration on June 18, took a historic step in acknowledging the phenomenon of climate change as a scientific reality. The pontif called on first world nations to engage in dialogue on caring for the earth. The 184-page encyclical, “Laudato Si” or “Praise be to You,” also […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – The newest crop of Junior Auxiliary members is doing its part to educate school children on the value of making healthy food choices. The nearly 15 members of this latest “class” presented their community service project, a large display outside the cafeteria reminding children of portion sizes allotted […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal “A rolling stone gathers no moss” might be the phrase of the United Methodist Church’s pastor appointment system, as ministers receive word on whether they will stay at their current churches. In the Tupelo District of the United Methodist Church, 13 congregations will bid farewell to their pastors, the largest […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal A father is someone you learn from, one way or another, and they can often distill their experience into a few good pearls of wisdom. “My dad used to end our conversations by saying, ‘Don’t take no wooden nickels, because they sure don’t spend,’” said Columbus resident Tony Price. “He […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – On Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings, Ollie Collins unlocks the back door to an office suite on Main Street, and sits down in his two-room studio. It is the quiet kind of early, but Collins is dressed neat as a pin, from his socks to his necktie. Around […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal FULTON – Charles Ruff knew he was born to ride the first time he saw a motorcycle club roar through the streets of Alabama as a child. “I saw them and I just knew, ‘That’s it, that’s what I want to be,’” the Fulton man said. “For me, I’m free […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – In honor of the Rev. Forrest Sheffield’s retirement from Harrisburg Baptist Church, leaders from the congregation and the Southern Baptist Convention extolled the virtues of Sheffield’s ministry, and spun a few yarns as well. “Once, I drove him up to his brother’s ranch in Oklahoma. We’d driven all […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – This week, the Rev. Carson Overstreet has been Wonder Woman, Bob Marley, a game show host, and more during First Presbyterian Church’s vacation Bible school, which concluded Friday. “Our word of the day is ‘Care,’” she reminded the over 150 campers as they closed out the day on […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – The Elvis Festival came full circle Sunday morning, closing out where the King began: in church. Jeff Lewis and the EAS band led a two-hour long gospel concert with appearances by Elvis tribute artist champions of past and present, including Cody Ray Slaughter, Bill Cherry, Ben Thompson, Jay […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – Over the past eight years, four of the winners of Graceland’s Elvis tribute artist contest first claimed victory at Tupelo’s Elvis Festival. Come August, Graceland might just get its first Brazilian contestant courtesy of Diogo “Di Light” Leichtweis, of Porto Alegre, Brazil, who won this weekend’s Tupelo competition. […]