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 – When the Rev. Forrest Sheffield felt the call to become a preacher at age 19, it was a sensation he couldn’t argue with. “It was really a surrender,” he said. “I felt God’s hand on my heart, and when that happens, you just know.” Now, at 65, things […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – “If you know the lord has brought you a mighty long way, make some noise,” the Rev. Johnathan Bass said to the few hundred gathered at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church to close out a weekend of celebrating the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. He […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal SKYLINE – Shane Scribner found Jesus in jail, hit his knees on the cold concrete floor in front of 35 inmates and gave his life to God. An addict and an alcoholic, he lost his wife and children when they moved to Chicago, and he lost his construction business. “I […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal At this year’s annual fundraiser, Parkgate Pregnancy Clinic will welcome its most prestigious guest yet: renowned surgeon and potential presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson. The first surgeon to separate conjoined twins, Carson’s beginnings are much more humble. He was born in Detroit to a mother who, though not well educated […]

By Riley Manning and Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – Residents are urged to take extra precautions as the coldest temperatures so far this winter set in later this week. Johnny Timmons, director of Tupelo Water and Light, said to be sure to bring pets indoors for the next few days. “(Temperatures) are going to […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – It’s been slow going on the stretch of road between downtown Tupelo and Veterans Boulevard. Though the 18-month project to expand the road is on track since its groundbreaking in September, some of the businesses on the north side of East Main Street worry about the construction’s effect […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal Some people like to watch things happen. Some people like to make things happen. That’s the motto of Bishop Hardy Lee Coleman, a 92-year-old pastor from Benton County. Coleman began his ministry at age 19, and while that may sound young by today’s standards, by the time he preached his […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal It happens every year, said Katie Spencer. Every year, dozens of animals are adopted from the Pontotoc County Animal Rescue and Shelter around Christmas, only to be brought back by New Year’s Day. “We see a really big spike after Thanksgiving, but it really gets going the week of Christmas,” […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – Nine years ago, Vardaman native Rufus Van Horn did what many only dream to do: He cut loose the trappings of his life to embark on a spiritual quest. At the time, he lived and worked at a bank in Tupelo as supervisor of branch cash services, which […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal When Pope John Paul II stepped foot on Cuban soil in January of 1998, it was with much hope. Though the Clinton administration encouraged the visit, it also promised it would do nothing to lift the embargo that went into place in 1962. But John Paul’s aim was to foster […]