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Terry Swindol's lifelong love for the movies is on display at Oren Dunn City Museum in Tupelo.

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – When the lights went down on long-ago Saturdays, Terry Swindol was right where he belonged. “They called us ‘front row kids,’” he said. The movies pulled him back week after week, which was by design. “There were serials or cliffhangers at the end of each reel,” the […]

“I guess it comes down to a simple choice, really. Get busy living or get busy dying.” – Andy Dufresne, “The Shawshank Redemption” “Remember Red, hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.” – Andy Durfresne, “The Shawshank Redemption” ––––– Nothing draws me to a book or […]

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 Lena Mitchell Daily Journal Corinth Bureau IUKA – Saturday’s Iuka Heritage Festival drew plenty of visitors to outdoor activities set up throughout Iuka Mineral Springs Park, despite a forecast for rain. Dr. Ben Kitchens of Iuka, whose new book “John Marshall Stone: Mississippi’s Honorable and Longest Serving Governor” was released earlier this week, was […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal BRUCE – A production company in Vienna, Austria, wants to make a documentary about 82-year-old blues and gospel musician Leo “Bud” Welch. Wolfgang Almer, director and producer for the movie, invited Welch to perform at a blues festival in Linz, Austria, earlier this year. “The second Leo walked on […]

By Sheena Barnett Daily Journal TUPELO – Pied Piper Players wants the area’s most talented kids to enter its talent show, “Got Talent?” “Got Talent?” is a talent show for students in grades K-12, said Pied Piper Players Board President Jill Hart. It’s set for Sept. 27. The first round is for those in kindergarten […]

By Sheena Barnett Daily Journal WEST POINT – The Howlin’ Wolf Festival celebrates the blues of the past and the future. The festival pays tribute to one of the greats, and opening the festival this year is a young Mississippi man who’s following in the Wolf’s footsteps. Castro Coleman is better known by his stage […]

By Sheena Barnett Daily Journal TUPELO – Trademark is ready for the next level. After spending a few years as a country-rock party band, the Jackson band started getting serious about songwriting. The band’s members, lead singer Charles Derrick, guitarist Lukas Elijah, bass player Griffin Hardy and drummer Chas Henry started working their twang-with-an-edge originals […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal There’s nothing wrong with a movie with a message, especially if the movie comes first. No one can watch “When the Game Stands Tall” and not know where the film’s heart is, but it’s also an engrossing drama. Based on a true story, “When the Game Stands Tall” follows […]