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The men of Laff Co. – from left, Joe Stinchcomb, Jayson Wirth and Bruce Butler – make up Oxford’s improv comedy troupe, and they often perform at the Powerhouse. Keep up with the group at

By Sheena Barnett Daily Journal OXFORD – Laff Co. wants to make you laugh – and keep you laughing. Oxford’s improv comedy troupe has kept audiences in stitches for 10 years now, performing a few times a month at venues like the Powerhouse Community Arts Center and Proud Larry’s. But as the host of the […]

By Lynn Elber AP TV Writer Joan Rivers, the raucous, acid-tongued comedian who crashed the male-dominated realm of late-night talk shows and turned Hollywood red carpets into danger zones for badly dressed celebrities, died Thursday. She was 81. Rivers was hospitalized last week after she went into cardiac arrest at a Manhattan doctor’s office following […]

Michael Houser was the founding guitarist of Widespread Panic. He died from pancreatic cancer in 2002. (Courtesy)

By Sheena Barnett Daily Journal TUPELO – Michael Houser’s music lives on, thanks to his friends and fans. Houser was the founding guitarist for Widespread Panic, and he died from pancreatic cancer in 2002. Since about 2010, Houser’s guitar tech Sam Holt has hosted concerts called “Remembering Mikey: A Tribute to Michael Houser and Widespread […]

Breaking Grass is a bluegrass band based in North Mississippi. The band just released its first album on Mountain Fever Records called “Just as Strong.” Visit for more. (Courtesy)

By Sheena Barnett Daily Journal BOONEVILLE – Since opening in March, Booneville’s Halfway Home Animal Shelter has been busy adopting out dogs and cats and setting up its nonprofit status, but now it’s time for a little fundraising. The shelter is hosting Paws for a Music Break, a concert that will feature a variety of […]

Gunther Bachmann (Philip Seymour Hoffman) tries to get a human rights lawyer (Rachel McAdams) to see things his way in “A Most Wanted Man.” (AP Photo/Sundance Institute)

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal Gunther Bachmann is a German spy master, the kind of guy who develops sources close to the people he’s interested in and watches to see what happens. He’s a patient man, which also makes him a rare man in the post-9/11 world, when higher ranking government officials would rather […]

NEW YORK (AP) – Jimi Jamison, who sang lead on Survivor hits such as “Burning Heart” and “Is This Love,” has died. He was 63. Booking agent Sally Irwin said Tuesday that Jamison died last weekend of an apparent heart attack at his home in Memphis, Tennessee. He had returned to Memphis after performing in […]

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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 […]