By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal Success gurus say “Attitude is everything,” and “Kingsman: The Secret Service” is an object lesson. In one scene, the hero and villain bond over their mutual love for old-fashioned spy movies. They agree that today’s spy flicks take themselves too seriously. The moment fits with the movie’s overall vibe. […]

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Ice House owner Charles Watson, from left, Alex Farned, Tupelo Parks and Recreation Department director; Jessica Hollinger, Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association marketing associate; and Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton unveil this year's artwork on Wednesday morning at the Silver Moon Club in Tupelo. The artwork was created by Sue Scruggs.

By W. Derek Russell Daily Journal TUPELO – The latest art for one of Tupelo’s newest-old traditions was unveiled Wednesday morning at the Ice House. Representatives from the city of Tupelo pulled the sheet off the second annual NOleput poster design from Sue Scruggs, showing off the date of the upcoming fundraiser. The second annual […]

By W. Derek Russell Daily Journal JACKSON – Each year, the Mississippi Arts Commission spotlights outstanding writers, artists, performers and educators for making stellar contributions in their craft with the Governor’s Arts Awards. Of the five recipients this year, Tupelo’s own Lane Chapel Quintet, will take home one of the honors today in Jackson. The […]

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Gaston Birks.

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal NETTLETON – When Gaston Birks was 3 or 4 years old, he watched his brother, J.J., perform in front of a church. “He just really wanted to get up there, too,” said Mary Birks, their mother. “He kept asking and asking.” She finally relented, and young Gaston performed his […]

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Barrett Womack, from left, Stephen Baker, Clinton Simon and James Bozak gather with friends at Tupelo Sportscards and Games to play the card game Magic.

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Magic: The Gathering isn’t exactly poker, though it is a strategy card game with a healthy dollop of chance involved, and there are tournaments where the winner can pocket a significant amount of change. “If you win a local tournament, you get to go to the regional,” […]

Cracker, a miniature Schnauzer, leads his owner Cindy Googe around Vetreans Park on Saturday as part of a Mardi Gras-themed parade for the Tupelo BarkPark. (Petre Thomas)

By William Moore Daily Journal TUPELO – Veterans Park was taken over by friendly, four-legged critters for a brief time Saturday morning as the Krewe of Barkus held its third annual Mardi Gras dog parade. Purple, green and gold were everywhere, including the bead necklaces worn by most of the dogs and their owners. While […]

By W. Derek Russell Daily Journal NEW ALBANY – New Albany High School’s latest musical production is “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.” Starting Friday, students will take to the stage to bring the classic characters to life, in a production that involves nearly the entire student body of New Albany High in some form or fashion. “When we ended […]

Radio Thaddeus Shack of Fort Worth, Texas, departed this life on Thursday, Feb. 5 after complications from filing for bankruptcy. He was 94. Shack was born to Theodore and Milton Deutchmann (Shack), both of Fort Worth. He was preceded in death by his son, Circuit (City) and nephew, Sam (Goody). He is survived by his […]

By W. Derek Russell Daily Journal TUPELO – Pianist Floyd Cramer’s grandson, Jason Coleman, will return to Tupelo next week, continuing his family’s tradition of music. “It’s a new concert with a new name,” Coleman said. “But it’s got a lot of familiarity as before.” Coleman enjoys traveling around and honoring the memory of his […]