By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal Without the vocal talents of Kristin Chenoweth, I’d have to lower my grade for “Rio 2.” She plays a poisonous frog named Gabi who’s in love with an obnoxious cockatoo named Nigel (Jermaine Clement). Pound for pound – rather, ounce for ounce – that little frog delivers massive comic […]

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Ethan Easterling, playing Jesus, depicts the healing of a man during Hope Church's dress rehearsal for its Easter pageant Wednesday night.

By Riley Manning Daily Journal As Easter draws near, some churches in the area are taking their passion to the stage with all manner of free dramas, musicals and productions. Last Easter, Hope Church in Tupelo brought back its generation-old tradition of an extravagant musical production of the Easter story. The event’s success surpassed the […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal TUPELO – Lauren Vann says she believes God gave her a husband and three sons on purpose. “I love to cook, and now I cook for and feed four boys,” said Vann, 29. “I’ve always tried to cook healthy and now I’m trying to balance healthy with kid-friendly and budget-friendly.” […]

Green Smoothie 2 cups leafy greens, such as spinach or kale 1 cup liquid (water, coconut milk or almond milk) 1 cup plain yogurt 3 cups frozen or fresh fruit (banana, mango, berries, peach, pear, etc.) Honey or Stevia (optional) Protein powder (optional) Flax seed oil (optional) Blend leafy greens and liquids together first to […]

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Freshly cut strawberries.

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal BELDEN – When I was growing up in south Alabama, summers were marked by endless early-morning trips to the pea patch (where we also picked butterbeans, corn, tomatoes and okra) and afternoons bathed in steam from my mother’s canner. I loved the days when she canned plum jelly. I didn’t […]

Easter morning, to me, is the perfect occasion for a breakfast casserole. You can prepare and eat it before church, if you’re going, and it isn’t so heavy that it ruins your appetite for the big lunch you’re planning. Sometimes, I make breakfast casseroles that start with chunks of bread, and then incorporate eggs, cooked […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – Temple B’Nai Israel gathered at Park Heights on Tuesday night to celebrate Passover with a community seder, and recount the Exodus story of the Jewish people’s escape from their bondage in Egypt. Temple B’Nai’s Marc Perler led the group of 48 through the readings and rituals of the […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Three friends believe they’re at the beginning of something big. Preston Hooper and Carlos Campbell were both 7 years old when they started dancing. Cameron Jones was 9 when he started. “Me and Carlos met in fourth grade,” said Hooper, a 15-year-old Tupelo resident. “I met Cameron […]

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Members of Hoop-elo meet in front of Tupelo City Hall at Fairpark at 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. To learn more, call Rebecca Fischer at (662) 401-4247, or search for "Hoop-elo" at

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – A hula hoop is a simple thing, a ring made of plastic that spins in rhythm with a body’s motion. For some, it’s a child’s toy. For members of Hoop-elo, it’s a calorie-burning tool, as well as the center of a real-life social network. “First off, it’s […]