Christmas was a lot groovier when I was a kid. I grew up in the ‘70s, when the moon was in the seventh house and Santa wore bell bottoms. The elves were tripping hard, Santa’s workshop reeked of patchouli, and the reindeer had names like Journey, Sky, Dharma, and Malcolm. We were not groovy people. […]

By David Pannell Daily Journal BOONEVILLE – Shelby Franklin’s friends think she’s crazy, but she doesn’t see it that way. She sees it as answering a calling from God. At 22 years old, Franklin quit her job (Wednesday was her last day at the Health Department in Booneville) and put her college career on hold […]

A couple of mornings ago, during the time my wife and I normally have our coffee, I made a quick, unannounced trip to the grocery store. When I returned a few minutes later, the house was cozy and smelled like Christmas tree and fresh-brewed coffee, but it was unnaturally quiet. No Susan. I called for […]

By David Pannell Daily Journal OKOLONA – Jim Cook is one of those guys who makes you want to sit up a little straighter. Even in civilian clothes, relaxing at his desk, he exudes a quiet authority. He’s a gentle, soft-spoken man, but when he speaks, you listen. Cook is the pastor at Lifeline Baptist […]

A buddy of mine told me about a funny snippet of conversation he’d heard. A couple of guys were complaining about the bad luck they’d had on a fishing trip on the Tombigbee River, in which they caught no fish. They did, however, hook a series of rusty stoves and rubber boots and moss-slicked Styrofoam […]

By David Pannell Daily Journal WREN – Tisha Still was watching the “Harry Connick Jr. Show” when she had an idea. “There was a lady from Arkansas talking about a Blessing Box, and I got goosebumps,” Still said. “I knew we had to do it.” Still is the youth director at CommonGround Christian Church in […]

By Zack Orsborn Daily Journal TUPELO – As harmonies from Tupelo High School Madrigals filled the All Saints’ Episcopal Church’s sanctuary, city leaders and pastors of several denominations joined together to give thanks for Tupelo’s blessings. The Community Thanksgiving Service began nearly 20 years ago as a way to connect all walks of lives, faiths […]

By W. Derek Russell Daily Journal TUPELO – Eighteen pianos and eight pianists may sound like a lot, but on Sunday, it’ll be the perfect mixture. First United Methodist Church of Tupelo’s Piano Extravaganza will offer up a blend of hymns, spirituals, classical selections and Christmas favorites at Sunday afternoon’s concert. “This is the third […]

Daily Journal TUPELO – The Community Thanksgiving Worship Service will be Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at All Saints’ Episcopal Church at 608 W. Jefferson St. in downtown Tupelo. Tupelo High School Madrigals will perform the choral prelude and Bishop Clarence Parks from the Temple of Compassion and Deliverance will offer the opening […]