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Edna opens a Christmas gift Friday morning at Cafe 212. A few weeks ago, 212 co-owner Amanda Hayden asked Edna what she would like for Christmas and posted her response online when Edna wished for a bath towel. The post attracted hundreds of views and gifts for Edna, who has elected to unwrap one each day through Christmas.

By Riley Manning Daily Journal The first time Cafe 212 owners Jason and Amanda Hayden met Edna, they had just opened the small restaurant downtown. In the years since, Edna and her infectious good attitude have become somewhat of a staple around the place. “She came in off the street wanting a cup of water […]

Associated Press JACKSON – The Rev. Joseph Kopacz has been appointed bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Jackson, which includes Northeast Mississippi, to succeed Bishop Joseph Latino who reached the age of retirement. The appointment by Pope Francis was announced Wednesday and was released by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganr, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States. […]

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Megan Williams and her daughter Kyleigh, 3, look through the wishes on the Golden Angel Tree Thursday evening at Chick-fil-A.

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree and the Thompson Square Chick-fil-A’s Golden Angel Tree campaigns are in their final week, and they need last-minute help to get all their angels taken care of by Saturday. “We’ve got about 150 wish lists that still need to be adopted from the […]

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Amanda and Scott Burden share their story of how they came to adopt their daughter McKenna at a monthly question and answer session held by New Beginnings for parents considering adoption. The Burdens adopted McKenna when she was 13 years old, which is highly unusual. However, New Beginnings and other agencies are making prospective adopters more aware of non-infant adoptions.

By Riley Manning Daily Journal Anyone who has gone through the adoption process will tell you, when they saw their child, “they just knew” he or she was the one. Scott and Amanda Burden are a Tupelo couple who made the rare decision to adopt their daughter, McKenna, when she was 13 years old. “When […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – Author, speaker, and blogger Jen Hatmaker is set to headline Stepping Out, the Orchard’s first women’s conference, on Friday and Saturday. Anna Polsgrove, part of the Orchard’s team organizing the event, said the church hosts an event for women each year, but hosting a speaker was a new […]

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Priscilla Thompson heads to her reception after the completion of her Quinceañera ceremony on Nov. 23 at St. James Catholic Church. A party with friends and family followed the ceremony.

By Riley Manning Daily Journal Last Saturday marked a pivotal moment in the life of Priscilla Thompson, as she commemorated her entrance into womanhood with a customary celebration: the Quinceañera. A girl’s Quinceanera is a traditional Hispanic ceremony marking her 15th birthday. It is often the girl’s first time to wear makeup, fine jewelry and […]

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The Rev. Jeffery Galdney, pastor of Red Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church, gives the final blessing and dismissal to the congregation at the Tupelo Community Thanksgiving Service. At left is the host pastor at All Saints' Episcopal Church, the Rev. Paul Stephens.

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – City officials and a diverse group of Tupelo residents took time Monday for a few moments of reflection, prayer, and gratitude at the city-sponsored annual Community Thanksgiving Service. “This is a time to thank God for the many ways God has blessed our lives,” said the Rev. Paul […]

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Larry Montgomery leads the First Baptist Church of Plantersville's choir Sunday evening during the Community Thanksgiving service at the Plantersville United Methodist Church.

By Sheena Barnett Daily Journal SHANNON – Giving thanks and giving back were themes of Thanksgiving services in Lee County on Sunday. Shannon hosted its annual Thanksgiving service at Shannon High School, followed with a meal, and Plantersville’s community service took place at Plantersville United Methodist Church. “If we really want to be thankful, let […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – Religious and community leaders will take pause in their busy schedules at noon Monday to attend the annual Tupelo community Thanksgiving service. Hosted this year by All Saints’ Episcopal Church, the program will consist of a brief session of prayer and song. “If you ask me, I’d say […]