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For some it seems like a far piece to Tishomingo State Park, but if you’ve got the time, travel there.
Members of my family and I had the great fortune to spend a couple of nights in one of seven cabins located at the park this past weekend. We’ve been going there for years as a weekend getaway. My kids have literally grown up hiking, camping, swimming, canoeing and bike riding the entire park.
Tishomingo State Park is truly one of the great treasures we have here in Mississippi. Its terrain, at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, is unlike any other found in the state. Rock formations and outcroppings offer challenges for hikers and rock climbers alike. If you’re not that adventurous, you can take in the multiple vistas that are easily accessible just steps from your car door.
There’s also disc golf (three courses), picnicking, a pioneer cabin, seven trails, 50-plus developed campsites and a dozen primitive sites.
The magnet draw in this park is The Swinging Bridge that spans Bear Creek. Crossing the cable suspension bridge is a treat in itself. It leads to the Outcropping Trail that features the park’s next big draw – a waterfall that you can walk behind.
To get to Tishomingo State Park, head up Highway 25 and turn right past the Natchez Trace exit. It’s about 55 miles from Amory and 72 miles from Aberdeen.
Get your tickets now for the Monroe County Chamber of Commerce banquet.
This year’s banquet will be at the American Legion in Aberdeen at 6:30 p.m. on March 4. The speaker will be Walt Grayson, who has been at WLBT TV in Jackson since 1987 and hosts “Mississippi Roads” on Mississippi ETV.
For tickets, call Kathy Lusby at 369-6488 or Kelly Martin at 256-7194.
Kudos go out to Wren resident Tom Booth and his bunch at Tupelo Community Theatre. TCT, under Booth’s direction, received top honors during a recent theater competition in Columbus. Booth has great theater talents and is a great guy.
Kudos also go out to Mike Tyree. His business, Lisa’s Jewelry and Gifts, was featured as the Homegrown business in Sunday’s Daily Journal. Our own Alice Ortiz did the story.
Finally, kudos also go out to Dr. David Cole, who is retiring after 20 years as president of Itawamba Community College.
Dr. Cole is a visionary who led ICC though tremendous growth during his tenure. I had the pleasure of serving on a board with him at one point and admire his ability to recall names after meeting a person just once.
I also admire his management style – he hires the best people he can find and then finds a place for them.
He and his wife will be moving to Batesville to enjoy their four children and nine grandchildren.
He will be missed in our neck of the woods.

Charlie Langford is the general manager of the Monroe Journal. Email him at

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Charlie Langford is the general manager of the Monroe Journal.