TUPELO – Emily Williams shared some timeless wisdom with her classmates on Sunday afternoon. The valedictorian of Tupelo Christian Preparatory School said she struggled for weeks to decide what she would tell her classmates during her remarks at Sunday’s graduation ceremony, which was held at The Orchard. Then her grandmother gave her notes from the […]

JACKSON – The most watched election this November may not be for governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general or any other statewide office, but for or against the citizen-sponsored Initiative 42. Based on campaign finance reports filed with the Secretary of State’s office, the sponsors of the initiative, the grassroots 42 for Better Schools, previously known […]


By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal A trio of Guntown Middle School students won a national competition last week involving sustainable methods of transportation. Luke Smith, Britton Smith and Brandon Dillard were in Washington D.C., on Monday for the Garrett Morgan Sustainable Transportation Competition. They learned Thursday they had won. “All of the teachers they’ve had […]


Itawamba Community College FULTON – Dr. David C. Cole, president emeritus and current interim vice president of economic and community services at Itawamba Community College, challenged the 330 Associate of Arts graduates to achieve the American dream during the 65th commencement ceremony at the Davis Event Center on Saturday. In opening, Cole said, “I am […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – Family is not limited by blood, Tupelo High graduation speaker Katie Taylor told her classmates on Friday night. During the school’s commencement ceremony at BancorpSouth Arena, Taylor spoke of how the “Golden Wave family” had pulled together during their years in the school district. “Family is like the […]

Daily Journal The Mississippi Community College Board unanimously chose Deborah Gilbert as its interim executive director. Gilbert will replace Eric Clark, who is retiring on June 30. Her term will begin on July 1. Gilbert, who currently serves as the deputy executive director for finance and administration, has been working with the Mississippi Community College […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal SHANNON – Shannon High School recently was named a statewide model in a program that recognizes good student behavior. REACH MS, an arm of the University of Southern Mississippi, named Shannon High a model site in its Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support program. It is one of 46 model sites […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – Thursday was a big day in Tupelo for the Make-A-Wish foundation. The national organization granted a young girl’s request to visit Walt Disney World and received a donation that will allow it to grant another child’s wish in the fall. Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children who are […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – Tupelo High junior James Grant had come close to perfection on the ACT three times. He learned last week he has now eclipsed that mark, scoring a perfect 36 on the exam used by colleges as one factor in making admission, placement and scholarship decisions. “I’ve gotten a […]