By Jeff Amy Associated Press JACKSON – U.S. Sen John McCain and other supporters of U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran are playing up his support for the military in their push before Tuesday’s Mississippi Republican runoff, when the six-term incumbent faces a tea party-backed challenger, state Sen. Chris McDaniel. Speaking Monday at a rally in Jackson, […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Betty Reeves was in grammar school during World War II. “It was fifth or sixth grade. Everybody was doing what they could for the war effort,” the 83-year-old Tupelo resident said. “We collected newspapers and aluminum. We did without things. I don’t know what people would do […]

By Lena Mitchell Daily Journal Corinth Bureau The Veterans Administration Memphis Mobile Vet Center will make the rounds to several Northeast Mississippi counties this week to offer counseling support to veterans and veteran families who need assistance. The “VA 2 Vets” program is coordinated by Don Moore, a Department of Veterans Affairs counselor. The program […]

By Lara Jakes and Julie Pace Associated Press WASHINGTON – Edging back into a military role in Iraq, President Barack Obama on Thursday said he was dispatching up to 300 military advisers to help quell the rising insurgency in the crumbling nation. He called on Iraqi leaders to govern with a more “inclusive agenda” to […]

By Josh Lederman Associated Press WASHINGTON – A 24-year-old veteran who lost an eye after taking a grenade blast in Afghanistan to save a fellow Marine received the nation’s highest military honor Thursday in a somber White House ceremony. President Barack Obama walked from the briefing room, where he had just announced plans to send […]

By Sheena Barnett Daily Journal BALDWYN – Hundreds of visitors were transported back in time amid cannon fire, soldiers and hoop skirts this weekend. Mississippi’s Final Stands remembered the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Brice’s Crossroads with a re-enactment of that battle on Saturday and a re-enactment of the Battle of Tupelo/Harrisburg on Sunday. […]

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Union Lt. John Spain, left, hands Brent Mitchell's gun back to him during inspections before the start of the Battle of Brice's Crossroads reenactment Saturday afternoon in Baldwyn.

By Kayla Carpenter Special to the Daily Journal BALDWYN – Dense smoke rolled from the tubes of cannons as horses galloped and soldiers clashed on the Brice’s Crossroads Battlefield where thousands of spectators and re-enactors gathered Saturday to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battles of Brice’s Crossroads and Tupelo. An hour-long battle ensued as […]

By Kayla Carpenter Special to the Daily Journal BALDWYN – This Father’s Day is special for the Sweney Family. More than 150 years ago, Charles (Charley) Sweney, who was a part of the 27th Iowa, Company K, was wounded at the Battle of Tupelo/Old Town Creek. Today, on the 150th anniversary of these two battles, […]

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Larry Pickens with Post 5573 of Starkville, center, shakes hands with State Commander Bill Perkins as he receives the Patriot's Pen award on behalf of his post during the Veterans of Foreign Wars Mississippi convention at the Summit Center on Friday.

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Veterans began gathering at the Summit in Tupelo on Friday for the Veterans of Foreign Wars Mississippi convention. “Really, it’s just good fellowship with members of different posts,” said Tom Simpson, 65, of Iuka. Official business includes installing officers, amending bylaws and handing out awards. Tupelo’s Tom […]