April 28, 2014 is a date residents of Tupelo will remember for many years to come. April 28, 2015 is a day that has incredible significance to Tupelo as well. It is a day to remember how a terrible storm changed lives forever and how a community responded with love and resources to help put […]

Prayer is the grandest power in the entire universe,” declared Charles Haddon Spurgeon, one of the best-known Christian preachers from the 19th century. And yet it is a neglected power – often viewed as either mere ritual or, when nothing else works, a last resort. Following scriptural admonitions about the circumstances and content of prayer […]


I’ve got a clear memory of a tornado carving its way through Tupelo, but it doesn’t necessarily line up with the video I shot on April 28, 2014. YouTube can show you how the tornado looked, but it only suggests how it felt. Meteorologists told us trouble could be heading our way that day, and […]

He wore an open-collar polka-dot shirt the way some men wear Gucci. He had swagger and style and a gap-toothed smile the width of the Mississippi at flood stage. I stood in a long line waiting to shake Percy Sledge’s hand. He was being inducted into the then-new Alabama Music Hall of Fame in Tuscumbia, […]

Northeast Mississippi’s unemployment statistics released this week offer an encouraging statement about the region’s economy, perhaps the strongest affirmation so far of a comeback after the Great Recession late in the first decade of the century. Business Editor Dennis Seid reported in Thursday’s Daily Journal that “figures released by the Mississippi Department of Employment Security, […]

“That we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain…” – Abraham Lincoln, the Gettysburg Address ––––– While the U.S. military in recent years has had a difficult time winning wars, it has had an easier time surrendering to political correctness and social experimentation. Arguments against gays in the military were […]

The Coffee Clutchers had convened a special meeting (read “inquisition”) to vote on my continued membership. Somebody had gotten word that I’d recently bought a vehicle with an automatic transmission. I questioned silently why a group that welcomes some well-known sluggards would worry about this particular kind of shiftlessness. I pleaded my case: I had […]

Use precise language in claiming ‘proof’ We agree with the general premise of Amber Nichols Buckley’s column (April 22) on the importance of a quality early childhood education center (ECEC). However, one statement could not go without comment and correction. She states, “It has been proven that quality pre-K education provides students with the skills […]

Mississippians, like people in every other state, can celebrate National Park Week with deep appreciation that the federal government began more than a century ago setting aside and protecting the natural and human events history of the nation for posterity. Mississippi, perhaps to the surprise of many, has 10 locales qualifying as national parks or […]