Daily Lead 4.28.14: Here comes the weather

WTVA's Matt Laubhan is the guy you need to go to for weather updates today. (Photo straight-up stolen from Matt's Facebook page.)
WTVA’s Matt Laubhan is the guy you need to go to for weather updates today. (Photo straight-up stolen from Matt’s Facebook page.)

Hello there, good people. It appears weather is happening to us today. The bad kind. We’ve already got schools deciding to let out early, as the nasty stuff is supposed to get here this afternoon or evening.

So please, everybody stay safe and tune in to Matt Laubhan. He’s one of the best at what he does; incidentally, one wonders how long WTVA can hold on to Matt once bigger markets discover him. I hope he sticks around.

Anyway, as we ponder the fact that today is Confederate Memorial Day in Mississippi (no, seriously, and some people are getting off work for it), let’s review the top stories from today’s Journal and review the weekend that was.

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Smithville rebuilds – As the possibility of tornadoes looms today, we read about the fine folks of Smithville dedicating a new town hall. The old one was destroyed, along with the rest of the town, by a deadly tornado on April 27, 2011. That’s three years ago yesterday.

Fun and games – A Saltillo resident trekked to Boston to take part in a big video game convention, and he was lucky enough to be one of 31 players selected to compete center stage with thousands of others looking on. Kudos to him, but I’ve never been overly fond of video games. They make my thumbs hurt.

Rebels sweep – Ole Miss finished off a series sweep at Kentucky. That’s a huge series win for the Rebels, who are tied for first place in the Western Division … with Alabama. How ’bout the Tide, eh?

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Weekend Wrap

THS turns 100 – Tupelo High School held its centennial celebration on Saturday. “I was a country boy from Plantersville who lived on a dirt road and went to Tupelo High School. I thought I’d died and gone to heaven,” said one former student. I never felt that way about school. Ever.

Fixing up Ida Street – The city of Tupelo has a history of trying to spruce up the part of town where it just purchased a derelict apartment complex. How has that worked out so far? Yeah…

Abner’s responds – Ever since we first reported that two Abner’s restaurants declared bankruptcy, owner Abner White has been trying to kill rumors that he would be closing some locations. Not true, he said, and for that local chicken finger connoisseur Parrish Alford is eternally thankful.

Keeping Dr. Bo healthy – There’s nothing physically wrong with Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace, and coach Hugh Freeze wants to ensure it stays that way. That’s why he’s hired shoulder specialist Tom House, a former Major Leaguer (and admitted steroid user).

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Photo of the Week

This little guy, 2-year-old Whitten Reed, had it made at the Double Decker festival on Saturday in Oxford. (Photo by Thomas Wells.)

04261406 Double Decker

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