May 19, 1999. My sister had bought tickets for us to see “Star Wars – Episode I: The Phantom Menace” at Cinemark Movies 8 for my birthday. It was my first time seeing a new “Star Wars” film on the big screen. I had seen the re-releases of the original trilogy in January, February and […]

By W. Derek Russell Daily Journal TUPELO – It’s not every day you get to reenact a gruesome murder. North Mississippi locals Margaret McGrath, her daughters Emma and Meg Gousset, Kenny Cook and Dr. John Morris got to do it for an entire weekend. McGrath and company star in the latest episode of Investigation Discovery’s […]

TUPELO – Oktoberfest is back for a second year, co-sponsored by Better Brands Distributing and Grammer AG, according to the Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association. The second annual German-inspired event will be hosted Oct. 1 at Fairpark in downtown Tupelo. The evening will be filled with activities celebrating the German culture, including music by the […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – Some 37 million Americans learned this week how quickly life can change with the click of a mouse, as notorious affair website ashleymadison.com fell victim to hackers who released a list of user names and information. The list, broken down by state and city, quickly hit social media. […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal STARKVILLE – Blank canvases aren’t a problem for artist Lee Gibson. Before getting to serious business, she applies underpainting by spreading random colors here, there and everywhere until little or no white can be seen. “I take the paint and put it on. That’s how it builds up,” she […]

“I once saw a politician walking a dog, and I thought, ‘How absurd – an animal walking an animal.’ Then I thought, ‘If given the choice, I’d rather vote for the dog.’” – Jarod Kintz “I believe in integrity. Dogs have it. Humans are sometimes lacking it.” – Cesar Millan “I love a dog. He […]

I recently moderated a panel based on Cooking and Foodways. On that panel we had a stellar group of foodcentric Mississippians. Two were from the Oxford area, one from the Delta, and one from Jackson. It wasn’t until midway through the session that I realized I was the only Mississippian who lived south of I-20. […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal In 1990, when French high school student Frederic Martinez boarded a plane to America, to embark on his adventure as a foreign exchange student in Tupelo, he expected it to change his life. Twenty-five years later, Martinez said he had been right, but not in the way he expected. His […]

I almost got killed by a tornado at the fair. It’s trashy, but it’s true. I feel that I need to explain, since many people just won’t understand why a reasonable adult would put himself in the path of both funnel cakes and funnel clouds simultaneously. It was a few years ago, in 2004. It […]