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Art community providing escape with “Stay @ Home Fest”

OXFORD — This week was supposed to be one of the biggest on Oxford’s art community’s calendar, but COVID-19 pulled the plug. On Wednesday (March 18), the 17th Annual Oxford Film Fest was scheduled to begin, but was postponed last week due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Other events from the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council were also scheduled every day, but now ...

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Malco to temporarily close all theaters

Malco Theatres announced Tuesday that all of its locations are temporarily closing due to concerns of COVID-19 coronavirus. “The health and safety of our guests and employees is of the highest importance,” said David Tashie, president and COO. “We will continue closely monitoring the situation and when given clearance, be ready to resume normal operations.” Malco does not have a ...

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Vowell Photography recognized with Sustainable Growth Award

Vowell Photography and Design in Flowood was recently awarded the Sustainable Growth Award at the School Photography Summit in Miami. This award recognizes achievement for the largest consistent growth in a three-year period among school photography businesses across the country. The School Photography Summit is an association of professional school photographers across the United States underwritten by H&H Color Lab in ...

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Legendary rodeo clown Lecile Harris dead at 83

A legendary rodeo clown who spent decades performing has died after the final performance of the 55th Annual Dixie National Rodeo and Livestock Show in Mississippi. Lecile Harris, 83, died in his sleep after the show Wednesday night in Jackson, news outlets reported citing a release from the Mississippi Fair Commission. Born in Lake Cormorant, Mississippi, Harris gained popularity after ...

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Scholarship honors young adult fiction author Angie Thomas

A university is creating scholarships to honor one of its graduates who is the author of bestselling young adult novels. The Angie Thomas Writers Scholarship program will be at Belhaven University, based in Jackson, Mississippi. Thomas wrote “The Hate U Give,” about an African American teenager who sees a police officer shoot and kill her best friend, and “On the ...

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Herndon promoted at Waggoner

Waggoner Engineering has announced that Ryan Herndon has been promoted to strategic services/government relations manager. In his new role, Herndon will manage strategic services and government relations activities, including supporting clients, project managers and client account managers with strategic services needs. In his prior role as Senior Discipline Manager for Construction, Herndon oversaw the completion of the U.S. Highway 80 ...

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‘Madison at Main’ will become the city center

Construction at 17-acre development to commence in 2020 By JACK WEATHERLY Madison is seemingly the Mississippi city that has just about everything one could want for “the good life.” Yet it has been dreaming and planning for decades for an element that it lacks. Mayor Mary Hawkins was on the cover of the Mississippi Business Journal in 1987 talking about the dangers of “unregulated growth” that could befall the farming ...

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Newseum hailed free press, but got beaten by free museums

WASHINGTON — In 2008, the Newseum — a private museum dedicated to exploring modern history as told through the eyes of journalists — opened on prime Washington real estate. Sitting almost equidistant between the White House and the Capitol on Pennsylvania Avenue, the glass-walled building became instantly recognizable for its multi-story exterior rendition of the First Amendment. Eleven years later ...

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Biloxi gets more time on grant to renovate downtown theater

A city on the Mississippi Gulf Coast is getting more time to repair and renovate a downtown theater that hosts musicals and other productions. Biloxi’s Saenger Theatre is temporarily closed for the $2.3 million project. A grant from the Mississippi Department of Archives and History required that the work be done by the end of this year, WLOX-TV reported. The department has ...

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JACK WEATHERLY — Miracle in a season of miracles

It seems a miracle, to use a word overused and misused so often in this season and secular age. The final performance of the 50th annual Candles by Candlelight at Jackson’s First Baptist Church was held Sunday night. A gentleman dressed in formal black, designating him as a choir member, was crossing the street after exiting the cavernous auditorium in the ...

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