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MHP master sergeant also a musician

By GERARD EDIC / Greenwood Commonwealth CRUGER — Johnny Delaney’s love of travel was at odds with his original intent to become a doctor. The Holmes County native, who attended S.V. Marshall High School, was a premedical student at Mississippi Valley State University and earned a minor in music, but the confinement of being stuck in a hospital concerned him. ...

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More than makeup: Wear It Well growing into mission

By MICHAELA GIPSON MORRIS / Daily Journal TUPELO • What started with makeovers for people dealing with cancer and difficult circumstances has evolved into an effort that is more than skin deep. Since Wear it Well stepped out in June 2017, the Tupelo-based nonprofit organization has grown beyond its initial vision to encompass an outreach to youth, community health and life ...

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Music aims to bring ambiance to downtown Greenwood

A city in the Mississippi Delta is installing speakers to play the blues or other types of regional music near downtown shops and restaurants. Greenwood Mayor Carolyn McAdams tells the Greenwood Commonwealth the music will bring another mood, or ambience, to downtown. The city is installing 38 speakers that should be ready in time for the Bikes, Blues & Bayous ...

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Artist pursues her artistic dreams and painting passions

NATCHEZ  — Jadelia Ealey said she has been drawing her whole life, but only in the last year did she take up painting. Ealey said even on her worst days she could paint. It has a way of calming her down and completes her day. “My mind is totally focused on the painting,” Ealey said. “When I’m drawing or painting, ...

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Changes in store as expansion, renovation on horizon for Tupelo’s BancorpSouth Arena

By W. DEREK RUSSELL / Daily Journal TUPELO • It’s been more than 25 years since the BancorpSouth Arena opened its doors to the public, and soon, those doors will open a little wider. Plans have been underway for some time for the entertainment venue to stretch its legs, but with the project going out for bids in mere weeks – ...

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3 vehicles owned by Elvis Presley going up for auction

Elvis Presley fans can take to the road in his personal stretch limousine, on his last motorcycle or in a pickup truck if they have the money, an auction house announced Wednesday. Kruse GWS Auctions said the items will be part of its Artifacts of Hollywood auction on Aug. 31. Presley drove the white-on-white 1973 Lincoln Continental stretch many times ...

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JACK WEATHERLY — ‘Bright Star’ shines at the New Stage

Steve Martin met someone at a cocktail party who wanted to compliment him on his play about Picasso meeting Einstein. It was “goo . . . RATE,” the partygoer said, avoiding damning Martin with faint praise. The legendary comedian, actor, banjoist and playwright’s latest stage effort, “Bright Star,” as presented by New Stage Theater in Jackson is goo . . ...

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Pushing the porch back to the forefront

By JACK WEATHERLY Big front porches – with room for friends and family to sit, rock and visit for a while – are back in style. In the days before air-conditioning, such porches were especially prized in the South during the long hot summers, allowing people passing by on foot to say hello and possibly be invited up for lemonade ...

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Conference delves into role of front porch in South

By JACK WEATHERLY The fourth annual Conference on the Front Porch promises to go far afield while still revolving about the role of the classic Southern gathering place. The conference will include national politics, race, art and ecology, according to Campbell McCool, organizer of the event that will be held Sept. 26-27 at Taylor, Miss. But it will all revolve ...

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Malco adding MXT ‘Extreme’ Theatre to Tupelo location

TUPELO • Malco Theatres is adding its large-format MXT “Extreme” Theatre to several of its locations including the Tupelo Commons Grill. The Memphis-based company recently debuted the format at its Malco Powerhouse Cinema in Memphis, and said its next project will be at the recently renovated Collierville Cinema Grill. According to Malco, MXT “Extreme” Theatre is “a state-of-the-art auditorium (that) will ...

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