Belinda Stewart loves old buildings and historic places


She has always enjoyed listening to stories of local history. And those stories and those buildings lead to her fascination with architecture.

Belinda Stewart of Belinda Stewart Architecture will share her love of old buildings and historic places in Webster County at the October JOY Club potluck luncheon set for 11:30 a.m. Oct. 31 in the First Baptist Church of Eupora fellowship hall.  After a few brief announcements, lunch will be served. There will be a brief devotion around noon, and then Stewart will share a powerpoint presentation about some of her favorite historic homes in the area.

Stewart said she is not sure which is the oldest building in Webster County, but there are several very early log cabins that are mostly in ruin, but still around. The oldest building still in use is the Shady Grove Presbyterian Church, originally built around 1820, with the current building constructed in the 1840’s or 1850’s. Continue reading

Renown artist William Dunlap’s work featured in bicenntennial travelling exhibit at Mississippi State University


 

Artist and author William Dunlap with a young fan at the Soren Christensen Gallery in New Orleans. (Submitted photo)

“I think it’s generally understood that there’s a  bit of Mississippi in everything I do,” said renown artist and Mathiston native, William Dunlap.

Dunlap is one of several acclaimed Mississippi artists (past and present) whose work will be on display Sept. 1-29 at Mississippi State University’s Cullis Wade Depot Art Gallery as part of the “Narrative of the Land” travelling exhibit titled, “Art Across Mississippi: Twelve Exhibitions, Twelve Communities.” It is one of 12 exhibitions travelling across the state in celebration of Mississippi’s bicentennial. Located on the second floor of the University’s Welcome Center, “Narratives of the Land” features quintessential scenes of Mississippi landscapes created by artists Walter Inglis Anderson (1903-65), Ke Francis (1945-), William “Bill” Dunlap (1944-) and Eudora Welty (1909-2001). Continue reading

New #HILLFIRE script to feature the works of the late Arnold Dyre


Donna Stewart said she has always loved reading his stories. Elizabeth Eldridge said the late Arnold Dyre had “a delightful sense of humor.”

“He could find humor in just about any situation,” Eldridge said. “He could tell a story so vividly, you would think you were actually experiencing it. I regret not having used his stories before now. It would have been interesting to see what kind of script we would have had if Arnold had been involved in writing it.”

Following the recent public reading of the 2017-18 Hill Fire script, residents enjoyed what will be the play, Knee Deep, based on “Home Is Where the Heart Is” and “Home Again” written by the late Arnold Dyre. The story, set in 1955, combines several of Arnold’s vivid memories of his family who lived in the Kilmichael area and later at Gore Springs. Characters in the story include Arnold Douglas; his sisters, Bettye Ann, Patricia, Sarah, and Mary Jo; his parents, Arnold and Daisy; his neighbors, Jim and Willie Moore; his friends, Clytee and Red Yates; and his mother’s family, Ruby, Frances, Ora, Jackie, Dink and Tommy. Also included is a short side story involving the character of Neely Trotter. The FALL Hill Fire Show will be October 7-8, 12 and 14. The Spring performance will be April 6,7 and 8. Continue reading

The Miracle Worker


It is one of the most inspiring stories of all time, and this weekend, residents will have the opportunity to see it live on stage.
“The Miracle Worker” will be performed Aug. 4-6 at 7 p.m. at the Montgomery County Performing Arts Center in downtown Winona. Tickets are available in advance or at the door. Continue reading

Rocking Winona #662ROCKSWINONA


 It began about three months ago when Sherrie Palmertree found a painted rock on the window ledge of Hobby Lobby in Olive Branch.

She had read about the rock painting craze in larger communities and was so excited to find her first painted rock.

“I screamed with excitement,” Palmertree said. “I scared my friend that was with me she thought something was wrong. She had not heard of this craze.”

When she returned home to Winona, Palmertree looked the page up that the rock belonged to and began reading. She decided this was something fun she wanted to do with her grandkids in Winona this summer.

Three months later, the Facebook group, 662 Rocks Winona has received 1,000 likes and hundreds of comments and photos of local people painting rocks, giving clues to where the rocks are hidden and photos of people finding rocks. Most found rocks are re-hidden within the community to keep the fun going. While some people may keep their found rocks as souvenirs, most are back in the community for someone new to find them. Continue reading

Weaving a Twisted Tale


“In a small town in Mississippi, his pride killed his son. Now his pride has him on everyone’s hit list, including his own family’s.” – from “Sculpture: The Evil of Pride.”

Author Willie Frank Hobbs describes his latest book as “a fast paced twisted tale of suspense and mystery where Buford J. Lewis, Sr. aka “Daddy Bo” searches for the murderer of his son while the unknown killer is still searching for him.

The Winona native said he has always been a big “whodunit” buff. Continue reading