Marie Mason – Her Cancer Journey


She never misses a year. Even in a year when she has struggled with the return of breast cancer and a round of powerful chemotherapy.

Marie Mason usually leads a team from Second Baptist Church of Starkville to help raise money for the American Cancer Society through the Oktibbeha County Relay For Life. She loves it. She is passionate about leading by example and giving back. Mason said if people can see that she can keep moving forward with a good attitude, it may give others hope.

She quotes her favorite Bible verse, “The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear?” from Proverbs 18:14.

“I love going and doing something worthwhile,” Mason said about Relay for Life. “It is important to keep moving forward.”

“Marie is a true inspiration,” said Caleb Rich, one of the organizers for the 2017 Oktibbeha County Relay for Life. “She has always been a person who put other’s needs before her own. Her leadership as the team captain for the Second Baptist Church team inspired the team to step up in a big way for her as she’s been going through treatment again. Marie Mason is truly the heart of what Relay for Life is about.”

And even though Mason did not lead a team this year, many volunteers in Oktibbeha County dedicated this year’s Relay for Life in her honor. As usual, she was there, but not leading a team. For Mason, this year has been reminiscent of a time 24 years ago, when she first discovered breast cancer. 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

David O’Bryan has had a lot of memorable moments with Delta Electric


Recently, David O’Bryan celebrated his 25th work anniversary with Delta Electric.

One of O’Bryan’s most memorable moments from the past 25 years was the devastating February 1994 ice storm that nearly destroyed the western half their system.

“We lost in excess of 10,000 utility poles with total recovery costs of about $21 million dollars,” O’Bryan Said. “It was a logistical nightmare since we had to scrape to find housing and food services for the many hundreds of workers brought in to assist us and there was no power anywhere! The recovery was incredibly hard given the conditions, especially for our lineman, and power to the last customer was restored after about 30 days.” Continue reading

Janet Harper believes her community has more potential than ever


Becoming Supervisor of Montgomery County District 5 has been more fulfilling than Janet Harper could have ever imagined.

“I enjoy helping people and strongly believe the growth of Montgomery County has more potential than ever,” Harper said. “My mom, (the late) Annie Jean Campbell, influenced me a lot on becoming Supervisor by her willingness to learn and listen to the voters. Also, I love Montgomery County and the people keeps me focused. I love what I do. Continue reading

Sharing help and hope


Recent tornadoes in Kilmichael have left many residents continuing to repair the damage.

The lights are back on, but the work continues.

On Saturday, several Stewart-Kilmichael area churches and volunteers got together to pray with people from the Kilmichael area who suffered storm damage and fed them a free lunch on the square.

“It is always good to see churches working together for a great cause,” said Rev. Martin Jacks of Stewart Baptist Church. Continue reading

Rodney Mortimer knows the importance of community banking


Rodney Mortimer with a portrait of his father, Lagrone Mortimer. The portrait hangs at the Kilmichael branch of the Bank of Kilmichael. (Photo submitted)

It has been a generational lesson in the importance of community banking.

Rodney Mortimer was first inspired to be part of the banking industry by watching his father, Lagrone Mortimer succeed in the business. It was the reason he majored in banking and finance at Mississippi State University, and began working at the Bank of Kilmichael with his father and grandfather.

In the 80’s, Rodney Mortimer took over as president of the Bank of Kilmichael, following in the footsteps of his father, Lagrone Mortimer and also his grandfather, Kent Mortimer. Continue reading