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

Locals participate in the Memphis Marathon Weekend

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Winona Marathon Team members include: (front row) Mike Kotecki, Amber Austin, Belinda Morrison, Rachel Watkins, Murry Catherine Alderman, Lexie Flowers, Betsy Tompkins, (back) Becky Dees, Erica Dees, Shoni Montgomery and Chris McRae.

For many Winona High School team members, the race was part of a personal mission to help cancer patients and their caregivers.

Several Winona residents traveled to Memphis on Dec. 3 to take part in the 2016 St. Jude Memphis Marathon.

The race course takes participants through downtown Memphis, including the campus of St. Jude.

“That is a very overwhelming and emotional time,” said Amber Austin, marathon participant from Winona. “Seeing the children and parents waving and cheering for us provided me with the endurance I needed to pick up my pace and motivated me to finish. I can’t wait until next year.”

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A Tale of Two Bettys

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Betty Ferguson (denim shirt) and Betty Knight (red sweater) are busy packing shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child in preparation for National Collection Week.

“The Two Bettys” of North Winona Baptist Church have been hard at work getting ready for this week.

Operation Christmas Child’s National Collection Week is the third week of November each year, and “The Two Bettys” have been busy. In addition to putting together shoeboxes for North Winona Baptist Church, they are part of the Operation Christmas Child prayer team for Montgomery and Carroll Counties.

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