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

WEBSTER COUNTY SERIES: Walthall is a small town with a big heart


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On a recent Friday afternoon, Walthall Baptist Church hosted a chicken dinner benefit for Tabatha Stewart. The entire community stopped by to eat or picked up a plate to take home and filled up the donation box to help one of their own.
Walthall Mayor Belinda Stewart said it is the “caring and giving nature of the folks who live there” that she loves so much about her hometown.
Walthall resident Lindsey McCluskey said it is “a small place with a BIG sense of community!” Continue reading