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

Build A Better World #SummerReadingPrograms

The summer reading program at local libraries is a big part summer fun for lots of little ones throughout the area.

Wendy Rushing of the Winona-Montgomery County Library said on average, 2,500 books are checked out in June and July as part of the summer reading program.

“I believe our summer reading program is important to our community in that it gives children the opportunity to keep reading throughout the summer and improve their reading level,” Rushing said. “Many of our books are labeled as accelerated reader books.  Parents can bring their children in and pick out books specifically on the child’s reading level or higher, and in the fall when school starts back the child can take accelerated reader tests for AR points.” 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

#Thanksgiving How to cook a Turkey — by 3rd graders at Kilmichael Elementary School

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What is Thanksgiving dinner without the main attraction – the turkey?

I have never cooked the big bird myself. I have bought a fried turkey as a school fundraiser and my dad usually has one in the smoker for our Thanksgiving Dinner celebrations. Continue reading

#TuesdayTips: How to be a fashion designer by Jo Wray

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Jo Wray of Wild Flower Heart Clothing Designs said to be or not to be a fashion designer is a tough choice.

“Fashion designers lead a busy, secretive life, so getting them to talk to you about becoming one yourself and investing a small fortune on an unknown future is difficult,” Wray said. “This career is not simple because fashion designers work very hard for their fame and money. To be successful, you must plan from the beginning. Planning is makes the battle half won.” Continue reading