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

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

#FRIDAYFOOD Fresh tomatoes


It is something many of us look forward to all year – fresh tomatoes from the garden!

I typically like tomatoes green and fried, and so does Brad Pearson and Kenny King but lately, we have been enjoying a BLT for breakfast. YUM! Bryan Thick-Sliced Bacon, crisp lettuce, Sunbeam bread, a thick layer of Blue Plate mayonnaise, a little salt and a fresh tomato from my mother-in-law’s garden. YUM! We only do that at this time of year, but what a fantastic way to celebrate fresh tomatoes! Continue reading

Locals LOVE #TheNeshobaCountyFair


#NeshobaCountyFair Throwback from the 90s: “Big T” and the grands! Tom “Brown” Bailey with Wil Bailey, Katie Bailey, Mary Gates Colvin and Bailey Colvin

It is known as “Mississippi’s Giant House Party,” and for many local families, The Neshoba County Fair is a special week to go to Philadelphia for a week of fun and family.

The Neshoba County Fair began July 21 and continues through July 28 this year at the Neshoba County Fairgrounds in Philadelphia. Residents, as well as friends and family throughout the state (and nation in some cases) make the trip each year.

While those with cabins tend to make or bring homemade delights as friends and family gather for family meals, there’s still plenty of Fair food to go around. Judy Palmertree Hodges loves cotton candy, while Jill Nelson and Shirley Reeves Johnson said they love funnel cakes at the Fair. Lara Threet said she also loves the funnel cakes and especially the Oreo funnel cake.

“And what ever stand that does the funnel cakes has a chicken on a stick that is awesome,” Threet said.

Gaylyn Bailey said she loves Penn’s Chicken on a Stick at the Fair, and her niece, Bailey Colvin loves Penn’s Crawfish Tails and Fries. “Every. Single. Year.”

And all of the Bailey girls love Lindsey’s Lemonade and must have it as part of the Fair experience every year. Mary Gates Colvin said it was her favorite food and drink item at the Neshoba County Fair. Her mom, Christie Bailey Colvin said the polish sausage with onions and peppers along with Lindsey’s Lemonade are musts at the Fair – preferably at midnight!

Food isn’t the only thing that keeps local families making the trip to the Neshoba County Fair year after year, but it is a big factor. Continue reading

Asa loves Aunt Melissa’s organic #blueberries


Asa Graham loves gluten-free blueberry cobbler made with his Aunt Melissa’s organic blueberries.

While the last two weeks of June are typically the prime blueberry season, with all of the rain we have had in the past weeks, there are still plenty of blueberries to be enjoyed this summer.
One local farm has produced blueberries, after several years of nurturing 200 bushes. Blue Mimosa Farms in Center Grove is continuing to sell fresh organic blueberries through July.
Ricky and Melissa Reed, along with Melissa’s son Brandon Aultman, are having a great time meeting people and selling their organic, pesticide-free blueberries. They have made it into a family project that is bringing them a little closer together this summer. 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

MCAC Casting Calls for Children


“I like it because I love to sing,” said Penelope Rushing, 9.

Rushing played a sea creature in last week’s “The Little Mermaid, Jr.” production at the Montgomery County Performance Center. She loves to sing and she and over 35 other children from throughout the Montgomery County area were given an opportunity to “shine” on stage, while learning basic acting techniques as part of the summer workshop.

But most of all, the children had fun while expanding their arts education and/or training during the summer months. This was an all-children play sponsored by the Montgomery County Arts Council. While all theatre productions have roles for children, last week’s play had no roles for adults on stage – though plenty of opportunities for adults behind stage.

Dr. Reba Bailey, one of the directors of The Little Mermaid Jr., said she is a big believer in children participating in community theatre. Continue reading