New #HILLFIRE script to feature the works of the late Arnold Dyre


Donna Stewart said she has always loved reading his stories. Elizabeth Eldridge said the late Arnold Dyre had “a delightful sense of humor.”

“He could find humor in just about any situation,” Eldridge said. “He could tell a story so vividly, you would think you were actually experiencing it. I regret not having used his stories before now. It would have been interesting to see what kind of script we would have had if Arnold had been involved in writing it.”

Following the recent public reading of the 2017-18 Hill Fire script, residents enjoyed what will be the play, Knee Deep, based on “Home Is Where the Heart Is” and “Home Again” written by the late Arnold Dyre. The story, set in 1955, combines several of Arnold’s vivid memories of his family who lived in the Kilmichael area and later at Gore Springs. Characters in the story include Arnold Douglas; his sisters, Bettye Ann, Patricia, Sarah, and Mary Jo; his parents, Arnold and Daisy; his neighbors, Jim and Willie Moore; his friends, Clytee and Red Yates; and his mother’s family, Ruby, Frances, Ora, Jackie, Dink and Tommy. Also included is a short side story involving the character of Neely Trotter. The FALL Hill Fire Show will be October 7-8, 12 and 14. The Spring performance will be April 6,7 and 8. Continue reading

Flowers named 2017 Winona JA Charity Ball King and Queen 


Members of the Junior Auxiliary of Winona agree that Jerry and Becky Flowers are both “servants to the community and continue to support the youth in our area.”

That is why the Flowers were named the 2017 Charity Ball King and Queen for the Junior Auxiliary of Winona in April.

“Becky and Jerry Flowers were a perfect choice for this year’s King and Queen,” said Tina Garrett, 2016-17 president of the Junior Auxiliary of Winona. “Both Becky and Jerry are very active in supporting the youth of this community. The Junior Auxiliary of Winona would like to thank Jerry and Becky Flowers for serving as this year’s Charity Ball King and Queen. We would also like to thank them for all they have done and do for the children in our community.” Continue reading

Delighting children is a big part of the work of the Junior Auxiliary of Winona


Tina Garrett said delighting local children in need is a big part of what makes the Junior Auxiliary of Winona important to her.

“I love seeing the smiles on the faces of the children we nurture, and I hope that the children we come in contact with grow into productive citizens and always remember to love and support we provided to them,” Garrett said.

“I love that we are helping local children,” said current JA member, Shirley Hamilton. “So often we think mission work is something you have to travel to do when we can also do it in our own community. I don’t say that to diminish mission trips in any way though. Those are often what opens our eyes to the needs people have so that when returning home we can help people in our own communities.” Continue reading

EVELYN STRICKLAND: Celebrating 50 years in the classroom #teacherlife


“Bumps in the road doesn’t mean the road has disappeared!” “Keep on keeping on!” “Anything worth having is worth working for!” “Strive for your goals!”

Current and past students of Evelyn Strickland are all familiar with her words of encouragement. Those words and her shining example have made a huge impact over her 50 year teaching career.

“Thank you, Lord, for allowing me the privilege of coming in contact with each and everyone of my students,” Strickland said.

As Strickland begins her 50th year of teaching, current and former students love the Winona Christian School math teach who has a special way of explaining algebra and life.

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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

Rocking Winona #662ROCKSWINONA


 It began about three months ago when Sherrie Palmertree found a painted rock on the window ledge of Hobby Lobby in Olive Branch.

She had read about the rock painting craze in larger communities and was so excited to find her first painted rock.

“I screamed with excitement,” Palmertree said. “I scared my friend that was with me she thought something was wrong. She had not heard of this craze.”

When she returned home to Winona, Palmertree looked the page up that the rock belonged to and began reading. She decided this was something fun she wanted to do with her grandkids in Winona this summer.

Three months later, the Facebook group, 662 Rocks Winona has received 1,000 likes and hundreds of comments and photos of local people painting rocks, giving clues to where the rocks are hidden and photos of people finding rocks. Most found rocks are re-hidden within the community to keep the fun going. While some people may keep their found rocks as souvenirs, most are back in the community for someone new to find them. 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