Loneliness at Christmas


For many people the holiday season is a time for peace, joy, and happiness.

This time of year often brings cheery songs, gifts, lights, parties, family gatherings, and the celebration of a New Year, but for many people the holiday season means loneliness and the feeling of “being left out the celebration.”

WHAT’S IN A NAME? In the case of ‘Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus,’ a whole bunch of letters


Many places in the Pine Belt have unique names. The origins of these names offer a glimpse into our local history and culture. 

 The first time I learned about the origins of a local place was in my third grade class at W.L. Smith Elementary when Ulmer Byrd visited as a guest speaker. 

Mississippi By the Numbers


William Faulkner once said: “To understand the world, you must first understand a place like Mississippi.” The history of Mississippi makes it a fascinating place to try to understand. 

In the last year, Mississippi has celebrated its bicentennial, making now a great time to pause and reflect on the rich history of this great state.