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Dean Clower Named New Southwest Tennis Head Coach



For the first time in seven years, the Men’s and Women’s Tennis teams at Southwest will be under new leadership. FitlifeSportsplex Tennis Pro Dean Clower takes over for Joyce Mabry, who was the coach since the sport returned to Southwest.

Since taking over the role in early June, Clower has felt many different emotions. “Excitement, opportunity, growth, continuing a program that Coach Mabry (coached),” he said.

Clower adds that he is extremely grateful for the work that Mabry put in during h . . .

Chilled Desserts Are The Only Way to Survive Summer ‘24



Kara Kimbrough

CHILLED DESSERTS FOR SUMMER-- Three-ingredient, no-freezer-needed homemade strawberry ice cream is the perfect summertime treat.

First, the bad news: It’s hot. Even worse, the official start of summer is still days away. But things are not all gloom and doom. There are numerous recipes containing words like “frozen,” “frosted,” “cool,” “chilled” and perhaps the best one this time of year: “no bake.”

In case you haven’t guessed, I’m not a hot weather person. In fact, I live for our all-too- . . .

Summer Chocolate Mimosa Tree



Felder Rushing

I love and actually plant mimosa trees. There, I admitted it, exposing myself to be both endearing and loathed.

I long ago stopped trying to appease the “you can’t grow that here” naysayers, who believe if you want to plant something that has the propensity to spread and take over, gotta stick with natives. But I figure that in these days of so many over-polarized topics I can sneak this fairly mild one by the non-native plant vigilantes.

Sure, as with quite a few other plants that are bot . . .

Twists & Turns:
The Importance of Porch Sitting



Judy Causey Love

Most every new home built in America today comes with a two car garage, 3 to 5 bedrooms and a kitchen that could hold the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. But something is missing in their structure. I’ll bet you can guess what it is. It’s a front porch.

Lots of things have gone by the wayside in architectural design in our towns and cities over the decades. Things like sidewalks, trees, buildings low enough to let the sky show overhead. But to me, one of the most important is the front porch.

The p . . .

Congressional Bipartisanship Key to Renewal of Farm Bill



Mac Gordon

Like most Americans who didn’t grow up on a production farm or ranch, I didn’t know much until a later age about the term “Farm Bill.”

That changed for me upon moving to Leland to operate the local weekly newspaper in the late 1970s. A gentleman farmer there — a Delta planter — advised me early-on to always look out for changes in the federal legislation that governs U.S. agriculture.

“Around here, there’s a large group of people who will appreciate every word you write or publish concerning . . .

Lighten Up!
It’s Time to Celebrate Spring



Kara Kimbrough

STRAWBERRY PIE, PERFECT FOR SPRING-- Fresh strawberry pie is the perfect ending to a light springtime meal.

Mother’s Day may have come and gone, along with a few college graduations, but there are still plenty of special occasions occurring from now until summer. High school graduations, bridal showers and milestone birthdays are just a few of the reasons to celebrate the special people in your life. And it’s a good time overall to switch from winter’s heavy comfort foods and instead, turn to . . .

Armchair Ponderings
Try eating at La Mariposa on Mother’s Day



Guy Geller

My wife and I celebrated Mother’s Day for sixty-five out of sixty-six years together. Sadly. last September she passed away. I spent several days planning on what to do, without forgetting her contribution to our family. I called our middle daughter to see if she and her husband might want to go have Mother’s Day Lunch at La Mariposa, Magnolia’s premier restaurant where I eat almost every Sunday after church. They were to pick me up at eleven. The street was full of cars.

We opened the door . . .

Felder’s Lawn Mowing



Felder Rushing

When it comes to how we approach certain garden chores, some can quickly devolve into darned if you do, darned if you don’t situations. And when it comes to cognitive dissonance, no matter what, somebody or something is gonna be unhappy.

A few obvious polarizing issues include pruning crape myrtles, the use of synthetic fertilizers or pesticides or herbicides, and growing either native or imported plants that others consider to be weeds. Oh, and which tomato tastes the best.

But it isn’t . . .

Three Lady Bear Basketball Players Sign with Four-Year Schools



After finding great success on the basketball court in Summit and helping to lead Southwest to an MACCC Conference Runners-Up and NJCAA Region 23 Runners-Up finish this past season, three Lady Bear Basketball players will get the chance to shine once again - this time on the four-year level.

Morgan Sullivan (Lane College), Kennedee Shelton (Arkansas-Monticello) and Michaela Payton (Mobile) all recently made it be known where they will continue their academic and athletic careers. Sullivan, Sh . . .

Osyka Elementary Perfect Attendance



OES PERFECT ATTENDANCE--- Congratulations to the students of Osyka Elementary School that had perfect attendance during the after school tutoring program this spring. They were presented a certificate and a gift of appreciation from school counselor, Takeshia Jefferson-Pickens. Pictured left to right are Row 1: Khyler Thomas, Generro Miller, Kendra Monclair, Generriunna Miller; Row 2: Destiney Martin, SaRiyah Gatlin, Ebony Porter, Deshauntrall Cole; Row 3: Sa’Miiyah Johnson, Jaxxon Lee, Brennen . . .

Medicaid Expansion
in Mississippi



Mac Gordon

Second-term Gov. Tate Reeves experienced a close call only to emerge victorious once again in the fight over expanding a healthcare program that would have benefited a large group of Mississippi’s low-income and disabled citizens and struggling rural hospitals.

Despite on-again, off-again appearances that Mississippi might finally shed an image of not caring about the health and prosperity of all of its citizens by providing them a measure of healthcare insurance, that image lives on followin . . .

Felder’s Flower Bulbs



Felder Rushing

Time for a little romp through hardy bulbs - live-forever plants which add zesty seasonal surprises to the best gardens.

And there are a lot, even for summer. Not to slight my heirloom late winter and early spring beauties, including very fragrant jonquils and paperwhites and all the other Narcissus, but they are followed quickly with grape hyacinth, green-dotted white bells of snowflake, waves of blue starflower (Ipheion) in the lawn, star of Bethlehem, Spanish bluebells (often called woods h . . .

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