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By KATIE EUBANKS   Bubba and Lea Holifield Warriors By Grace        State trooper Bubba Holifield and his wife, Lea, were in the middle of building a house when he got shot in the line of...

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By KATIE EUBANKS Johnny & Stacey Donaldson From the farm to the board room There’s a painting at the Jackson headquarters of BankPlus that might take a trip down the hall by the time you read...

First Lady Elee Reeves — Faith, family, and life at the Governor’s Mansion

by KATIE EUBANKS   First Lady Elee Reeves Faith, family, and life at the Governor’s Mansion        Downtown Jackson is a beautiful place to be on a Sunday, “because of all the church...

Clay and Amanda Mansell — Spinning plates and fostering faith

By KATIE EUBANKS   Clay & Amanda Mansell Spinning plates and fostering faith      Clay Mansell has never performed in a circus, but he’s used to juggling.       From the late ’90s to the...

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Donavon & Alice Thigpen — On marriage, therapy and more

By KATIE EUBANKS   Donavon & Alice Thigpen On marriage, therapy and more        Donavon and Alice Thigpen have married each other twice.       At their first wedding, a...

Josh and Katie Braddy — Back home at Broadmoor

By KATIE EUBANKS   Josh and Katie Braddy Kids, COVID, and coming home to Broadmoor   Fun fact: The name Picayune, as in the Mississippi town of 11,000 just east of the toe of Louisiana,...

MCL’s Christian Leaders of the Year 2020

By KATIE EUBANKS   Earlier this year, MCL called for nominations for our 2020 Christian Leaders of the Year. Our four winners share a few commonalities, like working in and around education,...

Demario and Tamela Davis — On a mission from Mississippi to the NFL

by KATIE EUBANKS   Demario and Tamela Davis The New Orleans Saints linebacker and his ‘pillar’ are on a mission, from Mississippi to the NFL          Earlier this year, Demario and...

Elbert and Karen McGowen — Loving each other and all God’s people

By KATIE EUBANKS Elbert and Karen McGowen Loving each other and all God’s people      Elbert and Karen McGowan flirt like teenagers during our cover shoot. He can’t keep his eyes off her, and very...

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