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By DR. FRED HALL, LPC QUESTION: My mom is starting to be very forgetful, and I fear it’s dementia, but she refuses to see her doctor about it. What do I do?    ANSWER:       Thanks, reader, for the...

COMMUNITY OUTREACH — Mississippi Coats 4 Kidz

By ANNA CLAIRE O’CAIN          Mississippi Coats 4 Kidz is a nonprofit organization located in Batesville. Founder Linda Keys and her team are passionate about providing Mississippi...

FOOD FOR THOUGHT — Happy (Chinese) New Year!

Recipes by LAURA JANE MONTGOMERY By the time you read this, you’ll have already celebrated the new year — but what about the Chinese New Year, happening February 1? If you want some good Chinese...

HEALTH & WELLNESS — Rock Steady: Boxing for health, self-defense, and even Parkinson’s

By DR. RANDY VOYLES   Gloves up! Protect your head!         Your opponent is a 90-pound heavy bag or a 6-pound speed bag. No, it can’t hit back. This is one-way contact boxing. Still, we...

How 1 teen learned to ‘Embrace Grace’ — and her unplanned pregnancy

By COURTNEY BUZEK          Curtnisia’s day starts out like any other teenager’s. She wakes up and gets ready for a busy day of high school, where she is an honor student. Like other...

THIS IS MY STORY — From darkness to a new beginning

By MARY HAMILTON HARKINS          When we think of January, we often tend to think of new beginnings, i.e., this year I’m finally going to lose the weight, exercise, eat right, etc. We...

LAGNIAPPE — How seminary degrees are changing Mississippi prisons

By KATIE EUBANKS     In May 2020, Nathan “Burl” Cain was appointed commissioner of the Mississippi Department of Corrections after overseeing a dramatic transformation at the Louisiana...

MISSION MISSISSIPPI MOMENTS — Why shallow relationships create a deeper divide

By NEDDIE WINTERS          Dr. Gary Smalley, in his book titled “The DNA of Relationships,” says, “Life is relationships; the rest is just details. This is the greatest truth. Everything...

MODERN MOTHERHOOD — When your miracle doesn’t match your prayer

By COURTNEY INGLE   “Remember when you’re talkin’ to the man upstairs That just because he doesn’t answer doesn’t mean he don’t care Some of God’s greatest gifts are unanswered prayers.” ...

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TOUGH QUESTIONS — What if my mom has dementia?

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By ANNA CLAIRE O’CAIN          Mississippi Coats 4 Kidz is a nonprofit organization located in Batesville. Founder Linda Keys and her team are passionate about providing Mississippi children, seniors, and anyone in need with a new coat and sharing with them...

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By DR. RANDY VOYLES   Gloves up! Protect your head!         Your opponent is a 90-pound heavy bag or a 6-pound speed bag. No, it can’t hit back. This is one-way contact boxing. Still, we are in a battle! We are defending self against self.         From...

How 1 teen learned to ‘Embrace Grace’ — and her unplanned pregnancy

By COURTNEY BUZEK          Curtnisia’s day starts out like any other teenager’s. She wakes up and gets ready for a busy day of high school, where she is an honor student. Like other 16-year-old girls, Curtnisia enjoys hanging out with friends and being part...

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By MARY HAMILTON HARKINS          When we think of January, we often tend to think of new beginnings, i.e., this year I’m finally going to lose the weight, exercise, eat right, etc. We wonder if this will be our year to do or be x, y or z. A new year is a...

LAGNIAPPE — How seminary degrees are changing Mississippi prisons

By KATIE EUBANKS     In May 2020, Nathan “Burl” Cain was appointed commissioner of the Mississippi Department of Corrections after overseeing a dramatic transformation at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola, once known as America’s bloodiest prison....

MISSION MISSISSIPPI MOMENTS — Why shallow relationships create a deeper divide

By NEDDIE WINTERS          Dr. Gary Smalley, in his book titled “The DNA of Relationships,” says, “Life is relationships; the rest is just details. This is the greatest truth. Everything in life that truly matters can be boiled down to relationships.” ...

MODERN MOTHERHOOD — When your miracle doesn’t match your prayer

By COURTNEY INGLE   “Remember when you’re talkin’ to the man upstairs That just because he doesn’t answer doesn’t mean he don’t care Some of God’s greatest gifts are unanswered prayers.”         If you read those Garth Brooks lyrics with a “Yeah, right” or...

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By ANNA CLAIRE O’CAIN          “We always wanted a big family,” says Adrienne Forman, native of the Franklin County community of Roxie, and wife of nine years to Alex. “We weren’t able to have children naturally, so that’s kind of what got us into foster care.         “We had been...

The church that stayed — and offers a glimpse of heaven

By ANNA CLAIRE O’CAIN          Imagine the day that believers are able to enter the gates of heaven in awe of our Savior’s presence. Picture strolling the streets of gold and shouting praises to Jesus alongside the rest of His saints. In that beautiful place will be God’s people from all...