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Southern hospitality tops week’s good news

This morning one thing is for certain — Rosco Kimbro is sleeping in. The longtime DJ retired Friday from a lifetime on the radio and 30 years as the morning host of Rosco on the Radio.

In that 30 years, Kimbro was not just the wake-up call for much of the Miss-Lou, he was an ardent supporter of local charitable organizations, such as Pleasant Acre Day School and Relay for Life. While the retirement may be bittersweet for his many fans, Kimbro’s retirement is well earned.

Annalyce Riley is changing the world by setting an example. The Cathedral High School junior recently won the Silver Key Award for a critical essay she wrote on the George Orwell classic “Animal Farm.” Her essay was inspired by her deep-seeded love for animals. Her essay beat out hundreds of entries submitted by students from every corner of the state. Congratulations to Riley for her accomplishments. We know her passions for animals and climate change will carry her far into the future.

Nothing epitomizes the South more than “Visits, Vittles and Vines,” this year’s theme of the Natchez Literary and Cinema Celebration. The annual literary conference sponsored by Copiah-Lincoln Community College, Mississippi Department of Archives and History, the Mississippi Humanities Council, among other organizations, is always enlightening and entertaining. This year’s presentations centered on Southern hospitality and gardening and was, by all accounts, a great success. Congratulations to this year’s award winners. Ann J. Abadie, founding member of the Southern Foodways Alliance, was honored with the Thad Cochran Award for Achievement in Humanities and Chef Martha Hall Foose was honored with the Richard Wright Award for Literary Excellence. Thanks to all who make this important conference possible. We can’t wait until next year. 

Let’s always be on the lookout for more good news in our community.