Ben Hillyer, Author at Mississippi's Best Community Newspaper


Natchez Christmas tree lighting leaves children of all ages in awe Sunday

Santa Claus, fireworks, a petting zoo and an afternoon of holiday games and fun left those who came for Sunday’s Christmas Tree Lighting at the ... Read more

by Ben Hillyer, Sunday, November 27, 2022 9:42 pm


St. Mary parish celebrates Christ the King with downtown Natchez procession, blessing of city

St. Mary Basilica celebrated Christ the King Sunday with a Eucharistic procession that started at the church on Union Street and ended with a blessing ... Read more

by Ben Hillyer, Sunday, November 20, 2022 4:06 pm


Among angels: Discover the spirits brought to life at cemetery during this year’s annual Angels on the Bluff

The spirits of the Natchez City Cemetery were kept busy during this year’s annual Angels on the Bluff tour. A steady stream of visitors passed ... Read more

by Ben Hillyer, Friday, November 11, 2022 2:42 pm


VIDEO: City of Natchez unveils new playgrounds at two local parks

The City of Natchez is hosting ribbon cuttings for new playground equipment at North Natchez Park and at Duncan Park Thursday morning. Watch the videos ... Read more

by Ben Hillyer, Thursday, November 10, 2022 11:45 am


GAME OF BONES: Skeletons make holiday appearances all over the Miss-Lou for their favorite night of the year. Have you seen these?

Dem bones, dem bones are popping up all over Natchez and Vidalia to scare and amuse trick-or-treaters this Halloween night. Here are a few examples ... Read more

by Ben Hillyer, Monday, October 31, 2022 5:57 am


Voices and Votes: Displays open to the public

The Rotary Club of Natchez recently conducted its regular weekly meeting on the Natchez campus of Copiah Lincoln Community College to learn about the current ... Read more

by Ben Hillyer, Saturday, October 22, 2022 2:00 pm


Lucky winners walked away with homemade cakes, armloads of prizes at Cathedral Fall Festival

Lucky winners literally walked away with homemade cakes and other prizes during the annual Cathedral Fall Festival this weekend. Children of all ages played games ... Read more

by Ben Hillyer, Saturday, September 24, 2022 6:18 pm

Cathedral sports

Images from the Cathedral Green Wave’s 50-20 win over rival St. Aloysius Flashes

Images from Friday’s night contest between the Cathedral Green Wave and St. Aloysius Flashes at D’Evereux Stadium. The Green Wave won the rivalry contest in ... Read more

by Ben Hillyer, Friday, September 23, 2022 9:39 pm

Cathedral sports

Gallery: Cathedral falls to St. Joe

NATCHEZ — St. Joe Madison won 35-20 over Cathedral Friday night. While it was a tough loss here are some shots from the game. Read more

by Ben Hillyer, Friday, August 26, 2022 11:23 pm


GALLERY: Images from Holly Williams, Chris Coleman concert at Longwood

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by Ben Hillyer, Friday, May 13, 2022 7:18 am


Efforts to revitalize Triangle continue with new monthly street markets. Residents invited to preview on Monday.

The inflatables may be gone, but efforts to revitalize and rejuvenate the Triangle in Natchez continue to rise with the introduction of monthly street markets ... Read more

by Ben Hillyer, Saturday, January 15, 2022 4:35 pm


ArtsNatchez Gallery celebrates life, artistic passions of Barbara Kaiser with reception on Saturday

Local artists and art lovers will gather Saturday evening to celebrate the life of Barbara Kaiser, a creative spark who colleagues say will continue to ... Read more

by Ben Hillyer, Friday, November 12, 2021 2:19 pm


On with the Glow: Natchez Festival begins with annual favorite night balloon show

Crowds gathered at the Bicentennial Gardens on the property of the historic house Rosalie to watch balloons glow against a colorful sunset Friday. Above are ... Read more

by Ben Hillyer, Friday, October 15, 2021 8:56 pm

Hurricane Ida

Mayor, local officials give press conference on Hurricane Ida, local curfew and when to expect worst effects of storm

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by Ben Hillyer, Sunday, August 29, 2021 6:17 pm


Happy Fourth of July! Annual fireworks at lake puts exclamation point on holiday celebration

What started as a family fireworks show more than 10 years ago has turned into an annual Fourth of July tradition for people on Lake ... Read more

by Ben Hillyer, Sunday, July 4, 2021 7:06 am


Lady B wows overflowing crowd at free Stanton Hall concert Friday night

Singer Victoria Baker — also known as Lady B in social media circles — invited the community to a free concert of music classics and ... Read more

by Ben Hillyer, Saturday, July 3, 2021 11:06 am


Natchez Festival cools off hot 2021 season with cool jazz concert

The Natchez Festival of Music ended this year’s festival with a Sunday afternoon of cool jazz from one of the music genre’s masters. Music lovers ... Read more

by Ben Hillyer, Monday, June 28, 2021 12:20 pm


Riverboats are back: Natchez welcomes crew, passengers with enthusiasm

The boats are back. Natchez Mayor Dan Gibson and other officials from the city and Adams County welcomed the American Duchess, its crew and passengers ... Read more

by Ben Hillyer, Thursday, March 18, 2021 10:15 am

Style feature

Photo gallery: Parade of houses takes place of traditional Miss-Lou Mardi Gras celebration

Houses in Natchez were on parade, decorated to celebrate the Mardi Gras holiday when traditional parades are not possible during the pandemic. Read more

by Ben Hillyer, Saturday, February 20, 2021 8:00 am


Photos: Work crews demolish old A&P grocery on Franklin Street; make way for Recovery Enterprises

Work crews from the City of Natchez and Adams County started the demolition of the old A&P grocery store on Franklin Street Tuesday. After the ... Read more

by Ben Hillyer, Tuesday, January 12, 2021 2:50 pm

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