Ben Hillyer, Author at Mississippi's Best Community Newspaper


Musical magicians: Natchez’s Burnley Cook, protege bring 110-year-old player piano back to life

If Willy Wonka had a music shop, it might have looked a little like Burnley Cook’s garage on Winchester Road in Natchez. The small building ... Read more

by Ben Hillyer, Saturday, March 30, 2024 2:56 pm


GALLERY: Crowds come out to bluff for Natchez Kite Festival

Families came to the Natchez Bluff on Friday to participate in the Natchez Kite Festival. Children of all ages flew kites of various shapes, sizes, ... Read more

by Ben Hillyer, Saturday, March 30, 2024 7:03 am


GALLERY: Children have Hoppy Easter at Pilgrimage Garden Club egg hunt

The Pilgrimage Garden Club hosted its annual Easter egg hunt on the grounds of Longwood Friday morning. The event, which also included sack races, face ... Read more

by Ben Hillyer, Saturday, March 30, 2024 5:45 am


March for Jesus group worships on bluff on Good Friday with song, praise and banners

A group of area Christians gathered at the corner of Madison and Broadway streets on the Natchez Bluff Friday evening to worship Jesus with songs, ... Read more

by Ben Hillyer, Saturday, March 30, 2024 5:44 am


Showcasing Mississippi’s tech talent: Nearly 1,000 students, educators fill Natchez Convention Center for state conference

Last week, nearly 1,000 students and educators crowded the Natchez Convention Center to show off their high-tech skills during the Mississippi Technology Students Association state ... Read more

by Ben Hillyer, Sunday, March 24, 2024 7:55 am


What does the newly-renovated Chester Willis Field look like? Here are some photos of stadium from opening day.

Natchez High School and Cathedral School both call Chester Willis Field home. It was fitting that both teams would face off on opening day. After ... Read more

by Ben Hillyer, Thursday, February 29, 2024 9:39 am


Gallery: Natchez firefighters battle house fire on Old Metcalfe Lane

Below are images of Natchez firefighters battling a house fire on Old Metcalfe Lane near Homochitto Street. Read more

by Ben Hillyer, Thursday, February 1, 2024 10:44 am

Natchez High sports

Gallery: Natchez victorious on homecoming night

Natchez beat South Jones on homecoming night. Relive the Friday night win with this gallery. Read more

by Ben Hillyer, Friday, October 13, 2023 11:48 pm


Air refueling flight passes over Natchez-Vidalia bridge as part of U.S. Air Force Centennial Celebration

Honoring 100 years of air refueling excellence for the U.S. Air Force, planes from Key Field Air National Guard Base in Meridian, Mississippi, participated in ... Read more

by Ben Hillyer, Tuesday, June 27, 2023 11:40 am


Photo Gallery: Images from Memorial Day 2023 at Natchez National Cemetery

Residents from across the Miss-Lou and beyond made the annual pilgrimage to the Natchez National Cemetery to pay honor and respect to the veterans and ... Read more

by Ben Hillyer, Tuesday, May 30, 2023 5:36 am


The Bells of St. Mary: New bells for Catholic church blessed, then lifted into basilica tower in preparation for Easter celebration

Four bells sitting at the bottom of the St. Mary Basilica steps were blessed at the end of Cathedral School’s Wednesday morning mass before being ... Read more

by Ben Hillyer, Wednesday, April 5, 2023 1:05 pm


GALLERY: Faces of Mardi Gras provide lasting memories of 2023 celebration

Happy Mardi Gras! Y’all. As the 2023 Carnival season heads into the history books here are a few images of the faces that made this ... Read more

by Ben Hillyer, Tuesday, February 21, 2023 8:57 pm


UPDATE: Search and rescue crews continue looking for man who reportedly fell off barge

Search and rescue crews and bystanders lined the levee near the Buzzi Unicem grain elevator in the Natchez-Adams County port on L.E. Barry Road A ... Read more

by Ben Hillyer, Tuesday, February 7, 2023 8:55 am


Essential Tips for Starting Your Business

Nowadays, a lot of entrepreneurs decide to start their own business in an attempt to capitalize on many opportunities available online. This is, in fact, ... Read more

by Ben Hillyer, Wednesday, February 1, 2023 5:16 pm


GALLERY: Photos from Krewe of Phoenix Call Out Ball

The Krewe of Phoenix celebrated Mardi Gras with what has become one of the biggest parties of the year in Natchez. Below are image from ... Read more

by Ben Hillyer, Monday, January 23, 2023 9:07 am


Sunday concert kicks off Martin Luther King Jr. celebration in Natchez

The pews were filled in Beulah Baptist Church were filled Sunday evening as community members gathered to honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King ... Read more

by Ben Hillyer, Monday, January 16, 2023 6:31 am


Back to Christmas Mountain: Beloved holiday display finds new life in Natchez display window for all to explore

It has been more than 20 years since Natchez explorers have ventured into Christmas Mountain. The holiday tradition cherished by children of all ages was ... Read more

by Ben Hillyer, Saturday, December 24, 2022 3:48 pm


How Can Students Contribute to Climate Change?

Climate change is undoubtedly one of the most pressing issues of our time. And while some people might think it’s an issue that only adults ... Read more

by Ben Hillyer, Monday, December 19, 2022 3:51 pm


‘Our Lady of Guadalupe’ procession lights up downtown Natchez with celebration, reverence

Members of St. Mary Basilica and the wider Hispanic catholic community in Adams County and Concordia Parish came together Monday evening to celebrate the Feast ... Read more

by Ben Hillyer, Tuesday, December 13, 2022 7:59 am


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

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