Dede Mogollon, the executive director of Lauderdale County Tourism, joins us on the podcast to talk about the status of Meridian and Mississippi tourism and what we may see here in the future.
Russell Christian Academy football coach Andy Braddock discusses the Warriors’ third-straight championship, overcoming a big loss during the season and the future of his program and eight-man football.
Gloria Dancy, the election commissioner for Lauderdale County District 4, shares what goes into Election Day behind the scenes and what voters should know before they head to the polls.
Brandon Turner, host of the King of Wrestling Podcast, discusses the independent wrestlers he interviews and why he thinks amateur wrestling is growing.
Judge Lisa Howell, youth court and county court judge for Lauderdale County, talks about mental health, bullying, trauma and other challenges she sees facing young people in her courtroom. “Our young people, they need hope, and that’s what we hope to provide,” she said.
Chuck Butler, Meridian High School athletic director and head coach of the Meridian 13U Babe Ruth team talks about his trip to the Babe Ruth World Series and Meridian High football.
Nearly one year after Tom Huebner joined Meridian Community College as its newest president, he sits down with The Star to discuss the path that lead him to education, Meridian and what the future might hold for Lauderdale County.
When Perry Fletcher’s not coaching the Newton girls basketball program, he’s tending to his flock at Greater New Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in Brandon. Fletcher has served as the church’s pastor for four years, and he recently led the Newton Lady Tigers to the 2018-19 MHSAA Class 2…
Mark Tullos, the president of the Mississippi Arts + Entertainment Experiences sits down to discuss the lessons learned in the first year of the museum's opening and hopes for the future.
In three years at Meridian High School, boys head basketball coach Ron Norman has won an MHSAA Class 6A state championship and guided the Wildcats to three straight 6A championship appearances. He sits down with sports reporter Elton Hayes to share his basketball journey.
Enterprise School District Superintendent Josh Perkins joins The Meridian Star's Elton Hayes for this episode of Newsmakers. Last fall, the Enterprise School District was named the top-ranked school district in the state. In this episode, Perkins, who coached Enterprise High School's softba…
An introduction to Kassie Coleman, the district attorney for the 10th Circuit Court. Coleman was appointed to the office by Gov. Phil Bryant and sworn into the office in early November following Bilbo Mitchell's retirement.
As a wheelchair user, very few playgrounds are accessible to Jeannie Null. Jeannie's parents, Julie and Jason, decided to change that and pushed the community to raise funds for Jeannie's Place at Planet Playground. The playground, designed for children of all abilities, will feature a wheel…
Boyd Williams, a Meridian private pilot and realtor, had to make an emergency landing after his aircraft malfunctioned on Oct. 5. Williams spent less than four minutes coordinating that landing with Navy Air Traffic Controller First Class Jonathan Epperson, totaling his plane but walking awa…
The Weems Community Mental Health Center offers more than therapeutic services, it also has substance abuse resources and more. Dr. Lin Hogan walks us through the many services offered by Weems and discusses the state of mental health in East Mississippi.
Newly sworn in President of the Mississippi Council of the Navy League, Rick Justice, shares with listeners the mission of the organization and their goals for the upcoming year.
Penny Randall, a civilian who oversees public affairs with the Naval Air Station in Meridian, gets to see a side of the military usually reserved for the enlisted. She sat down to talk with the Star's Newsmakers and tell us about her experiences with high-ranking generals and newly enlisted cadets.
Kalee McBride, a professor and program coordinator of Meridian Community College's Culinary Arts Technology program, talks to us about cooking for the holidays and using food to bring families together during a busy season.
The Star sits down to discuss charitable giving with Newsmakers Derron Radcliff, executive director of the United Way; Anna Watson, of the Meridian Freedom Project; and Dan Fritts, of Camp Eagle Ridge.
Meridian Star reporter Whitney Downard sits with the CEO of Citizens National Bank and discusses 'The Power of Local,' supporting communities and the role of banking in Meridian.
Sports reporter Elton Hayes sits down with Gwynn Grant, a Division I Hall of Fame basketball player and parent of four, to talk about raising college athletes. Grant, who is the cross country coach at Choctaw Central High School, also shares her sports story. To nominate someone for Star Ne…
This Week's Circulars
Graveside services for Mr. James Ludgood Sr. will be Monday, April 19, 2021, at 11 a.m., at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Newton. Viewing: Sunday, April 18, from 4-5 p.m. at Berry & Gardner OP Chapel, Meridian.
Funeral services for Mrs. Juanita McClelland will be Saturday, April 17, 2021, at 12 p.m. in the Chapel of Enterprise Funeral Home. Viewing will be two hours prior to services. Burial in Sunset Memorial Garden.
Arrangements were incomplete at Berry & Gardner Funeral Home for Mr. Leon Smith, 70, of Meridian, Miss., who died Thursday, April 15, 2021, at his residence.
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