- A Whopper of an honor: Local company named top Burger King franchisee (11/15/17)3
- Southern Illinois farmer's grapevines destroyed by dicamba; four years of work lost (10/29/17)2
- Aldi store reopens after renovations (11/14/17)3
- Residents view pedestrian bridge as eyesore; city manager says it's designed to rust (11/13/17)8
- Decisions coming soon on steel mill, smelter in New Madrid (11/17/17)1
- Federal jury finds surgeon Fonn guilty of kickback scheme (11/10/17)4
- State audit: Bollinger County tax levies violate state law; county commission disagrees (11/17/17)3
- Cape native co-directs Thanksgiving-related indie film, 'Drinksgiving' (11/17/17)
- Son of Westboro Baptist Church patriarch discusses abuse, faith (11/15/17)6
- Scott City council hires former SEMO public safety director as city administrator (11/15/17)
Music to march by
On a sparkling blue day last week 15 area marching bands converged on Jackson to parade through uptown and later perform at the high school stadium. About 500 people turned out at the stadium to watch and listen, a pretty good crowd for a stadium in the absence of a football game.
The alumni of bands that have participated during the 62 years of the Jackson Marching Band Festival have fond memories of the event. Jackson always welcomes the musicians warmly, and there's an opportunity to mingle with musicians from other schools.
For many bands from small schools the festival is a rare chance to show people what they can do.
Any band festival is uplifting, a kaleidoscope of stirring music and well-drilled movements. Jackson's band festival is one of the great ones.