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Amber Helsel

Managing Editor Amber Helsel is a Gemini, feminist, writer, artist and otaku. She loves travelling, petting cats, hoarding craft supplies and more. Email story ideas to amber@jacksonfreepress.com. She attended Hinds Community College and the University of Mississippi.

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EDITOR'S NOTE: Onward and Upward in Downtown Jackson

To have a strong city, we have to have a strong downtown, and right now, we just don't. But that's not the end of the story.

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EDITOR'S NOTE: Set an Example for the Next Generation

As women, we need to band together to make sure we set good examples for the younger generation. We need to show them that it's OK to be whatever kind ...

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EDITOR'S NOTE: Women, Don’t Apologize

As women, we need less criticism and more support. We need people who will step up and remind us of all that we've accomplished.

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EDITOR'S NOTE: Moving Forward in #TheNext200

Previous iterations of TEDxJackson commemorated areas such as Mississippi's space program and the state's bicentennial, but instead of looking at the last 200 years, this year's TEDx focused on the ...

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EDITOR'S NOTE: Doing Good Things in JXN

In a 2008 study, researchers at Harvard University found that doing good deeds raises a person's level of happiness. Other studies have shown that happiness can create a positive feedback ...

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EDITOR'S NOTE: One Person, One City in Jackson

Community is one of my favorite topics to discuss, and it's something we should all put more emphasis on. After all, if you look at it from the universe's perspective, ...

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EDITOR'S NOTE: 'Tis the Season for Kindness

I will be the first to admit that "make America kind again" is a super hokey phrase, but it's a good reminder, and also so necessary right now when we're ...

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EDITOR'S NOTE: Making the Most of Jackson

If you look at a photo of downtown Jackson from 50 years ago, the neighborhood today is very different. Many of the businesses that used to be there are now ...

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EDITOR'S NOTE: Pride, from Detroit to Jackson

Jackson needs people who are willing to do the hard work—to attend city council meetings to see what's happening, to push back when the city's government isn't sticking to their ...

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EDITOR'S NOTE: Move ... Because Your Life Depends On It

Running is an intense exercise, so while it may be amazing for some people, it may be tough for others. But find a thing you can do, and do it.

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Recent Stories

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Patriotic Pastries and Other Treats

Celebrate local this Fourth of July.

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A Surge in New Businesses in Jackson

Over the last few weeks, Jackson has had a surge in new local businesses opening or changing—just in time for summer. Here are a few of our favorites.

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Independent Business Week: Taking a Slice of the Pie

The American Independent Business Alliance says on its website that shopping local helps build community, shapes a neighborhood's character, gives people access to expertise on a product; and creates a ...

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Make Dad a Happy Man

Need something to get your dad for Father’s Day? Why not try shopping local? Here are some ideas.

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UPDATED: Folk Music and Folklore in 'Bright Star'

"Bright Star" by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, which takes place in the 1920s and 1940s, is loosely based on the legend of the "Iron Mountain Baby." New Stage is ...

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David Raines: Local Passion and Wagyu Barbecue

David Raines, owner of Dave's Triple B and The Flora Butcher, recently talked about his journey as a chef, supporting local, barbecue and more.

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LEGO Resin Necklace

Resin might be a tricky medium to master, but once you figure out how to do it, you can use it to make so many things. While I have created ...

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Run and Give Back

One of the best ways to show progress in running is to do some kind of race, whether that's a 5K or a full marathon, and everything in between.

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Truckin’ Downtown

On the first and fourth Friday of each month, the area around Smith Park is abuzz with activity. Downtown workers gather from the different offices, and some people outside of ...

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UMMC Empowering Through Base Pair

The Base Pair initiative, which has been around for 27 years, started with a simple question: "How can the sole academic medical center for this state help advance science education ...

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