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Gone too soon: Indianola’s latest victim of gun violence leaves behind two kids, legacy of love

By BY RECARDO THOMAS STAFF REPORTER,

Senseless gun violence has claimed the future of yet another Indianola man in the prime of his life.

And as with any such act, it has left an irreplaceable void in a family and the community.

On December 13, 28-year-old Travis Shaw became the latest victim in a string of tragic young deaths one month before his 29th birthday.




Recipe for success: Love for cooking has turned Semaj Attaway from troubled student to master chef

By BRYAN DAVIS PUBLISHER,

Semaj Attaway was around 6 years old the first time he got suspended from school.

His mother, Shequite Johnson, said she would frequently have to go get him and bring him home during the day because of his behavioral problems.

One day, while he was home serving a suspension, she was trying to cook cornbread.



Pray for Jamie

The E-T is asking those who are prayerful to stop this week and pray for one of our own, former reporter Jamie Scrivener.

A couple of weeks ago, as Jamie was celebrating her 30th birthday, she went into the hospital at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo, thinking she was having asthma issues.




Still enjoying the dance: From Rockette to dance teacher to fashion sales, Bobbie Jean Hill hasn’t missed a single beat

By BRYAN DAVIS PUBLISHER,

Bobbie Jean Hill is the youngest 90 in town.

Her mind and wit are as sharp as ever, and when she says she’s been working at Young Ideas for “at least 40 years” you can bet money she’s right.




‘Always looking out for other people’Late Saving OurSelves founder remembered as vision comes to life

By JYESHA JOHNSON MULTIMEDIA COORDINATOR,

The first ever Saving OurSelves Back to School drive will be bittersweet for the community.

Many Indianola students will receive free backpacks, uniforms and school supplies, but it will all be done without one of the event’s founders, Davion “Dee” McClain, who passed away in late April.


55 Years of Freedom: Death of Emmett Till set stage for Freedom Summer

By JYESHA JOHNSON MULTIMEDIA COORDINATOR,

Editor’s Note: This is Part 3 of a series The E-T has compiled commemorating 55 years since Freedom Summer 1964. Freedom Summer represented a turning point in the Civil Rights Movement and many of the battles fought for equality were waged right here in Sunflower County.


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