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How would we have handled virtual education?


Good Mornin’! Good Mornin’!

The educational landscape had a massive remodeling last spring as COVID-19 shut down schools and athletics and events.

Teachers were sent home to scramble together an online curriculum to finish out the year and possibly be put to the test for a future of online classes and virtual education.

Deveria Jean Kent Smith

A private graveside service for Deveria Jean Kent Smith of Indianola will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, at Riverside Memorial Gardens.  The Rev. Melvin Walker will officiate at the service.

Mrs. Smith, 81, passed away at her home Saturday, July 25, 2020.

Minnie Dell Johnson

Graveside services for Minnie Dell Johnson, 81, of Natchez, were held at 11a.m. Thursday, June 18 at Greenlawn Memorial Park under the direction of Marshall Funeral Home. Mrs. Johnson passed away June 15, 2020 at Glenburney Rehabilitation Center.


Aldermen figure out how to storm out of Zoom meeting


The Indianola Board of Aldermen's meeting suffered a lapse on Monday night after a decision to add a presentation to the agenda from Tennessee-based Collier Insurance Company was vetoed by Mayor Steve Rosenthal prompting three of the aldermen to announce their intent to leave the Zoom video conferencing session.

Sales tax holiday begins Friday

Mississippi’s sales tax holiday is less than 24 hours away.

This year’s holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. on Friday and will end at midnight on Saturday.

For those 24 hours, sales tax is not due on articles of clothing, footwear or school supplies if the sales price of a single item is less than $100.

Bernice Matthews

Graveside services for Bernice Matthews of Indianola were at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, July 12 at Riverside Memorial Gardens.

Ms. Matthews, 77, died Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson.

Visitation was from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Byas Funeral Home, which was in charge of arrangements.

Desmond “Joe Willie” Coleman

Graveside services for Desmond “Joe Willie” Coleman of Jonesboro, Georgia, formerly of Indianola, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Saint Lawrence Church Cemetery, located at 349 Hwy. 49 South, Caile.

Mr. Coleman, 44, died Friday, July 17, 2020 at Piedmont Henry Hospital, McDonough, Ga.

Lawrence Darnell Browder Sr.

Graveside services for Lawrence Darnell Browder Sr. of Belzoni will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Bankhead Memorial Gardens, Isola.

Mr. Browder, 65, died Sunday, July 12, 2020 at Hospice Ministries, Ridgeland.

Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. today at White Star Missionary Baptist Church, Belzoni.

YANKY 72 memorial to be live-streamed

The third annual YANKY 72 memorial ceremony will be live-streamed.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the only event that will be taking place is a brief ceremony on  Friday, July 10 at 6 p.m.

Community members are encouraged to stay home and watch the ceremony online, which will be streamed on the YANKY 72 Memorial Facebook page.

Alderman raises question over legality of lease-purchase agreement for fire truck


On Monday night, the Indianola Board of Aldermen voted yes to a resolution regarding a lease-purchase agreement for the purpose of financing the city's new fire truck at a cost of around $400,000.

Mayor Steve Rosenthal said, "I'm hoping this is one of the last steps on getting this financing done."

Revella Moffett Lee

Graveside services for Revella Moffett Lee of Indianola will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Riverside Memorial Gardens.

Mrs. Lee, 53, died Sunday, July 12, 2020 at South Sunflower County Hospital.

Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Byas Funeral Home, which is in charge of arrangements.


Job fair a good case study


There’s a lot to be said about the dwindling population in the Mississippi Delta.

That trend continues to negatively affect the region’s healthcare, education and economic development.

It’s difficult recruiting jobs to a region that is losing its labor pool more and more year-after-year.

But there is good news.

Loved ones remember young woman shot and killed last Friday


On Friday, April 10, Alberta Garner’s life was cut short just before dawn after shots rang out on Garrard Avenue in Indianola.

Gardner is the city’s second female victim of gunfire this year, and according to police reports, she is likely the second innocent bystander to be killed in Indianola since March.


Candidates meet in public forum

Photos by: Recardo Thomas
Indianola’s three Democratic candidates for mayor met at Gentry High School last Friday night for a forum sponsored by the Sunflower County NAACP Chapter. Incumbent Mayor Steve Rosenthal, Mario Robinson and Vivian Jenkins are pictured left to right.

Church encourages athletes to ‘pursue God’


Prayers, motivational videos, games, prizes and inspired biblical encouragement combined with great food and fellowship constitutes a winning combination.
And once again Pastor Guy Burke, First Baptist Church and other community members teamed up to provide that enriching experience for local high school football athletes.



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