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Arthur Lee Groves

Graveside services for Arthur Lee Groves of Merigold will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at I John Church Cemetery, Doddsville.

Mr. Groves, 49, died Thursday, July 30, 2020 at Northwest Medical Center, Clarksdale.

Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday at Dillon Funeral Home, Indianola, which is in charge of arrangements.

Fall sports, including football, still on for now


Mississippi high school football games are usually getting started around mid-August, but that won’t be the case for public schools this year.

As districts make tough decisions for student-athletes over the next two weeks, the Mississippi High School Activities Association has already delayed the football season by two weeks.

John Irvin Myers

John Irvin Myers, born April 21, 1947 to Minnie Mae and Lester Warren Myers Sr., in Isola, passed away from a lengthy illness July 25, 2020 in the SAAD Hospice in Mobile, Ala.

Rose Mary White

Graveside services for Rose Mary White of Indianola were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, August 4 at Riverside Memorial Gardens.

Ms. White, 63, died Thursday, July 30, 2020.

Survivors include her sister, Doris Wyms of Indianola.

Geraldine McNeal Johnson

Graveside services for Geraldine McNeal Johnson of Indianola will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Riverside Memorial Gardens.

Ms. Johnson, 60, died Tuesday, July 28, 2020.

Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Friday at Byas Funeral Home, which is in charge of arrangements.

Pastor Joe Hodges will officiate at the services.


Lawrence Wilburn Long V debuts

Mr. and Mrs. Will Long of Indianola proudly announce the birth of their son. Lawrence Wilburn Long V on April 27, 2020 at Woman’s Hospital in Jackson.

Lawrence weighed 7 lbs. 4 oz. and measured 19¼ inches long.

He is welcomed by his sister, Mary Critz Long, age 3.

Roy Willard

Graveside services for Roy Willard of Conway, Ark., formerly of Indianola, will be at 12 noon Sunday, July 19 at Riverside Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Willie Smith officiating.

Mr. Willard, 40, died Saturday, July 11, 2020 in Arkansas.

Byas Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Parchman inmate passes away


A 64-year-old inmate hospitalized since May at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman has died.

Bobby Neil McFalls died Wednesday afternoon. He was being treated for a terminal illness, according to the Sunflower County coroner.  An autopsy will be done, however, for an official cause and manner of death.

Delois Collins Williams

Graveside services for Delois Collins Williams, 65, of Indianola will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Riverside Memorial Gardens with Pastor Annie Hill officiating. Delois departed this life Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at Delta Regional Medical Center, Greenville.

Charlie Frizell Jr.

Graveside services for Charlie Frizell Jr. of Isola will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Bankhead Memorial Gardens, Isola.

Mr. Frizell, 71, died Sunday, July 12, 2020 at South Sunflower County Hospital.

Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday at Byas Funeral Home, Belzoni, 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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