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Indianola is looking to rebound its image in 2020.

A committee of citizens and business owners, which has been convening with Indianola Chamber Main Street since 2019 is launching an anti-littering campaign this month.

Slam Dunk the Junk will be the year-long theme of this quality of life initiative.

State of emergency: Storm put northern Sunflower County out of commission for days


A rash of severe storms early Saturday morning that brought down trees and power lines, which caused widespread power outages across the northern end of the county, prompted the Sunflower County Board of Supervisors to hold a special meeting on Monday to issue an emergency proclamation.

Johnnie B. Jones Sr.

Services for Johnnie B. Jones Sr. of Moorhead will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Pleasant Green Missionary Baptist Church, Moorhead.

Mr. Jones, 85, died Friday, Jan. 3, 2020.

Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday at Byas Funeral Home, Indianola, which is in charge of arrangements.


Cops and Robbers January 16, 2020

Indianola police answered the following calls,

On January 7 at 7 p.m., a 33-year-old North Fendason Road, Hammond, Louisiana woman said her 16-year-old son refuses to obey or follow any instruction when asked to do something. The woman said the boy also refuses to stay at home and he's using illegal substances.

JMG Student of the Week

The Gentry High Jobs for Mississippi Graduates Student of the Week is T’Rossi Terrell Pernell. The junior Moorhead native wants to pursue politics or education once he graduates from high school, with a dream job of being president of the United States or a mathematician.

No longer in park

Residents in Drew are happy now that the major work on Park Avenue is completed and traffic has reopened on the main thoroughfare. The project had been stalled this summer due to unexpected issues after the original pavement was torn up. It was put on hold, as crews waited for more funding to correct those issues and complete the street.

Sheriff holds giveaway

Inverness Elementary School Principal Brenda Singleton and Secretary Elizabeth Steen accept the gifts and toys from Sunflower County Sheriff’s Department Payroll Clerk Brandi Howard and Deputy Felecia Jordan who traveled the length of the county distributing the donations for students who otherwise might not have a joyous Christmas.

Challenge not accepted

Despite The E-T’s call for a cease-fire on New Year’s Eve, some folks inside the city limits in Indianola apparently fired off a couple of extra shots in response to our New Year’s challenge. These shell casings were found by one of our readers at the Scout Hut on Jan. 1.

MDCC helps prep AllStars

On Tuesday December 3, the College Recruitment Team from Mississippi Delta Community College came in to educate the B.B. King Museum’s AllStars on preparing for College. They discussed scholarships, financial aid, and ways to continue their arts and musical talents in college.

Kids University reunion

Former students of Indianola Kids University Day Care Center gathered for a kind of reunion during the recent Christmas holidays. Director Mary McFarland said, “These students got their beginnings (here). They have gone on to various colleges and pursuing various careers.”


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.

Sunflower County youth killed in apparent accidental shooting


A 17-year-old Sunflower County youth has died as a result of a gunshot wound to the chest that he received from a 9 mm handgun early Sunday morning at a home in the 200 block of Augusta Street.

Caleb Smith, a junior at Indianola Academy, died late Sunday night at a Jackson hospital as a result of his injury.


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.



They have now picked up two consecutive first District 2-3A victories.


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