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Canceling fall sports outright not popular, but better than current approach

By BRYAN DAVIS EDITOR,

Gov. Tate Reeves has the ability to be what he calls “an honest broker.”

He often tells it like it is during his afternoon press briefings, but during Tuesday’s presser, when it came to the question of high school and college athletics, particularly high school football, he could not provide clear answers.


They could have stayed home:Dedicated county workers took less money to remain on the job during pandemic

By BRYAN DAVIS PUBLISHER,

The novel coronavirus began to wreak havoc in Sunflower County in late March.

By early April, the entire state was shut down, and in order to alleviate the financial pain of the shelter-in-place order that remained in effect for weeks, the federal government supplemented the state’s unemployment insurance to the tune of $600 a week.




Weekend burglary targets 82 business, mower and other equipment stolen

By BY RECARDO THOMAS STAFF REPORTER,

Someone mowed down a gate and a portion of a fence with a pickup truck over the weekend and stole a trailer loaded with a zero-turn lawn mower and an assortment of tools and other items.

The incident happened in the storage area behind Jennings' Welding on U.S. Highway 82 east.


‘You don’t want this virus’: Andy Daniels recounts his two-week battle with COVID

By BRYAN DAVIS PUBLISHER,

Andy Daniels lived by the book when it came to following all the COVID-19 rules.

He wore his mask. He practiced social distancing. His Indianola State Farm office has been doing mostly curbside service for months.

Even during a mid-July vacation, the rules were followed. 


“I’m running out of people”: Sheriff says COVID-19 taking toll on deputies and staff, supervisors want more fines issued

By BY RECARDO THOMAS STAFF REPORTER,

Sheriff James Haywood said on Monday that the COVID-19 crisis is causing him to run out of people.

In a Sunflower County Board of Supervisors meeting, he presented two individuals as new hires and elaborated on some of the circumstances that are affecting his workforce.



Vance’s Citgo under new ownership: After over three decades in business, Larry Vance has sold the store and it will be called Quick 7

By BY RECARDO THOMAS STAFF REPORTER,

After more than 31 years in business, Larry Vance is calling it quits. Although he is retiring, the conspicuous, convenience store will remain open there on the corner of U.S. Highway 82 and Moody Street.


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Nell Pennebaker Stevens

Graveside services for Nell Pennebaker Stevens, 87, of Indianola will be

held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 21at Southside Cemetery in Inverness.  She

passed away Sunday July 19, 2020 at Indywood Personal Care Home in

Indianola.  Arrangements are under the direction of Boone Funeral Home,

Indianola.


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.


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.






Keeping the promise: DHA summer program continues to build success for rising kindergarten students

By BRYAN DAVIS PUBLISHER,

Over 50 rising kindergarten students in Sunflower County are already back in the classroom.

The Promise Schools, which are operated through Delta Health Alliance, have been in session this summer, helping to prepare dozens of area students who will be entering kindergarten in the fall.



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Job fair a good case study

By BRYAN DAVIS EDITOR,

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

By JYESHA JOHNSON MULTIMEDIA COORDINATOR,

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.


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MAIS addresses final plays at state title game, will advocate replay

By BRYAN DAVIS PUBLISHER,

It was the play that changed Indianola Academy’s season.


The game-winning overtime touchdown pass lobbed into the end zone on second down by Starkville Academy running back Taylor Arnold sent the otherwise undefeated Colonels home from Jackson Academy with their only loss of the season on Nov. 18.


Community gathers for first of many meetings on school facilities

By BY RECARDO THOMAS STAFF REPORTER,

The first in a series of seven countywide town hall-type meetings to chronicle the views of community members regarding the Sunflower County Consolidated School District facilities and future directions, was held on Monday night at the First United Baptist Church in Indianola.









Whalen, local landmark to play role in museums opening

By BY RECARDO THOMAS STAFF REPORTER,

Local artist Bobby Whalen is literally making history.
In conjunction with The Mississippi Department of Archives and History, he has been commissioned by the Museu­­m of Mississippi History to produce several panels of original artwork that will be on display in one of their “breakout galleries” called “The Soul of the State.”


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