The effect on municipal budgets from lost sales tax revenue won’t be seen until June, but transfers to cities were already down 7.3% compared to last year according to state Department of Revenue records.
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The Mississippi Delta Community College softball program recently had two second-year players cast their lot at the four-year level, as Hannah Higdon (Water Valley) and Sara Lawrence (Clarksdale) have inked with Delta State University to continue their academic and athletic careers.
A bill in the U.S. Senate could provide $500 billion in funds to state, local and tribal governments and remove restrictions on previously passed stimulus funds to help these governments as well.
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It wasn’t the greatest Clint Eastwood movie. Not even close actually.
But in Heartbreak Ridge, Eastwood takes a bunch of rag tag men and eventually makes Marines out of them. But the phrase he uses, “Improvise, adapt and overcome” has new meaning to me during this quarantine.
Alice Britt Varner, 69, of Indianola, passed away Friday, May 22, 2020, at her home.
Pictured seated in the sixth grade graduating class are Channing King, Lena Morris, Jaden Johnson and Ashley Haycraft. Standing are Ryan Brady, Wyatt Barr, Landon Liddell, Brayden Clem, Tristan Parks and Teacher Barbara Dunavent. Not pictured is Preston Reynolds.
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Delta State University has appointed Dr. Ellen Green, associate professor of biology, as the interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, effective June 1, 2020. She succeeds Dr. David Breaux, who recently announced his retirement as dean after six years.
Mount Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, located at 75 Skelton Road, will continue celebrating their 140th-year Church Anniversary at 7 p.m. TONIGHT and TOMORROW, climaxing at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. They are working diligently to insure that it will be a most memorable occasion.
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Indianola Academy Valedictorian Sarah Frances Downs addresses the class of 2020 and the families of the IA graduates seated on the football field during last week’s commencement. It was a rainy evening, and the graduates had to sit socially distant in the bleachers, but it was a success, school officials said.
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With the Legislature taking a nearly two-month break before resuming earlier this month, new deadlines mean there are now only two weeks left for committees to consider general bills passed by the other house.
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It’s early May, there should be countless innings of baseball going on in and around high school, college and all levels of professional diamonds.
I was all ready to dig into listening to some Delta State baseball with their new coach, Rodney Batts in the dugout.
But that was cut short.
Delta State University has received $1,262,219 from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act through the U.S. Department of Education to assist students during the COVID-19 pandemic. The money will go directly to current DSU students.
My favorite streaming video program during the COVID-19 virus stay-at-home lockdown has not been about tigers and their crazy trainer, Joe Exotic, from the wildly popular Netflix docuseries. Nor has it been about Scottie Pippin and the other guy who played professional basketball with him on the Chicago Bulls.
Frederick Marion Cook Jr., 75, of Homer, Alaska died after a short illness at South Peninsula Hospital on April 24, 2020.
As I was going through some of my files from years ago, I came across a hard copy of an email I received in 2011. This was the year I retired from the newspaper industry and as I re-read this email it struck me on how I had used my time over my years of life.
Today, Governor Tate Reeves announced Burl Cain as his appointment for the permanent Commissioner of the Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC) and Judge Sean Tindell for Commissioner of the Mississippi Department of Public Safety (DPS).
Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves continues to take the correct approach by gradually lifting the business restrictions that had been imposed to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
On Friday, Reeves announced he was shifting from “shelter at home” to “safer at home” — a difference that is more than just a case of semantics.
Brenda Jean Cobb Roberts, 59, of Indianola, passed away Friday, May 1, 2020 at her home.
She was born Nov. 1, 1960 in Isola to John Norman Cobb Sr. and Virgie Cook Cobb.
Brenda was preceded in death by her parents, and one sister, Mary Ann Poor.
Indianola police made the following arrests,
On Sunday at 7:57 a.m., Daniel Graves, 35, 102 North Davis Circle was arrested and charged with disturbance of family and disorderly conduct--failure to comply with officers after a family member said he was creating a disturbance in their home.
In other calls,
The prospect of a new wellness and physical therapy center is groundbreaking news for the city of Indianola.
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.
The Indianola Police Department announced Thursday that a suspect in the murder of 17-year-old Aquavius Hines is in custody.
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I’ve only been to Parchman in uniform. Back in the 1970s our Little League baseball division consisted of Isola, Inverness, Moorhead, Sunflower and Parchman.
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.
A Greenwood man who allegedly took $8,000 from Humphreys County High School seniors and left them stranded in a parking lot instead of on their class trip was arrested Tuesday by Greenwood police and charged with felony defrauding under false pretenses.
Die-hard Mississippi State football fans who basked in the forced resignation of Hugh Freeze in the summer of 2017 and in the NCAA’s subsequent destruction of the Ole Miss football program hopefully have come to understand that such outcomes are not good for either side of that rivalry, nor the state as a whole.
Delta job-seekers are encouraged to be in Cleveland on Saturday, starting at 9 a.m., for a Toyota Mississippi job fair being held at the United Family Life Center at 1101 South Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Drive.
Three people are now in custody and a fourth is being sought in conjunction with Friday's shooting that resulted in the death of 24-year-old Alberta Garner.
These days, it’s hard to find a large church that does not have a contemporary praise band.
Many, like First United Methodist Church-Indianola have separate services, an early contemporary worship gathering and a traditional one later in the morning.
A pair of events benefiting Mississippi Delta Community College’s Sunflower/Humphreys Alumni Chapter and the MDCC Athletic Department will take place over the next two weeks.
The MDCC Sunflower/Humphreys Alumni Chapter mixer will be Thursday, April 12 at 6:30 p.m. at Town Market in Inverness.
Mississippi Delta Community College plans to begin renovation of the Stauffer-Wood Administration Building this fall.
The building, which was set ablaze during an apparent December 14, 2017 arson and burglary, sustained heavy fire damage, particularly on the south side of the building.
The men of Rasberry United Methodist Church will present their first annual Black History Program, Sunday, Feb. 25 at 3 p.m. at Rasberry United Methodist Church, 511 Hanna St., in Indianola.
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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.
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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Indianola now has 19 new junior firefighters courtesy of the Indianola Fire Department’s Fire Academy for Kids. The children graduated Friday after completing a weeklong camp on fire safety where they were exposed to instructions on basic life saving techniques and the prevention and suppression of fires.
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Patrons of the Mid-Delta Arts Association are invited to go on an adventure to Texas’s third smallest town, Tuna, and witness some of the most colorful characters you’ve ever seen as the entire population is portrayed by two of the MDAA’s most talented actors.
Photo by: Recardo Thomas