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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.


Jack Ryan: A better kind of green new deal


It is annoying when some people complain that cattle are a huge contributor to global warming because of their methane “emissions.”

Of course, that observation usually leads to the call for people to reduce or eliminate their beef consumption, which would mean the world would need less cattle and the planet would thus be saved.

Murder suspect in custody

A suspect who had been wanted in connection with the death of an Indianola man late last week is in custody, according to the Indianola Police Department.

IPD reported Thursday that LaDarius Snipes, the suspect named by police in today’s print edition, has been arrested and charged with first degree murder.

Gone too soon: Indianola’s latest victim of gun violence leaves behind two kids, legacy of love


Senseless gun violence has claimed the future of yet another Indianola man in the prime of his life.

And as with any such act, it has left an irreplaceable void in a family and the community.

On December 13, 28-year-old Travis Shaw became the latest victim in a string of tragic young deaths one month before his 29th birthday.

Nuts and bolts: Board meeting ends early as mayor, two aldermen dart following screaming match, accusations


Monday night's Indianola Board of Aldermen meeting ended abruptly and without an official adjournment or recess when Mayor Steve Rosenthal and aldermen Gary Fratesi and Darrell Simpson stood up from their seats and departed the session.

MDOC faces long-term issues


Newly-inaugurated Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves announced in his first State of the State address on Monday the most radical change in the Mississippi Department of Corrections under his short tenure.

He has ordered MDOC to prepare to close the notorious Unit 29 at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman.


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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