Patsy Lester Johnson, 77, of Indianola, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, at her home surrounded by her family.
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There were three more deaths at Parchman over the past week, although none of them appear to be connected with the riots that started the year at the prison.
The first inmate was found deceased over the weekend, apparently by suicide.
The Tutwiler Community Education Center (TCEC) quilters will have hundreds of hand quilted items this weekend at the Annual Fiber Arts Show at the Powerhouse, 413 S. 14th.
The Vendors Market will be open Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
They own a five-game win streak and are ranked as the fourth best 4A basketball team in the state.
Despite their recent successes and a 19-3, 4-1 record firmly in hand, the Gentry High Rams’ upcoming competition promises to remain challenging.
Thomas E. Edwards standout basketball player and Ole Miss commit Jacorriah Bracey will play in the Mississipi Association of Coaches Mississippi/Alabama All-Star Basketball Game that will be played on March 13 at A.E. Wood Coliseum on the campus of Mississippi College. The girls game is scheduled for 5 p.m.
Services for Eugene Caston of Indianola will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Mount Beulah Missionary Baptist Church.
Mr. Caston, 63, died Friday, Jan. 10, 2020.
Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday at Byas Funeral Home, which is in charge of arrangements.
Burial will be in Riverside Memorial Gardens.
A Homegoing Celebration for Billy Gene Cox will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25 at Ruleville Baptist Church in Ruleville.
Leslie H. Anderson passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020.
The close of the 2019-20 regular basketball season is drawing ever closer.
To help reach that rapidly approaching conclusion, a rash of games is scheduled to be played this next week by the Indianola Academy basketball teams.
Graveside services for Sue Cummins Grissette, 83, of Indianola, were held at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 20, at Roundaway Baptist Church Cemetery in Doddsville with the Rev. Bob Hill officiating.
Good Mornin’! Good Mornin’!
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.
At least one inmate from the Mississippi State Penitentiary in Parchman is presumed missing tonight, as officials with the Mississippi Department of Corrections are actively counting inmates at the prison in northern Sunflower County.
Photographs that have been circulating on social media since Friday evening showing what appears to be prison-issued clothing found at a property in Bolivar County are related to the reported escape of two inmates from the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman.
Sunflower County Sheriff James Haywood described the situation at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman late Thursday as “contained” and “under control.”
This comes hours after the second inmate in as many days was killed as a result of what has been described by multiple officials as riots.
Pages from the past special: Frances Hull’s 1948 speech “When I Was Eager” to the Indianola 20th Century ClubBy FRANCES HULL LONGTIME COUMMUNITY LEADER,
Editor’s Note: This speech was written in 1948 by Frances Hull and was delivered to the Indianola 20th Century Club. The E-T is running it as a special edition of our Pages from the Past, as Charlotte Buchanan is recovering from an injury. Get well soon, Mrs. Charlotte.
The two men who escaped from the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman made it all the way to Tennessee before being captured.
David May, 42, was captured just north of the Mississippi-Tennessee border on Sunday morning.
Local and county officials were at the state capitol this week for the opening of the 2020 Legislative session which include the swearing-in ceremony for many newly elected public servants.
Another inmate has died at the State Penitentiary at Parchman, which brings the statewide inmate death total to five as of Friday morning with three of the deaths at the Parchman facility.
The South’s population grew faster than any other region from 2018 to 2019, census estimates released last week show, driven by migration from colder, more expensive Northern states.
The region’s population as a group increased 0.8%: Alabama 0.2%, Tennessee 0.8%, Florida, 1.1%, Georgia 1.0% and so on.
The massive severe weather system that slammed the Southeastern United States on late Friday and Saturday certainly left its mark on the northern part of Sunflower County.
When Parmida LED Technologies began exploring opportunities to expand toward the eastern part of the United States more than a year ago, Mississippi was definitely not on the company’s radar.
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.
Firefighter safety is at the top of the list of main concerns for Indianola’s fire chief and assistant chief.
After nearly a year in office, Chief Orlando Battle and Assistant Chief William “Bill” Alford said making sure that the firefighters are safe and healthy for the future is their number one priority.
Fifty years after Apollo 11 re-entered Earth, a group of Chinese-Americans who played an integral part in the Space Race will share their experiences during Re-Entry…Mississippi, an event hosted by the Delta State University Archives and Museum and DSU’s Mississippi Delta Chinese Heritage Museum on July 7-8.
This year’s B.B. King Homecoming festival seemed to have everything.
There was a great lineup of established touring musicians that rocked Fletcher Park from 2 p.m. until well after dark.
There was blues, gospel, R&B and rock. Something for everybody.
Here’s a good question to explore: A week ago the Morehouse College commencement speaker promised to pay off all of the Class of 2019’s student loans. Was this fair to the families who made the necessary sacrifices to make sure their children graduated without debt?
100 YEARS AGO,
FRONT PAGE AD: The Delta Penny Savings Bank solicits your account, no matter how small or large. J. E. Walker, President; W. S. Stephenson, Vice President.
W. E. Chapman is attending the press association meeting this week.
Planters Bank is hosting its annual Shred Day on April 26.
The event, which allows individuals and businesses the opportunity to shred sensitive documents, will be held on Friday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at 521 Hwy. 82 in Indianola.
Just days after Indianola’s fifth homicide victim of 2019 was laid to rest - and his accused assailant charged and jailed - police are on the search for suspects in yet another senseless act of violence.
Two or three unrelated questions that cause me to wonder:
When will the Mississippi governor’s race get down and dirty?
When will the limited supply of insurance I keep getting offered through robocalls on my cell phone run out? And why doesn’t that supposedly “no call” register seem to be working? More on this later.