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Profile 2019: Indianola's new fire chief, assistant chief keeping department safe


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.

Jimmy Green

Memorial services for Jimmy Green of Indianola will be at 12 noon Saturday at Riverside Memorial Gardens.

Mr. Green, 71, died Friday, Mar. 15, 2019.

Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, with a family hour from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., at Byas Funeral Home, which is in charge of arrangements.

Sarah "Sissy" McMinn Parker

Funeral services for Sarah "Sissy" McMinn Parker of Winona will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 21, in the Oliver Funeral Home Chapel, with burial following in Eskridge Cemetery at Eskridge. 

The Rev. Terry Corley will officiate at the services. 

Colton Reid Buchanan

Colton Reid Buchanan, 1 month, of Belzoni, passed away Thursday, March 14, 2019 at University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson.

Colton was born Feb. 12, 2019 at University of Mississippi Medical Center.


Sunflower County under "enhanced" risk for severe weather Saturday


The National Weather Service in Jackson said this morning that Sunflower County, along with the surrounding area, is in “enhanced risk” of strong storms on Saturday.

According to the latest information, NWS says damaging winds up to 70 miles per hour, along with large hail and tornadoes are possible on Saturday and Saturday night.


MDCC hosts career fair

Mississippi Delta Community College recently hosted its career fair. Pictured is Steele Robbins, who teaches Precision Agriculture at MDCC and is showing a student how to use a drone to improve crop production.

Mississippi Delta’s campus was buzzing April 16 with hundreds of students who attended its Career Fair.

Headmaster for a day

James Luke Childers won the opportunity to be headmaster for a day at North Sunflower Academy, thanks to the school’s recent auction. Childers showed up, wooden spoon in hand, and wasted no time getting comfortable in Mrs. Janet Ray’s office chair. Above, he is pictured on the phone in between his frequent patrols of the hallway.

Entergy talks proposed $138M Sunflower County solar farm


Entergy’s footprint in Sunflower County is about to get a lot bigger.

The utility, which services much of the Delta, announced last week that it is partnering with Recurrent Energy on a $138 million solar panel farm that will be located on a 1,000-acre site in the northern part of the county near Ruleville.


UAB, Head Coach Bill Clark, finally set free


Shortly before Alabama mounted a historic come-from-behind win against Georgia in the SEC Championship Game last Saturday, another Yellowhammer state team was putting the finishing touches on a conference title of its own.

The University of Alabama at Birmingham defeated Middle Tennessee State 27-25 for the Conference USA title.

City says “Concerned Citizens” group can’t meet in public building


After a lengthy debate, the Indianola Board of Aldermen voted 3 to 2 against allowing use of a city-owned building to the Concerned Citizens Committee to conduct its regular monthly meetings.
Alderman Marvin Elder made the motion to allow.
“Let’s not hold them up,” he said. Alderman Ruben Woods seconded and they both voted yes.


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