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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.



Dunagin: Politics go national these days

By CHARLIE DUNAGIN COLUMNIST,

The phrase “all politics are local” is most commonly attributed to former U.S. House Speaker Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill, D-Massachusetts.

It’s a catchy saying, but it isn’t necessarily so, especially in this day of instant communication through social media and out-of-state political action groups helping fund state candidates.



MVSU announces phased return to campus for Fall 2020 semester

By PRESS RELEASE,

As part of its continued efforts to prioritize safety while monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the university and surrounding communities, Mississippi Valley State University has announced plans to implement a phased approach to instructional methods and the returning of MVSU students to campus.


“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.


“I’ve been playing every single day”:Van Cleve finds time for golf, playing independent league ball during busy summer

By BRYAN DAVIS PUBLISHER,

Ben Van Cleve is not one to stay still for long.

The former Indianola Academy and Northwest Mississippi Community College star had quickly made a name for himself on the Ole Miss Rebels baseball team before the college season was brought to a screeching halt due to COVID-19 back in April.




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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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JMG Student of the Week

The Jobs for Mississippi Graduates Gentry Student of the Week is Sylvester Washington. The junior Indianola native plans to pursue a career in sports management with a dream job of being an NFL coach. His favorite hobbies are making money and hanging out with friends. He is pictured with JMG Instructor and Job Specialist Dr. Adrian Brown.


Lott, Muncher to exchange vows

Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Todd Lott, of New Albany, announce the engagement of their daughter, Katherine Elizabeth Lott, to Garon Grant Muncher. 

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wesley Lott of Greenville and the late Mr. and Mrs. James Rhodes Hughes of Inverness.


Bringing it all back home: Dr. L. Ray Matthews’ vitamin D3 patent was just approved, and he plans to develop it and others in Indianola in the coming years

By BRYAN DAVIS PUBLISHER,

It seemed like destiny that Dr. Leslie Ray Matthews would someday enter the field of medicine, and for the Indianola native and Gentry High School graduate, that story came to be reality in a huge way.




Profile 2020: Mary Margaret White is leading Mississippi Today during journalism's digital age

By BRYAN DAVIS PUBLISHER,

Mary Margaret White has been around storytellers for most of her life.

Growing up in Drew during early childhood, she already had a knack for the written word, and as the town’s shops began to close during the 1980s and 90s, more people began to congregate at her father’s Main Street gift and appliance store.



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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’

By BY RECARDO THOMAS STAFF REPORTER,

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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