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Drug bust in Renova


Terrance Brown

Members of the Bolivar County Sheriff’s Department executed a search warrant Friday at a residence on Old U.S. Hwy 61 in Renova.
During the search, authorities recovered approximately one-half pound of high-end marijuana and several hydrocodone pills.

Ansley Pate Scribner, 4

Ansley Pate Scribner, 4, passed away on August 9, 2018, at UMC in Jackson.
Visitation was noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, August 12, 2018, at Ray Funeral Home.
A Celebration of Life Service followed beginning at 2 p.m. on Sunday, August 12, 2018, at Ray Funeral Home with Dr. Joseph Anderson officiating. Interment was in New Cleveland Cemetery.
Ansley was born on November 20, 2013, to Aron Scribner and Jenna Weeks in Memphis, TN. She enjoyed dancing, singing with her sister, JorJor, and JoJo, playing with bubbles with her sister, and watching Youtube. Ansley had a strong and vibrant personality with a huge heart but would often tell people “I beata ya butt.” She also enjoyed showing off her muscles just like her Pawpaw Johnny. Ansley loved spending time with her parents; she would play with her mom’s hair, and her daddy’s hat and glasses.
She is survived by her parents, Jenna Weeks of Merigold and Aron Scribner of Charleston; sister, Katelynn Scribner of Charleston; maternal grandparents, Joanna and Steve Barnes of Merigold and Johnny and Dena Weeks of Boyle; paternal grandparents, Anthony and Kerry Scribner of Charleston and Makia and Terry Whitt of Ponotoc; maternal great-grandparents, Dr. Joe and Jan Anderson of Meridian, Judy Weeks of Cleveland, Joyce Barnes of Cleveland, and Danny and Deborah Barfield of Cleveland; paternal great-grandparents, Brenda and Tony Scribner of Cleveland and Avis and Hirim Whitt of Ponotoc; aunts and uncles, Jordan Weeks (Dakota Downs), Ashley Weeks, Brittney Barnes, Michael Turner (Laney), Astric Whitt, Matt Russell, Ray Scribner, and Taylor Wortham; and numerous cousins, aunts, uncles, and extended family.
Pallbearers will be Nathan Perrett, Brian Kendall, Michael Turner, Dakota Downs, Mark Taylor, and Matt Russell. Honorary pallbearers will be Joshua Perrett and Jared Taylor.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donation be made to Spina Bifida Association.
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Jack R. Krasuski, 70, of Burlington, formerly of Columbus

Jack R. Krasuski, 70, of Burlington, formerly of Columbus, died Thursday, August 9, 2018, at Great River Medical Center.
Born September 17, 1947 in Burlington, he was the son of George H. and Blanche M. (Schulz) Krasuski. He married Becky G. Ellerhoff August 26, 1978, in Middletown, IA. They later divorced.
Jack grew up attending First Methodist Church. He graduated from Burlington High School in 1965. His senior year he was a sprinter on the track team that travelled to the Drake Relays and State Track Meet, where he received many medals. He went on to graduate from Burlington Junior College and University of Iowa with a BS in Accounting. He served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War with boots on the ground as a supply specialist for the First Air Cavalry, receiving the Bronze Star and the rank of Sergeant. He started his career at Murray Ironworks and in 1985 began working for Ceco Building Systems in Mt. Pleasant, IA, as a controller, retiring in April 2010.
Jack belonged to the Shoquoquon Boat Club, Pheasants Forever, Ducks Unlimited, and VFW. He loved deer, duck and pheasant hunting, mushrooming and fishing. He enjoyed fishing on the Mississippi and on Lake of the Woods. He enjoyed watching sports, playing on a pool league, playing cards, boating and golfing. Jack loved gardening and had a garden every year. He loved spending time with his daughter, nieces and nephews. He was an avid Iowa Hawkeyes and Bears fan, and also cheered for whatever team Kurt Warner was playing for. He became a Boilermakers fan because his daughter went to graduate school at Purdue, but only when they weren’t playing the Hawkeyes. He never missed Jill’s sporting events or concerts. He had an incredible group of friends whom he loved like family and loved every minute he was able to spend with them.
Survivors include daughter Jill Alison Krasuski of Minneapolis, MN; sisters, Karen (Arlo Halsey) Fairchild of Hugo, MN, and Joyce (Kim) Wagner of Topeka, KS; nieces and nephews; great nieces and nephews; many cousins and friends; and aunts, Dorothy Kelly of West Burlington, IA and Kathleen Mason of Baraboo, WI.
He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.
The funeral service for Jack R. Krasuski will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, August 14, 2018, at Lunning Chapel. Pastor Mark Schowalter will officiate. Military rites will be accorded by the Burlington Area Veterans Honor Guard. Interment will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery.
Friends may call after noon on Monday. Family will receive friends 5-8 p.m., Monday, August 13, 2018, at Lunning Chapel.
A memorial has been established for Shoquoquon Boat Club. Reception will be held at Shoquoquon Boat Club following services.

Put trash where you should

It’s sad but true. Life is made up of a thousand things we don’t want to do. Putting the cap back on the toothpaste; washing the dishes; making the bed; folding the laundry; AND
Taking out the trash.
As adults we usually discover that all the above have some kind of merit, though they are not the most exciting part of our day. Who really enjoys taking the heavy stinky trash bag or can to the street? No one. It’s five minutes in a day that could be spent otherwise.
However not taking the garbage out opens up a whole other can of worms (which could be literal), plus stinkiness, vermin, insects, dogs and disease.
Cleveland contracts with RES, our garbage collectors, to pick up resident garbage twice a week. This service is paid for through the water bill.
So why, when the service comes out of a household budget, would anyone bag up their garbage and carry or drive it to a city pumping station for dumping.
Ray Bell, Cleveland Public Works director, told aldermen this week, "When they first put in this station, a big rain come through and part of it (the ditch) washed in and a lot of stuff settled in the pump station. The issue now is that people are using it for a dump station. There is about two or three hundred feet of open ditch. If they miss the garbage truck I guess they are just bringing their trash there.
"People throw garbage bags in the ditch, animals tear up the bags and all of the trash is ending up on top of the sediment in this pump station. There is so much trash in there the vacuum truck can't pick it all up. Every time it rains, we have to have someone there because the pump can't work properly with all of the trash floating around it," he continued.
There are several ways to combat missing trash pickup: 1) Wait until the next trash day; 2) Put the trash out the night before; and 3) Wake up earlier in the morning to get the trash to the street.
What could possibly be going on in a household that taking a trash bag to a city built, taxpayer funded flood protection station is easier than carrying the bag to the street curb?
When the rain comes, and it always does, it will be you paying when your home floods because the station isn’t able to its job.
Stop throwing trash where it doesn’t belong.

Rickie Barnes, 57, of Memphis, formerly of Ruleville

Rickie Barnes, 57, of Memphis, formerly of Ruleville, died August 2, 2018, at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis.
Funeral service will be noon Sunday, August 12, 2018, at Ruleville Central High School with Elder Johnny Hardy officiating. Burial will follow in Merry Grove Cemetery in Minter City.
Visitation will be from 2-5 p.m. Saturday, August 11, 2018, at Byas Funeral Home in Ruleville and an hour prior to the service Sunday at the school.
Survivors include wife Leisa Barnes of Memphis; sons Ricky Barnes and Ruebyn Barnes, both of Memphis; daughters Martinique Montgomery of Ruleville, Tamara Apholone of Peoria, IL, Riquel Barnes, Raedyn Barnes and Tawanna Flowers, all of Memphis; brother Jimmy Lacey of Ruleville; sister Vearly Barnes of Ruleville; 6 grandchildren; and 1 great-grandchild.

Bonnie Sue Spencer, 75, of Barney

Mrs. Bonnie Sue Spencer, 75, of Barney passed away Wednesday, August 8, 2018, at her residence.
Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. on Sunday, August 12, 2018, at Ray Funeral Home.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, August 13, 2018, at Ray Funeral Home. Interment will be in New Cleveland Cemetery.
Mrs. Spencer was born August 25, 1942, to the late Joe Crowder McClure and Dorothy Collier McClure. She was a college professor for many years before retiring and was a member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Moultrie. Mrs. Spencer was the Queen of the Red Bells of Barney Chapter of the Red Hat Society.
Survivors include her husband, Dwight Spencer of Barney; daughters, Carla Spencer of Barney, and Karen (Sol) Summerlin of Barney; grandchildren, Luke Kelly, Jacob Kelly, John Mark Kelly, Isabella Summerlin, and Solomon Summerlin; brother, James (Rene) McClure of Shaw; and several nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Spencer was preceded in death by her sister, JoAnn Walton; and brother-in-law, John Walton.
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Aidan Jakob Smith

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Smith of Merigold announce the birth of their son, Aidan Jakob Smith, on July 27, 2018, at Northwest Medical Center in Clarksdale.
The baby weighed 6 pounds 14 ounces and was 19 inches long.
The mother is the former Samantha Nicole LeJeune of San Mateo, CA.
Maternal grandparents are Jodi Wentz LeJeune and Mark LeJeune.
Maternal great-grandparents include Jean LeJeune and Frank LeJeune.
Paternal grandparents are Amy Buckley and Robert Buckley and Matthew Smith and Cheryl Smith.
Paternal great-grandparents include Evelyn Smith and Richard Smith and Peggy Smith and J.W. Smith.

Lexington Elizabeth Pressnell

Mr. and Mrs. Levi Pressnell of Cleveland announce the birth of their daughter, Lexington Elizabeth Pressnell, on July 24, 2018, at Northwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center in Clarksdale.
The baby weighed 7 pounds 9 ounces and was 18.5 inches long.
The mother is the former Leisa Brown of Powder Springs, GA.
Maternal grandparents are David and Nancy Brown.
Maternal great-grandparents include Melba Jean Dargan and Wilma Brown.
Paternal grandparents are LaRon and Kathy Pressnell.
The baby is welcomed by a sister Leanna, 22 months.

Lily James McWilliams

Mr. and Mrs. Jack McWilliams of Cleveland announce the birth of their daughter, Lily James McWilliams, on July 24, 2018, at South Sunflower County Hospital in Indianola.
Lily weighed 7 pounds, 1 ounce and was 19 inches long.
Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Gary Andrews of Carrollton. Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Johnny McWilliams of Indianola.
Lily was welcomed home by her sister Lucy.

Eleanor Herren

Eleanor Herren, 86, of Lilburn, GA, passed away on Monday, August 6, 2018.
She was preceded in death by her loving husband Oscar Herren in 2013.
She is survived by her twin sister, Elsie Carroll. She is also survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Rickey Thomas Herren and his wife Melani, and their children Brittany, Matthew and his wife Nidia, and Alison Earnhardt and her husband Joey, and great-granddaughter Julia Elizabeth Earnhardt; daughter, Brenda Herren Stewart and her husband Kevin, and their daughter Jennifer Stewart; and several nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Herren was born on July 6, 1932, in Merigold. She was retired from the CDC after 20 plus years of service. She served as Historian, Secretary, and then President of the American Legion Women’s Auxiliary, Avondale Chapter for a couple of terms. Mrs. Herren was a devoted Christian and a member of the Lucerne Baptist Church.
The Funeral Service to honor and celebrate her life will be held on Friday, August 10, 2018, at 11 a.m. at Tom M. Wages Snellville Chapel. Interment will follow at Eternal Hills Memory Gardens, Snellville, GA.
The family will receive friends on Thursday, August 9, 2018, from 6-8 p.m. and Friday from 10-11 a.m. at the funeral home.
Those desiring may make donations in memory of Eleanor Herren to any local chapter of the American Legion.
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