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Restored Dockery gin brings history to life

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The Delta boasts many National Historic Registry places, dozens of Mississippi historical markers and a large number of Blues Trail markers. Even among these special places, Dockery Farms in Sunflower County is unique because it can claim all three distinctions. 

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Pruitt speaks on EPA changes and its futures

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In an agricultural community, there is a fine line to walk with regards to the land that provides recreation, employment, food and income for so many people. At the 83rd annual Delta Council meeting Friday, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt explained his ideas on how to walk that line and what he sees as the future of the agency.

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Cleveland loses star athlete in shooting

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New Year’s Eve proved to be a sad night for Cleveland Central High School as student-athlete Larry Tyler III died from an apparent accidental shooting.
According to Cleveland Police Chief Buster Bingham, officers were called to Bolivar Medical Center in Cleveland about 10 p.m. in regards to a gunshot victim.

 

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Congregants give back with community toy drive

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The Carpenter's Center in Boyle put smiles on the faces of about 100 children during its first toy drive Tuesday.

Pastor Johnathan Brown and his wife Ashley Brown both wanted to do something to give back to their community.

The Carpenter's Center opened in April of 2016 and since then the congregation has done much for the community but this Christmas they wanted to do something extra special.

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Personal contact, training important to local law

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With the recent shootings involving law enforcement, President Obama took to the press Thursday to address the death of two men by police gunfire. He then returned to the press to express his sadness over the death of five officers in Dallas.

A concept the president continued to reiterate during his press conferences was his Task Force on 21st Century Policing. In 2015, the Task Force released recommendations to provide meaningful solutions to help law enforcement agencies and communities strengthen trust and collaboration, while ushering the nation into the next phase of community-focused policing.

 

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Mound Bayou Fire

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A large fire in Mound Bayou on Saturday caused several volunteer fire department districts to respond to 303 Lafayette Ave. 

According to Mound Bayou Fire Chief Edgar Glover, "No one was hurt, thank God. The family managed to get out and we did have some people who were already out in the neighborhood. One person who saw the fire was a firefighter and so he radioed in."

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School board votes to challenge court ruling

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Nearly a year after a federal court hearing, the Cleveland School District received notice late Friday that the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi ordered the district to consolidate its secondary schools. 

The Cleveland School District Board of Trustees had a special called meeting Monday night to discuss their options. 

According to Jamie Jacks, board attorney, the board unanimously voted to explore their options.

"They authorized counsel to investigate an appeal," said Jacks. 

 

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Local SAE president speaks on OU incident

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On Saturday evening, the Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter at the University of Oklahoma was recorded singing a racist chant on a charter bus.

The video shows several people on a bus participating in a chant that included a racial slur, referenced lynching and indicated black students would never be admitted to Oklahoma's chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon.

 

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