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Ferretti runs for House seat

Born and raised in the Mississippi Delta, Blake Ferretti of Cleveland has announced his candidacy for the District 30 position in the Mississippi House of Representatives
“After prayerful consideration, family discussions, and conversations with concerned citizens I have decided to accept this challenge to run for the vacant representative spot,” he said.

National Library Week —

The week of April 8 – 14 marks the 60th anniversary of the first National Library Week celebration. From its beginning, National Library Week has been designated as a time to encourage people to read to improve their quality of life while developing, via sharing with others, a strong and happy family life.  The week also provides a reminder to be thankful for the services provided by those government entities that prioritize the well-being and the advancement of its citizenry by providing library resources.  Indeed, libraries of all types serve as catalysts in their communities, offering opportunities for children and adults alike to learn, grow and achieve their dreams. In addition to providing access to books, e-books, computers and other resources, public, school, and academic libraries offer expert teaching and guidance to aid library users in their quest to open new worlds and change lives.
Libraries have historically served as our nation’s great equalizers of knowledge, providing free access to information for all people. Today’s libraries continue this tradition. National Library Week is therefore a reminder to all Americans that today’s libraries are not just about what they have for people, but what they do for and with people. Increasingly, libraries are places of creativity where people can utilize invaluable resources that serve as a lifeline, including access to technology, job-seeking resources, social services and small business tools.
Libraries have become much more than just a selection of books with a quiet place of study. Mississippi’s libraries have transformed from sedate institutions into creative and engaging community centers where diverse groups come together for common purposes, to share ideas, to collaborate and acquire new knowledge.  Librarians are available to assist patrons in using increasingly complex technology and sorting through the potentially overwhelming mass of information bombarding today's digital society. This is especially crucial when access to reliable and trustworthy data is more important than ever.
Celebrations during National Library Week include:  Monday, April 9: State of America's Libraries Report released, including Top Ten Frequently Challenged Books of 2017; Tuesday, April 10: National Library Workers Day, a day for library staff, users, administrators, and friends groups to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers; and, Wednesday, April 11: National Bookmobile Day, a day to recognize the contributions of our nation's bookmobiles and the dedicated professionals who make quality bookmobile outreach possible in their communities.
Hulen E. Bivins
Executive Director
Mississippi Library Commission

Parents must be involved with children’s online presence

With the many different social media platforms floating around on the Internet, parents and guardians are making moves to become more educated to better protect their children.
Sunday afternoon, Courtney Warren gave a Tech Talk to adults at First United Methodist Church in Cleveland and discussed different social media platforms and how parents can work with their children to stay in the know.

John William Hall, 74, Inverness

Services for John William Hall will be held Tuesday, April 10, 2018, at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Inverness.
Mr. Hall, 74, died on Friday, April 6, 2018, at his home in Inverness.
He was born on June 17, 1943, in Big Creek to Lester Ben and Lyda Moorman Hall and lived in Inverness.
He was preceded in death by his father, Lester Ben Hall; three brothers, Lester Hall, Bennie Hall and James Hall; son, William Scott Hall; and a grandson, William Alexzander Hall.
John proudly served in the Army and was a policeman for Sunflower County for thirty years.
He is survived by his wife of 24 years Dru Hall of Inverness; daughter, Becky Kendall of Cascilla; son, Robert Hall of Hernando; stepdaughter, Heather Parker of Grenada; stepson Casey Horton of Cleveland; mother, Lyda Hall of Ruleville; sisters, Sara Pimm of Hattiesburg, Nancy Lindsey of Horn Lake, Dorothy Horton of Ruleville and Bonnie Pyron of Gore Springs; six grandchildren; and four great grandchildren.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, April 10, 2018, noon to 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Inverness. Rev. Brian Burge will officiate the services.
Pallbearers will be Bo Horton, Lee Horton, Zachary Horton, Steve Saxon, Jason Hall, and Sam Pitts.
Burial will follow in Lehrton Cemetery in Ruleville with the Patriot Guard Riders of MS performing military rites.
Williams & Lord is in charge. Online guest book may be signed at

Jessie Hoskins, 57 of Tacoma, WA, formerly of Mound Bayou

Jessie Hoskins, 57 of Tacoma, WA, formerly of Mound Bayou, passed away on Friday, March 9, 2018, in Tacoma.
A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 7, 2018, in Mound Bayou at St. Mark Church of God In Christ.
Survivors include three brothers Bobby Black Sr. of Renova, Jerome Black of San Antonio, TX, and Keith Black of Mound Bayou
Tuell-McKee Funeral Home in Tacoma, WA, was in charge of the arrangements.
The ashes will be spread at Sanders-Hayes Cemetery in Mound Bayou around the graves of his mother and sister.

Dr. Jerry L. Kitchings, 69, of Cleveland

Dr. Jerry L. Kitchings, 69, of Cleveland passed away peacefully at his home on April 7, 2018, surrounded by his loved ones.
Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. on Monday, April 9, 2018, at Ray Funeral Home. A Second Visitation will be held from 10-11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 10, 2018, at First Baptist Church in Cleveland.
Celebration of Life Service will follow beginning at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 10, 2018, at First Baptist Church with Dr. Dave Granville and Rev. Milton Burd officiating. Interment will be in North Cleveland Cemetery.
Jerry was born on December 15, 1948, in Lena. Dr. Kitchings received a Bachelor of Science in Education Degree from Delta State College in 1971. He received a Master of Education Degree from Delta State College in 1973. He went on to receive an Educational Specialist Degree in 1976 from Delta State University. While at Delta State, Jerry was inducted into the Phi Delta Kappa Honor Society. In 1988, Jerry graduated from the University of Mississippi with a Doctorate of Education.
He began his career in education with the Cleveland School District as a Media Specialist in 1971. In 1974, he was appointed principal of Parks Elementary School where he served for 17 years. In 1991, the Hayes Cooper Center for Math, Science and Technology opened its doors under his leadership and direction until 1994. At this time, he was appointed Associate Superintendent of Cleveland School District in a position he held until his retirement in 2004.
Dr. Kitchings loved to watch his grandchildren play ball, cheer at sporting events, participate in Beauty Reviews and host Halloween Carnivals for the grandchildren and their friends. He was a very proud and devoted grandfather. An avid sportsman, Jerry loved to hunt, fish, play golf, and enjoyed the outdoors at his hunting camp. Jerry had a wonderful sense of humor and enjoyed spending time with his friends, but most of all with Tresa and his family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Samuel Baskin Kitchings and Eldro Johnson Kitchings.
Jerry leaves behind his loving wife of 12 years, Tresa Powell Kitchings; son, Todd Kitchings (Kristy); grandson, Tyler Kitchings; granddaughter, Madison Kitchings, all of Shaw; step- sons, Jeffrey Fioranelli (Tricia), Philip Fioranelli (Candice), and Joseph Fioranelli (Mason); granddaughters, Ella, Mary Michael, Caroline, and Kate Fioranelli; grandsons, Hudson Williams and Powell Fioranelli, all of Cleveland; siblings, William Kitchings (Linda), Braxton Kitchings of Carthage, and Joy Kitchings Tadlock of Walker, LA; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Donny Whitten, Mike Waldrop, Lynn Hardin, Whitt Whitten, E.G. Warren, James Allen Herbison, Bobby Mullen and Tommy Waldrup. Honorary Pallbearers are members of the TopAttala Hunting Club.
Memorials can also be made to the Dr. Jerry Kitchings Teacher Education Memorial Scholarship at Delta State University, PO Box 3151, Cleveland, MS 38733 or go to
To view and sign online guestbook, go to

McArthur Hayes, 73, of Pace

McArthur Hayes, 73, of Pace, died Saturday, March 31, 2018 at Bolivar Medical Center.
Services will be Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 11 a.m. at Spangle Banner Church in Pace with Rev. Larry D. Young officiating.
Survivors include wife Willie R. Hayes of Pace; son Ronald L. Hayes of Portland, OR; daughter Angela R. Hayes of Portland, OR; brothers Raymond Hayes of Oakland, CA, James Hayes of Milwaukee, and Tommy Mitchell of Pace; sister Dorothy Hayes of Portland, OR; and 12 grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Byas Funeral Home in Cleveland.

Fannie Amelia Rusca, 81, of Cleveland, formerly of Drew

Fannie Amelia Rusca, 81, of Cleveland, formerly of Drew, passed away on Sunday, March 18, 2018, at the Cleveland Heath & Rehabilitation.
The family will receive friends Friday, March 30, 2018, from 9-11 a.m. at Cleveland Funeral Home.
Amelia was born on November 1, 1936, to John Monroe and Annie (Sanders) Dunson in Vaughn.
She married Fancher Bailey July 9, 1953, and they moved to Shelby to begin their family. After Mr. Bailey's death, Amelia and family moved to California where she met and married Wilfred Peter "Moose" Rusca in 1980. While in California, Amelia was an inspector/sorter for the California Almond Growers where she had worked for 25 years. In 1998 Amelia moved to Drew to be near family. She enjoyed playing bingo, watching crime stories, football, and ice skating on TV, music, plants, flowers, animals and being at the activities of her children and grandchildren. Amelia was a member of Drew Baptist Church.
Amelia was preceded in death by her parents, John Monroe and Annie Sanders Dunson; husbands, Fancher Bailey and Wilfred Peter Rusca; brothers, Donald Dunson, Henry Dunson; sisters, Ione Tinsley, Laura Jane Petty; son-in -law, Guy Cox; and a granddaughter, Brandilyn Reese.
Amelia is survived by her children Sherry Cox of Drew, Gary Bailey (Chris) of Ceres, CA, Barbara Reese of Modesto, CA, Mark Bailey (Sandy) of Drew, Rick Bailey (Karen) of Salida, CA; and a sister, Johnnie Dunson Davis of Elliott; 12 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.
The on-line guest register may be signed at

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