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The Tunica Times • P.O. Box 308/986 Magnolia Street, Tunica, MS 38676

Computer shop getting new owners


William and Melissa Pierce will soon become owners of another mainframe business in town – Computek. The husband and wife duo already have their hands on hard drives through CPR Computer Repairs, LLC.

Computek was founded by its current owner, Wesley Bailey, Jr., in 1987.  The company offers retail sales, repairs, and software to its many customers, Bailey said.  Bailey is retiring from the business, he said.

The Pierce family will take over and serve all current clients of Computek, Melissa said.

“It’s pretty much going to be the same with the exception that we’re taking on new clients,” she said.

Bailey and the Pierce team have worked out of the same office at 1226 Edwards since March.  The exact date of the complete transition is yet to be determined, Bailey said.

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Cotton crop looks good; price down

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Cotton is looking good across the state as bolls open and harvest nears, but increased cotton acreage planted across the country means lower prices on this year’s crop.

In its Aug. 24 report, the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimated 17 percent of Mississippi’s cotton is in excellent condition and 54 percent in good condition. Nearly all the rest is in fair condition, and that should lead to a good yield for the state.

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Students protest firing of high school principal Chandler

The third straight year of low test scores and low graduation rates at Rosa Fort High School called for a change, says Tunica County Superintendent of Education Bernard S. “Steve” Chandler, and last week he acted, issuing a letter of termination to the school’s principal Derrick Dace.

“In four years, (Rosa Fort High) had ‘D’ ratings and a 60 percent graduation rate,” Chandler said in an interview this week. “Is that kind of progress adequate for your child?

“There is a reason why our ACT scores aren’t high and why graduation rates are low. I am just going to put it out front.”

Chandler said he did not recommend Dace to be rehired three times in the past due to the school’s poor performance.

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County library, other facilities feeling pinch of proposed budget cuts

Just weeks away from opening a second branch in Tunica County, First Regional Library director Ed Hughes revealed planned cutbacks in hours of operation in both the town of Tunica and at the new Robinsonville branch.

Citing a proposed 32 percent reduction in county funding, Hughes said the R.C. Irwin library in Tunica could open 30 hours per week – and only 10 hours per week for the new space in Robinsonville.

“I know we are all going through a difficult time,” Hughes told county leaders Tuesday night.  “This is quite a huge cut…. I ask you to reconsider.”

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