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

Tunica Farm Supply celebrates 40 years in business

David Klimek, a native of Helena, Arkansas, came to Tunica Farm Supply in 1976, fresh out of the service, and never left. Now he is celebrating that business’s 40th year with another milestone – a move to a new home in Tunica County.

“W.M. ‘Sugar’ Durham opened the store in 1974,” Klimek explains, “encouraged by local customers like Lloyd Ryals, Dutch Parker and Paul Battle who were tired of driving (35 miles) to Durham’s store in Clarksdale, Mid-South Farm Supply.

“I got out of the Air Force in 1975 and came here in April 1976. I’ve tried to run the business according to Sugar’s rule of thumb: ‘If output exceeds input, then upkeep will be your downfall.’”

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County proposes to manage arena

A county-owned facility that has brought visitors and revenue to both the county and local businesses came under fire at Monday’s Board of Supervisors meeting.

A discussion that started small – county administrator Michael Thompson giving the Board an update about Battle Arena’s contract for credit card services – escalated quickly to a motion on the floor to terminate the county’s contract with a nonprofit board which oversees operations at the facility.

As the June 30 meeting opened, Thompson told supervsors that he, along with arena director Steve Sosebee, had been working to get a credit card terminal at the arena.

“I’ve been working with three vendors – First Security, Covenant and E Payment Services,” Thompson said. “I’ve been receiving push back from Steve Sosebee.”

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First Bloom of 2014

Christopher Hood (pictured with his dog Cash) discovered Tunica County’s first cotton bloom on June 25 in Dundee, Miss.

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Kirby families putting lives back together after June 16 fire


Barbara Berry describes herself as a heavy sleeper. So when she roused to pounding on her door early Monday morning, June 16, smoke had already filled her apartment.

But Berry, whose home and belongings were a total loss, is thankful that she and her eight year old autistic son escaped the blaze that ripped through Building 4100 in the Kirby Road Estates apartment complex near Robinsonville.

“We lost things that we can’t replace, but I’ve got my life,” Berry said.

Apartment manager April Montgomery Crumpler has spent every day since the Kirby fire trying to help the eight families who lost their homes.

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