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

Primary sets stage for general election


A capacity crowd filled the court room as Democratic Executive Committee members counted and announced primary election results on Tuesday, Aug. 2.
Around 3200 residents cast their ballots from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., narrowing down the field for November’s general election.
Getting the nod for the Democratic ticket were: K.C. Hamp for Sheriff;  Rechelle Siggers for Chancery Clerk, Glenn Grant for coroner; Steve Chandler for Superintendent of Education; Rodney Hibbler for Justice Court Judge, Northern District;  Lil Joe Anderson for Constable, Southern District; James Dunn for Beat 1 Supervisor; Cedric “Bam Bam” Burnett for Beat 2 Supervisor; Phyllis Williams for Beat 3 Supervisor; Henry “Lil Sonny” Nickson for Beat 4 Supervisor and Louise Linzy for Justice Court Judge, Southern District. A run-off election, set for Aug. 23, will be held for the post of tax assessor and collector and Beat 5 Supervisor.

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Koonce’s legacy abundant

A man who served Tunica in many ways died July 27, 2011 at Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto, surrounded by his family.
Ellis Everett Koonce, Jr. was born at home to Ellis Everett Koonce and Gladys Drake Koonce on December 3, 1929 in the Woodland community of Birmingham, Alabama. He moved to Tunica with his family and had lived in Tunica so long that he was considered a lifelong Tunican. He was schooled in Tunica and served his country in the U.S. Air Force.
He married his high school sweetheart, Mary Don; they were married for 62 years. Ellis started his insurance career at The Woolfolk Company after his marriage to Mary Don.

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Test scores leave school officials optimistic


Noticeable progress has been made, but school officials say they aren’t stopping until test scores are up across the board.
Tunica County Schools testing coordinator Dr. Debra Dace said the district received results of the MCT2 and Subject Area Testing Program in late July. Schools will not receive “labels” until September, but Dace said she anticipates that the district as a whole will move from Academic Watch to Successful.
The district is on the way there, with local third through eighth grade students exceeding statewide proficient averages in math. Statewide, 48.5 percent of third graders, 47.8 percent of fourth graders, 43.6 percent of fifth graders, 43.3 percent of sixth graders, 48.1 percent of seventh graders and 49.1 percent of eighth graders scored proficient. On the local level, 50.5 percent of local third graders, 52.7 of fourth graders, 48.4 percent of fifth graders, 43.7 percent of sixth graders, 50 percent of seventh graders and 60 percent of eighth graders scored proficient. Tunica exceeded the state’s advanced averages in fifth grade math. Statewide, 14.6 percent of fifth graders posted advanced scores. Locally, 19.1 percent of fifth graders posted results in the advanced category.

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These boots are made for walking

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