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

It’s Spring Fling, Festival time!

Although Memphis in May may be more famous nationally, locals know that Tunica in April is the real “place to be.”

And this year, one event’s 20th anniversary and one new offering organized by the Chamber of Commerce and Tunica Main Street are putting a special luster to the month.

Spring Fling on Thursday, April 7, kicks off the activities with live music, libations and light hors d’oeuvres downtown from 4 to 7 p.m. Seven businesses will be open extended hours: Twelve Fifty-One, the Delta Mini Mall, Tunica Florist & Marketplace, Cafe’ Marie, Just Cuttin’ Up, Jeffcoat’s Deli and Mexico Grill. These, plus other participating stores The Levee Shack, Clayton Hardware, Parker Tractor and Mid-South Ag, will have special merchandise, drawings for gift baskets, and gift certificates from various merchants.

From the April 7 kick off through April 11, shoppers can earn entries into drawings for two $250 Shopping Sprees.

“The Spring Fling is a shopping event similar to the Christmas Open House,” Chamber CEO Lyn Arnold explains. “Prizes include two $250 awards given in gift certificates, so get out and shop in that time frame.”

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‘Friendliest Resident’ was beloved in Tunica

Cornelius  Henry (Neil) Block of Tunica, Mississippi, died Sunday, March 27, 2016, at age 97.  Son of Josephine Brigham and Cornelius Henry Block, Mr. Block was a lifetime resident of Tunica County and a graduate of Tunica County High School.  He attended the University of Mississippi.  He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving his country in New Guinea and the Philippines in World War II.  In 1946 he married Evelyn Hood and began his farming career in Tunica.

Mr. Block loved the Lord and was an active member of Tunica Presbyterian Church his entire life.  He served as Elder, Trustee, Treasurer, Sunday School Superintendent, and Sunday School teacher.  He was also well known and beloved by the children of the church for his friendliness and peppermint candy.

He was voted the “Friendliest Person in Town” by the Tunica Times poll for the last nineteen years, and is in fact, the only person to hold that distinction.  He was also honored by induction into the Tunica Sons and Daughters, Tunica County’s Hall of Fame.''

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A salute to Vietnam veterans

Vietnam era veterans look on as the Air Force Jr. ROTC unit from Rosa Fort High School conducts a flag ceremony during the Vietnam Veterans Salute on Tuesday, March 29, at the G.. Henderson Rec Center.

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Student journalist finds her inspiration in business classroom

Stephanie Calhoun is a mother of one male child. She is from Tunica, Mississippi.  From the past until now, Stephanie has had an encourager in her life, which is her mother.  Stephanie keeps herself up by ignoring adverse responses and disincentives.  She is also a modern Rosa Fort High School teacher.

Stephanie has not taught in any other schools.  She has been at Rosa Fort High for four years and counting.  Stephanie’s devotion is to teach. When I asked why, she said, “I feel I am making a difference and giving people opportunities to make one.”  Stephanie intended to be a teacher at Rosa Fort High, because it was in the city where she grew up.  She also said, “It was always my backup plan.”  She teaches Business Law, Accounting, Personal Finance, and Communication in Business.

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