BSA to honor Flowers
On December 9, the Chickasaw Council, Boy Scouts of America, will present the 2010 Distinguished Citizen Award to the Richard B. Flowers family of Tunica and Clarksdale.
The award was established by the Boy Scouts of America to recognize noteworthy and extraordinary leadership of citizens in communities across the United States. Organizers say that honoring distinguished citizenship delivers a message to our youth that character counts. The lives of distinguished citizens put into place guideposts that serve to inspire our youth to lead, to accept responsibility, and to care about principles and causes beyond self-interest.
This award has been given to four other Delta families, the S.E. Kossman Family of Cleveland, the M.P. Sturdivant Family of Glendora, the A.T. Janoush family of Cleveland, and the Jesse Brent family of Greenville.
The dinner will be held at the Clarksdale Country Club, with the reception at 6pm and the dinner at 7 pm. Dr. Mark Keenum, President of Mississippi State University will be the keynote speaker for the evening and will pay a special tribute to the family. The Flowers Family has a very strong scouting history. Mr. and Mrs. Flowers were very involved in Scouting as leaders and parents. Bowen Flowers and Mattson Flowers, both earned their Eagle Scout awards. Campbell Flowers Melton’s sons, Joseph and Garland are both Life Scouts in Troop 16 in Tunica.
Times seeks Santa letters
In the times before internet and smart phones, the only way to reach Santa Claus was by letter.
This year, The Tunica Times is launching an effort to go back to the good old days.
“In the weeks leading up to Christmas, we’d like to run some letters to Santa in the paper,” Times Managing Editor Meg Coker said. “Of course, once we’re finished with them, we’ll send them on to the North Pole.”
Coker said the initiative is open to all ages.
“Obviously, kids who can’t write yet maybe have to have some help from Mom and Dad and that’s okay,” Coker said. “We welcome anyone who wants to participate.
“They are welcome to put whatever is on their Christmas list in the letter plus anything else they want to add.”
All letters should include the writer’s name, age and where they are from and should be addressed to: Santa Claus c/o The Tunica Times, PO Box 308, Tunica MS 38676.
Coker hopes the response will be tremendous.
“This will be a great way to get in the spirit and we hope to get lots of wonderful letters to pass on,” Coker said.
Clarksdale native inspires local creativity
On a chilly night in November, a steady stream of women files into the On Pointe Dance Studio on Main Street. Some carry a bottle of wine, others a plate of something steamy and delicious. Everyone is smiling. The occasion is the monthly Arty Party.
The Arty Party is a gathering of participants for cocktails, fellowship and the opportunity to exercise some creative artistic expression.
Celeste Zepponi, a native of Clarksdale, Miss., leads the class. The concept has become so popular over the past year that she now travels to two other locations in Helena and Clarksdale.
Contractor: plant progressing rapidly
Jesco, Inc.’s senior vice president delivered good news about the future home of Schulz Extruded Products to the Tunica County Board of Supervisors on Nov. 15.
Jerry Maxcy gave a brief overview on construction progress at the site since Jesco was named general contractor in late August. He said things are “really moving” on the project and “everything is going as well as it possibly can.”
He estimated that work was over 90 percent complete on the cold mill portion and concrete panels all along the complex. Work began on the blue skin and metal siding around a week ago.
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