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

Citizens, schools join forces


The first in a series of planned community summits was hosted by Superintendent Steve Chandler and Tunica County School District personnel on Thursday, May 24, in Rosa Fort High School’s gymnasium.
Chandler officially opened the summit by reminding attendees, “Building global leaders takes a community.”
He then presented the District’s Teacher of the Year, Celeste Maugh. Maugh teaches at Dundee Elementary School. He also introduced Parent of the Year, Marsheila Holland, whose child attends Tunica Elementary.

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Cancer conquerors to be celebrated at capital

Join Baptist Cancer Services, a division of Baptist Medical Center in Jackson, Miss., on Sunday, June 3, from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. at the Old Capitol Inn for National Cancer Survivors Day.  
This free event honors the lives of those surviving and battling cancer. This year’s guest speaker will be cancer survivor Walter Redden and the guest emcee will be radiation oncologist Richard Friedman, MD.

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Suspect named in roadside killer case


Multiple law enforcement agencies converged at the Tunica County Sheriff’s Department on Friday, May 21, to announce an arrest in two linked shootings along roadways in North Mississippi. The suspect was taken into custody in Tunica County and is being held at the Tunica County jail.
James Willie, 28, was arrested for his alleged involvement in the deaths of Lori Carswell of Hernando and Thomas Schendler of Nebraska. Carswell , a local casino worker, was discovered along Highway 713 in Robinsonville at 2:17 a.m. on May 11. Three days earlier, Schendler was found along Interstate 55 in Panola County. He sustained fatal gun shot wounds.

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New crop sprouts in county


A steep shift in the price of peanuts over the past year has prompted several Delta growers to include the protein-packed legume in the mix of crops they planted this spring.
And, at least a few Tunica County growers are among those looking for a payout from the crop.
According to Anthony Bland, county agent with the Mississippi State Agricultural Extension Service in Tunica, three or four local growers are among those planting peanuts on land traditionally reserved for cotton.

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