Chance vaults Tunica’s Ward into gymnastics
Not everyone’s dream falls in his or her lap, but every now and then someone gets an opportunity of a lifetime that just doesn’t happen twice. For native Tunican Janis Ward, that golden opportunity came by way of a grandparent hard-pressed for time.
Ward was born in Tunica and graduated from what was then Tunica Institute of Learning, before moving to Houston.
In the summer of 1984, after the deaths of both grandparents just days apart, Ward and her family were really down. She remembers turning on the television in the weeks to come and distracting herself with the Olympics.
“I had never really watched the Olympics,” Ward claims, “but I watched Mary Lou Retton hit a perfect vault twice and fell in love with the sport.” Although she had never stepped foot on a gymnastic floor or strapped on a leotard, Ward began craving gymnastics like a starving man wants a steak.
Event offers forum for candidates
Day in and day out, law enforcement agencies across the nation fight the war on crime. On Aug. 1, the Tunica County Sheriff’s Department will bring to light their efforts and rally community support with a National Night Out Against Crime event at the G.W. Henderson Rec Center.
Neketta Dean of the Tunica County S.O. stresses that the event is open to everyone community wide. She reports that the night will include many fun and informative activities, as well as refreshments. It will take place from 5 to 9 p.m., and citizens are invited to drop in for all or part of the event.
Special friendship blossoms after loss of loved one
Friendship is something no one can predict. Some friendships are formed on the jungle gym in elementary school trying to see who can get to the top fastest, some are made in the classroom on the first day of college when no one knows what to expect, and some are made at the funeral home in your hardest hour.
That’s right, no one else expected it either. But for Katie Stroud, Scott Peoples, 35, of Memorial Funeral Home, was a blessing in disguise when she lost her mother in December of 2010.
Goodbye, Officer Warren
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