A final salute to ‘Coach’
The community will come together tomorrow (Saturday) to honor and remember longtime high school basketball coach Gerone Kirkland, who died Sunday, August 23.
Visitation and viewing will start at 10 a.m. in the Rosa Fort High School gym, with services at 11 a.m. Burial will be at Forest Hill Cemetery on Holmes Road in Memphis.
Kirkland, 73, coached boys’ basketball teams here and at H.W. Byers in Holly Springs and Central High in Coffeeville. His coaching career spanned 40 years, where he tallied 818 wins in over 1,200 games, until his retirement in 2006.
Run-off sends Leflore, Williams to November ballot
In a run-off vote Tuesday, Democratic primary voters sent the top two vote getters from the first primary into the November general election.
Incumbent Phillis Williams survived a challenge by Evada Bullock in Supervisor District 3, with the unofficial count being Williams with 334 votes to Bullock’s 276.
The run-off drew nearly as many voters – 610 – as the first primary vote, where a three-way race gave no candidate over 50 percent of the total. On August 4, Williams had garnered 266 votes; Bullock, 224; and the third candidate, Maverick Harris, 144. Harris’s votes appear to have split evenly between Williams and Bullock in the run-off, with Bullock picking up 52 votes and Williams, 68. Williams now faces Independent candidate Keith F. Willis on November 3.
New hangar underway
Local program helps young mothers get on track
Becoming a mother for the first time can be a big responsibility filled with lots of questions, especially for teenage girls still completing high school. One local group recognized this need 26 years ago and created a project to address it that is still assisting young moms-to-be today in Tunica County.
Project: Good Mother is a 15-week program providing education to pregnant teens, ages 13 to 19, in Tunica County twice annually. The program focuses on pregnancy, infant care and early childhood. Program co-directors Sister Nancy Hubeny and Barbara Foster added that they encourage the participants to develop a healthy relationship with someone before having another child and to complete their education.
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