Every community has its own special flavor, culture and activities that set it apart from the rest of the world.
Those of you who have grown up here may not realize how unique Clarksdale is and some of the things that make it so different from other places on Earth.
They are things like that dark good earth that makes up Delta soil, the grand old buildings downtown, the intersection of Highway 61 and 49, barbecue, Lebanese food, fried catfish, the Mississippi River and Blues music, to name just a few.
Most of these things were here before most of us got here and will be here after most of us are gone.
Each and every one of them brings something special to this community.
As a newspaperman I have always looked around and tried to find those things that people do best. They make great news stories.
The same holds true for towns and what they offer the community and the world.
You hold in your hand our 2021 Best Of Clarksdale edition. We hope you will take a look at the businesses, restaurant and professional service winners in this product.
No, the poll is not scientific, but we think it does give a pretty good indication of who is doing it right, who treats their customers well and who is giving their very best.
Look at the list
I hope you take the time to look at every name on our list.
They are people you go to church with, your children have grown up with their children and you do business with them on a regular basis.
In these days of COVID-19 they are also the ones hurting most and doing the best they can.
I celebrate two years in Clarkdale this week and have gotten to know a number of these establishments and the people who run them.
You know these people better than I do. I'm proud you picked them as your choice of the best in their field.
As the corporate world creeps deeper and deeper into this community, I am glad there are still local people who give nothing less than their best to their job, their community and to us every day.
Being in the newspaper business I often write things that make people think I am less than the best.
Some of it is business and industry news. A lot of it is the political wrangling’s of our schools, city hall and county government. Sometimes it is as simple as a name miss-spelled or some grandchild's photo left out of the paper. It takes a long time to get back on those folk’s good side.
I grew up in the U.S. Air Force and learned quickly some stations are better than others. I’ve been pleasantly pleased with Clarksdale: our industrial base is growing, the city is promising infrastructure improvements, there is Delta culture, good cuisine and this music called the Blues.
Sara and I moved to Clarksdale 24 short months ago. As is the custom in small towns, people held us at arm's length until they got to know us. Then they wrapped those arms around us.
Thank you Clarksdale, you really are the best!
Floyd Ingram is the Editor of the best hometown newspaper, in the best community in this state. Call him at 662-624-1012 if you want to make them better!