The news this week by CHS/ Merit Health and Coahoma County Supervisors that they have a lease may finally put to rest rumors and concerns that Northwest Mississippi Medical Center in Clarksdale will close.
Reading the Christmas editorials in old bound volumes of the Clarksdale Press Register is always an experience that makes us smile and one that also pulls at our heart.
Your Press Register has always been a mirror of our community and a sobering archive of what is going on in this city and county.
Christmas is more than toys and pretty lights and yes, there is much commercialism of this holiday. But the truth is, Christmas is the time of the year that many businesses make up to 40 percent of their sales. It is the time of year churches promote special giving to finance ministries.
We elect leaders to guide our community – city or county – every two years.
Their job is not an easy one and they are asked to make many tough decisions; decisions that can’t please everybody, decisions that affect our community for decades and decisions that cost them elections.
As most of us ponder what we will get or give for Christmas, we would like to ask our readers to step back and think about those doing without this holiday season.
There are many who have real needs in this community. There are always many who have been given a bad lick in life.
This is the time of year when people shop and this is also the time of year when community-oriented newspapers urge you to shop at home.
We all know the reason for shopping at home: When you spend money locally it strengthens the local economy.
But do you really know the numbers?
The City of Clarksdale voted recently to enter the state’s new program aimed a garnishing the state income tax refunds of those who have unpaid fines from a conviction in city court.
We think that was a fine idea -- no pun intended.
The system works.
While you may be dismayed by what politicians do once they get in office, we hope you never doubt the process that gets them there.
As downtowns in many small communities slowly dry up, we want to encourage people to look at our downtown area and recognize how fortunate Clarkdale is.
Bound by a railroad on the east and a river on the south, Clarksdale’s downtown is compact and clearly defined.