Mrs. Annie "Johnnie" Howard Province, age 88, passed away Friday, June 26, 2020 at Quitman County Health and Rehab in Marks. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 from 1 p.m. until service time beginning 2 p.m. in The Chapel of Kimbro Funeral Home in Marks. Interment to follow in Belen Cemetery.
Mississippi House of Representatives passed HB 1783, or, The Mississippi Back to Business Liability Assurance Act today.
This bill essentially provides legal immunity to businesses amid COVID-19 from what could be deemed frivolous lawsuits.
L.C. Moore, 54, of Clarksdale died June 23, 2020 at his residence.
Memorial services are 11 a.m. Thursday, July 2, 2020 at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in Friars Point with the Rev. Joe Sawyer officiating.
Woolf Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Commissioner Brandon Presley announced Thursday that Mississippi legislators passed the Mississippi Electric Cooperatives Broadband COVID-19 Act. This legislation will establish a $75 million grant program for the immediate deployment of fiber broadband infrastructure in unserved areas.
This newspaper is hesitant to casually hang the moniker of hero on anyone and very careful about putting it on something as broad and impersonal as a field of employment. There are people who do their job poorly in all professions.
While COVID-19 is still out there, Mississippi is reporting single digit fatality numbers again and Coahoma County has only had six new cases in a week.
The Clarksdale Board of Mayor and Commissioner will consider making people in the public wear masks at it regular board meeting Monday.
Cora Lee Slaughter, 90, of Clarksdale died June 6, 2020 at her residence.
Public viewing is 2 to 5 p.m. June 11, 2020 at Hornburger-Byas Funeral Home. Graveside Services will be held at noon June 12, 2020 at Heavenly Rest Cemetery with Pastor Freddie DeShazer presiding.
Arrangements are entrusted Hornburger-Byas Funeral Home.
U.S. Senators Roger Wicker, R-Miss., and Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss., today announced the award of $71,460,000 from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to ) to construct 15.6 miles of the Greenville Bypass Freight Corridor.
The Clarksdale Police Department is investigating two shootings over the weekend, one on Pecan Street and another at the Southern Inn, with three people injured in these incidents.
Clarksdale reported two men shot in the chest last weekend and reports of shots fired in Clarksdale are being called in routinely to police.
Coahoma County saw no new cases of COVID-19 reported Monday and it was the first time the local number has not increased since the first case was reported March 18.
The county currently has 38 confirmed cases of the disease and one fatality attributed to the disease on April 4.
Police are trained to make split second decisions.
Cpl. L.J. Peters made the right decision Sunday morning and a 2-year-old is probably alive because his quick action.
A call came into the Clarksdale Police Department about 10 a.m. Sunday that a 2-year-old boy had been shot in the torso at 520 McKinley Street.
A higher than normal COVID-19 infection count and easy accessibility to Memphis, Arkansas and the heart of the Mississippi Delta are reasons Coahoma County was chosen as one of the state’s first two mobile testing sites last week.
Twenty-five Coahoma County residents took advantage of the mobile testing site for the coronavirus in the parking lot of the Expo Center throughout the day on Friday, March 27. The Mississippi State Department of Health and the University of Mississippi Medical Center organized the testing.“(Clarksdale) was chosen due to a high number of cases and more accessibility for testing,” said Liz Sharlot, Communication Director for MSDH.
Sharlot would not speculate on why the local case count was higher other than to say the disease is new and the state health department continues to learn more about the disease every day.
Clarksdale is the first major community south of the Memphis Metroplex and does have access to a bridge over the Mississippi River. Clarksdale is the northern gateway to the Mississippi Delta.
Locals who felt they had been exposed to the disease were ushered into tents by medical personnel in full bio-hazard suits. The potential patients were then screened for where they had been, how they felt and medical history. Samples were collected by doctors and vans stood by to carry anyone needing advanced healthcare to local hospitals.
According to Marc Rolph, executive director of communications for UMMC, the results of the tests were not available on Friday. It will take several days to determine whether or not those tested had the coronavirus.
As of Tuesday morning, there were 21 reported COVID-19 cases in Coahoma County and no deaths. There were 937 cases in Mississippi and 20 deaths.
There was also a testing site at Lewisburg High School in Olive Branch on the same day.
Rolph reported 85 Desoto County residents took the coronavirus test on Friday.
“Not only is it a bigger, more densely populated area, but they’ve got a pretty strong number of cases already,” Rolph said.
There are 84 reported COVID-19 cases reported in Desoto County and one death as of Tuesday morning.
Olive Branch is also approximately 30 minutes from Memphis, which is in Shelby County. There were 405 reported cases of the coronavirus in Shelby County as of Tuesday morning.
Testing for the coronavirus in Mississippi is not finished.
“I think there’s some talk about other similar operations happening next week, but I just think it’s too early to disclose any location,” Rolph said.
Vicksburg and Greenwood were the site of mobile testing facilities on Tuesday, a massive testing facility was slated to open in Meridian today and a fourth testing location was scheduled for Natchez on Thursday.
Rolph said while healthcare professionals will handle the sick, he said the public could help by following a few simple rules:
“Stay home,” Rolph said. “If you don’t have to leave your house, don’t.
“Social distancing is important,” he added. “If you don’t have to be in any groups, don’t.”
Rolph said social distancing is just as important in every community, whether it has a smaller population like Coahoma County or is a big city.
Sharlot urged anyone who thinks they have been exposed to coronavirus to get tested.
“They should call their healthcare provider immediately; do not just show up,” said Sharlot.
She also said the MSHD website -- https://msdh.ms.gov/ -- is packed with information about the disease, prevention and general information.
EDITOR'S NOTE: See daily coronavirus case count and Mississippi State Department of Health updates at noon each day.
Nina Chicouras Zachary, 88, of West Helena, Ark., passed away on Jan. 27, 2020, due to natural causes after a brief illness.
Walmart has not closed and shoppers continue to come in seeking -- well, toilet paper.
"We are open and we have items on the shelf," said Walmart manager Sam Conner. "We get trucks everyday and stock it when we get it."
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Your Clarksdale Press Register had a story in last week’s paper about proper flu hygiene and how people need to take care of themselves and prepare for this illness.
Molly Jane Tolar Franks, 67, passed away Monday, Nov. 4, 2019 in Clarksdale. Born on Aug. 3, 1952 in Clarksdale, she was the daughter of the late Sam V. Tolar, Sr. and Bernice Rowland Tolar.
Mrs. Franks graduated from Clarksdale High School and Delta State College. She served in the Army for six years, achieving the rank of Captain.
Jimmy Lee Davis, 51, died Dec. 6, 2019 on Highway 49. He was born Oct. 19, 1968.
Funeral services are 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019 at Clarksdale Civic Auditorium. Burial is at McLaurin Cemetery. Visitation is 1 to 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, 2019 at Century Funeral Home.
Century Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
St. Elizabeth School recently announced its honor roll for the third nine-week grading period.
Pastor’s List (All A’s) honors went to sixth-grader Rachel Thornton, fourth-graders Cooper Flowers and Harris Stonestreet, and third-grader Lucy Beth Anthony.
St. Elizabeth School recently announced its honor roll for the first nine week grading period.
Pastor’s List (All A’s) honors went to sixth-grader Rachel Thornton, fourth-graders Cooper Flowers, Colton Dixon, Harris Stonestreet and Kayln Matthews, and third-graders Lucy Beth Anthony and Callie Jo Griffin.