Tyrus Khalil McCraney, 0, of Robinsonville died July 10, 2020 at Northwest Regional Medical Center in Clarksdale. Graveside service is 11 a.m. July 18, 2020 at Heavenly Rest Cemetery with Pastor Glenn Newson presiding. Arrangements are entrusted to Hornburger-Byas Funeral Home.
Quilting is always about culture and preserving it for generations to come.
The community can learn to quilt at the Tutwiler Community Education Center, 304 Hancock
Street in Tutwiler this summer, with classes being offered Tuesday and Wednesday from 4 to 6 p.m.
Juanita Carroll Flemmons, age 89, passed away June 28, 2020 in Hemphill, Texas. She was born January 21, 1931 to Leslie Burns Carroll and Ganetie Switzer Carrroll in Cleveland. She spent most of her life in Mississippi and was a Jehovah’s Witness.
Tens of thousands of yellow and orange cosmos, bask in the Mississippi Delta sunshine on the banks of the Sunflower River in Martin Luther King Park this week. The flowers were planted this spring and have provided the perfect place for senior pictures, family picnics and for couples just looking for a pretty vista and a quiet moment. Contractor Tommy Walton said his crew was busy Tuesday building a walking trail in the park and added the flowers should be in full bloom over the next two weeks.
Trakedreya Jones, 21 of Friars Point died July 11, 2020 in Memphis, Tenn.
Public viewing is 2 to 5 p.m. July 17, 2020 at Hornburger-Byas Funeral Home.
Funeral Service is 1 p.m. July 18, 2020 at Mt. Ary church in Friars Point with Pastor Nicholas Artis presiding.
It’s summertime and burglaries – especially auto burglaries – are the crime of the season as crooks and juveniles look for easy opportunities to steal.
Police ask that you please lock your doors, park in lighted areas and anyone who sees someone suspicious lurking around vehicles to please call police and they will respond.
The Care Station and Mid-South Food Bank held its third massive mobile food pantry food distribution at the Expo Center on Tuesday.
And they were chosen for the distribution of more than 27,000 pounds of food because Clarksdale does this well.
L.C. Moore, 54, of Clarksdale died June 23, 2020 at his residence.
Memorial services are 11 a.m. Thursday, July 2, at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in Friars Point with the Rev. Joe Sawyer officiating.
Woolf Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Allen Lee Shaffer, II, 40, an Audio Technician, died Sunday, June 14, 2020 at Greenwood Leflore Hospital. Visitation is 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday, June 18, 2020 at Meredith Nowell Funeral Home in Clarksdale. Funeral services are 11 a.m. Thursday, June 18, 2020 at Meredith Nowell Funeral Home in Clarksdale.
Pearlie Mae Fair, 79, born Aug. 16, 1940, died at Desoto Nursing Home in Southaven Jan. 16, 2020.
Funeral services are noon Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020 at Century Funeral Home Chapel in Clarksdale. Burial is at McLaurin Cemetery in Lyon. Visitation is noon to 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, 2020.
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.
Willie Wayne Davis Bolen was also known as “Silly Willie” by her late husband Jack Bolen and had changed her name to Betty Sue in 1955. She was the daughter of the late Alliene and Ira Wilson and the late Eddie Davis who passed away when she was a young child.
Students from St. Elizabeth Catholic School are participating in a “backpack project” to help feed needy children who would otherwise have to go hungry all weekend.
This is the third year of the project and Immaculate Conception and St. Elizabeth Catholic churches partnered to make it happen.
The Coahoma County Board of Supervisors managed to make a deal to keep the Northwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center open, but there is still plenty of work to be done.
Local doctors throughout the county expressed those very sentiments.
Derlene Davis Patterson passed away peacefully on Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020, at the age of 89. She was cared for by Caris Hospice at NHC in Columbia, S.C., as her Alzheimer’s advanced. A Visitation will be held from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Friday, April 17, 2020 at Meredith-Nowell Funeral Home in Clarksdale. Graveside services are at 10 a.m.