Extreme heat, drought usher in summer
The first day of summer–Monday, June 21–wasn’t farmer friendly, according to Nolen Canon of Tunica County.
Many Delta planters are already pulling out polypipe and cranking up overhead sprinklers, adding early expense to their bottom line.
“No crop likes this heat,” said Extension Agent Anthony Bland, who was heading out to the fields to check conditions on the longest day of the year.
“The heat is definitely taking a toll,” Bland continued. “We’re seeing corn that’s burning up.”
From the ground up
Rates on tap for hearing
With water wells now pumping an average of 16 hours a day, officials for the town of Tunica are putting the next step in the people’s hands. The Mayor and Board of Alderman will host a public hearing on town water and sewer services on Thursday, June 17.
During the hearing, officials will seek input from the public on proposed changes to residential and commercial water and sewer rates. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. in the board room at town hall.
In previous meetings, the board has discussed tailoring rates in line with what the Tunica County Utility District charges. Rates range from $10 to $12 for residential water and sewer services. Commercial customers may pay between $12 and $300 for water and sewer.
Coker to serve as 2010 Relay For Life chair
A chairman has been named, a committee formed and a date selected for Tunica’s 2010 Relay For Life event to benefit the American Cancer Society.
Meg Coker, editor of The Tunica Times, is serving as this year’s chairman. Her committee met last week and confirmed Friday, August 27 as the Relay date.
Coker, 29, was a member of the 2009 Relay For Life committee. She is a graduate of Delta State University, with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Coker has been employed at The Times off and on since she was 15 years old. Promoted to editor in 2004, Coker has won a number of awards for writing and editing. She is married and has two children.
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