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The Tunica Times • P.O. Box 308/986 Magnolia Street, Tunica, MS 38676

‘Friendliest Resident’ was beloved in Tunica

Cornelius  Henry (Neil) Block of Tunica, Mississippi, died Sunday, March 27, 2016, at age 97.  Son of Josephine Brigham and Cornelius Henry Block, Mr. Block was a lifetime resident of Tunica County and a graduate of Tunica County High School.  He attended the University of Mississippi.  He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving his country in New Guinea and the Philippines in World War II.  In 1946 he married Evelyn Hood and began his farming career in Tunica.

Mr. Block loved the Lord and was an active member of Tunica Presbyterian Church his entire life.  He served as Elder, Trustee, Treasurer, Sunday School Superintendent, and Sunday School teacher.  He was also well known and beloved by the children of the church for his friendliness and peppermint candy.

He was voted the “Friendliest Person in Town” by the Tunica Times poll for the last nineteen years, and is in fact, the only person to hold that distinction.  He was also honored by induction into the Tunica Sons and Daughters, Tunica County’s Hall of Fame.''

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A salute to Vietnam veterans

Vietnam era veterans look on as the Air Force Jr. ROTC unit from Rosa Fort High School conducts a flag ceremony during the Vietnam Veterans Salute on Tuesday, March 29, at the G.. Henderson Rec Center.

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Student journalist finds her inspiration in business classroom

Stephanie Calhoun is a mother of one male child. She is from Tunica, Mississippi.  From the past until now, Stephanie has had an encourager in her life, which is her mother.  Stephanie keeps herself up by ignoring adverse responses and disincentives.  She is also a modern Rosa Fort High School teacher.

Stephanie has not taught in any other schools.  She has been at Rosa Fort High for four years and counting.  Stephanie’s devotion is to teach. When I asked why, she said, “I feel I am making a difference and giving people opportunities to make one.”  Stephanie intended to be a teacher at Rosa Fort High, because it was in the city where she grew up.  She also said, “It was always my backup plan.”  She teaches Business Law, Accounting, Personal Finance, and Communication in Business.

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Small farms sprout in Delta

A group of retired educators, veterans, students, university employees, and farm service workers from Tunica, Quitman, and Coahoma counties have been gathering together for a few years at workshops, farm tours, and conferences to plant a new yet somewhat familiar industry in the Delta:  sustainable farming.

With small and limited resources, these new crop of farmers are learning practices and techniques to increase their ability to use family farm land to add revenue to the local economy.

“There is one lady who is certified with 1/100 of an acre,” said Marilyn Williams.

Williams, a member of the Mississippi Delta Council for Farm Workers Opportunities, Inc., said she has learned a lot about farming in the last few years through the help of her fellow farming colleagues.  Williams is the owner of Tunica County’s first hoop house, which is a greenhouse heated by the sun, cooled by the wind, and usually made of a combination of plastic, metal, and/or wood.

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