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

Rapper inspired by local people, places

Jeremy Wheeler barely remembers a time when music wasn’t a part of his life. Today, that aspect seems firmly rooted as the performer has released a new video, and his popularity is surging.
Wheeler, who is known as rapper Ya-Boi Slicc,  has been taking to the stage in and around Tunica since seventh grade.
“I liked music. I liked beats, and I just started rapping,” Wheeler said simply.
Once his talent was revealed, there was no stopping him.
In the early days, he and his cousin recorded songs and played them on the bus to school. They also practiced and performed in local apartment complexes, pretty much whenever and wherever they got a chance.

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Citizens, schools join forces

The first in a series of planned community summits was hosted by Superintendent Steve Chandler and Tunica County School District personnel on Thursday, May 24, in Rosa Fort High School’s gymnasium.
Chandler officially opened the summit by reminding attendees, “Building global leaders takes a community.”
He then presented the District’s Teacher of the Year, Celeste Maugh. Maugh teaches at Dundee Elementary School. He also introduced Parent of the Year, Marsheila Holland, whose child attends Tunica Elementary.

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Cancer conquerors to be celebrated at capital

Join Baptist Cancer Services, a division of Baptist Medical Center in Jackson, Miss., on Sunday, June 3, from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. at the Old Capitol Inn for National Cancer Survivors Day.  
This free event honors the lives of those surviving and battling cancer. This year’s guest speaker will be cancer survivor Walter Redden and the guest emcee will be radiation oncologist Richard Friedman, MD.

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Suspect named in roadside killer case

Multiple law enforcement agencies converged at the Tunica County Sheriff’s Department on Friday, May 21, to announce an arrest in two linked shootings along roadways in North Mississippi. The suspect was taken into custody in Tunica County and is being held at the Tunica County jail.
James Willie, 28, was arrested for his alleged involvement in the deaths of Lori Carswell of Hernando and Thomas Schendler of Nebraska. Carswell , a local casino worker, was discovered along Highway 713 in Robinsonville at 2:17 a.m. on May 11. Three days earlier, Schendler was found along Interstate 55 in Panola County. He sustained fatal gun shot wounds.

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