Saturday's Juke Joint Festival in Clarksdale had some Calhoun County Fair. Leo "Bud" Welch, above, and Andrew Bryant, a Pittsboro native, were among the many performers at various venues around the downtown area.
On February 20, Special Agent Lee Tartt, Lieutenant Trea G. Staples, Corporal Willard D. Holifield Jr., and Trooper First Class Deandre L. Dixon were called to the scene to help rescue a young child in danger. Special Agent Tartt was killed in the line of duty, and the other officers were injured.
Today, the Mississippi House of Representatives honored the memory of Special Agent Lee Tartt and recognized his family with House Concurrent Resolution 104. State Troopers Lieutenant Staples, Corporal Holifield and Trooper First Call Dixon were commended on their distinguished service with House Resolution 80. Members of the Mississippi Highway Patrol and Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics SWAT team members attended the event.
Pictured, from left, front, Rep. Deborah Dixon (D-Raymond), Rep. Greg Holloway (D-Hazlehurst), Rep. Kevin Horan (D-Grenada), Deborah Harbin Tartt, Trooper First Class Deandre Dixon, Lieutenant Trea Staples, Corporal Willard Holifield, Rep. Tom Miles (D-Forest) and former Colonel Donnell Berry.
Second row: third from left, Department of Public Safety Commissioner Albert Santa Cruz; far right, Rep. Jarvis Dortch (D-Raymond);
Third row, far right: Rep. Michael Evans (D-Preston)
Fourth row, far right: Rep. Jim Beckett (R-Bruce)
Bruce’s annual Day in the Park was held last Saturday with all the baseball and softball teams ages 4-14 participating. Ja’miyah Mathis was ready for her game and Ja’kavion Mathis was trying out the batting helmet. The fields were all filled with children as was Kids’ Korner playground, with a high school baseball game also underway. Photo by Celia Hillhouse
The Northwest Mississippi Community College football team was recognized for winning the 2015 NJCAA National Championship during the 18th Annual Tate County Economic Development Foundation Banquet on March 21 at the David M. Haraway Center. Northwest claimed its third national title in program history after a 66-13 triumph over 2nd-ranked Rochester Technical and Community College (RCTC) on Dec. 6 at Biloxi High School’s Indian Stadium. EDF board member Parke Pepper, right, congratulates former defensive coordinator and first-year head coach Benjy Parker (a native of Bruce), left, and NJCAA All-American quarterback Gardner Minshew, middle. Northwest will kick off the 2016 season on Thursday, Sept. 1 at Hinds.