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Yearly Archives: 2012

Students Learn to Garden

GREENVILLE, Miss. – Visitors to the newly dedicated garden at Trigg Elementary School shouldn’t be surprised if their tour guides are a group of fifth graders talking in near unison as they point with pride to their handiwork. “Once our vegetables and fruits have grown, we can use them to make healthy meals and snacks,”
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The Promise of College

INDIANOLA, Miss. — With a hint of trepidation in her voice, Terron Thomas confessed she’s not yet prepared for “the real world.” “And I know that once you leave high school, it’s the real world and you have to be ready for it,” said Terron, 18, a senior at Indianola’s Gentry High School. “This class
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Summer Camps in Indianola

Indianola Fire Chief Eugene Snipes wants kids in his community to understand that life, like fighting fires, often means trusting your abilities when you can’t see the obstacles that lie ahead. “In a burning structure you can’t see what’s in front of you; there are noises coming from everywhere and you have to avoid the
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Making a Difference in The Diabetes Belt

By Dr. Jeanne Armstrong The Mississippi Delta, a region in the American South along the Mississippi River, faces higher rates of diabetes than the rest of the United States. In fact, the Center for Disease Control has identified the area as part of “The Diabetes Belt,” where 11.7% of people have been diagnosed with diabetes,
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Community Gardens by Monsanto in the Mississippi Delta

SHAW, Miss. — Omarion Blakes looked at the beds of fresh dirt and talked with excitement about the spring to come. “When it’s all done, I hope everybody sees how hard we’ve worked and stops to take a picture,” said Omarion, 12. “I’m proud of it already and I can’t wait to see how it
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Diabetes success story in the Delta

Ethel Kimber still sneaks a not-so-healthy snack every now and then. A few months ago that could’ve spelled trouble for the 82-year-old diabetic. “It was high,” she said of her blood sugar levels back in November. “But now I’m feeling a lot better. I give a whole lot of credit to the Leland Medical Clinic.
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New Nurse Practitioners at Leland Medical Clinic

LELAND, Miss. — When Deniece McAdory brought her skills as a nurse practitioner to the Leland Medical Clinic, she had one message for the patients who look to her for care. “I told them that there’s a new sheriff in town,” said McAdory. “I’m trying to re-wire these patients so they know that education is
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A Community Mural in Indianola

When Anna Oswalt passes by the city swimming pool and sees the words “Greeting. Indianola, Mississippi” painted large on one wall of the pool house, she smiles. “It tells me that this is my community,” said the 17-year-old high school senior. “It reminds me of who we are; our identity and our history.” Anna, who
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Becoming Barbers in Indianola

For longtime barber Bryant Smith, hair is a renewable resource that can provide a future for Indianola’s young people. “It can provide these kids with more than a job. It can teach them to be entrepreneurs and business owners. It can build self-esteem and confidence,” said Smith. “It’s a profession that’s been very good to
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Help for the Homeless in Indianola

Collaboration, cooperation and teamwork have always been a hallmark of the Indianola Promise Community, so when IPC wanted to be more active in assisting Sunflower County’s homeless population, they found a partner just across the county line. “We’re working with the Bolivar County Community Action Agency and its Rapid Re-Housing Program to find housing for
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