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Yearly Archives: 2012

Leland Medical Clinic Opens Newly Renovated Facilities

LELAND, Miss. – With healthcare resources in rural areas of the state meager at best, Dianne Burchfield worried for a time whether residents in her community would have access to even the most basic services. “I’ve been here all my life, going to doctors in Leland, and I hoped I’d be able to keep doing
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Student Success Stories in Indianola

  INDIANOLA, Miss. – A cardiologist, an anesthesiologist and a neo-natal nurse practitioner. Future leaders in the field of medicine and current leaders in high school, thanks in part to the Indianola Promise Community (IPC). Reneesha Johnson, Zhaquavez Petty and Kiara Wilson will graduate in May with honors from Indianola’s Gentry High School, bound for
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First Ever Delta Youth Council Convention a Success

ITTA BENA, Miss. – Kayla Stewart pondered the question before answering. What, she was asked, is the best part of living in the Mississippi Delta? “I love the vibes. There are great, positive vibes here,” said Stewart, a 15-year-old freshman from Cleveland High School. “People don’t understand that growing up in the Delta is not
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A First for Young People in the Delta

The challenges for young people in the Mississippi Delta can’t be compared to those of any other region of the state. Their lives and experiences are as unique as the wide expanses of flat farmland that stretches for hundreds of miles. And yet, all teenagers, regardless of locale, share many of the same goals and
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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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