Today's Top Stories

The Sunflower County Sheriff’s Department is investigating an apparent murder that took place in the early morning hours on Friday.

Investigators are running down leads in the death of 38 year-old Marzo Torres.

Indianola Promise Community is celebrating noticeable improvement in the number of students who are entering kindergarten ready for success.

Continuing on with their winning ways, the 8-1 Gentry High Rams basketball team begins a string of four consecutive road games this Saturday at Horn Lake High School.

Case cracked as pecan thieves come out of shell too soon

Lewis Johnson tells Santa he’s been a good boy this year and gives him his Christmas list, which includes a drone, during Santa’s visit to Downtown Furniture as part of Cocoa on the Bayou on Tuesday.

On Monday, the Sunflower County Board of Supervisors was informed of five new bridge closures plus one additional bridge on Kemp Road that had to be reclosed, because someone had tossed the barricades into a ditch.

Teen accused of stealing weapons from sheriff’s vehicle


A 14-year-old Sunflower boy is in hot water with county law enforcement after he allegedly took a shotgun and a .22 caliber handgun from Sheriff James Haywood’s vehicle
The sheriff’s truck was parked at his residence on Saturday morning, and according to Haywood, both weapons were recovered without incident.

County faces tough decision as school facilities fall further into decay


On rainy days, the grounds of Gentry High School flood, the roofs leak and the awnings over the walkways leak water on students as they enter the building.
Even on sunny days, the facilities around the Indianola portion of the Sunflower County Consolidated School District experience plumbing issues and broken HVAC systems.

Second mayoral forum to address economic development, infrastructure


The second of two mayoral forums featuring the three Democratic party candidates for Indianola’s mayoral post will be held next Thursday, Sept. 28 at the Sunflower County Courthouse.
The Sunflower County Branch No. 5333 of the NAACP is hosting the forum.
The organization hosted a forum at Gentry High School in early September.

Multiple candidates find campaign signs ripped up, vandalized


The 2017 Indianola municipal race has already begun to show indications of signage vandalism as candidates are claiming intentional damage to their political signs.
Some signage may have fallen victim to blustery weather and some improper installation, but others show definite signs of malicious intent.

Second Escapee Caught

Escaped inmate Ryan Young 22 was taken back into custody without incident on Wednesday after being on the run for at least three days.
Young, who was declared armed and dangerous, was caught east of Mound Bayou on Watson Road, just after 5 p.m., where he apparently ran from a house as authorities approached.