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Drew woman charged in prison break, inmate still at large

By BY RECARDO THOMAS STAFF REPORTER,

Tenika Nicole Romero, 35, of Drew has been arrested in connection with Monday’s escape of two Parchman inmates who were discovered missing during the routine count of Unit 30 of the facility.
Romero was booked into the Sunflower County Jail Wednesday morning and charged with conspiracy to escape and her bond has been set at $50,000.

Stevens crowned Queen at IA

Photo by: Recardo Thomas
Indianola Academy’s Chassie Stevens was crowned Homecoming Queen last Friday night. Pictured above is last year’s Homecoming Queen, Hanna Morgan Stricklen completing the coronation by placing the crown on Stevens as her escort, Brad Stevens looks on. More on IA’s Homecoming on back page. 

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Students experience eclipse

Photo by: Bryan Davis
Indianola Academy student Taylor Reed views the rare solar eclipse on Monday outside of the school around one o’clock in the afternoon. Many students in Naomi Makamson’s science class were able to see the eclipse through glasses or homemade projectors made from cardboard boxes. 

South Sunflower County Hospital celebrates $9.5M expansion

By BY RECARDO THOMAS STAFF REPORTER,

South Sunflower County Hospital is making new history.
Last Friday, the community gathered on the grounds outside of the newly-renovated hospital to finally cut the ribbon on its $9.5 million renovation and expansion.
“This facility has come a long ways,” said hospital administrator Courtney Phillips.

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IA lends hand to Marines

The Indianola Academy football team and other volunteers from the school serve supper Tuesday in Itta Bena to Marines and other personnel who are helping investigate the fatal crash of a Marine Corps transport plane. Pictured are football players Thomas Putnam and Wesley Lester along with Corey Smith.

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