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Latino movie producer opens theaters in rural, poor areas

For nearly 10 years, residents in a California farming community have had to drive nearly 40 miles (64 kilometers) to see the latest film, a rare trip for some in a place where a third of the population lives in poverty. That all changed in May when Moctesuma Esparza, a Latino movie producer, opened his latest Maya Cinemas theater in ...

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Fate of Po’ Monkey’s hinges on settlement of estate

By JACK WEATHERLY There are two questions about a historic Delta juke house: 1.) Can Po’ Monkey’s work without Po’ Monkey? 2.) Can the house be moved from the cotton field where it sprang up in the rich soil and culture of the Delta? Willie Seaberry, aka Po’ Monkey, died July 14, 2016. He had a life estate at the ...

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Infrastructure repairs cause strain on Greenville budget

Leaders of a Mississippi city are trying to cut costs to improve a budget that has been hit hard by water and sewer system repairs. Greenville Mayor Errick D. Simmons told the Delta Democrat-Times that any city employee who wants to make a purchase must get approval from him. He said emergency items will be approved, but elected officials are trying to ...

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Historic Mississippi building will likely be torn down

A historic Mississippi building has been deemed unrepairable and will likely be torn down. The Greenwood Commonwealth reported Tuesday that the Midway Hotel in downtown Greenwood will likely be demolished. Mayor Carolyn McAdams says a structural engineer reported that another historic structure has deteriorated but could be salvaged. The buildings fall under an ordinance requiring their owners to preserve them ...

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Mississippi tributary called nation’s most endangered river

An environmental organization identified a tributary of the Mississippi River on Tuesday as the nation’s most endangered river of 2018 after a retiring senator revived a decades-old flood drainage plan.A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plan to curb flooding in Mississippi’s delta region threatens the Big Sunflower River and 200,000 acres (80,938 hectares) of surrounding wetlands, American Rivers said.The project ...

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Day trip to the Delta

By NASH NUNNERY Travel through the heart of the Mississippi Delta and one thing becomes fairly obvious. Hint: It’s not that the terrain is flat as a dime or that there are millions of acres devoted solely to agriculture. People wave. Be it on a lonely stretch of narrow two-lane ribbon or across the street in a town, everybody waves. ...

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Chawlas apply for $6 million rebate on luxury hotel in Cleveland

By JACK WEATHERLY Brothers Suresh and Dinesh Chawla have applied for a tax rebate from the state that would account for nearly a third of the $20 million luxury hotel they are building in Cleveland. The brothers, who own 17 hotels in the Delta, applied for the tourism rebate on Dec. 28 to defray costs on the Scion West End ...

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Mississippi to reopen Delta prison to hold release violators

Mississippi’s prison system announced Friday that it will reopen the Delta Correctional Facility in Greenwood this spring, mostly to house people who violate the terms of their probation or parole.Corrections Commissioner Pelicia Hall says the department will consolidate what it calls technical violation centers, which are supposed to provide a low level of sanctions for a parolee, who, for example, ...

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Tiny town in Mississippi Delta is almost broke, mayor says

A tiny town in the Mississippi Delta has a stack of bills and not enough money to pay them. Tchula (CHEW-lah) Mayor General Vann tells the Greenwood Commonwealththat the town of 2,100 residents had only about $7,000 in the bank this month. He says Tchula owes the IRS more than $54,000 for employees’ taxes. It owes the state about $68,000 for ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — On being a Mississippi tourist at the Grammy Museum

My wife and I became Mississippi tourists on a recent Monday holiday and motored to the Delta town of Cleveland to check out the Mississippi Grammy Museum. We had been meaning to go since its opening in March of 2016. It is, after all, a national attraction in our own backyard. We were not disappointed, but what happened on the ...

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