How Mississippi and Emmett Till shaped the March on Washington

As many across the nation remain in shock and disbelief at the recent verdict in the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, his case has become hauntingly reminiscent of another black teenager gunned down nearly 60 years ago, where his accusers also went forth free.

The murder of Emmett Till is just as relevant today as it was in 1955 when his death not only sparked an avalanche of public outrage and fear across the south. But it also gave courage and determination to the weary and downtrodden – now wiling to die for equal rights. […]


State’s first West Nile Virus death reported in Montgomery County

The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) reports the first West Nile virus death for 2013, along with two new human cases. The death was in Montgomery County – in Duck Hill – and the new reported cases are in Forrest and Wayne counties.

Tuesday’s report brings the state total for 2013 to six cases, including one death. This time last year there were no reported deaths from WNV in Mississippi.
So far this year, cases have been reported in Madison, Forrest (2), Wayne, Lowndes and Montgomery counties. The MSDH only reports laboratory-confirmed cases to the public. […]

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Woman found shot to death in Duck Hill home

Residents of Duck Hill were shaken Friday night when a young woman was found shot to death in her home in the 700 block of Melissa Circle. Shayla Miers, 23, was pronounced dead at the scene by Montgomery County Assistant Coroner James Wagner.

Montgomery County Sheriff Jerry “Bubba” Nix said Miers had been shot multiple times.

Nix said the Miers’ mother made the grim discovery.

“Her mother came in the house and found her around 6:30 on the living room floor,” he said.

Nix said Miers lived in the home with her parents and her 5-year-old daughter. […]


The restoration of the historic Immanuel Church in Winona

Although many of its original members are long gone, the bells of the Immanuel Church in Montgomery County still ring at least once a month. Situated on the corner of Fairground and Summit Streets in the heart of Winona, Immanuel stands as a monument to a rich and prominent past.

And with the acquisition of grant funds totaling more than $300,000, supporters of the historical structure are determined to keep it that way.

Erected in 1909, Immanuel Church – formerly Immanuel Episcopal Church – replaced an earlier wood frame structure that was built in 1876 by Major and Mrs. Frank Hawkins. The original church was located on Summit Street nearer to the downtown area and had a large chancel window depicting the ascension of Jesus into heaven. That same stained glass window now adorns the center of the rear wall of the present building which was constructed and donated to the Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi by Captain and Mrs. James C. Purnell. […]