Business News for the Mississippi Delta

Lusco’s to Open in Taylor 

Long-Time Greenwood Establishment to Begin New Chapter By Becky Gillette Lusco’s in Greenwood is one of the oldest restaurants in Mississippi continuously owned and operated by the same family. Lusco’s has been around in Greenwood for more than 100 years, starting out as a grocery store that served food in 1921 before moving to 722 […]

Fifty Years of Delta Ag Expo 

Bringing Farmers, Specialists and Vendors Together By Mark H. Stowers In the early 1970s, the late Bolivar County Agricultural Extension Agent Leroy Thomas had an idea. He wanted to bring farmers and extension specialists along with ag vendors all under one roof for a couple of days. That idea became the Delta Ag Expo held […]

Scott Waller

Mississippi Economic Council, Securing Mississippi’s Future By Becky Gillette  •  Photography by Greg Campbell Scott Waller, IOM, president & CEO of the Mississippi Economic Council (MEC), the State Chamber of Commerce, grew up in the small town of Shubuta with a population of less than 500 in the southern portion of Clarke County. Shubuta’s Main […]

Committed to Excellence

By Dr. Tyrone Jackson Go Trojans!  We use this phrase a lot here at Mississippi Delta Community College.  Beyond success on the field, it reminds us that every day is a chance to do something posi-tive to make our college a little stronger on behalf of our students and our communities.  As we enter into […]

Nevin Sledge

A Life Well-Lived By Jack Criss  •  Photography by Holly Tharp According to the latest Census Bureau statistics, there are about 90,000 centenarians in the United States, an increase from around 72,000 centenarians in 2014 and 50,000 in 2000, according to additional numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  One centenarian, currently lives […]

Brad Robison

A Career of Forward Thinking, Service To Community By Jack Criss • Photography By austin Britt As CEO of the Tallahatchie Valley Electric Power Association in Batesville, Brad Robison has established himself as a leader on issues affecting, not only his local coverage area, but also across the state, region and nation. And now, with […]

Delta Business Women Thrive

Owners and/or Co-Owners Learned to Adapt in the Midst of the Pandemic By Becky Gillette  The Mississippi Delta not only has some of the most fertile soils in the world, but it is also a rich environment for women in business and agriculture who contribute in many ways to the successes of their individual towns. […]

Will Hooker

Putting His Heart and Soul Into Making His County and the Delta a Better Place By Becky Gillette • Photography by Holly Tharp Will Hooker considers it a highlight of his career to be elected Bolivar County Tax Assessor and Collector. Before that, in 2008 he traded a high-level job in the private sector to […]

Karen Matthews

Improving Delta Health and Education By Becky Gillette • Photography by Johnny Jennings  The coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) has taken a devastating toll on the people of the Mississippi Delta. One of the most heartbreaking aspects of the pandemic is how it impacts those with underlying health issues more than healthy folks, says Karen Comer Matthews, […]

Bill Bynum

A Career and Life Centered Around Hope By Jack Criss  •  Photography by Greg Campbell  Bill Bynum has done a lot of good in his career. As CEO of HOPE (Hope Enterprise Corporation, Hope Credit Union and Hope Policy Institute) based in Jackson, MS, Bynum and his team, as stated on the organization’s website, “provides […]