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Early voting – It’s on!

Early voting – It’s on!

Anna Richardson walked assuredly, a smile on her face, clutching the documentation she received after voting for the first time in her life.

For Richardson, 52, her first voting experience was an early-voting journey. She was among those who cast ballots Wednesday morning at the Shelby County Office Building at 157 Poplar Ave. on the first day for early voting.

Early voting for the May 6th Shelby County Democratic and Republican Primary Elections runs through May 1st. Voting at satellite sites begins on April 25th. Until then, those who choose to weigh in early must take advantage of the Downtown opportunity.

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‘Land of upright people’ highlight Africa In April

‘Land of upright people’ highlight Africa In April

One of the city's most anticipated annual festivals marks the richness and diversity of African cultures, and this year's schedule of events will not disappoint, according to founder and executive director, David L. Acey Sr.

"The 2014 Africa in April Cultural Awareness Festival, slated for April 16-20, will honor the West African country of Burkina Faso, a beautiful, lush expanse of land sharing its border with six other nations," said Acey.

"Much of the nation's population boasts descent from the Mossi Warriors, who ruled over one of the most powerful empires in West Africa from the 11th century up to the 19th century."
Burkina is largely desert in the north region and rolling grasslands spotted with bushes in the central and southern regions, said Acey.

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  • Written by Dr. Sybill C. Mitchell
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Disheartened Southbrook Mall developers mull next move

Disheartened Southbrook Mall developers mull next move

The Southbrook Mall's future as part of a viable Whitehaven business community is still uncertain following the City Council's meeting on Tuesday (April 15th).

Cherry Davis, spokesperson for Southbrook Properties, the non-profit pushing the remodeling, termed the latest delay "disheartening" and said the development group would decide later what is the next step.

For more than two years, Southbrook Properties has sought $1.5 million in taxpayer funding to repair the mall's roof and for ventilation and infrastructure needs.

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  • Written by Tony Jones
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Scholarship program extends legacy of Fannie Cole Clark

Scholarship program extends legacy of Fannie Cole Clark

When the late Fannie Cole Clark was a child, she created her own classroom beneath a backyard tree and taught the neighborhood kids. Even at an early age, she held a deep passion for education.

Years later, she would fulfill her life's dream by becoming a Memphis City Schools educator, as well as an accomplished musician, recording artist, songwriter and founder of the Fannie Clark Singers and Tennessee Mass Choir. As a community activist, for more than 20 years, Clark welcomed candidates of all political affiliations to her home to speak to hundreds of citizens about their plans to improve Memphis and Shelby County.

To honor her work, family members, friends, and the community she loved have established the Fannie Cole Clark Scholarship for high school seniors. The scholarship program will be officially launched on May 16th at 7 p.m. at the inaugural Fannie Cole Clark Scholarship Banquet at Rejoice in the Covenant Church, 2931 Ridgeway Rd.

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To Kenya, with love!

To Kenya, with love!

The Second Annual Prayer Breakfast for Kenyan Kids was held Saturday morning (April 12) at the Salvation Army Kroc Center to support the orphans and vulnerable children in Kenya, Africa. It was a unique opportunity for those in attendance to make a monetary contribution to send care packages and supplies to the Kenyan children.

Proceeds from the breakfast will be used to support the Maua Methodist Hospital in rural Kenya and its outreach programs to the community, including AIDS orphans. Medications and medical supplies will be delivered to the hospital in July.

The prayer breakfast also was the setting of an art exchange exhibit between the children of Caldwell Guthrie Elementary School in North Memphis and the children at the ECD Clark School in Maua, Kenya. More than 100 supporters attended the breakfast and exhibit.

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Wharton unveils ‘difficult choices’ budget proposal

Wharton unveils ‘difficult choices’ budget proposal

Saying he took no pleasure in the sacrifices City employees and retirees are being asked to make, Mayor A C Wharton Jr. on Tuesday presented the Memphis City Council with a 2015 fiscal year budget that he said reflects difficult choices.

According to Wharton, the budget proposal represents difficult choices his administration had to make to avoid raising taxes, while making strategic investments in core neighborhoods, securing the City's financial future, and protecting the pension system.

The proposed 2015 fiscal year operating budget is $596 million. That's an $18 million decrease from fiscal year 2014. The proposed CIP Budget for fiscal year 2015 is $83 million.

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‘My baby wants to see’

‘My baby wants to see’

If you were asked to define Retinoschisis – or pronounce it for that matter – most likely you'd be stumped. That's what happened to Gino and Alicia L. Hall when Dr. Steven Charles, founder and CEO of the renowned Charles Retina Institute in Memphis, diagnosed their son, Gino LaVon Hall Jr., with Juvenile X-Linked Retinoschisis.

Retinoschisis is a blinding, hereditary disease that affects males – about 5,000 to 25,000 of them worldwide – and causes progressive loss of central and peripheral vision due to a split of the retina or retinal degeneration.

Gino Jr. has suffered from it since his mother first noticed a problem with his left eye when he was 16 months old. Now he's 10 years old and blind in one eye. Dr. Charles is monitoring the other eye to make sure it doesn't degenerate.

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