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The corn harvest piles up at Valley Park Elevator, in Valley Park. Most growers in Mississippi are reporting record or near-record yields on some 840,000 acres of corn. Yields for some irrigated corn in the Delta have topped 200 bushels per acre, surpassing the state’s previous record yield of 148 bushels per acre. Most of Mississippi’s crops have not been affected by drought, but many corn producers face higher transportation costs for their crop due to low levels on the Mississippi River. Valley Park Elevator is a member of Yazoo Valley Electric Power Association.

Going to Granny and Pawpa’s house helping Granny make tea cakes and fried chocolate pies,

Riding with Pawpa in the wagon and drinking from the spring when our throat got dry,

Helping Granny pick blackberries to make a homemade blackberry cobbler or pie,

Sitting in Dad’s lap and listening to stories of things that happened in years gone by,

Helping Mom chase a chicken all over the yard and watching her cut it up to fry,

Mom saying, come here child, this dress I sewed is ready for you to try,

Sitting on Dad’s knee and him saying, I love you, Sugarfoot, and it will be OK by and by.

I have lived in other states but always return to see “Old Glory” fly.
—Helen Shannon, Meridian


    I was not born in Mississippi. I moved down here from Chicago and Michigan in 1963. I have been in Mississippi now for 48 years. I love the South and all the people here. They are all so friendly [and] caring and will do anything to help you when you are in need. I also love the not-so-fast pace, like it is in big cities.
    Hurricane Katrina was a frightening experience for me, but the people made it easier with all their help and concern.
—Pauline Bass, Bassfield

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