2021 is in the review mirror ... and that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

The second year of the pandemic brought with it more sadness, but there was also plenty of positive news peppered throughout the 12 months as seen in the pages of the Daily Corinthian.

Here’s a sampling of the good, bad and ugly from 2021 ...

10,000 shots

With new variants delta and omicron, local Covid cases and deaths fluctuated throughout the year. March was not only the one-year anniversary of the first confirmed coronavirus case in the state, but it also marked the 10,000th vaccination shot given at Magnolia Regional Health Center. Gov. Tate Reeves praised the hospital for a “phenomenal job of getting shots in arms.”

To boost local vaccination numbers the city hosts several incentivized clinics in Corinth throughout the summer and fall.

Report card

Following the abrupt departure of one-year Alcorn School District Superintendent Bill Brand, the school board puts Alcorn Central High School Principal Brandon Quinn in an interim superintendent position. The district makes Quinn permanent in March. Brand is later indicted for falsifying school attendance records while employed for Alcorn schools.

In January, Corinth School District board members vote to add school resource officers on each campus. Due to employee shortages, the district had yet to hire officers as of December.

Corinth School District begins renovation at the former East Corinth Elementary School. The district’s new career and technical education center will be located on the campus.

Let’s eat

A longtime rumor grows legs in May when the city grants a zoning variance to popular fast-food restaurant Chick-fil-A. The eatery is quickly building at the busy corner of U.S. 72 and South Parkway.

Another fast-food restaurant, Checkers, and regional Mexican restaurant Mi Pueblo also begins building in the Crossroads city.

In March, lunch spot Lloyd’s Harper Road Cafe suffers extensive damage in a fire. Owner Lloyd Gann decides not to reopen.

Late in the year officials gather to celebrate Borroum Drug Store’s 156-years in business as a soda fountain and pharmacy on the court square.

Great minds

The Alliance begins building a 50,000 square foot spec industrial building on the former Wurlitzer site on Fulton Drive.

Tull Brothers makes a $2.1 million expansion to their glass and overhead door operations, creating 15 new jobs.

ACE Power unveils a Mississippi historical marker outside their Tate Street office. The marker highlights ACE becoming America’s first rural electric power cooperative over 87 years ago.

ACE also completes their fiber internet service buildout delivering the high-speed service option to all residents in Corinth and Alcorn County.

Government dish

The city decides to use American Rescue Plan Act funds to repair aged pipes under the heart of the downtown business district. The city also votes to create a new overlay district to help preserve the character of the residential area of downtown and moves forward to create a railroad quiet zone downtown.

Northern Transportation Commissioner John Caldwell in August announces a large-scale repaving project on U.S. 72.

Three-term Mayor Tommy Irwin and Police Chief Ralph Dance each confirm their intention to seek the Corinth mayoral position in 2022. Qualifying officially begins in April.

Improvements

The much-delayed Alcorn County Courthouse roof replacement begins in March. The work will replace 100-year-old wood on the historic structure built in 1918. Normally housed at the courthouse, the Alcorn County Circuit Court begins hosting court at remote locations around the county, including The Coliseum Theatre, the former Tad’s Pizza building and finally inside Farmington City Hall.

Several large oak trees on court square receive recommended removals by certified arborists. The trees are estimated to be 100 to 130 years old.

Crossroads Regional Park breaks ground on a slash pad addition set for the property on Droke Road. The tentative timeline calls for the splash pad to open next June.

First United Methodist Church holds its final service in its Fillmore Street sanctuary in October. The church moves to its new location in the former Christ United Methodist Church on Shiloh Road. Plans are to demolish the Fillmore structure and replace it with a green space.

Happiness

It was the year of the comeback for many community events including the Slugburger Festival and the Jacinto Fourth of July Festival. The Crossroads Arena also welcomed back big crowds at concerts and other events.

In November, father-son duo Kennth and Ken Williams run the 2021 Boston Marathon. It was Kenneth’s 20th race and Ken’s first.

Alcorn County’s first residential drug recovery home for men opens in December. The Freedom Center is the brainchild of Living Free Ministries’ founder Tommy Wilson.

Two local seniors – Corinth High School’s Frank Davis Jr. and Alcorn Central High School’s Ben Williams – are both accepted into the coveted West Point Military Academy.

Film screenings return to the historic Coliseum Theatre for the first time since 1977.

Not to forget

A winter storm the first week of February brings a historic snowfall. It results in empty store shelves, delayed services, canceled school classes and forces the governor to issue a State of Emergency.

An elderly Alcorn County woman is attacked by three dogs who escaped from their pen at a neighboring resident in October. 84-year-old Annie Ruth Strickland of Rienzi receives inquires when the attack happened in her yard. The Sheriff’s Department issues the dogs owner two citations. The dogs were taken to the animal shelter.

LINK, the healthy community initiative, who worked to create a safer, healthier community for youth, dispanded after 20 years.

Staff Writer

Zack Steen was first hired in 1999 as a junior in high school to work in the Daily Corinthian design department. After several years away, he returned in 2014 as staff writer. He's married to the love of his life Brandy and they have 5 wonderful fur-kids.

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