Cap your summer reading by browsing through the bright, glossy pages of the newest issue of Leflore Illustrated.
The quarterly magazine is now out and is included in copies of the weekend edition of the Commonwealth mailed to home-delivery subscribers. Additional copies are available at the Commonwealth, the Greenwood-Leflore County Chamber of Commerce, the Greenwood Convention and Visitors Bureau and other locations around town.
The cover of the summer issue features a familiar facade — Lusco’s. The restaurant, which opened in 1933 and is located at 722 Carrollton Ave., is a longtime Greenwood institution and will soon close its doors. Inside the magazine, a feature story looks back at the 45 years of hard work and devotion of fourth-generation owners Andy and Karen Pinkston, and a couple of Greenwood residents share their memories of the famous restaurant.
On the river — either the Yazoo, Tallahatchie or Yalobusha — is the place to be during the summer months. This issue shines a spotlight on the area’s waterways.
A favorite summer activity of many in the Greenwood area is water sports, such as rafting, boating, jet skiing, water skiing and wakeboarding.
Water skier Graydon McCool, a 2019 Pillow Academy grad and Mississippi State junior, says, “It’s always fun on the river.”
Then, there is Riverside Baptist Church, which is more than a century old. The church, which is located in Money, has faced challenges, but with a solid foundation, its leaders are committed to continuing its ministry.
The rivers also contain some relics from the past, such as the Civil Wars ships that still remain in their watery graves.
The issue’s featured home has an eye-catching yard that looks like a summertime oasis. In Carroll County, BB and Charlotte Gilmer’s yard has evolved over the years to include a breathtaking garden, a kitchen and dining spaces, and several furnished gazebos.
A heartwarming story that can be found in the magazine is about the Wiltshire family and its journey to adoption. Amanda and Troy Wiltshire of Carrollton officially welcomed their youngest daughter to their family after 1,258 days in the foster care system.
The issue also highlights two Greenwood poets, Kyla Cole and Jaylin Smith, both 21, and their literary craft of spoken-word poetry.
Cole and Smith turn their feelings into words and perform their works at events, such as For the Culture open-mic nights.
Summertime is margarita season, and food columnist Lee Ann Flemming serves up a recipe for margarita punch.
Just Ask a Kid features 8-year-old Henry Hargett, who shares his knowledge about sports.
The magazine is bookended with columns. One is by Commonwealth Editor and Publisher Tim Kalich, who writes about planting more crape myrtles in his yard, despite a well-known Mississippi horticulturist’s prediction that the beloved plant is doomed. The Back Page column is by Angela Curry, executive director of the Greenwood-Leflore-Carroll Economic Development Foundation. Curry writes that her team is “ready and optimistic about what the future holds for our community post-pandemic.”
The magazine includes four photo pages of events — Greenwood Gravel Grind, Delta Streets Academy Charity Weekend, and Mississippi Valley State and area high school graduations.
- Contact Ruthie Robison at 581-7235 or firstname.lastname@example.org.