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July 16, 2024

Delta Council’s 89th Meeting

June 9 event was held on the campus 

of Delta State University

By Jack Criss, The Bolivar Bullet

Dignitaries, government officials and many members of the public attended the 89th Delta Council Meeting at Delta State University’s Bologna Performing Arts Center (BPAC) on June 9.

Keynote speaker, Governor Tate Reeves, touted the recent economic gains the state has made and later, on a Facebook post about his speech, wrote “It was my honor to speak at the Delta Council’s annual meeting this morning…No place, in any state, outpunches its population weight in shaping the American spirit more that the Mississippi Delta does.”

Kamiyah Warner, a graduate of Central Holmes Christian School in Lexington, was selected by higher education officials in the region as a recipient of a $2,500 scholarship as the top Delta honor graduate in a special ceremony to kick off the meeting off at 9 a.m. 

As a special presentation of the Delta 1000, a presentation was given by Richard Cowart, Chair of the Baker-Donelson law firm’s Health Law/Government Relations and Public Policy Department, entitled “Health Care In The Delta” The Business Case,” at 9:15 a.m in BPAC’s McPherson Recital Hall. Cowart’s talk focused on an overview of the proposed Delta Regional Health Authority and demonstrated why such an organization would be advantageous to state and local officials.

A breakout business session was then held at 10:30 a.m. followed by the traditional catfish luncheon on the DSU Quadrangle. 

The Delta Council was founded in Stoneville in 1935 as a non-profit organization to address issues such as flood control, transportation, ag policy and other issue that affect the region.