Good News You Can Use PRST STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID CANTON, MS PERMIT NO. 3 Canton News P.O. Box 1163, Canton, MS 39046 • April 4, 2019 • Vol. 5, No. 4 • Canton, Mississippi The Canton Spirituals were recently honored with a Life- time Achievement Award at the 2019 Governor’s Arts Awards ceremony, which was held at the Old Capitol Building in downtown Jackson, Mississip- pi. The gospel singing group was founded in Canton in 1943 by Harvey Lee Watkins, Sr., and together they pioneered an urban sound which blends R & B and the blues with gospel. They have two gold-certified records to their credit and have either received a nomination or won most major music industry awards, including GRAMMY Awards, Stellar Gospel Music Awards, Dove Awards and Soul Train Music Awards. In 1994, Second Street in Can- ton was renamed Harvey Wat- kins, Sr., Street in his honor. Lat- er that year, Mr. Watkins passed away, but his son, Harvey Lee Watkins, Jr., has continued to front the group that is still per- Special to The Canton News forming and is considered one of the nation’s most popular and influential gospel groups. Other current members include Merlin Lucious, William Voss, Rodrick Jones, Paul Porter and Shannon Lee. The Governor’s Arts Awards is an annual ceremony that recog- nizes individuals and organiza- tions that have made noteworthy contributions to the arts in the state of Mississippi. Schools, businesses, organizations, arts initiatives and events are eligi- ble to receive Governor’s Arts Awards, in addition to individ- ual artists and supporters of the arts. Notable past recipients in- clude John Grisham, B. B. King, Thalia Mara, the Craftsman’s Guild of Mississippi and Mala- co Records. Award winners are nominated by members of the public and selected by a jury of community arts leaders and industry peers. Recipients are not required to be Mississippi residents, but they must have significant ties to the state through some years of res- idency. The Governor’s Arts Awards program signifies the important relationship between govern- ment and the arts. The arts com- bine vision and creativity while enriching society’s cultural horizons. Established in 1988, the Governor’s Arts Awards rec- ognize those who have made noteworthy contributions to, or achieved artistic excellence Madison County Library to launch new Bookmobile The Library Foundation of Mad- ison County received a $10,000 donation from Atmos Energy towards the library’s bookmo- bile. Ashley Day, Linda Waters, Linda Collins, and Robert Lesley came from Atmos to give Tonja Johnson, Director of the Madison County Library System, the check that will be utilized towards the bookmobile. Patrons and busi- nesses alike may make donations at any of the five branches of the Madison County Library System Special to The Canton News Canton Spirituals earn Governor’s Arts Award Cont. on page 8 Cont. on page 3 Special to The Canton News Participating in the Governor’s Arts Awards (l to r) were, front row: First Lady Deborah Bryant; Reverend Andrew Cheairs; Governor Phil Bryant; and Harvey Watkins, Jr.; and back row: Merlin Lucious; William Voss; Rodrick Jones; Paul Porter; Shannon Lee; Steve Edds, MAC Board Chair; and Senator John Horhn. Special to The Canton News Pictured (l to r) are: Linda Waters, Manager of Public Affairs; Ashley Day, Executive As- sistant; Wendy Collins, Senior Financial Analyst; Tonja Johnson, Madison County Library System Director; and Robert Lesley, Director of Public Affairs. or by contacting Jacqueline Berry at Par’ Excelon Marketing Group at 601-709-3744. Atmos Energy is committed to investing in the communities that they serve, and they place a high priority on projects that focus on education and young individuals. The bookmobile project is expect- ed to help all of Madison County, especially underserved commu- nities that don’t have access to a traditional library. Atmos officials say they are very happy to con- tribute to this effort, to inspire 8:30-6:00 M-F 8:30-12:30 Sat Stace Cauthe Sander & Bil M b 1301 East Peace Street, Canton 39046 601-859-4212 LOCAL HOMETOWN SERVICE Chec ou our complet lin of CBD product . Cream , drop an capsule for patient wit pai , depressio an other condition !