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PRST STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID CANTON, MS PERMIT NO. 3 Canton News P.O. Box 1163, Canton, MS 39046 ood News You Can Use • July 4, 2019 • Vol. 5, No. 7 • Canton, Mississippi 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 ! anton’s longtime fire chief enters retiremen Canton launches a new event this year on July 5, whetting ap- petites and boosting the regional appeal for the Fourth of July and Mississippi Championship Hot Air Balloon Fest weekend. An SCA-sanctioned steak cookoff on the historic Canton Square combines cooking sport with live music, beer, kids’ fun, hot air balloons, shopping and small-town charm, 6-9 p.m. on July 5. That puts it right in-be- tween the Celebrate America Balloon Glow in Ridgeland July 4 and the Mississippi Champion- ship Hot Air Balloon Fest events July 6 at the Canton Multipur- pose Center. “When you think Fourth of July, you think grilling outdoors,” says Canton Tourism executive direc- tor Jana Padgett. “In my mind, it’s got to work!” The aroma of sizzling meats and smoky goodness work their own magic. “If somebody’s grilling some- Special to The Canton News thing, I’m hungry already,” says Van Waites, event organizer. Anyone can enter, from backyard grill masters to catering pros and vie for cash prizes and bragging rights on steaks and wings. This is Canton’s first compe- tition sanctioned by the Tex- as-based Steak Cookoff Associ- ation, which is projected to hold more than 300 contests world- wide this year. An SCA represen- tative runs the steak cookoff, and the promoter provides the steaks, with a first-place payout of $1,000 for the steak cookoff win- ner and prizes up to fifth place. Event proceeds will benefit the nonprofit Southern Outdoors Un- limited and its mission to intro- duce children with disabilities to the outdoors. The new street party in Canton will celebrate all forms of out- door cooking. Barbecue aficiona- dos and more are expected, with tasty samples as they compete for the People’s Choice Award, de- termined by public voting. A $10 wristband buys the way for food sampling, one drink ticket and a vote. Food truck vendors will be ew Balloon Fest event offers a tasty additio Special to The Canton News The Mississippi Championship Hot Air Balloon Fest has activities scheduled July 4-6. Andrew Hughes joined the Canton Fire Department as a fireman in 1985. He had been approached about joining ten years prior, but he didn’t feel like it was right for him. When he eventually decided to become a fireman for job stability and to help sustain his family, they were behind his decision 100%. In the years to follow, Hughes climbed the ranks beginning with sergeant, and then lieu- tenant, captain, assistant chief, interim chief and then finally chief, a position he has held for the past thirteen years as of this past February. After more than three decades of service to the City of Canton, he decided that it’s time to retire and embark on the next chapter of his life. “Being a fireman has really been rewarding. It has taught me how to deal with different situations and has given me the ability to show care and concern for peo- ple while also having the reward of blessing them. Caring for oth- By Lori Lycette Photo by Lori Lycette Retiring Fire Chief Andrew Hughes cont. on page 2 cont. on page 4