Canton News

PRST STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID CANTON, MS PERMIT NO. 3 Canton News P.O. Box 1163, Canton, MS 39046 Good News You Can Use • September 5, 2019 • Vol. 5, No. 9 • Canton, Mississippi Little Free Library is now in Canton, Mississippi Nissan Canton and Habitat for Humanity MS Capital area re- cently completed the sixth Hab- itat home built in Canton and the twelfth built in the greater Jackson area. Christina Wilder is the new homeowner of the 2019 Nissan Habitat build. “This is an overwhelming ex- perience,” said Wilder. “I nev- er thought this day would ever come.” The Leake County native has a twelve-year old son, Car- mello, and is currently raising her four-year old nephew, Chrishone, after the passing of one of her brothers in 2016. Wilder said she’s doing all of this to make a better life for her prom- ising young son. She is a secretary at Porter Middle School in Canton and had been living with her par- ents in Thomastown. “I drive thirty miles a day here and thirty miles back home,” said Wilder, while the house was still under construction. “My son at- tends school here, the very school By Lori Lycette that I work at. He’s my inspiration. Having him, becoming his moth- er, my life drastically changed because I wanted to provide and show him that the streets are not for him.” Her drive is now five minutes each way. Construction on the four-bed- room, two bath home located on Richard Circle in Canton began in April and was completed in July. One hundred twenty Nissan Can- ton employees volunteered to work on this house and worked nearly 1,000 hours, to construct their sec- ond Habitat home on Richard Cir- cle. Wilder met every qualification required to be considered for a Habitat home and even surpassed the hours of “sweat equity” re- quired of every future homeowner. “Everyone knows that we build great cars, but we also try to build great communities,” said Nis- san Canton H. R. Director Rod- ney Francis. “Our employees live here. Our employees work here. Our employees raise their fami- lies here. So it’s important that we give back and that they want to be a part of this.” Habitat for Human- ity Mississippi Capital Area Exec- utive Director Merrill McKewen said the non-profit agency is hop- ing to branch out in the metro area. “After this, we don’t have any more property in the Canton area,” said McKewen. “So if anyone wants to help Habitat, we would love to have some property so that in two years, when they come back to build in Canton again we know that we have a safe decent affordable Habitat house.” “The relationship we have with Nissan allows us to work with wonderful individuals like Chris- tina. Watching the Nissan employ- ees and Christina work shoulder Special to The Canton News Pictured in front of their newly completed home (l to r) are: Bobby Wilder, Ms. Wilder’s brother; son Carmello Wilder; nephew Chrishone Wilder; and Christina Wilder, homeowner. In an effort to encourage litera- cy, Alternet Thurman’s children have brought the first Little Free Library to Canton. The library is located at her daughter, Dr. Andre Hines’ home located at 402 East Fulton, on the west side of the home, facing Adams Street. The children have placed a plaque on the side commemorating their mother. The ribbon was recently cut by Dr. Hines and Mayor Tru- ly. This library is in honor of Apos- tle Alternet Thurman, often re- ferred to as Mother Thurman, and her love and commit- ment to teach- ing children. She believed that given a chance, all children could learn. She was born Alternet Johnson just around the corner from the Little Library, on East Academy, and was a proud By Lori Lycette cont. on page 2 cont. on page 5 Dr. Hines and Mayor Truly cutting the ribbon. Photo by Lori Lycette Cantonian. She became an or- dained minister, received her bachelor’s de- gree in educa- tion and taught in the Canton school system. “It’s our hope that this Little Free Library will bring neigh- bors together and a whole lot more books to our community,” says Dr. Hines. “Already our Canton Library has proven to be a great partner to the Little Free Library. It has donat- ed many children’s books and has promised to be a regular donor.” “The Canton branch of the Mad- ison County Library System is excited about partnering with Al- ternet’s Little Free Library. And I hope that our partnership will en- courage children to visit and par- ticipate in activities at the Canton Library,” says the Canton Library Manager Christine Greenwood. Little Free Libraries are a global phenomenon. The small, front- Sixth Habitat home in Canton is complete 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 Welcome Fred's Customers' Your prescription ar now availabl a Mississipp Discoun Drug & M b ' Dru Stor . W wil bea or matc€ an pric - everyda !