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 • January 2, 2020 • Vol. 6, No. 1 • 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 After the Piggly Wiggly (affec- tionately called “The Pig”) on East Academy Street had been closed and empty for most of 2019, its doors have finally reopened with new ownership, a much-needed interior renovation and many of the same faces that have served the Canton community for years. Marty Rhoden, who was origi- nally from Jacksonville, Florida, moved to Ridgeland with his fam- ily at the age of eight. He attended Madison Ridgeland High School and the University of Southern Mississippi. After college, he moved to Or- lando, Florida, and started Mar- ty’s Drywall Service. He ran a very successful business for the past thirty years, until recently deciding to move back home to By Lori Lycette Mississippi. Robert Graves, Rhoden’s best friend since their teenage years, had super- vised eight of the previ- ous owners’ Piggly Wig- gly stores for the past thir- ty years. He suggested to his friend that he should get into the gro- cery business, starting with reopening the empty store at the corner of East Acade- my and South Fulton Streets, just south of the Historic Canton Square. Rhoden moved back and did just that. “Robert is the brains of the op- eration…He buys the food, man- ages orders, gets certifica- tions and does anything else needed around here,” said Rhoden. John McK- ay and Rich- ard Dunn are co-managers of the new Piggly Wiggly. McK- ay had been manager of the store for thir- ty-six years and knows most ev- eryone in the community. Dunn is a Canton native and worked at that Piggly Wiggly for over ten years. “I believe we’re the only store in town that supplies custom cut certified Angus beef,” said Rho- den. “Our butcher, Michael Fran- cis, is one of the best assets at this store. He is a service-oriented guy who will cut any cut of meat on site. Everyone in the community knows him. He has had a loyal following for many years.” Rhoden added, “Customer ser- vice is our main focus. Anybody can sell groceries. The customer is our main focus and will always be our main focus. The customer is the most important part of our job. We will not be successful with an unhappy customer.” He also said they offer personal ser- vice, such as bagging the grocer- ies and taking them to the car, and they will always do that. Canton Piggly Wiggly reopens under new ownership Photo by Lori Lycette Piggly Wiggly owner Marty Rhoden Special to The Canton News Retired teacher and librarian Mrs. Modestine M. McCloud has recently completed fifty years of service to the Canton Public School District (CPSD). The Nichols Middle School Media Center will be renamed and dedicated in her honor, at 5 p.m. on January 14, 2020, at Nichols Middle School. All are welcome to join. CPSD retiree is honored Movie premieres in Canton The Madison County Library Sys- tem (MCLS) recently partnered with Canton Tourism, the Missis- sippi Film Office and the Missis- sippi Library Commission to bring Christmas in Mississippi , a Life- time movie which was filmed in Gulfport and produced by Daniel Lewis, to Canton. Ninety-five peo- ple watched it on the big screen in the Historic Courthouse Special to The Canton News Special to The Canton News MCLS Director Tonja Johnson cont. on page 15 cont. on page 2