Canton News

April 2, 2020 2 We are presently living in diffi- cult days and difficult times. The Coronavirus epidemic is a global threat to the health and well-being of all man- kind. This pandemic has caused us to rethink our behavior and to modify our socialization. The President of the United States, under the recommendation of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, has recommend- ed an assembly of no more than tenAmericans at a time. This virus spread is basically a consequence of human-to-human transmission, through coughing, sneezing and handshakes. Despite the fact there are no vac- cines at this time, social isolation and crowd mitigation appear to be the best therapy. It is in the best interest of the Church, its pastor and all its members to consider and take under advisement cre- ative ministry. Creative ministry is designed to offer alternative ways or methods of worship, with the core component being the absence of large gatherings. Sev- eral suggestions have been made. Graveside funerals with the attendance of just the family and funeral home visitation have been suggested. Some churches have decided to have virtual services through Facebook, pre-record- ings and other forms of social media outlets. This issue is extremely emotional and person- al. As the Mayor of the City of Canton, I am asking all pastors, churches and funeral home direc- tors, in their decision making, to consider the recommendation of the President of the United States. His recommendation is commen- surate with my recommenda- tion as a mayor and practicing physician. However, the Church has the final decision as to how it wishes to continue its funerals and its worship. By Guest Columnist Mayor William Truly, Jr., M.D. Word from Canton mayor Special to The Canton News Mayor William Truly m OZBORN SELF STORAGE, LLC Locally Owned & Operated Since 1985 • Fenced & Lighted 201 N. Hargon St. • Electronic Gate Access Canton, MS 39046 601-859-3433 • Security Cameras 6 a.m. - 6 p.m. ACCESS High speed internet with no contracts!! Plans starting at 49.99 per month with no overages!! WWW.NETSPEEDMS.COM 601-859-3433 The Canton Lions Club had anticipated this article to be a big thank you to all its support- ers and a report of the good times had at the National Guard Armory, on Friday night, March 20. Well, that was before the changes that the Coro- navirus brought into our lives. We Lions do thank you all who pur- chased tick- ets, bought advertisements and donated auction items to support Lions Club projects. This fun night has only been postponed until a later date, which will be announced as soon as the Coronavirus situation is stabilized. Hold onto your tickets, both din- ner tickets and Money Tree tick- ets, and all will be honored at the later date. However, if you would prefer to have your money back, on the tickets or the advertise- ment, contact the Lion who sold it to you for a full refund. Refunds on tickets will only be made on returned tick- ets, since we will honor these tickets at the later scheduled event. Mark Hopkins, President of the Can- ton Lions, announced last Wednesday that we would not meet again until April 15. Hopefully, things will be calm by then. Please follow us on Facebook at Canton Lions Club to stay updated and thank you again for always supporting the Canton Lions. Special to The Canton News Lions postpone fundraiser