Canton News

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 • June 4, 2020 • Vol. 6, No. 6 • Canton, Mississippi Photo by Lori Lycette Madison Countians Allied Against Poverty, most commonly known as MadCAAP, is an organi- zation that partners with individu- als, churches, businesses and civic groups to meet the varying needs of those in the community who are hungry and thirsty, in need of clothing and safer homes, as well as those who are lonely and in need of emotional support. Thirty-five years ago, Sister Grace Mary McGuire was con- cerned about the poverty that she saw in rural Madison County. Mc- Guire then gathered several local residents, and they developed a plan to meet the two most imme- diate needs: education and deplor- able housing. MadCAAP was then formed by a board of directors in 1985. Oliv- ia Harrell, who still serves on the By Lori Lycette board, was one of the founding members. Karen Robison became the ex- ecutive director of MadCAAP in 2006. Robison said, “In the beginning, the key elements of MadCAAP’s foundation were helping repair hazardous conditions in the homes and providing basic adult educa- tion. “Throughout the years, they add- ed a clothing and household needs closet, a food pantry, a homebuild- ing program and a community garden. Today, all these programs remain, with the exception of the homebuilding program,” Robison added. MadCAAP continues to offer ba- sic home repairs for families in need, as well as wheelchair ramp construction. Each year, they av- erage sixty-five home repairs in- cluding new wheelchair ramps. MadCAAP reaches thirty-five years of helping others cont. on page 3 Nancy Grogan was a passion- ate historian who loved to collect old things, including abandoned log cabins originally built in the 1800s. Grogan’s first “project” was a very old and dilapidated cabin that she discovered on Georgia Pacific Corporation land, about two miles east of the land that she and her husband Bill already owned on Davis Crossing Road, which is about five miles north of town. “My family bought this prop- erty in the 1970s, and we used it as a weekend getaway from our home in Northeast Jackson,” said their son Nolen. “We came up By Lori Lycette Tilda Bogue Farm is a glimpse into MS history square-notched oak logs, built in the 1830s, believed to be erected in 1835. It had been updated in the 1850s to Greek Revival detailing, popular with prosperous planters of the era. A complete restoration of the cabin began in February 1981. Bill and Nancy carefully select- ed authentic materials to be used in all additions to the cabin and made sure that all the contempo- rary light fixtures and most of the modern facilities in the kitchen were concealed so as not to com- promise the antique feel of the home. “She was a biologist before we moved to the farm. All her knowl- Within the New Attitudes Educa- tional Program, classes are offered to assist men and women with children on topics such as parent- ing, physical and mental health issues, nutrition, healthy cooking, budgeting, literacy and domestic violence. Clients who participate in the classes can work towards pro- viding new school uniforms and supplies for their children, as well as Christmas gifts during the holi- days. A minimum of twelve hours per session is required for this benefit. “The education program has Photo by Lori Lycette A current photo of Tilda Bogue every chance we got to work the property, cut firewood and ride three-wheelers.” Nancy Grogan requested the cabin from Georgia Pacific, and permission was granted to move the dilapidated structure from the property. The painstaking process of moving the cabin two miles down the country road took eight hours. The cabin was a two-pen enclosed-run dogtrot house made from fourteen inch hand-hewn, cont. on page 5 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 Mosby's is once again excited to serve you inside our store. Please visit us during our normal hours. For your convenience, our Drive Thru and curbside pick up options are available to you. Please call ahead for faster service, 601-859-4212. Mosby’s Drug Store is NOW OPEN W ar her t servic your medicatio nee