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Arrows Will Fly Next Week At North State Tourney In Coffeeville

By David Howell

COFFEEVILLE – The arrows will be flying next Tuesday and Wednesday, April 1 and 2, in the Multi-purpose building as more than a thousand students from across north Mississippi will compete in the North State Tournament. The competition is part of the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks (MDWFP) Archery in Mississippi (AIMS) program.
    Archery is the fastest growing sport in the school system in Mississippi with nearly 40,000 students participating in the program in 2013.  AIMS is designed to introduce 4th-12th graders to the sport of archery during their Physical Education class or a school team sport.  The program promotes international style target archery as part of the in-school curriculum to improve educational performance and participation in shooting sports.
 Yalobusha County Economic Development and Tourism Director Bob Tyler  said a “gang of volunteers” working half-day shifts during the two-day event will assist, along with manpower from the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks (MDWFP) and MWFP Foundation.
    Tyler said first aid will be provided by Yalobusha General Hospital with both a first-aid station and an ambulance stationed at the event; concessions, which will be provided by the county’s 4-H shooting club; and  janitorial services will be provided by the MDWFP while the county will supply the actual janitorial supplies.
    Security and parking will also be coordinated by MDWFP game wardens assisted by local deputies.
     Tyler told the Herald a few volunteers are still needed.
    “We need help with parking,” Tyler explained. To volunteer, call Tyler at 473-8899.

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