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The Bolton News welcomes Bolton Native Shirley Burns to its staff

The Bolton News is pleased to welcome a new writer and contributor to its team: Mrs. Shirley Burns of Bolton, Mississippi.



Shirley Burns was born and raised in Bolton. She is a graduate of Sumner Hill High School and has a masters degree from JSU. She taught third and fourth grade elementary students for many years and served as president of the Clinton Teachers Association. After retiring from the Clinton Public Schools in 1987, she founded a successful daycare center for children, from which she retired in 2000.


She and her husband of 62 years (who is a native of Bolton, as well), live in the house they built near their church, St. Thomas Baptist Church. The couple has four children and eight grandchildren.


"My church work is my life," says Burns. "My children ask, 'Why don't you kick back and relax?' but I like to stay busy." She currently teaches Sunday School and serves as Education Director at St. Thomas. Roles she filled in the past include Director of Ministry for Women, Trustee and others. She also serves as Dean with the Hinds County Congress and as director of public relations for the Hinds County Ministerial Alliance.


She is excited about the opportunity to serve as a correspondent, writer and researcher for The Bolton News, with much of her focus being on area churches, town government and needs of the community.