Our Staff



CLAY McFERRIN, editor/publisher

Clay McFerrin, editor and publisher of The Sun-Sentinel, is a native of Charleston and has had the privilege of working for his hometown newspaper since December 1982, when he was hired as a part-time reporter by then owner John O. Emmerich Jr.  A graduate of Charleston High School and Northwest Mississippi Junior College, Clay was named editor and general manager in October 1986.  Shortly after the sudden death of Mr. Emmerich in 1995, Clay was named editor and publisher by new owner Wyatt Emmerich, son of John Emmerich. Clay is a past member of the Mississippi Press Association Board of Directors, Mississippi Press Services Board of Directors and Mississippi Press Association Education Foundation Board of Directors. He is married to Krista McFerrin and they have two children, Brandon and Kelsey.



KRISTA McFERRIN, office manager


Krista McFerrin, office manager of The Sun-Sentinel, is a native of Coffeeville, Miss., and has lived in Tallahatchie County since her August 1987 marriage to Clay McFerrin. In February 1988, then Sun-Sentinel owner John O. Emmerich Jr. hired her to fill a vacancy at the newspaper and to assist in getting out the weekly publication.  As an employee here ever since, Krista, an award-winning graphic design artist, also oversees advertising sales, manages the newspaper’s circulation efforts and fulfills many other responsibilities. She is an active member of the Charleston Arts and Revitalization Effort and is a former member of the Strider Academy Board of Directors and former longtime board member and treasurer for the East Tallahatchie Unit of the American Cancer Society. She and Clay are the proud parents of two, Brandon and Kelsey.



LUCY M. BOYD, receptionist

Lucy M. Boyd, receptionist at The Sun-Sentinel, is a native of Tallahatchie County.  She was the first president of the Tallahatchie County Branch of the NAACP, a position she held for 22 years. She is a lifetime member of the Charleston Arts and Revitalization Effort — Lucy was a 2014 recipient of CARE's "Living Legends" award for her contributions to the community — and has served in numerous capacities for many organizations, including Delta Hills Educational Association, Neighborhood Youth Corps, Mid-State Opportunity Inc., and the Batesville Job Corps.  She has authored a weekly column in The Sun-Sentinel for more than 30 years. Lucy initially selected “Black Perspective” as the title for her column, but in recent years, after feeling motivated by a Higher Power, she asked that it be changed to “The Christian Chronicle.”  Lucy joined the staff of The Sun-Sentinel in February 1994 and has endeared herself to many people in the intervening years.