Focus on the Children will hold an appreciation banquet for Eugene Ward with the publication of his new book, The Principal of the Matter. The banquet will be held at The Yazoo Community Complex on May 25 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 a plate. Guest speaker will also include Hermand Bennette Jr., a local poet and writer. Special guest will also include Alderman Aubry Brent Jr. For more information or to purchase tickets, call Johnny Staples at 571-5731. Pictured from left are Bennette, Ward and Staples.