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Local paramedic jailed on new charges

From Staff Reports The shocking story of a Greene County paramedic accused of being a serial rapist grew darker last week after his arrest on five new counts of predatory sexual crimes, including two involving young girls. James Lavelle Walley, 55, of Leakesville, was arrested Dec. 23, while reportedly shopping at a store in Leakesville.…

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UPDATE

Update on local violent crimes The Perry County Sheriff’s Office has made six arrests connected to the recent string of violent crimes in the area. Charges for the six arrested include possession of a stolen firearm, hindering prosecution and gang activity. These crimes have put several communities in three counties on edge during the Christmas…

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Suspected gas blast destroys home

First responders, fire officials say it is a miracle no lives were lost Investigators still trying to determine exact cause of blast that sent one to hospital with severe burns By RUSSELL TURNER Herald Staff State and local officials continue to investigate the source of an explosion and fire that completely destroyed a local home and…

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Weather dampens, but doesn’t ruin historical celebrations in Leakesville

From Staff Reports Greene County residents were celebrating the holiday season last weekend with activities and events around the county. State Line and McLain held their Christmas parades Saturday, and Leakesville was busy with the 155th anniversary of the Battle of McLeod’s Mill reenactment, the first annual Chickasawhay Historic Fest and the Greene County Museum…

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GCHS names new head football coach

Cats find new leader among their midst in Rotch Dungan Aycock to remain as defensive cooridinator, assistant head coach and A.D. By RUSSELL TURNER Herald Staff The search for a new head football coach at Greene County High School ended Tuesday with the promotion of offensive coordinator Rotch Dungan to lead the program. GCHS Principal Scott…

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Hammonds honored for SkillsUSA National Championship

Special to the Herald SkillsUSA 2019 Gold Medalists and Jones College sophomores Preston Hammonds of Leakesville, C.J. Hood of Ellisville and Lakelin Smith of Lucedale received Championship Rings during the career and technical organization’s last meeting of the year recently. The three CAD-engineering technology students won first place at State competition in April 2018, and…

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Historically speaking … Leakesville set to host Chickasawhay Historic Fest and reenactment of Civil War’s Battle of McLeod’s Mill

By ANNETTE HARVISON Herald Staff The 5th Annual Battle of McLeod’s Mill Civil War Reenactment will take place this weekend with much of the action taking place in downtown Leakesville alongside festivities planned for the first-ever Chickasawhay Historic Fest. The Main Street Leakesville Organization (MSLO) Promotions and Preservation committees have come together to combine these two…

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Local man charged locally and in Alabama over ATV theft

From Staff Reports A Greene County man is facing charges locally and in Alabama for the alleged theft of his brother’s side-by-side ATV. Joe Leonard ‘Joey’ Jarvis III, 41, was arrested by Greene County deputies Monday in George County and charged with burglary of a dwelling. Jarvis is being charged with breaking into the residence…

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G.C. Circuit court wraps up Nov. term with sentencings

From Staff Reports The November term of Greene County Circuit Court ended recently with multiple judgements handed down by judges. Jessica Renee Emery, 29, of Moss Point, had probation revoked and was ordered to serve the remainder of a 10-year sentence for an Apr. 2012 conviction of burglary of a dwelling. Ronald Michael Harrell, 39,…

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