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Former paramedic pleads guilty to sexual assaults of women in ambulance and fondling of two children

Lavelle Walley will face potential life sentence when sentenced in June From Staff and Associated Press Reports A once well-respected emergency medical provider and Greene County resident continued his fall from grace earlier this week with admissions in court to sexually-charged crimes against two young girls and multiple women under his medical care. Longtime Leakesville…

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Alcohol raid at Wild Country event brings questions, draws ire of officials

From Staff Reports A local businesswoman was cited by Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) officers on Saturday at Wild Country Off Road for allegedly selling alcohol without a permit. Tianey Lee Welford, 53, of Irvin Turner Sr. Road, Leakesville, was cited for misdemeanor possession of alcoholic beverages with the intent to resale without an ABC permit.…

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County junior high school students show off at state Beta convention

From Staff Reports Several Greene County junior high school students recently participated in the state junior and elementary Beta convention, and many of them have qualified to participate in the national Beta convention in June in Nashville, Tenn. Students from Leakesville Junior High School, Sand Hill School and McLain Attendance Center have been preparing for…

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UPDATED: Weather Service confirms McLain storm as EF-2 tornado

From Staff Report The National Weather Service has confirmed that a tornado was responsible for the storm damage suffered in the McLain area on Wednesday night. The announcement, which came early Friday morning, confirms what residents who experienced the storm’s wrath firsthand and the public safety officials who have been documenting the damage already believed.…

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CEMCO draws big crowd, rave reviews at ribbon cutting

By RUSSELL TURNER Herald Editor Since opening for business, Cutting Edge Meat Company in Leakesville has been covered up with livestock from area producers. On Friday, the sparkling new meat processing plant was covered up with state and local elected officials, area business leaders and other friends and neighbors who were on hand to celebrate CEMCO’s…

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DeBar gets standing ovation in senate chamber after passing teacher pay bill

By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS Associated Press JACKSON (AP) — Mississippi senators acted quickly Wednesday to unanimously pass a teacher pay raise bill, sending it back to the House for possible debate within the next three weeks. The vote came a day after the Senate Education and Appropriations committees approved a version of the bill, which would…

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Red Flag Warning issued as wildfire risks are high across Mississippi

From Staff Reports Local public safety officials are pleading with county property owners to heed the Red Flag Warnings issued by the National Weather Service (NWS) and avoid outdoor fires, such as control burns, over the next several days. The NWS issues a Red Flag Warning when warm temperatures combine with very low humidity and…

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