Area News

Bridge on Old Hwy. 24 to be closed temporarily for repairs

From Staff Reports Residents that use Old Hwy. 24 need to be aware of an upcoming road closure that could impact their normal commutes. Bridge repairs are slated to begin on the bridge over Indian Creek along Old Hwy. 24 (immediately West of Herndon Road) this Saturday when the contractor who will be performing the…

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Second person headed to prison for Neely burglaries

From Staff Reports A second person has been sentenced to state prison in connection to a series of 2017 burglaries in Neely. Robbie Diane Cox, 32, of George St., Petal, was sentenced last month in Greene County Circuit Court and will serve at least three years with the Mississippi Department of Corrections. Cox pled guilty…

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Local bail bondsman indicted for fraud, false pretense

From Staff Reports A State Line woman accustomed to getting others out of jail is facing legal troubles of her own stemming from her work as a bail bondsman. Sharon K. Tatum Bell, 55, of Tatum Estates, was arrested Friday afternoon by officers with the Greene County Sheriff’s Office and charged with two counts of…

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Neely Utilities ‘Boil Water Alert’

Customers using Neely Utilities for water service are under a precautionary ‘Boil Water Alert’ as of Monday, May 6. Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) said the earliest the alert will be lifted will be Wednesday, May 8. MSDH said Neely Utilities will notify customers when the alert is lifted. Customers affected should use caution…

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Area students named finalists for prestigious MCEF Award

Career and technical education standouts competes for state’s top honors Special to the Herald Three students at Greene County Vocational Technical Center are finalists for student of the year honors from the Mississippi Construction Education Foundation. Winners will be announced Friday, May 3, at the MCEF awards and graduation dinner in Pearl. Kelby Holder, Walker Byrd and Anthony…

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Shakedowns produce weapons, drugs, even deep fryers at SMCI, other prisons

From Staff Reports Surprise shakedowns at prison facilities across the state last week turned up quite a bit of illegal contraband, including a large number of weapons, drugs and paraphernalia and even an electric deep fryer, cooking oil and packaged venison at South Mississippi Correctional Institute outside Leakesville. Officials with the Mississippi Department of Corrections…

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MDOC working out issues with emergency notification system

From Staff Reports The new mass notification system being employed by the Mississippi Department of Corrections at the South Mississippi Correctional Institution (SMCI) still has a few kinks to work out, but state and local prison officials are saying they hope to have the issues fixed soon. A test of the system last Thursday worked…

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Police cruisers donated for school officers

By ANNETTE HARVISON Herald Staff The Greene County Sheriff’s Office has donated a 2008 Crown Victoria to the Greene County School District for use by the district’s resource officers. This additional car, which was transferred to the school system on Tuesday, gives the GCSD resource program two vehicles for use to travel between county schools…

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Piling on the accolades … Woullard named Tullos Scholar

GCHS Hall of Famer continues to shine on Jones College campus From Staff Reports Greene County High School Hall of Famer Jared Woullard is continuing to make a name for himself on and off campus in Ellisville. Woullard is among five Jones College sophomores who were selected for the highest honor bestowed upon students at…

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Leakesville officials publish revised ordinances

By RUSSELL TURNER Herald Editor As promised, officials with the Town of Leakesville are publishing revisions to two new ordinances and changes to a third after local residents cried foul, saying the new rules were overreaching and unfair. Town officials had approved the ordinances on March 5, tackling issues ranging from the demolition or alteration of…

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