Area News

Mississippi regional jail hit hard by coronavirus outbreak

LUCEDALE (AP) — More than half of all inmates at a regional jail in south Mississippi have tested positive for the new coronavirus, a warden said Thursday. George County Regional Correctional Facility in Lucedale has the largest COVID-19 outbreak at any prison or jail in the state, according to the Mississippi Department of Corrections. The warden…

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New county employee policy put in place during contentious meeting regarding Covid-19 closure of county tax office

By RUSSELL TURNER Herald Editor Two county employees tested positive for the coronavirus last week prompting a temporary closure of the Greene County Tax Assessor / Collector’s office and forcing county supervisors to set a new employee policy for dealing with Covid-19 issues. The tax assessor’s office was shuttered last week after two employees tested positive…

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School board sets policy for return to school

Policy addresses masks, bus rules and more for in-person classes and guidelines for those choosing distance learning By ANNETTE HARVISON Herald Staff It is official. The 2020-2021 school year will get underway in Greene County public schools on Thursday, Aug. 6 as planned. However, educators, students and parents will have to deal with numerous changes and…

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Group holds Unity rally

From Staff Reports A group of roughly 30 local residents and a few visitors gathered in Leakesville Saturday afternoon for a Unity March in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and to draw attention to racial injustice they believe continues to be prevalent throughout the country. The ‘Unity In Our Community’ march was organized…

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Murder charge filed in weekend shooting death

From Staff Reports A shooting in the Sand Hill community over the weekend left one 22-year-old man dead and a second in jail facing a murder charge. Andrade Irving, 22, of Ovett, was killed Saturday evening at a residence on Lovewell Road. According to Sheriff Stanley McLeod, Irving was shot one time in the neck…

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County sees big jump in Covid cases, mostly due to outbreak in local nursing home facility

  From Staff Reports The Mississippi Department of Health (MSDH) on Thursday identified Leakesville Rehabilitation and Nursing Center as the Greene County nursing home with a major outbreak of Covid-19 cases. MSDH, which first began identifying longterm care facilities with coronavirus cases with the release of names of facilities on Thursday, reported that Leakesville Rehab…

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Fulmer family turns setback into ministry

Molly’s Hands of Hope meant to bring comfort to those facing crisis alone By RUSSELL TURNER Herald Editor __________ In just a few short months, the Covid-19 pandemic has turned the world on its ear. Many families across our state and country have dealt with the tragic loss of a loved one due to the virus.…

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