Area News

Voter turnout very low for Tues. primaries

From Staff Reports Voter turnout in Greene County and across Mississippi was extremely low Tuesday for the Democratic and Republican primary elections. Greene County Circuit Clerk Cecelia Bounds said mid-day Tuesday that she expected turnout in the county to be well below 20 percent. The final tally showed only only about 11 percent of the…

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Wreck causes closure of US 98, traffic being rerouted through Leakesville

From Staff Reports Traffic in Leakesville is expected to increase dramatically this afternoon after public safety officials close U.S. 98 near McLain in the aftermath of an auto accident. A spokesperson with the Mississippi Highway Patrol said just after lunch Wednesday that traffic would begin to be detoured off the 4-lane highway around 2:30 p.m.…

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Robertson warns residents of potential for severe weather

From Staff Reports Greene County Emergency Management Agency Director Trent Robertson is warning area residents of the potential for severe weather over the next 24-36 hours. Robertson said Friday afternoon that a weather system moving across the country could produce severe thunderstorms in the area, with heavy rain and the potential for damaging winds or possibly…

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Ledet earns honors from MCEF

Program honors top-performing vocational students From Staff Reports Darby Ledet, a junior at Greene County High School and a part of the Greene County Vo-Tech’s welding program, is being honored by the Mississippi Construction Education Foundation as student of the month for the state’s southern region. As a standout in regional and state craft competitions,…

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Local teenager killed in auto accident

By RUSSELL TURNER Herald Editor Friends and family are mourning the death of a Leakesville teenager who died Monday from injuries sustained in a weekend auto accident. Mason Rayborn Clark, 19, passed away Monday afternoon in a Jackson hospital. Clark was the only occupant in a single vehicle accident that occurred on Miss. 57. According to…

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Vo-Tech plants ready for purchase

Annual plant sale builds knowledge and fundraising for vocational programs By ANNETTE HARVISON Herald Correspondent Students in the Plant and Animal Science class at the Greene County Vo-Tech started the spring semester by sowing more than 35,000 seeds in the greenhouses on campus. After tending to the seedlings for several weeks, the class now have a…

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Group files Notice of Appeal in Leakesville annexation case

By RUSSELL TURNER Herald Editor Plans to expand the municipal limits of the Town of Leakesville are on hold after a group of residents made an 11th hour appeal in Greene County Chancery Court last week, claiming the process wasn’t fair. Special Judge James D. Bell, of Ridgeland issued an order Jan. 10 approving a compromise…

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Miss Hospitality named for Leakesville and Greene County

From Staff Reports This past Saturday the Greene County and Leakesville Hospitality Boards sponsored and English Tea in conjunction with the selection of its 2018 representatives. The 2017 Greene County’s Miss Hospitality Dani Ellzey and Leakesville’s Miss Hospitality Kathryn Bolton served as hostesses and guest speakers. These ladies entertained guests reminiscing about their time serving…

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Two guards arrested during sweep at SMCI

From Staff Reports A pair of South Mississippi Correctional Institution correctional officers has been arrested after the two were caught with contraband during a shakedown at the prison. Jadijah Rawls, 21, a correctional officer trainee hired in November, and Diane Phillips, 64, a correctional officer since February 2014, were booked into the Greene County Jail on Tuesday under…

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