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Recently widowed woman dies trying to save pets from fire

MONTICELLO, Miss. (AP) - A Mississippi woman has died after going back into her burning home to try to save her pets, just days after her husband's funeral. The Daily Leader reports that firefighters Wednesday recovered the body of 72-year-old Mary Ann McMahon from her home in Lawrence County. Her d


Vehicle of missing Choctaw County man found with skeletal remains inside

CHOCTAW COUNTY, Ala. — According to authorities, skeletal remains were found inside the burnt vehicle of amissing Choctaw County man. The vehicle, belonging to Arthur Lawrence Ward, was found by Marion County deputies in a deeply wooded area of Hamilton on Saturday. Deputies say the vehicle was comp

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Civil case against Burroughs to be moved

JONES COUNTY, Miss. (WDAM) - A judge has granted a change of venue in the civil trial of Gregory Burroughs. The order was granted last week. Burroughs was found not guilty of manslaughter in the death of Clarke County native Katherine Sinclair in August 2018.


Meridian City Council stands firm on Sweet Gum Bottom Road

The Meridian City Council didn't budge on its promise to provide a new road for Sweet Gum Bottom residents, voting Tuesday to amend an ordinance about the road closure. In December, the council voted to close the road but told residents the city would provide a new road before closing Sweet Gum Bott


Minister (Mrs.) Willie V. Shelton Dubose

Minister (Mrs.) Willie V. Shelton Dubose, 69, Lisman, Alabama (formerly of Alexander City) transitioned on Monday, January 7, 2019 at Meridian, MS. Final arrangements are through Hayden and Butler Funeral Home, 10031 Crowell Dr., Lisman, AL 36912. https://haydenandbutler.com.


Lady Gators beat Patrician 42-39

The Clarke Prep School Lady Gators beat the Lady Saints of Patrician 42-39 last Friday night in Butler. It was CPS’ first win over the Lady Saints in more than 15 years. Grace Davis led the team with 11 points, six rebounds and four steals. Cassidy Van Winkle had 10 points and 11 rebounds. Grace Com


Alabama man killed in Montana snowmobile accident

Montana authorities have identified the person who died when a sport utility vehicle crashed into the snowmobile he was riding as a 60-year-old man from Alabama. Gallatin County coroner officials said Wednesday that Michael Najjar of Five Points was declared dead at the scene of the crash in West Ye


Suspect arrested for pursuit that led to officer injuries [UPDATED]

A Myrtlewood resident was arrested by the Linden Police Department for his involvement in a car chase on Dec. 14. Oliver Anthony Jr., 36, was charged on Jan. 4 with attempting to elude for his involvement in the incident, which led to a LPD officer sustaining minor injuries and a police car being to


Ariana Robinson: a Service Woman

A fun-loving free spirit who appreciates the small things in life, Ariana Robinson loves to live her life to fullest with the people she cares about the most. Hailing from Quitman, Mississippi, thirty minutes south of Meridian, she has brought many gifts and passions, including her love for service


Lisman man arrested at gunpoint

LISMAN – A Lisman man who had just been released from a probationary hold at the Choctaw County Jail at noon on Friday was taken back into custody Friday night after biting a woman in the eye and trying to escape into the woods.


Clarke County supervisor launches challenge in House District 84

Clarke County Supervisor Troy Smith announced Friday he will challenge Rep. William Shirley for the District 84 seat in the Mississippi House of Representatives. Both men are Republicans. An Aug. 6 primary is scheduled.


Alabama paying February food stamp benefits early

(AL.com) — Alabama food stamp recipients will see February benefits on their cards within the next five days, a workaround required by the ongoing government shutdown. Barry Spear with the Alabama Department of Human Resources said benefits will be on EBT cards prior to or on Jan. 20. The benefits a


Murder warrant issued for December death

PENNINGTON, Ala. (WTOK) - The Choctaw County Sheriff's Department says a Mobile, Ala., man will be charged with first-degree murder for the death of a Pennington man found dead Christmas Day.


Mobile man charged with murder of Pennington man found dead on Christmas day

PENNINGTON, Ala. (WPMI) — A Mobile man is being charged with first degree murder in the death of a Pennington Alabama man, according to the Choctaw County Sheriff's Department.



MOBILE, BUTLER — A Mobile man has been arrested on charges of murder in the death of Pennington resident Ron Washington, whose body was found in his rented mobile home on Christmas Day.


Two Alabama residents killed in Santa Rosa County crash

MILTON, Fla. (WKRG) - Officials with the Florida Highway Patrol are investigating a crash in Santa Rosa County that claimed the lives of two East Brewton, Alabama residents. The crash happened Tuesday night around 10 p.m. near the intersection of State Road 87 and Hopewell Road. Investigators say th


Law enforcement reports: Jan. 4-7

The Meridian Police Department reported the following arrests between 6 a.m. Friday and 6 a.m. Monday:. • Capital murder - Dezjuan D. Moffite, born in 2002, 2427 47th Ave., Meridian. (Charge was changed on Monday to manslaughter.)


Prep basketball: Lamar sweeps East Rankin Academy in district openers

East Rankin Academy entered halftime of its Tuesday contest against Lamar School with a three-point lead, but a 13-point Raider third quarter gave the home team the momentum needed to grab the win.


Shelter in Clarke County will close Monday

SHUBUTA, Miss. (WTOK) - The shelter located in Shubuta will be closing this Monday. The shelter has been open for a little over a week to help those affected by the flooding. The Red Cross has been at the shelter to help with immediate care for victims. The shelter was suppose to close sooner,but si


’Stangs rally, shoot down South

South Jones brought its “A” game for the region-opening showdown with its rival. But West Jones had a pair of Bri’s with double-doubles to beat the Lady Braves down the stretch, 60-56, in Ellisville on Friday night.