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Magazine names Mayor Percy Bland among 25 Most Influential African Americans in Mississippi

Magazine publisher Wesley Wells recently announced the recipients, who were selected by an independent panel of business and community leaders from across the state. The publication did not participate in the selection process, according to a news release from the magazine.


One killed in Wednesday accident

According to Wayne County Coroner David Pugh, Catherine L. Johnson, 45, was pronounced dead after her vehicle was involved in an accident with a tanker truck at the intersection of Highway 145 and Highway 45 just north of Waynesboro. A 6-month-old child was also careflighted from the scene to a Jack


Law enforcement reports: Oct. 9-10

• Aggravated assault - Antonio Royshone Collins, 37, 2212 32nd St., Meridian.


Buy a bag of books for two bucks at Meridian Lauderdale County Public Library

Paula Merritt / The Meridian StarWalt Barrett, Friends of the Library secretary, stocks the shelves with books Wednesday for the annual fall book sale, which runs Thursday-Saturday at the Meridian-Lauderdale County Public Library.


Warrant issued for Fruitdale High teacher charging harassment

Davidson said a student, in writing, admitted he started the altercation by physically striking physical education teacher Steve Hardin first. According to Davidson, video evidence that has been released on social media only shows the teacher retaliating toward the student after the altercation bega


Authorities investigate weekend concert shooting

CLARKE COUNTY, Miss. (WTOK) -Authorities in Clarke County are investigating a weekend shooting landed two people in the hospital and where multiple cars wrecked.Sheriff Todd Kemp says it happened at 2:00 a.m. at a rap concert at "the meeting place" on Highway 18. He says someone tried to snatch jewe


255 arrested in North Mississippi as part of federal operation

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - A month-long joint law enforcement operation aimed to keep North Mississippi clean of crime."Operation Triple Beam" resulted in the arrests of 255 people in North Mississippi on a variety of criminal charges including homicide, assault, robbery and arson.


Woman, teen charged in connection to Hattiesburg shooting

Ashley Taylor, 22, was arrested Monday and charged with hindering prosecution. (Hattiesburg Police Department)


Hurricane Michael: Montgomery hotels full; widespread outages expected in Alabama

Evacuees streamed into central Alabama ahead of the category four storm, joining thousands of visitors already here for conventions and other events. Rooms were sold out in Montgomery by Wednesday morning, according to the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.


How will Hurricane Michael affect Alabama?

#Michaelis steadily moving towards the coast, landfall is expected later this morning to early this afternoon. Conditions will deteriorate quickly, so stay put and find your safest location possible!#HurricaneMichaelpic.twitter.com/sbYpzaJJ85-- NWS Tallahassee (@NWSTallahassee)October 10, 2018


Breast cancer survivor Feltus living best life, 10 years cancer-free - Alabama NewsCenter

Her story didn’t start with a mammogram. In July 2008, Feltus had rotator cuff surgery on her left shoulder. About a week after her surgery, she discovered a lump in her right breast. Concerned, she called her gynecologist’s office to schedule a mammogram, though she’d had one done six months before


Beloved Coast woman found dead in driveway helped her accused killer for years, nephew says

On Thursday, Vaughans was found dead in the driveway of her home on Belleview Avenue, just east of Griffin Street in the heart of Moss Point, a city in Jackson County just west of the Alabama state line.


Hurricane Michael: An updated look at what Alabama can expect

The forecast track hasn't changed much and shows the storm, possibly as strong as a Category 3, making landfall on Wednesday on the Florida Panhandle and moving inland into south Georgia and the Carolinas.


Alabama Police Chief Accused Of Lewd Behavior On Florida Beach

Alabama and Florida authorities cooperated to arrest Billy Maurice Driggers, 44, at his office on Oct. 4 and jailed him on four counts of disorderly conduct,according to the Panama City Beach Police Department.


Meridian pilot, driver give thanks after Highway 45 emergency landing

Dave Bohrer / The Meridian StarBoyd Williams, left, of Meridian, and Sandra Smith, of Quitman, stand Monday evening near the spot where Williams' airplane came to rest Friday afternoon on Highway 45 in Clarke County. Williams ditched his plane to avoid hitting Smith's Ford Explorer during an emergen


City of Meridian employees 'furious' over recent salary cuts

MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) -City of Meridian employees are outraged with the sudden salary cuts. On Friday, the city cut the salaries of over 60 employees due to a pay-band issue."Am I going to be able to afford my lifestyle? My living?" asked finance & records employee, Shanna Beasley.Many are question


Evacuees head to Alabama ahead of Michael

“Wind was pretty bad and there was red tide for the past two days. So the evacuation was issued and they wanted everybody out. They (hotels) did do a couple of refunds for people if they left for a certain time,” said Nathan Schroeder, a Wisconsin resident who was vacationing in Panama City Beach.


Limo in fatal New York crash failed inspection; driver lacked 'appropriate' license: Cuomo

ALBANY, N.Y. - The limousine in a deadly crash that killed 20 people Saturday in upstate New York had failed inspection last month, and the driver didn't have the appropriate license to operate the vehicle, Gov. Andrew Cuomo revealed Monday. Cuomo said the limousine was owned by Prestige Limousine i


Sinkhole appears at local school

LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Miss. (WTOK) -A part of the West Lauderdale Middle School campus is blocked off because of a sinkhole.The parking lot is also the pick-up and drop-off line.The sinkhole is causing it to be more difficult to get students to and from school.Parents say they're hoping the sinkhole wi


See Rock-Blues Band Bishop Gunn’s Disturbing ‘Alabama’ Video

Southern-rock revivalists inBishop Gunnare proud of their roots. They even named their newest album,Natchez, after the band’s Mississippi hometown, filling its songs with a mix of stomping Bible Belt blues and vintage, electrified soul. Their newest release, “Alabama,” is something of an outlier, do