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Man arrested in Marion Co. after chase, police find $98K in drug money

MARION COUNTY, MS (WLBT) - A man was arrested by the Marion County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday after officers received a call about someone driving recklessly. The caller said the car was leaving the city limits of Columbia traveling north on Hwy 13 north running through traffic control devices at


Police: Walls, Mississippi officer found with drugs in car

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — An off-duty Walls, Mississippi police officer was arrested on drug-related charges Tuesday after authorities say they found him unresponsive in a car. Horn Lake Police identified the man arrested as James Mote, an officer in nearby Walls.


Man in custody after fleeing from officers, officials say

COLUMBIA, Miss. — The Marion County Sheriff's Office is continuing an investigation into 26-year-old Micheal Nave Vega of New York, New York. After a call that someone leaving Columbia, Mississippi, was driving recklessly, officers began an intense police chase on Highway 13 into Jefferson Davis Cou


Little boy steals show at Mississippi adoption ceremony

JACKSON, Miss. — Little Jackson is sure he's found his family. Jackson Coleman and his parents were among 17 families who took part in a mass adoption ceremony Tuesday at Hinds County Chancery Court.


Mississippi bill would cut farm taxes, increase tax rates for home, car owners

JACKSON, Miss. — A bill nearing passage in the Mississippi Legislature could cut property taxes for owners of farmland and timberland, but could leave owners of homes, cars and commercial property paying higher tax rates.


Tourism tax dies in Legislature

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2 arrested in Mississippi suspected in crime spree, including murder, police say

BRANDON, Miss. — Two people were arrested in Warren County overnight in connection with a two-state crime spree that includes a killing in Georgia, police said. The McDonald's on Crossgates Boulevard in Brandon was robbed by two men around 9:30 p.m. Monday, police said. Tap here to listen to 911 dis


Columbia PD offers free Get Home Safe seminar for women

COLUMBIA, MS (WDAM) - Some officers from the Columbia police department offered a self-defense class to dozens of women at Jefferson Middle School in Columbia. Chris Bush, the lead instructor told WDAM that he was glad to have the opportunity to equip women of all ages with techniques to defend them


Tall Mississippi Tale Brought to the Big Screen

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (WJTV) - A Mississippi artist is helping bring the past to life with a new movie. Travis Mills is a director, who has created several films on the history of Mississippi.His most recent film "Son of a Gun" has already been in theaters across the country. It will soon be on screens


WATCH: LSU grad student performs stunning rendition of national anthem for Miss. lawmakers

BATON ROUGE - John Uzodinma, a University of Southern Mississippi alumnus and LSU graduate student wowed Mississippi legislators with his musical talents this past week. Currently a grad student at the LSU School of Music, Uzodinma rang in the day for the Mississippi House of Representatives last Tu


Lumberton calls special-meeting following resignation of interim police chief

LUMBERTON, MS (WDAM) - Lumberton city leaders called a special meeting Monday night to address the recent resignation of former interim police chief Larry Allen and his body camera footage.


Deputies find stacks of cash after high-speed chase

MARION COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A large stash of cash believed to be used in drug activity was seized after a high-speed chase that led law enforcers through two Pine Belt counties last Thursday.


Boil water notice issued for some Lamar County residents

LAMAR COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - The North Lamar Water Association has issued a boil water notice for about 100 customers. The notice is for customers who live from the intersection of Dunaway Lane/Old Highway 11 to the intersection of Old Highway 11/Richburg Road, excluding Legacy Subdivision, Ben Smith R


Pitching duo leads Lady Tornadoes over Sumrall

PURVIS – David Entrekin thinks he has two aces on his Purvis softball team, and he’s not afraid to roll the dice with either of them. The Lady Tornadoes got solid efforts from both starter Gracey Baucom and Sarah Ballard, as Purvis squeezed out a 3-2 victory in eight innings over Sumrall Friday nigh


PHOTOS: Purvis drops game with Lawrence County

PURVIS – Lawrence County scored two runs in the fifth to take the lead on Purvis for good Friday night, defeating the Tornadoes 4-3 in a Region 7-4 contest. Purvis is now 9-4-1 overall and 3-1 in region play, and the Cougars are now 7-4-1 and 2-2 in the region.


First responders take strides to keep teens safe during prom season

SUMRALL, MS (WDAM) - For many high school juniors and seniors, prom night can either be the best or worst night of their lives. Students at Sumrall High School witnessed a DUI re-enactment put on by the Sumrall Fire Department on Friday.


BPD, LCSO report 6 suspicious vehicle calls

The Brookhaven Police Department’s reports for Wednesday were as follows:. • Loud music on South Cleveland Avenue Extension. • Narcotics activity suspected on East Monticello Street.


Appeal denied for man convicted of raping, kidnapping USM student

JACKSON, MS (WDAM) - The Supreme Court of Mississippi has dismissed the appeal of a man convicted of raping and kidnapping a University of Southern Mississippi student in 2010.


2019-2020 Lawrence County School District Calendar

September 2 Labor Day (Holiday) December 19 End 2nd Term (60% Day) January 20 Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Holiday) February 17 President’s Day (Holiday) April 10 Good Friday (Holiday)


Panther track to compete at invitational

The Brookhaven High track teams are headed to Ridgeland High Saturday for the Bianca Knight Invitational. The meet will be a large one that draws teams from all around the state.