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New Albany girls upset top-ranked Pontotoc

PONTOTOC – New Albany faced a monumental task in the first round of the Class 4A state playoffs Monday, but the Lady Bulldogs came away with a 55-51 upset of Pontotoc, the Daily Journal's top-ranked team.


Mississippi teacher indicted on sex-with-student charges

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) - A former teacher accused of illegal sexual contact with a student has been indicted. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reported that former Tupelo High School teacher Braden Bishop, 36, remains free on $100,000 bail pending a court appearance in March.


Museum program Thursday to focus on value of native plants

Robert Ballard, New Albany horticulturalist who is involved in expanding the use of native plants in the landscape, is the guest speaker for Museum Moments, Thursday, Feb. 21, at noon.


Two killed in early morning wreck on Natchez Trace

TUPELO • Two people from northeast Mississippi were killed in a wreck on the Natchez Trace Parkway Thursday, about 80 miles north of Tupelo. Parkway Chief Ranger Sarah Davis said officials responded around 3:20 a.m. to a single vehicle collision near mile marker 343, in Wayne County, Tennessee.


Tax for another Mississippi River Bridge would not pass muster with Livingston Parish voters, Parish President Ricks says

BATON ROUGE – A new bridge across the Mississippi River could benefit Livingston and four other parishes in the Capital Area Road and Bridge District, but who pays for it could be a different story, Parish President Layton Ricks said.


McCutchen becomes city’s interim police chief

Jeff McCutchen will prioritize increasing dialogue in the community as Oxford Police Department’s new interim police chief. McCutchen, a New Albany native, began working at OPD as a patrol officer and worked his way up to major of operations over a span of 14 years.


Death of mentally ill man allegedly beaten by Mississippi police officers ruled homicide

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - The death of 31-year-old Mario Clark has been ruled a homicide. Family of the victim alleged that he was beaten by Jackson police officers six days before his death.


Sheriff's department makes drug arrests

NEW ALBANY – Union County authorities shut down what Sheriff Jimmy Edwards called a drug buffet last week, arresting three people following two traffic stops in one day last week.


2 bodies found in creek, 2 arrested in Mississippi

PITTSBORO, Miss. (AP) — Sheriff's deputies in Mississippi have arrested two people in a double homicide in the northern part of the state. Calhoun County Sheriff Greg Pollan tells WTVA-TV the bodies of 38-year-old Kendrick Armstrong and 59-year-old Sherri Turner Calderon were found Wednesday in a cr


Man pulls victim from fiery Mississippi car wreck

MARSHALL COUNTY, Miss. — A man is being hailed as a hero after he pulled a man out of a fiery car wreck. Clint Street said he was on his way to work on U.S. 72 near the Marshall/Benton county line Wednesday when he saw a car on the side of the road with its flashers on, and a woman on the side of th


Ole Miss interim chancellor gives statement regarding Mississippi Stands rally

With the Mississippi Stands march taking place in Oxford and on Ole Miss’ campus on Saturday, the university’s interim chancellor Larry Sparks sent a letter to faculty, staff and students on Thursday about regarding the event.


Myrtle and New Albany suffer setbacks in consolation rounds

MYRTLE - The Lady Hawks of Myrtle played a solid half of basketball in Friday's consolation game with Ashland, unfortunately Myrtle could not hang with the Lady Devils in the second half as they lost 71-52. Ashland appeared to be ready to put the game out of reach in the first half as their full-cou


Mississippi woman pleads guilty in massive $200 million pharmacy fraud

JACKSON, Miss. — A Mississippi woman charged in a fraud case that prosecutors say reaped more than $200 million from a federal military health insurer and others pleaded guilty Wednesday.


Inmates earn GED at East Mississippi Correctional Facility

MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - Over thirty inmates received their GED diplomas at a graduation ceremony Thursday morning. This is the largest number of graduates the facility has seen so far. Warden Ray Rice says he's proud of the graduates.


Area escapes serious flooding - so far

No serious flooding had been reported by Union County officials as of Wednesday afternoon. The Tallahatchie River was nearly out of its banks in the downtown area and water was collecting on low-lying part of town near the river but apparently no structures were in real danger.


Year-round school? One Mississippi district tries a new approach to the class calendar

The Mississippi Center for Investigative Reporting, a new nonprofit news organization, collaborated with news outlets across the state, including the Sun Herald, to produce this series on the lack of education funding in the state and its affects.


Crash causing I-22 backup near Sherman

SHERMAN, Miss. (WTVA) - A crash has caused a traffic backup in Pontotoc County. According to the Mississippi Department of Transportation, this is on Interstate 22, just south of the Sherman city limits.


Republican Candidate at Center of Fraud Inquiry Calls for New Congressional Election in North Carolina

RALEIGH, N.C. — Mark Harris, the Republican candidate for Congress in North Carolina whose campaign funded an illegal voter-turnout operation, on Thursday called for a new election.


Mississippi LGBTQ community discuss hate crime reporting in wake of Smollett case

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) -The Jussie Smollett case is fueling questions about whether real victims of anti-LGBTQ hate crimes will now come forward. Rev. Brandiilyne Mangum-Dear is a pastor of a church in Hattiesburg and is among those in the LGBTQ community concerned about the potential impacts of what po


Houma doctor among dead in Mississippi hostage standoff: report

One of four people found shot to death in a Clinton, Mississippi, home after a hostage situation last weekend was a doctor from Houma, the Clarion Ledger reports. Dr. Phung Minh Le, 28, was in residency at Leonard J. Chabert Medical Center and was in Mississippi with his fiancee. The young doctor of