Posts Tagged ‘alderman’

Election called when leaders face no opposition

MADISON — Madison residents won’t be heading to the polls Tuesday along with voters in neighboring communities. There’s no need for an election in the Mississippi city because the mayor and seven Board of Aldermen members aren’t facing any opposition. The Clarion-Ledger reports that a Mississippi state law holds that municipalities shouldn’t hold a general election […] [...]

Judge denies ex-alderman’s request; runoff to proceed

WEST POINT — A federal judge has denied a request to block today’s runoff elections in West Point. Alderman Jasper Pittman and four other residents filed suit Friday to have the city’s May 7 primary thrown out and Tuesday’s runoff stopped. Pittman, who was seeking re-election, fell one vote short of getting into a runoff […] [...]

Alderman brings federal lawsuit after losing election

WEST POINT — A West Point alderman is suing in federal court to block his loss in a primary election. Jasper Pittman, the incumbent alderman in West Point’s Ward 5, missed forcing a Democratic primary runoff against Gary Dedeaux by one vote, according to final tallies. Pittman alleges in a lawsuit that the body that […] [...]

Alderman arrested on federal bribery charges

CANTON — A Canton alderman is facing bribery charges. Louis Smith was arraigned in federal court in Jackson yesterday, entering a not guity plea, The Clarion-Ledger reports. Smith was arrested Wednesday. Unofficial results show the 56-year-old, three-term alderman lost his Democratic primary re-election bid Tuesday in Canton. He faces one felony count of bribery, which […] [...]

Aldermen give go-ahead to have properties cleaned

HORN LAKE — Horn Lake aldermen have given the city authority to clean up more than 60 properties if the landowners fail to take action. Overgrown property becomes a chronic problem for municipalities with the coming of spring as grass begins to grow. Under the resolution approved by the board, the city has the authority […] [...]

City manager terminated over consultant controversy

D’IBERVILLE — Michael Janus has been fired from his job as city manager in D’Iberville. The mayor and board of aldermen took the action Wednesday in an ongoing dispute over an agreement that Janus signed with a Pascagoula consulting firm. At a meeting last month, Janus said he never notified the city council about that […] [...]

Mayor vetoes pay hike for himself, aldermen

STARKVILLE — Mayor Parker Wiseman has vetoed a salary increase for members of the board of aldermen and the mayor. The Starkville Daily News reports the city board had approved the raises Jan. 2 on a 6-1 vote. Wiseman vetoed it Tuesday. The proposal would increase the aldermen’s annual pay from $12,000 to $15,000 and […] [...]

Aldermen weigh whether to allow fracking in city limits

CALEDONIA — With the decision of the Caledonia Board of Alderman to allow fracking within the town’s city limits, what has been a national issue is now a local one. The questions emerge: Is it safe? If so, what would fracking mean to the small town? There is no consensus on either question. Hydraulic fracturing […] [...]

Mayoral races across state taking shape

HATTIESBURG, STARKVILLE and LAUREL — The field of Hattiesburg mayoral candidates has widened with the announcement of Councilman Dave Ware for the city’s top office. The Hattiesburg American reports the 41-year-old Ware, who is in his second term as councilman, will run as an independent. Ware says goals for his administration would include an accountability […] [...]

Seven city officials, including mayor, switch to GOP

FARMINGTON — Farmington’s mayor, five-member board of aldermen and chief of police are now Republicans. Mayor Dale Fortenberry tells the Daily Corinthian he and the aldermen — who Fortenberry says were all elected as independents — had talked about joining the Republican Party for a long time. There is no party registration in Mississippi. During […] [...]

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