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Auditor says schools breaking law with textbook policy

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi school systems are routinely violating a state law that says they have to issue a textbook to every student to take home, the state auditor says. Stacey Pickering said that many districts are only buying enough books for a set to keep in each classroom, which may mean a student can’t […] [...]

Pickering petitioning for change to fee system

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Every year, the Mississippi auditor’s office cites a handful of circuit and chancery clerks for overpaying themselves. Now, as lawyers for Auditor Stacey Pickering and Warren County fight in court with Warren County Circuit Clerk Shelly Ashley-Palmertree, the Republican Pickering says he wants to meet with clerks and county supervisors statewide […] [...]

Pickering accuses circuit clerk of court shopping

VICKSBURG — Third-term Warren County Circuit Clerk Shelly Ashley-Palmertree is court shopping in two counties and should pay the state’s legal fees in a dispute over her salary and subcontractor payments, Mississippi Auditor Stacey Pickering says. The Vicksburg Post reports an assistant attorney general filed papers in Hinds County Chancery Court, on behalf of Pickering. […] [...]

Schools changing policy after audit finds inaccurate records

HATTIESBURG — A January audit has resulted in administrators making changes in the way they keep records in the Hattiesburg Public School District. The Hattiesburg American reports the state audit was conducted at three schools. The auditor found inaccuracies in the areas of enrollment, attendance, safety and textbook assignments. Superintendent James Bacchus said the audit was […] [...]

Troubled state agency selling boats worth estimated $400K

BILOXI — The Mississippi Commission on Marine Resources will open bids July 16 for two large fishing vessels once owned by a foundation run by the agency’s former director. WLOX-TV in Biloxi reports the vessels are a 36-foot Topaz and a 42-foot Californian. They are docked in Biloxi and are worth an estimated $400,000. A classified […] [...]

Draft audit raises questions about spending at Marine Resources

BILOXI — A draft federal audit questions spending of $30 million of federal money by the embattled Mississippi Department of Marine Resources and others. The draft audit, sent to local and state officials in February questions spending not only by the department, but in Hancock and Harrison counties, reports the Sun Herald. Few issues arose […] [...]

Auditor hands county check for ex-clerk’s theft

CLAY COUNTY — State Auditor Stacey Pickering recovered $69,220.76, and presented a check in the amount of $57,512.99, to the Clay County Circuit Clerk’s Office following an investigation into former Circuit Clerk Bobbie Davis’ misappropriations of public funds. The amount returned represents $49,503.57 in principal costs, $8,009.42 in interest and $11,707.77 in investigative costs. The […] [...]

Coroner resigns as auditor investigates invoices, payments

NEW ALBANY — Union County Coroner Mark Golding has resigned. On Thursday, the State Auditor’s Office confirmed Golding is being investigated for filing false claims and invoices with the county over death investigations and was paid for the claims. A news release says investigators seized a $5,000 check Wednesday from the Union County Chancery Clerk’s […] [...]

County recoups money stolen by former facility manager

CORINTH — The state auditor’s office says an investigation into a former manager of the Crossroads Arena in Corinth has resulted in money returning to that facility. State Auditor Stacey Pickering’s office said in a news release the investigation looked into misappropriation of public funds by Reggie Churchwell, the facility’s former manager. Pickering’s office says […] [...]

Mayoral candidate wants to talk to auditor about boat trips

OCEAN SPRINGS — Jackson County Supervisor John McKay says the deep-sea fishing trips he took in 2012 with the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources are now an issue in his race for mayor of Ocean Springs. McKay, a Republican, tells The Sun Herald he wants to talk to State Auditor Stacey Pickering about the trips. […] [...]

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