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Review shows employee did not embezzle from university

EUPORA — An internal review reveals that a Mississippi State employee did not take funds from the university, though she has been charged with embezzling from another organization. The Commercial Dispatch reports Beth Sykes Collum of Eupora was arrested and charged with embezzling an undisclosed amount while serving as treasurer for the Mississippi Horse Show […] [...]

School district desperate for money; facing extensive cuts

NATCHEZ — By this time next year, the Natchez-Adams County School District could be in desperate need of money and have nowhere easy from which to obtain it. As a result, school officials said the district must begin looking at extensive cuts to personnel and a better budgeting plan. The Natchez Democrat reports the board […] [...]

Governor’s prosposing to cut most agencies by 1.5 percent

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant is proposing that most state agencies take a 1.5 percent budget cut during fiscal 2014, which begins next July 1. Republican Bryant released his $5.8-billion spending plan yesterday at the Capitol. It’s 2.3 percent larger than the current year’s budget of nearly $5.7 billion. Legislative leaders release their own fiscal […] [...]

Auditor’s Office closes embezzlement investigation

BROOKHAVEN — Mississippi Auditor Stacey Pickering has closed his office’s investigation into embezzlement by a former Lincoln County Circuit Clerk. Pickering last week delivered a check for more than $61,000 to Lincoln County Supervisors. The Brookhaven Daily Leader reports the check represents the last of the money the auditor’s office says Terry Lynn Watkins had […] [...]

City’s tax collections up; looking to lease golf course

GREENVILLE — Though there were some hiccups in revenue collections for some city departments during the 2011-12 fiscal year, Greenville ended up with about $122,000 more in collections than the previous year. Steve Osso, the city’s external financial consultant, tells The Delta Democrat Times Greenville brought in almost $15.8 million over the period compared to […] [...]

Ex-teller accused of stealing for drugs pleads innocent

GULFPORT — A Biloxi woman has pleaded not guilty to stealing $80,980 from a bank’s vault while she was employed as a vault teller. The Sun Herald reports 29-year-old Ashley Ann Keel entered her plea yesterday in U.S. District Court in Gulfport. Her trial is set for Dec. 3. Magistrate Judge Robert H. Walker ordered […] [...]

Mayor asks judge to make state give back his money

SOUTHAVEN — Southaven Mayor Greg Davis has asked a Hinds County judge to return to him the $96,000 he paid to the state amid allegations of misspending city money. The Commercial Appeal reports Davis filed a motion in Hinds County Chancery Court, where he is locked in a dispute with State Auditor Stacey Pickering over […] [...]

Southern Miss’ athletic department runs up $1.2M-plus deficit

HATTIESBURG — The University of Southern Mississippi’s athletic department owes the university more than $1.2 million for deficits it ran in three of the past four fiscal years, and the department predicts a shortfall of at least $1 million for 2012-13. But interim Southern Miss president Aubrey Lucas tells the Hattiesburg American measures taken by […] [...]

Southern Miss gets money from Point Cadet settlement

HATTIESBURG — Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann has presented the University of Southern Mississippi with a check for $366,100. The funds are part of a settlement agreement reached in 2002 resolving longstanding land issues on a piece of property located at Point Cadet in Biloxi. As part of the settlement agreement, funds generated from rents […] [...]

Ex-bank teller denied bond; accused of stealing money for drugs

GULFPORT — A former teller for Hancock Bank has been denied bond on a federal criminal complaint alleging she stole more than $80,000 from the bank. The Sun Herald reports 29-year-old Ashley Keel was denied bond Wednesday in U.S. District Court. Court records show that in an interview with the FBI, Keel admitted taking money […] [...]

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