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Ex-school superintendent cannot meet restitution payment

GREENVILLE — The former superintendent of a school district in the Mississippi Delta convicted in federal bribery case says he can’t make a $75,000 mid-January restitution payment ordered by a judge. Former Greenville Public School District superintendent Harvey Franklin was sentenced to 76 months this month for taking more than $270,000 in bribes to influence the school board to use ...

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Georgia woman to get house arrest for bribery; ex-superintendent wants leniency

GREENVILLE — Federal prosecutors are recommending house arrest for a Georgia woman charged with bribing a Mississippi school superintendent in a district that spent $1.4 million to use her reading program for children, according to court records. Edna Goble, who owned Teach Them To Read in Conyers, Ga., did business with the Greenville Public School District in the Mississippi Delta. ...

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School superintendent resigns after administrative leave, police visit

PHILADELPHIA — Dr. Terry Larabee has agreed to resign as superintendent of the Philadelphia Public School District. The Neshoba Democrat reports that the school board announced Larabee’s resignation in a statement yesterday. The board says it will pay $100,000 to settle the differences between the parties. It says Larabee is giving up the remainder of his contract, which was in ...

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Ex-school superintendent to be sentenced for bribery

GREENVILLE — Former Greenville schools superintendent Harvey Franklin will be sentenced Nov. 13 for accepting bribes from the seller of a reading program. In an investigation led by the Office of the State Auditor, Franklin pled guilty to a three count information, charging him with conspiracy to commit an offense against the United States; accepting bribes and kickbacks from a ...

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Former college president Cleland dies at age 95

JACKSON — Howard J. Cleland, who served as president of Belhaven College for 17 years, has died at the age of 95. Officials with Wright and Ferguson Funeral Home say Cleland died Sunday. The cause of death was not released. Graveside services will be held at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow at Parkway Memorial Cemetery, followed by a memorial service at First ...

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Woman pleads guilty to bribing ex-school superintendent

GREENVILLE — A Georgia businesswoman has pleaded guilty to federal charges of bribing a former superintendent of schools in Greenville in exchange for a contract for her company’s reading program. Edna Goble entered the plea yesterday to one count in federal court in Oxford shortly before her trial was to begin. No sentencing date has been set. She faces a ...

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Group of alumni oppose Bynum as next president of MVSU

ITTA BENA — Some Mississippi Valley State University alumni are complaining about the nomination of William Bynum to be the university’s next president. Roosevelt Yarbrough, president of Valley’s alumni association, said at a news conference he wants the school to be led by an alumnus, and says he’s worried that Bynum doesn’t have any experience working for public universities. “Nobody’s ...

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Board prefers Morehouse College VP for MVSU president

ITTA BENA — William Bynum is likely to be the next president of Mississippi Valley State University. The state College Board announced today that Bynum, now of Atlanta’s Morehouse College, is the preferred candidate to become the next leader of the smallest of Mississippi’s eight public universities. Bynum is vice president of enrollment management and student services at Morehouse, a ...

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Ex-USM athletic director McLellan dies at 81

HATTIESBURG — Former Southern Mississippi athletic director H.C. “Bill” McLellan has died after a short illness. He was 81. McLellan, who died early Monday, led the Southern Miss athletic department from 1986-99 and helped the Golden Eagles become a charter member of Conference USA in 1996. The Southern Miss athletic budget grew from $2.7 million to nearly $10 million per ...

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Hinds County judge blocks state takeover of Delta schools

LEFLORE COUNTY — Hinds County Circuit Judge Winston Kidd has blocked the state’s takeover of the Leflore County school district. Kidd ruled today that the district is owed a formal hearing before the state can depose the current superintendent and school board. The state has said it used another section of state law and no formal hearing was required before ...

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