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Kudzu bugs spread into DC area, southern Delaware, Arkansas

NEW ORLEANS — The pea-sized bugs look a bit like ticks, can suck one-fifth of the yield out of a soybean field, and travel by highway. In the 5 1/2 years since they were first spotted in Georgia, kudzu bugs have spread 400 to 500 miles west and north — as far as Louisiana, Arkansas, Washington, D.C., and its suburbs, ...

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Brothers retire after long careers with Corps

VICKSBURG — Brothers Bobby and Billy Stokes have a combined total of 80 years of service with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Vicksburg. Now, the two Vicksburg natives are retiring. WLBT-TV reports that the Stokes brothers are retiring from the River Operations Branch of the Corps’ Vicksburg district. Bobby Stokes first worked with the Corps as a tying ...

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Division over Warren-Vicksburg consolidation idea

VICKSBURG — Officials in Vicksburg and Warren County are divided over whether the city and county governments should be consolidated. The Vicksburg Post reports that 74 percent of people attending a planning forum in October said they would support a unified county-city government. But some officials, including Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs Jr. say they are against consolidation. “What purpose would ...

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Ex-circuit clerk Palmertree gets 10 years for embezzlement

VICKSBURG — A former Warren County circuit clerk has been sentenced for embezzlement while in office, according to Attorney General Jim Hood. Shelly Palmertree was sentenced today after pleading guilty before Circuit Court Judge Henry Lackey. Lackey sentenced Palmertree to 10 years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections, five to serve, five suspended per count, to run ...

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Palmertree handed another demand; total surpasses $1M

VICKSBURG — State Auditor Stacey Pickering has issued a civil demand for $229,880 from former Warren County Circuit Clerk Shelly Ashley Palmertree. That brings the total amount of demands issued against her to more than $1.04 million. Pickering said today in a news release that amount represents fees that Palmertree withdrew from the civil and criminal accounts of Warren County ...

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Unemployment assistance available to storm victims in five more counties

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Five more Mississippi counties have been declared disaster areas due to severe storms, tornadoes and flooding. Workers in those counties who are permanently or temporarily unemployed due to the disaster may be eligible for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA). DUA is available to people who lose their jobs because of disasters, but who may not qualify for regular ...

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Court denies appeal by circuit clerk to use tax money for defense

VICKSBURG — State Auditor Stacey Pickering reports the Mississippi Supreme Court has denied the interlocutory appeal filed by Warren County Circuit Clerk Shelly Ashley-Palmertree. The three-member panel of Justices Michael Randolph, James Kitchens and Leslie King agreed with an earlier Hinds County Chancery Court ruling restricting Palmertree from using taxpayer money to pay her attorneys’ fees. “Today’s ruling is a ...

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Palmertree blocked from using public funds for legal defense

VICKSBURG — Hinds County Chancery Court Judge Dewayne Thomas has ordered Warren County Circuit Clerk Shelly Palmertree to no longer use taxpayer money to pay for her attorneys’ fees, according to State Auditor Stacey Pickering. Thomas opined that he believes the action before the court is a personal action by Palmertree and not an action in the fulfillment of her ...

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Palmertree's embezzlement trial set for March

VICKSBURG — Warren County Circuit Clerk Shelly Ashley Palmertree is scheduled for trial March 24 on three counts of embezzlement. The Vicksburg Post reports that lawyers for Palmertree waived arraignment Monday. Palmertree is charged with inappropriately taking funds from her office’s civil and criminal accounts into her circuit clerk fee account. The circuit clerk collects fines and fees and restitution ...

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Grand jury returns indictment against former circuit clerk

VICKSBURG — A Warren County Grand Jury has returned a three-count indictment against Circuit Clerk Shelly Ashley Palmertree. State Auditor Stacey Pickering says Palmertree was arrested yesterday by sheriff’s deputies. Pickering says in a news release that Palmertree was indicted on three felony counts of embezzlement. A previous indictment from August 2013 was dismissed due to a processing technicality. In ...

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