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State approves new mosquito pesticide

Mosquito Isolated on White

GREENVILLE — Long at a disadvantage in the ceaseless war against mosquitoes and the diseases they bear, the Mississippi Delta is about to catch a break. A new pesticide has recently been approved by the State of Mississippi for use in the Delta, where, years ago, organophosphate-based pesticides were heavily applied to counter the cotton-infesting boll weevil. That liberal use ...

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Rice planting halted by frequent rains


STARKVILLE — On paper, Mississippi’s rice crop is right on schedule, with half the crop planted by late April, but the reality is that recent rains have left planting at a near standstill. In the Crop Progress and Condition Report, the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimated 49 percent of the state’s rice was planted and 30 percent emerged by April 26. Those ...

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Greenville council members discuss pay raise for employees

GREENVILLE — The Greenville City Council remains split over pay raises for employees. The Delta Democrat-Times reports that figures reported to the council show it would cost $1.1 million to give city workers a 7.5 percent across-the-board raise, while it would cost $400,000 for a 3 percent raise. Councilman Errick Simmons is urging council members to increase pay in the ...

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Former Greenville Parks Commission director sentenced

State Auditor Stacey Pickering announced today that Yvette Yeager, a former employee of the Greenville Parks and Recreation Department, has been sentenced to ten years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections. Yeager previously plead guilty to one count of embezzlement on October 1, 2014. Yeager’s sentence will be carried out as follows: two years of intensive supervised ...

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MDA awards funding for site development

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Development Authority recently awarded nine Site Development Grants to economic development entities throughout the state. Recipients of Site Development Grant Program funds for 2013 are: Panola Partnership; Washington County; Booneville-Prentiss County; Madison County Economic Development Authority; Winston County Economic Development Partnership; Brookhaven-Lincoln County Chamber and Industrial Development Foundation; Economic Development Authority of Jones County; Area ...

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Winter weather expected this morning in Delta

MISSISSIPPI DELTA — The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for three Delta counties that runs through noon today. The highest chance for ice accumulation is between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. this morning in Bolivar, Sunflower and Washington counties. A few hundredths of an inch is expected, mainly on elevated roadways and bridges. The Mississippi Emergency ...

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Billy Barber named Leland police chief

Billy Barber, who has spent the past 15 years with the Washington County Sheriff’s Department, is the new police chief in Leland. Barber got his start in law enforcement in 1990 with the Leland Police Department, where he worked as both a criminal investigator and narcotic investigator. Eight years later, he joined the Washington County Sheriff’s Department.  

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Eight counties report damage from storm system

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has received reports of damage from eight counties as a result of severe weather that moved through the state yesterday. MEMA says minor street flooding was reported in Hinds, Rankin, Washington and Yazoo counties. Trees were reported down in Jones and Scott counties. There was street flooding reported in Warren County and ...

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Contract awarded to demolish flood-damaged homes on lake

GREENVILLE — The Washington County Board of Supervisors has awarded a contract for $33,455 to demolish five Lake Ferguson houses acquired this summer. The Delta Democrat Times reports that the work is being funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The supervisors began last year acquiring the five houses, which were among more than a dozen damaged by the May ...

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