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Final funding set for new federal courthouse in Greenville

Congress has given final approval to $40.1 million to build a new federal courthouse in Greenville, Mississippi, to replace one that was built in 1959 and opened in 1960. The General Services Administration said Thursday that the money is to acquire a site and to design and build a 62,000-square-foot courthouse that could be completed in 2021. Mayor Errick D. ...

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Mississippi teacher accused of dragging student is indicted

A former Greenville teacher has been indicted on a misdemeanor charge of abusing a vulnerable person. Washington County District Attorney Dewayne Richardson said Monday that Linda Winters-Johnson will be arraigned as early as Dec. 13. A video viewed millions of times shows Winters-Johnson dragging a special education student by the hair across the floor of the Greenville High School gym ...

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Charges likely for teacher who dragged student on video

A former teacher who was recorded on video dragging a Mississippi student by the hair will face charges, a prosecutor said, but it’s not clear which ones. Washington County District Attorney Dewayne Richardson told The Associated Press on Wednesday he just received the investigative file from police this week and hasn’t decided on what charges to pursue. The school district ...

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Mississippi River levee repairs underway near Greenville

Workers from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are in the Greenville area to repair several levee slides after the area had high water earlier this year. Forty slides have been found along the 212mile Mississippi Levee District, which runs from the Gulf of Mexico to Cairo, Illinois. The Delta Democrat-Times reported that 14 of those are in Washington County, ...

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Economic development groups look to revitalize Greenville

GREENVILLE — Greenville has joined with several partners for a project aimed at revitalizing the Washington County city located in the heart of the Mississippi Delta. The city, developer Bill Boykin, Guaranty Bank and Trust Company, U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corporation and Enhanced Community Development, a subsidiary of Enhanced Capital, plan to redevelop the former Sears, Roebuck & Company store ...

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Boteler, convicted of stealing highway funds, dead at 96

LELAND — E.L. Boteler Jr., a former highway director and state House member who went to prison after being convicted of embezzling public money, has died. Senate President Pro Tem Terry Burton, a Newton Republican, said a grandson told lawmakers that Boteler died Thursday at his home in Leland. He was 96. A memorial service for Boteler is scheduled Tuesday ...

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State approves new mosquito pesticide

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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