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Former clerk for Mississippi town arrested for embezzlement

RALEIGH — A former clerk for the Mississippi town of Raleigh has been arrested on an embezzlement charge. Attorney General Jim Hood, in a news release Thursday, said 57-year-old Helen Bounds, of Mize, surrendered to authorities Wednesday following an indictment by a Smith County grand jury. Bounds is accused of converting to her own use excessive multiple and single monetary ...

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Agriculture commissioner’s race centers on local food

The Democratic challenger for Mississippi agriculture commissioner is pitching a local food revolution, while the Republican incumbent seeks more incremental change. That’s one big divide between Democrat Rickey Cole and Republican Andy Gipson. It’s not that Gipson opposes local food, touting an online effort to connect producers and consumers. Cole, though, wants to exempt local food from the 7% state ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Lieutenant governor race key for Republicans

The key election for Mississippi Republicans on November 5th is not the race for governor, rather it is the race for lieutenant governor. Two reasons. First, as we learned during Tate Reeves’ tenure, a strong lieutenant governor can command the agenda of state government. Second, Republican nominee Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann can turn the party’s focus back toward conservative problem ...

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Mississippi to sue Corps over extended opening of spillway

Mississippi’s attorney general said Thursday that he will sue the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for environmental and economic damage the state experienced after the Corps opened a spillway for two extended periods this year to protect New Orleans from flooding. Attorney General Jim Hood is the Democratic nominee for governor, facing Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and two other ...

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Mississippi governor candidates bicker over state taxes

The two main candidates for Mississippi governor held dueling news conferences Wednesday to accuse each other of wanting state government to dig deeper into people’s wallets. Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood and Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves are competing in the Nov. 5 election, along with two candidates running low-budget campaigns. Appearing at a concrete business in Canton, Reeves said ...

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REV. DAWN DOUGLAS FLOWERS — Supporting public schools is a faithful response

I am the product of the Mississippi public school system.  Both of my parents were public school teachers in Mississippi, and my husband currently works within the public school system in Mississippi.  My three children are receiving their education within our public schools, and my oldest has been in 3 different public school districts since she began kindergarten.  This is ...

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Retired police chief to leave new city role after 3 weeks

A retired Mississippi police chief appointed to act as the temporary city manager of Pascagoula has announced he’s leaving the role after less than a month. The Sun Herald reports Kenny Johnson announced his Oct. 31 retirement less than two weeks after city leaders appointed him to the role. The former Pascagoula police chief says he notified officials about his impending retirement ...

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Kelardy selected as Deputy Forest Supervisor in Mississippi

Shannon Kelardy, a natural resources professional with more than nine years of experience with the U.S. Forest Service, has been selected as deputy forest supervisor for the National Forests in Mississippi. Since 2016, Kelardy has served as an administrative review coordinator for the Southern Region. During her tenure as the administrator review coordinator, she has acted as the regional litigation ...

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Ex Lt. Gov. Tuck set to retire as university vice president

Former Lt. Gov. Amy Tuck is retiring Dec. 31 as a vice president at Mississippi State University. The university says Tuesday that the 56-year-old Tuck announced her plans this month. She is a Maben native who served in the Mississippi Senate from 1990 to 1996. She was defeated in the 1995 Democratic primary for secretary of state, then was hired ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — King of Id golden rule prevails in today’s culture

Which “golden rule” do you follow? The one from the Bible? “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets,” – Matthew 7: 12-14. Or the one attributed to the King of Id? “Whoever has the gold makes the rules!” – Wizard of Id cartoon published ...

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