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Plant tragedy has brought changes to Lauderdale County

Lauderdale County and the surrounding area are continuing to recover from the “Lockheed Tragedy,” in which seven people were slain in the Lockheed plant last July 8. Eight more were wounded. Sheriff Billy Sollie calls it “the worst tragedy in Lauderdale County history.” Area residents continue to use the watchwords of “shock and disbelief” to describe their reaction. There have ...

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Biz folks remain non-committal on statewide races

In tightly contested statewide races, it’s sometimes easier to remain non-committal than to speak first and pay later, in some form or fashion. Savvy business folks know that politicians have long memories. “I don’t have any partisan views because I vote in New Orleans,” said Curtis Wilke, a political journalism professor at the University of Mississippi and Louisiana State University. ...

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New community hospital a dream come true for Newton

NEWTON — Ten years ago, Newton Regional Hospital was closed, seemingly for good. In 2005, the hospital, which has been operating profitably since 1996, will have a brand new home: a $6.5-million, 50,000-square-foot health care facility, located on Mississippi 15 near an industrial park in Newton, just north of Interstate 20. A $403,261 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ...

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