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Jackson County School Board replaces longtime superintendent

The Jackson County School Board has voted to replace longtime Superintendent Barry Amacker. News outlets report the board voted Monday to hire John Strycker, who is superintendent of schools in Butler County, Alabama, and a former superintendent in Michigan. This year is the first year school boards in Mississippi are charged with appointing a school superintendent. In the past, voters ...

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Golf carts prove successful in Ocean Springs, Pascagoula

OCEAN SPRINGS — When city leaders in Pascagoula and Ocean Springs adopted their respective ordinances to allow the use of street-legal golf carts in their downtown areas, it’s unlikely they could have anticipated how successful that move would be. City officials, police chiefs and business owners alike are extremely pleased with how well the use of golf carts on city ...

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Mexican national gets 6 years for selling heroin, fentanyl

A Mexican national who pleaded guilty to trafficking 500,000 fatal doses of fentanyl has been sentenced to about six years in prison. A statement from U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst says 53-year-old Pablo Vega-Ontanon was sentenced Monday to 74 months in prison for possession with intent to distribute heroin. He was also sentenced to five years of supervised release. The statement ...

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Gulf Coast paramedic arrested on new sex abuse charges

A Gulf Coast paramedic has been arrested on new charges after being accused of sexually assaulting patients in the back of his ambulance. The Sun Herald of Biloxi reported this week that 55-year-old James Lavelle Walley has been indicted on two felony sexual battery counts. Six women sued Walley and the ASAP EMS Corp. for gross negligence and other claims ...

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Hearing delayed for school bus driver accused of sex assault

PASCAGOULA — A hearing has been delayed for a former Mississippi school bus driver accused of sexually assaulting an 8-year-old student on his route. The Sun Herald of Biloxi reports this week’s competency hearing for Sergio Sandoval has been pushed to October. Prosecutors and the defense agreed to the delay after Sandoval’s lawyer said they didn’t get the reports they ...

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Mississippi companies are cited and ordered to pay employees

Federal officials say two south Mississippi companies have been ordered to pay employees for labor violations that included failing to pay overtime. The U.S. Department of Labor recently announced the decision involving Doleac Electrical Co. and Maxem Health Urgent Care. Hattiesburg-based Doleac was ordered to pay $37,060 back in wages to 32 employees for what authorities say were violations that ...

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Remembering Hurricane Camille 50 years later

Hurricanes Camille and Katrina were as different as night and day, yet those who lived through both storms say the two were similar in many ways. Saturday, Aug. 17 (was) the 50th anniversary of Camille and Aug. 29 will be 14 years since Katrina. “Camille was a Sunday Storm,” said Rupert Lacy, now emergency management director for Harrison County. He ...

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THE I-10 ROCKET REGION — To Stennis and beyond

» Boeing is building the heavy-lift Space Launch System rocket in New Orleans, now Relativity will build 3D printed light launch vehicles 35 miles away at Stennis Space Center, Miss.   An intriguing cluster is growing along the Interstate 10 corridor between Southeast Louisiana and South Mississippi. The Stennis-Michoud corridor in the near future will be where not one but ...

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Head Start early education programs launching on Gulf Coast

The Mississippi State University’s Extension Service is in the process of launching five Head Start early education centers on the Gulf Coast. News outlets report extension service officials met with parents Monday in Biloxi. A news release from the university says the goal is to create a seamless transition for children from early care to kindergarten. This is the first ...

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Sheriff: Mississippi mom shoots adult daughter’s boyfriend

Authorities in Mississippi say a woman shot the boyfriend of her 20-year-old daughter. News outlets report 38-year-old Rachael Dungan and Lillian Shoemaker were charged Saturday with aggravated assault. Jackson County Sheriff Mike Ezell says the victim told deputies that Dungan came to his home while he was with Shoemaker, who is his girlfriend. Dungan and Shoemaker left the house and ...

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