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Marker honors 200-year-old black church in Mississippi

A new historical marker is honoring the oldest continuously operating African American church in Mississippi. Members of St. Peter Baptist Church in Pascagoula gathered Saturday to celebrate the unveiling of a marker that was placed by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. The coastal church was founded in 1819 by a freed slave named Dudley Brooks. It originally was ...

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Algal bloom cost Mississippi Coast tourism $4.1 million in June, July

By JACK WEATHERLY Beaches on the Mississippi Gulf Coast were given the green light earlier this month after a summer-long shutdown of coastal waters were declared free of  harmful algal bloom caused by an influx of fresh water from upstream flooding. The good news follows a loss of $4.1 million, or 3 percent to 8 percent, in room revenue for ...

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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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Mississippi police: Officer broke policy in fatal shooting

A Mississippi police officer recently cleared of criminal wrongdoing in a fatal shooting is facing internal discipline for failing to turn on his body camera’s audio. Moss Point police Chief Brandon Ashley says Sgt. Lancen Shipman violated policy when he didn’t turn his camera’s audio on until after he fatally shot 27-year-old suspect Toussaint Diamon Sims. Ashley says Shipman thought he’d hit the button, ...

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Mississippi police arrest woman objecting to tree trimming

Police in Mississippi arrested and placed a 73-year-old woman in handcuffs who they say harassed a city tree trimmer, screaming at him to stop cutting limbs off of live oaks. The Sun Herald reports Diane Stevenson was charged with disorderly conduct following an argument at Fort Maurepas Park in Ocean Springs last week. The police report says a public works’ ...

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Mississippi grand jury clears officer in fatal shooting

A Mississippi grand jury has cleared a police officer in the fatal shooting of a felony suspect. News outlets report a Jackson County Grand Jury on Tuesday found no criminal conduct on behalf of a Moss Point police officer in the Aug. 8 death of Toussaint Diamon Sims. The police department has not released the officer’s name. The grand jury ...

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Mississippi county deputy dies in motorcycle crash

An off-duty Mississippi county deputy has died in a 3-vehicle crash that also injured his wife. News outlets report Glenn Everett Roe died Saturday after being hospitalized for injuries sustained in the crash. Harrison County Sheriff Troy Peterson says Roe was a longtime deputy with Harrison County and worked for the department for more than 25 years. Jackson County Sheriff ...

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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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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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