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Mother of abused boy sentenced to 30 years in prison

CANTON — A Mississippi mother has been sentenced in what a district attorney calls “one of the most horrible cases of child abuse I have ever seen.” News outlets report officials announced Thursday that 34-year-old Latasha Leonard was sentenced to 30 years in prison. A tip in 2017 led authorities to a Canton home where a 10-year-old boy was being ...

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School board member convicted of voter intimidation

A school board member and city employee has been convicted of voter intimidation in central Mississippi. Local news outlets report a Madison County jury found Courtney Rainey guilty Wednesday on one count, but couldn’t reach a verdict on a voter fraud charge. Rainey is a Canton school board member and has served as the city’s director of human and cultural ...

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CAET restaurant opens in larger quarters in Renaissance

By JACK WEATHERLY “I guess you could say we’re officially open,” Derek Emerson said on Tuesday as he watched the CAET Seafood Oysterette restaurant sign being hoisted into place above a blue-and-white-striped canopy flapping in the brisk wind. Emerson, who, with his wife Jennifer, owns the wine bar and restaurant, said the eatery had a soft opening on May 10 ...

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Madison mayor dismissed from lawsuit tied to contentious Cochran senate race

A federal judge has dismissed claims against a Mississippi mayor and a police officer in a lawsuit filed by the widow and sons of an attorney who killed himself during a bitter 2014 U.S. Senate race. Court documents show U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves on Tuesday granted dismissal requests by Madison Mayor Mary Hawkins-Butler and the officer, Chuck Harrison. In ...

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Leader of Madison County Schools resigns abruptly

The leader of one of Mississippi’s largest school districts is resigning. The Madison County public school system sent a message to families on Wednesday saying that Kimber Halliburton has resigned effective immediately. The system says Halliburton is returning home to Nashville, Tennessee to pursue other opportunities and care for family members. The county school board has appointed Associate Superintendent Charlotte ...

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Half Shell Oyster House plan approved for downtown Madison

By JACK WEATHERLY Shucking the oyster on a long-anticipated arrival of a seafood restaurant in Madison is within reach. The city recently approved a site plan for a Half Shell Oyster House as a key element of an 18-acre mixed-use development. Plans by another developer fell through after the mayor and board of aldermen approved that site in 2017.   ...

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Homeowners take Costco gas station ruling to highest court

By JACK WEATHERLY Six Ridgeland homeowners have filed notice of appeal with the state Supreme Court over a ruling in favor of the city’s approval of a site for a gas station for a proposed Costco Wholesale store. The homeowners filed the notice on March 14. The latest step in the protracted battle that dates to November 2015 will see ...

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Maddux named chair-elect of Butler Snow

Butler Snow has announced the election of Christopher R. Maddux to succeed Donald Clark, Jr. as chair effective Jan. 1, 2020. Clark has served as chair since 2006 and will continue in the role until the end of the year. “I am thrilled to welcome Chris as our next chair after an extensive search process by our nominating committee. He ...

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Ritchey breaking ground on dealerships

By JACK WEATHERLY Ritchey Automotive scheduled a ground-breaking for Thursday at 11 a.m. for a $15 million facility that will be home for two dealerships – Audi Jackson and Jaguar/Land Rover Jackson – on Interstate 55 in Ridgeland. The group announced early last year that it was relocating the franchises from 5320 I-55 in Jackson. Joe Usry, Ritchey general manager, ...

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