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Mississippi city rejects mental health facility despite need

Officials in southwest Mississippi have denied a rezoning request for a mental health facility, despite complaints that the area is underserved. Natchez aldermen on Tuesday unanimously rejected rezoning property to allow a crisis stabilization unit, a small mental hospital meant to keep people from being sent to faraway state hospitals or jail. Opponents said the facility is inappropriate for a ...

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Love in stitches: Mayor uses hobby to help cancer patients

Natchez Mayor Darryl Grennell has a special hobby perhaps few people know about. In his spare time, Grennell crochets beanies for cancer patients. Each beanie takes Grennell between two and three hours to make, Grennell said, adding he usually makes two or three beanies every week to take to the Natchez Oncology Clinic on Jeff Davis Boulevard. “I’ll put on ...

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Archaeologists unveil evidence of lost mound in Mississippi

By SABRINA ROBERTSON / The Natchez Democrat NATCHEZ — How many mounds are located at the Grand Village of the Natchez Indians? Up until very recently, the obvious answer would have been three, researchers said during a presentation at the Grand Village on Thursday evening. However, their recent studies of the land indicate otherwise. The face of the Grand Village ...

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Artist pursues her artistic dreams and painting passions

NATCHEZ  — Jadelia Ealey said she has been drawing her whole life, but only in the last year did she take up painting. Ealey said even on her worst days she could paint. It has a way of calming her down and completes her day. “My mind is totally focused on the painting,” Ealey said. “When I’m drawing or painting, ...

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Monument will honor civil rights activists in Mississippi

Workers in Mississippi have started installing the foundation for a monument honoring civil rights activists who were arrested in 1965 and taken to a notorious prison where they were held several days without being put on trial. The monument, called “Proud to Take a Stand,” is being built near a spot in downtown Natchez where the mostly young black protesters ...

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Health and safety conditions worsen in US-subsidized housing

In this city known for pre-Civil War mansions, a young mother shared a government-funded apartment with her three small children and a legion of cockroaches. They lurked in the medicine cabinet, under the refrigerator, behind a picture on the wall. The mother nudged a bedroom dresser and more roaches skittered away as her 2-year-old son stomped on them. It was ...

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Natchez paper manufacturer fined more than $300,000

NATCHEZ – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited von Drehle Corp. – a paper products manufacturer – for several workplace safety hazards that put employees at risk of injury at its facility in Natchez, Mississippi. The paper manufacturer faces $303,657 in penalties, including one for the maximum amount allowed by law. An OSHA inspection ...

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Bank to sell historic Mississippi home and inn at auction

A southwest Mississippi historic home and inn will be auctioned after a bank foreclosed.The Natchez Democrat reports the Dunleith Historic Inn will be auctioned Feb. 1. Owner Michael Worley filed for personal bankruptcy last year, citing $107 million in debts and $80 million in assets. The house is among the most recognized antebellum structures in Natchez. A federal judge recently ...

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Owners of fire-damaged building win approval for new roof

The owners of a historic Mississippi building which burned in a September fire have approval to put a new roof on the structure. The Natchez Democrat reports that the Natchez Preservation Commission has approved plans for a different roof than the red-tiled one that traditionally topped the Prentiss Club. The 113-year-old building, built to house a men’s club, was heavily ...

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