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Body found in on CR 308 in Calhoun County

  Special to the Chickasaw Journal BIG CREEK – The body of a man found dead in a ditch Saturday morning has been identified. Billy Covington, 26, of Big Creek, was found along County Road 308 around 10:30 a.m. Saturday. The body was discovered as two people were traveling east on CR 308 and noticed […]

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State wants drug supplier’s name kept secret during appeal

JACKSON (AP) – Attorney General Jim Hood has asked the Mississippi Supreme Court to keep secret the identity of the state’s execution drug supplier while he appeals a state judge’s order that the name be released. Hinds County Chancery Judge Denise Owens ruled last month that the state’s public records law requires officials to release […]

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Enterovirus D68 confirmed in Calhoun County

The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) has confirmed two new Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) cases with one being diagnosed in Calhoun County. The two cases were reported Tuesday in young children, with the other one from Forrest County. A case was reported in a Hancock County child last week. “There have been some reports in […]

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Manning case back before Miss. Supreme Court

By Jack Elliott Jr. Associated Press JACKSON – A Mississippi death row inmate is back before the state’s high court to challenge the evidence and his lawyer’s performance during his trial in the slayings of two elderly women. Willie Jerome Manning is appealing an Oktibbeha County judge’s denial of his post-conviction challenges related to evidence […]

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Hail storm, rain hit area

A summer storm Sunday afternoon saw dime-size hail reported in Houston and larger hail falling in Anchor. Linda Griffin, Director of the Chickasaw County Emergency Management Agency, golf-ball size hail was reported in Anchor with minor damage reported to buildings, cars and gardens. “There were a few vehicles reporting damage and the skylight at the […]

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Winston County releases list of local victims

LOUISVILLE (AP) – Winston County’s five female and four male tornado victims ranged in age from 31 to 85. County Coroner Scott Gregory released the names Thursday after the bodies sent to local funeral homes. Gregory said that all of the victims suffered multiple trauma, and it’s hard to pinpoint a single cause of death […]

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Deaths reported from US storms reaches 35, nine in Winston County

LOUISVILLE (AP) – At least 35 deaths have been reported from a large, stubborn storm system making its way through the South after pummeling the central U.S. In Mississippi, officials say 12 people died Monday, nine in Winston County, where hard-hit Louisville is the county seat. Three others died in separate traffic incidents. Storm also […]

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Manning case back before state supreme court

By Jack Elliott Jr. Associated Press JACKSON – Attorneys for death row inmate Willie Jerome Manning are arguing again that Manning deserves a new trial for killing two sisters in 1993 in Starkville. Manning is appealing an Oktibbeha County judge’s denial of his post-conviction challenges related to evidence in his trial and his lawyer’s performance. […]

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Holy Week in Houston

HOUSTON – Lenten lunches wrap up with Good Friday services and a meal at Houston First United Methodist Church Family life center at noon. “If you can’t get excited about being a Christian during Holy Week, you need to get in church this week,” said Rev. Rex Wilburn, pastor of Houston First United Methodist Church. “This […]

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West Point woman arrested in connection with infant death

WEST POINT (AP) – A West Point woman has been charged with capital murder after authorities discovered her 2-month-old son died from a codeine overdose. Clay County Sheriff Eddie Scott says 24-year-old Brittania Smith was arrested this week. Scott says a report Monday from the Mississippi Crime Lab determined Brittania’s son, Brinston Smith, died from […]

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Man convicted of killing cyclist dies in prison

JACKSON (AP) – A Mississippi man convicted in the death of a Dutch cyclist has died in a federal prison hospital in North Carolina. Chris Burke, a spokesman for the U.S. Bureau of Prison, says Wendell G. Blount,  died Wednesday in the prison hospital in Butner, N.C. Burke says it appears Blount died of natural […]

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CRIME ROUNDUP: Four arrested in Vardaman home invasion

VARDAMAN — Calhoun County authorities have arrested four men in connection with a home invasion and assault of a man in Vardaman early Sunday morning. Calhoun County Sheriff Greg Pollan said the phone of one of those arrested was found at the scene and the victim had been robbed by another one of the culprits […]

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Chickasaw inmate fatally stabbed at Parchman

JACKSON – An inmate at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman was fatally stabbed today, June 11, 2013, by a fellow inmate. Offender Kelvin Bowen, # R7284, was pronounced dead at the prison hospital at 1:04 p.m. He was attacked with a sharp instrument in the hallway of a maximum security unit at Building 29 […]

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AG Jim Hood: DNA would not exonerate Manning

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood (AP) This is a Sept. 16, 2010 Mississippi Department of Corrections provided photograph of death row inmate Willie Jerome Manning, taken at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman, Miss. (The Associated Press) JACKSON — Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood says a new round of DNA testing on evidence collected against […]

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