Robbie Ward


I'm a journalist focused on government, policy, politics and people. I find what matters and bird dog it like nobody's business.

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    By Robbie Ward Daily Journal TUPELO – Election results for one-third of the nine-member North Lee County Water Association Board of Directors will be announced Thursday, and the outcome could change the dynamics of a group often split by a single vote. Three incumbents on the rural water association’s board will learn their fate against […]

    By Robbie Ward Daily Journal TUPELO – The most senior City Council member earns roughly half of what’s budgeted for the position, due to a state law approved 12 years ago. Ward 4 Councilwoman Nettie Davis, both the first black and female council president, has never earned pay equal to what her colleagues on the […]

    By Robbie Ward Daily Journal TUPELO – Travis Beard officially changed professions Friday, switching from 43 years as a public school educator to City Council member. The recently retired Milam Elementary School principal placed his left hand on a Bible and took his oath of office to serve the 5,300 residents of Ward 3 and […]

    By Robbie Ward Daily Journal TUPELO – City officials unveiled markers Friday for Boyce “Hank” Grayson Memorial Way, a world and decades apart from a burning cross placed near the home of the city’s first black elected official. Beyond the markers along Front Street, the crowed gathered at Gumtree Park represented redemption, a city where […]

    By Robbie Ward Daily Journal TUPELO – While the city had planned to renovate its municipal court building, tornado recovery funds now make a conversion of the current police station into a court facility likely. A plan announced recently to relocate Tupelo Municipal Court to the Tupelo Police Department headquarters on Front Street after a […]

    By Robbie Ward Daily Journal TUPELO – Federal resources continue to filter through levels of government to assist recovery after the April tornado. U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker and U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee issued a joint announcement Thursday of a $1.95 million Federal Emergency Management Agency grant for debris removal in Tupelo. “We […]

    By Robbie Ward Daily Journal TUPELO – Even the librarians raised their voices. Residents of Lee County and surrounding areas greeted state lawmakers Wednesday at City Hall, looking for support from Philip Gunn, speaker of the House of Representatives, one of Mississippi’s most powerful elected leaders. They delivered requests to invest state resources into a […]

    By Robbie Ward Daily Journal TUPELO – The Tupelo-Lee County chapter of the NAACP will honor a longtime advocate for good race relations during the organization’s annual banquet Saturday, an effort to contrast the community with recent racial strife elsewhere. Organizers with the Augustus Ashby Sr. Freedom Fund Banquet will include a new award to […]

    By Robbie Ward Daily Journal TUPELO – City Council members are likely to decide in their Oct. 7 meeting whether to overrule the city’s Planning Committee and approve a car dealership’s request for a much taller sign than the Barnes Crossing overlay district allows. At a work session on Tuesday in which the matter was […]

    By Robbie Ward Daily Journal TUPELO – A recently concluded federal investigation required North Lee County Water Association to pay a combined $8,000 in owed overtime to 16 employees worked during a two-year period. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division officials confirmed Monday to the Daily Journal that pay violations by the nonprofit utility […]