By Emily Wagster Pettus Associated Press JACKSON – A federal judge on Tuesday overturned Mississippi’s ban on same-sex marriage, but circuit clerks cannot immediately start to issue marriage licenses to gay or lesbian couples because the order was on hold for two weeks so the state can appeal. State attorneys say they will ask the […]

By Errol Castens Daily Journal OXFORD – A 19-year prosecutor beat a former circuit judge in the runoff for Circuit Judge, District 3, Place 2, in Tuesday’s vote. Assistant District Attorney Kelly Luther of Ripley won the seat by a decisive majority over attorney Shirley Byers of Holly Springs. In the Nov. 4 general election, […]

By William Moore Daily Journal TUPELO – Charles “Chuck” Hopkins held off a strong challenge from Perry Lansdell to win the Lee County Justice Court judge post for District 1. Hopkins, an independent contractor, won 13 of the 17 precincts to collect 988 votes. Lansdell, a retired state trooper, received 784 votes. There are 18 […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Four Northeast Mississippi hospitals have been named top performers by the national commission that accredits health care facilities. This week the Joint Commission, which accredits hospitals across the country, named 16 Mississippi hospitals to its 2013 list of Top Performers on Key Quality Measures. The national list […]

Chickasaw Journal HOUSTON – Repairs to the Davis Lake Bridge is the top work project for Chickasaw County this fall, but the bids for the job have come in over budget. Chickasaw County Supervisors opened bids last week at their meeting at the Chickasaw County Courthouse in Houston but the low bid of $357,962.88 was […]

Monroe Journal AMORY – The Amory Board of Aldermen recently authorized Mayor Brad Blalock to enter into a purchase agreement of 90 acres at Amory Port North to Zilkha Biomass Energy for the production of the company’s Zilkha Black pellets for the early stages of a contract. “Based on the option agreement, the company will […]

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District I Justice Court Judge With 17 of 17 precincts reporting *-Chuck Hopkins – 988 (55.8%) Perry Lansdell – 784 (44.2%) ––––– District 3 Circuit Judge With 116 of 116 precincts reporting Shirley Byers – 3,717 (23.7%) *-Kelly Luther – 11,990 (76.3%) ––––– Oxford School Board With 8 of 8 precincts reporting M. Reeves Kendricks […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – A parent and a Guntown Middle School teacher have reached a resolution after the teacher was alleged to make a racist remark in the school’s cafeteria last month. Chris Traylor, the president of the Tupelo and Lee County NAACP, said the organization met last week with parent Michelle […]

By Emily Wagster Pettus Associated Press JACKSON – A northeast Mississippi county is paying $114,000 a year to a private prison company owned by a former state lawmaker who used to represent the area but now lives more than 200 miles away. Alcorn County has two contracts totaling $9,500 a month with Irb Benjamin, who’s […]