By Jack Elliott Jr. Associated Press JACKSON – Attorneys for death row inmate Charles Ray Crawford will argue before the Mississippi Supreme Court March 23 that the man’s 1994 rape conviction should be tossed out because he received poor legal representation at his trial. The result of the appeal could mean the difference between life […]

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One of Tupelo Public Works' snow plows runs along West Jackson Street on Wednesday in an attempt to keep the main streets in town clear of snow and ice.

By William Moore Daily Journal TUPELO – Three days after a near-record snowfall brought Northeast Mississippi to a standstill, roads are clear and dry, most of the snow has melted and nearly all power has been restored. While the sun and higher temperatures helped, Tupelo streets got a huge assist from the city’s Public Works […]

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By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Former House Speaker Tim Ford, a Baldwyn native, known for his ability to build coalitions that enabled him to govern an often-raucous Mississippi House for four terms, died early Friday night at a home he owned in Oxford. Ford, 63, now a Jackson attorney, died from […]

By William Moore Daily Journal TUPELO – The Lee County Circuit Clerk’s office was hopping Friday as 10 candidates waited until the final day to qualify. “We had people coming in all day,” said Deputy Circuit Clerk Dawn Coon. “We even had a handful wait until the late minute.” The late-comers helped fill out two […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Republicans and Democrats will begin nearly even in terms of uncontested races as they battle for control of the Mississippi House of Representatives. Friday was the qualifying deadline for the state’s Aug. 4 party primaries and Nov. 3 general election. According to preliminary data gathered from […]


By Jeff Amy Associated Press JACKSON – Mike Hurst, stepping down from his role as a federal prosecutor, is running as a Republican against Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood. The 39-year-old Madison resident qualified Friday to seek the Republican nomination with his wife, Celeste, at his side. He told reporters at Republican Party headquarters that […]

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Rankin Elementary art teacher Raven Guyton explains design elements from the Crossroads Quilts to students Jacob Matkin, from left, Archi Prasad and Parks Mills as Challange teacher Connie Buse listens. The GumTree Museum of Art brought the quilts, which were made by artists from Port Gibson.

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – A group of Tupelo students learned this week about a unique art form made by renowned Mississippi artists. The executive director of Tupelo’s GumTree Museum of Art brought an exhibit of nine quilts to Rankin Elementary. The textiles were made by the Crossroads Quilters, an award-winning group from […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal A change at the Miss America Organization means new roles for a pair of Mississippi men. Oxford resident Sam Haskell, who was already CEO of the organization, was elevated to the position of executive chairman. In addition, Josh Randle of Amory has been named Miss America Organization’s chief operating […]

By Emily Wagster Pettus Associated Press JACKSON – Democrat Joce Pritchett of Jackson said Friday that she’s running for Mississippi state auditor because she wants to fight corruption and hold officials accountable for how they spend tax dollars. “In recent years, we have seen scandal after scandal in our counties and our state agencies because […]