By William Moore Daily Journal TUPELO – The Tupelo City Council will reword a motion tonight to allow a $650,000 sidewalk project to move forward. City Engineer John Crawley told council members Monday the Mississippi Department of Transportation has asked that Mayor Jason Shelton be given more leeway with the contract to avoid potential delays. […]

Daily Journal WASHINGTON – Sixteen fire departments in Mississippi will split more than $1.4 million in Assistance to Firefighters Grants, according to the office of U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss. Four fire departments in Northeast Mississippi will get nearly $500,000 of the funds, including the Lafayette County Volunteer Fire Department in Oxford ($232,228), Oktibbeha County […]

Sixteen fire departments in Mississippi will split more than $1.4 million in Assistance to Firefighters Grants, or AFG, according to the office of U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.). Four fire departments in Northeast Mississippi will get nearly $500,000 of that amount: Lafayette County Volunteer Fire Department, Oxford– $232,228 Oktibbeha County District #5 Volunteer Fire Department, […]

By Rod Guajardo Daily Journal TUPELO – Halfway through his four-year term as mayor of Tupelo, Jason Shelton has seen plenty of highs and lows in his hometown. The roller coaster he and his administration have been riding for the last two years started early on with back-to-back tragedies and recently ascended with back-to-back municipal […]

WEST POINT (AP) – Water and sewer bills will be increasing for residents in West Point on Oct. 1. City leaders approved the increases the week. Residential water inside the city limits will increase from $23 to $30 for the first 2,000 gallons used. Commercial water will increase from $27 to $30. Rates outside the […]

By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal OKOLONA – The state has said it will pull all inmates from county jails in August leaving both a hole in the county’s budget and a hole in the county’s work crews. Chickasaw County supervisors agreed to take a wait-and-see approach as Department of Corrections Commissioner Marshall Fisher said earlier […]

WEST POINT (AP) – Members of the West Point Board of Selectmen have voted themselves a pay cut. The board voted this week to reduce their annual salaries from $18,000 to $14,500. According to multiple media reports, Mayor Robbie Robinson says the board has been discussing the salary change for a couple years. Robinson says […]

By William Moore Daily Journal TUPELO – Starting today, it is against the law in Mississippi to text and drive – even when at a stoplight. The new law prohibits drivers from writing, sending or reading text messages, emails or social media messages. For the first year, it will carry a $25 fine. Starting July […]

By Emily Wagster Pettus Associated Press JACKSON – Several new laws in Mississippi will impact people’s everyday lives. Here’s a look at some proposals approved by the Legislature during the 2015 session and signed into law by Republican Gov. Phil Bryant: LAWS TAKING EFFECT TODAY INSPECTION STICKERS – House Bill 982 eliminates the $5 annual […]