By Ray Van Dusen Monroe Journal ABERDEEN – In what Monroe County Road Department Manager Sonny Clay said is the first time the county has required a bond that goes along with a contract, the board of supervisors approved a road permit bond in the amount of $750,000 for all county roads used by Gulf […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – On Independence Day, the Thompson family had no guarantees they would all sit down together for Thanksgiving dinner. But nearly five months after a hemorrhagic stroke knocked Lee County Administrator Sean Thompson down, he has clicked off milestones in rehab therapy and is easing his way back […]

By Errol Castens Oxford Citizen OXFORD – Something’s got to give. That was the consensus at a forum for public input on updating Lafayette County’s comprehensive plan. The current plan was adopted in 2008 and has been under review by planner Bob Barber of the Orion Group – the same group leading the “Vision 2037” […]

By William Moore Daily Journal TUPELO – Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton is not only looking for new faces for the city’s committees, he is asking for names and addresses. The administration is in the process of going through the 16 boards, committees and commissions that allow citizens to help run the city. The terms of […]

By Zack Orsborn Daily Journal TUPELO – After learning about Dr. James V. Coniglio’s extensive military and intelligence background, Mayor Jason Shelton nominated him to head the Accountability Task Force in 2013. Drafted during the Berlin Crisis, Coniglio eventually became a colonel. He learned how to be persistent and value accountability through his military career […]

By Zack Orsborn Daily Journal TUPELO – At the age of 12, Ward 5 Councilman Buddy Palmer began hunting for arrowheads on his grandparents’ farm in Pontotoc County. He moved to Lee Acres – a historic Chickasaw battleground – when he got married, spurring an even further interest in Native American history. Palmer began collecting […]

By William Moore Daily Journal TUPELO – By pinching a lot of pennies, the City of Tupelo ended the last fiscal year with a $2.3 million surplus, which will be used to fund large infrastructure projects. According to Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton, a “culture of savings” has generated $5.6 million in budget surpluses over the […]

STARKVILLE (AP) – A process to develop a Highway 12 business improvement district in Starkville has been struck down by a tie vote from property owners. Multiple media outlets report that the proposal was voted down by an 18-18 vote at a meeting of property owners Tuesday night. A simple majority was required for approval. […]

By William Moore Daily Journal TUPELO – The City of Tupelo should start saving $140,000 or more each year for the next two decades by upgrading to more efficient lighting at athletic fields, parks and government buildings. Under the energy savings contract with Schneider Electric, the city will spend about $5.3 million to replace the […]