By William Moore Daily Journal TUPELO – With five candidates in the Democratic primary, the Justice Court Judge District 4 race will likely go to a runoff. The eventual winner will then face a pair of Independent candidates in the November general election. The race became crowded when the idea the job could be open […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau TUPELO – State Rep. Steve Holland, D-Plantersville, who has been undergoing treatments at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo for more than a week for an infection of the abdominal cavity, was discharged late Friday. “I feel reasonably chipper, but weak as well for the wear and tear,” […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – The state Supreme Court by a 6-3 ruling has affirmed that incumbent Democratic state Sen. Bill Stone has met the residency requirements to run for office this year in newly-configured Senate District 10. Stone, a second-term senator, had contended that he had lived in Holly Springs […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Term limit supporters kicked off their effort Thursday during a news conference at the Mississippi Capitol to place on the election ballot for the third time a citizen-sponsored term limits initiative. Keith Plunkett of Flora, the sponsor of the initiative, said Thursday marked the beginning of […]


By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Two challengers are aiming to unseat Lee County’s long-serving incumbent tax collector on Aug. 4. Leroy Belk Jr., who is finishing his fifth term as tax collector, faces Elise Robbins Hill and Danny T. Mitchell. All three are running as Republicans. If no candidate receives more than […]

By Jack Elliott Jr. Associated Press JACKSON – Mississippi may consider making its child welfare unit a separate agency in the latest effort to resolve a longstanding lawsuit over conditions in the state’s foster care system. In an order signed Thursday by U.S. District Judge Tom S. Lee, the state agreed to hire consultants who […]

JACKSON (AP) – A Mississippi Democrat is among the members of Congress traveling to Africa with President Barack Obama. U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson is the top Democrat on the House Homeland Security Committee. Thompson says in a news release Thursday that he’s looking forward to seeing what leaders in Kenya and Ethiopia are doing “to […]


By William Moore Daily Journal TUPELO – In January, Lee County residents will have new circuit clerk for the first time on 20 years. Current Circuit Clerk Joyce Loftin is retiring after two decades of overseeing the county and circuit courts as well as all of the elections since 1996. The open seat initially drew […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – Candidates running for the open House District 17 seat will find themselves in the hot seat Monday night as the Parents for Public Schools, the local chapter of the NAACP and the Tupelo Ministerial Association host a forum to allow the candidates to address issues on education. “This […]