William Winter award brief

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Former governor receives regional award

William Winter, former Mississippi governor, received the Lamar R. Plunkett Award Sunday night.

The Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), of which Winter is former chairman, gave him the award to recognize his work in improving education in Mississippi.

Winter led a campaign for the successful passage of the Education Reform Act in 1982. He is the first person from Mississippi to receive the award.

SREB is the nation’s first interstate compact for education and is headquartered in Atlanta, Ga. Member states include Ala., Ark., Del., Fla., Ga., Ky., La., Md., Miss., N.C., Okla., S.C., Tenn., Texas, Va. and W. Va.


Southern Heights group to meet tonight

The Southern Heights Neighborhood Association will meet today at 6:30 p.m. at Mount Sinai Baptist Church, 2032 Green Tee Road.

Area residents are scheduled to discuss neighborhood improvement plans and the prospects of forming a neighborhood protection district. Additional information may be obtained by calling Tupelo neighborhood planner Darren Fenton at 840-2072.


Suspect shot after kidnapping ex-wife

A man who kidnapped and detained his former wife for several hours overnight Sunday was shot by law enforcement officers whom he held at bay with a shotgun.

The suspect is identified as Charles Ruth, 41, of Motes Roberts Road in Hamilton.

“He put his ex-wife in the trunk of his car and rode around with her two or three hours,” said Monroe County Sheriff Ruble Maxey. “He finally let her go home. When we went to arrest him, he held us off for a while with a shotgun, and we shot him.”

The shooting occurred about 8:30 Monday morning, several hours after the incident had begun about 2:30 or 3 a.m.

Ruth underwent surgery Monday and is in satisfactory condition, the sheriff said. Maxey said charges against Ruth include kidnapping, burglary of a dwelling and aggravated assault on a police officer.

Amory hospital receives $639,000 federal grant

The Gilmore Memorial Hospital in Amory has received $639,917 from the Department of Health and Human Services to expand and renovate its emergency room, lawmakers say.

The Gilmore Hospital will use the money for a new cardiac care and trauma care unit, U.S. Rep. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., said Monday.

The hospital’s waiting room will be expanded and a new nurses station will be built. Gilmore Hospital treats more than 15,000 patients per year with 40 percent of its admissions coming through the emergency room.


Execution date set

for killer of trooper

JACKSON The Mississippi Supreme Court on Monday set a July 17 execution date for Tracy Alan Hansen, convicted in the 1987 killing of a state trooper in Harrison County.

Mississippi has not executed a state inmate since 1989, when Leo Edwards was put to death for killing a Jackson convenience store clerk.

Hansen was sentenced to die for the April 10, 1987, murder of Highway Patrolman Bruce Ladner. Hansen’s latest appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court was rejected.

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