Robbie Ward


I'm a journalist focused on government, policy, politics and people. I find what matters and bird dog it like nobody's business.

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    By Robbie Ward Daily Journal TUPELO – Andrew Patrick, covered in pillows and blankets inside a hotel bathroom, heard air sucked from the vents while thinking about his brother driving into the tornado less than a mile way. Patrick, 28, listened from his cellphone to his mother’s tears and words as his brother Travis drove […]

    By Robbie Ward Daily Journal TUPELO – City Council approval Tuesday for possible legal action against a rural water association serving parts of the city followed support for making $11.3 million in water and sewer infrastructure improvements in related annexed areas. Tupelo leaders and North Lee County Water Association’s board of directors both desire a […]

    By Robbie Ward Daily Journal TUPELO – A City Council decision today will bring Police Chief Bart Aguirre closer to shoveling the most meaningful pile of dirt in his law enforcement career. Aguirre has worked with an architect on details and design for the city’s first new police headquarters in 58 years. But now the […]

    By Robbie Ward Daily Journal TUPELO – Voters can decide in two years, eight months and 11 days if occupants of seven seats and the largest office in City Hall passed their test. However, City Council members and Mayor Jason Shelton likely will wait years longer to learn results of their homework due Friday. Their […]

    By Robbie Ward Daily Journal TUPELO – City Council President Mike Bryan prefers the public contact him at a new email address: Bryan has sent text messages received about city business to the new email address for a week now. He does the same when responding by text message. Forwarding text messages may seem […]

    By Robbie Ward Daily Journal TUPELO – North Lee County Water Association’s formal approval to proceed with controversial plans for new water wells and water tanks could face legal challenges in Lee County Chancery Court. Tupelo City Attorney Ben Logan will recommend next week to the City Council proceeding with a formal appeal of the […]

    By Robbie Ward Daily Journal TUPELO – The Lee County Board of Supervisors agreed Friday to partner with a Charleston-based consulting firm to assist with potential creation of an up to 800-bed regional correctional facility. Lee County supervisors approved the contract with Magnolia Correctional Services by a 4-1 vote. Supervisor Tommie Lee Ivy dissented. Supervisors […]

    By Robbie Ward Daily Journal TUPELO – Deep South Democrats channeled their inner fire and brimstone revival speeches Thursday, asking longtime supporters to believe in miracles. An all-star cast of Northeast Mississippi Democrats asked the crowd to believe a former U.S. Congressman and chancery clerk from Prentiss County could defeat a six-term incumbent Thad Cochran. […]

    By Robbie Ward Daily Journal TUPELO – Elected leaders and department heads spent five hours Wednesday identifying an array of ingredients to make a better city. If the City Council and Mayor Jason Shelton choose wisely and work together, their sound decisions can result in Tupelo’s future prosperity, growth and increase opportunity for future leaders’ […]

    By Robbie Ward Daily Journal STARKVILLE – Mississippi State University students and other Bulldog fans floating on air could be excused for believing the laws of gravity stopped three days ago. Mark Novotny, head of the university’s department of physics and astronomy, has witnessed the phenomenon himself throughout the campus and surrounding areas where college […]