By William Moore Daily Journal TUPELO – Less than two years into his administration, Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton is looking for a new communicators director. “I am going to work Monday in the private sector and will be doing some independent media relations,” said Sarah Robinson, 34. “(Shelton) and I have been talking about this […]


By Jeff Amy Associated Press JACKSON – Mike Hurst, stepping down from his role as a federal prosecutor, is running as a Republican against Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood. The 39-year-old Madison resident qualified Friday to seek the Republican nomination, saying Mississippi’s attorney general should be more active in fighting public corruption and should do […]

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Workers have apparently completed exterior renovations of the Iuka Youth and Community Center, but several weeks of interior work remain before the center is ready to reopen.

By Lena Mitchell Daily Journal Corinth Bureau IUKA – Exterior work appears complete but several more weeks of interior work has yet to be done before the Iuka Youth and Community Center is ready to reopen, Mayor John Castleberry said this week. A new front entrance, many new windows to allow more natural light to […]

Police tape surrounds one of five crime scenes near Tyrone, Mo., on Friday morning. A gunman killed seven people and wounded an eighth person in an overnight house-to-house rampage in the small town in the Missouri Ozarks before apparently committing suicide in a vehicle, authorities said Friday. (AP Photo/The Springfield News-Leader,  Nathan Papes)

By Jim Salter Associated Press TYRONE, Mo. – A man who authorities say may have been unhinged by the death of his ailing mother went on a house-to-house shooting rampage in a small town in the Missouri Ozarks, killing seven people before taking his own life. Joseph Jesse Aldridge, 36, carried out the killings with […]

POPLARVILLE (AP) – Poplarville attorney Martin T. Smith, who served 20 years in the state Senate and 30 years as lawyer for Pearl River Community College Board of Trustees, has died at his home. He was 80. Pearl River Community College announced Smith died Thursday. Funeral arrangements are pending. Smith also worked as attorney for […]

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Gary Johnston, left, and Alex Coleman of Johnston Lawn Service shovel away all the snow from the steps of Trustmark Bank in Fairpark on Thursday.

By William Moore Daily Journal TUPELO – Wednesday’s near-record snowfall began melting Thursday as warmer weather helped clear roads and allowed power crews to restore electricity across the region. Tupelo came within an inch of setting the all-time record for snow in a 24-hour period. Many areas reported 8-9 inches of accumulation, but the official […]

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Customers line up to check out at Todd's Big Star on Thursday afternoon in Tupelo.

By Dennis Seid Daily Journal TUPELO – As usual, Bob Knight opened his Todd’s Big Star at 7 a.m. on Thursday. That couldn’t be said for everybody a day after the region was hit with several inches of snow, but many retailers, restaurants and other shops opened up sometime during the day as the sun […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – The field of candidates running in the May 12 1st District U.S. House special election continues to change. District Attorney Trent Kelly of Saltillo on Thursday became the latest elected official to announce his intention to seek the seat. Oxford attorney Quentin Whitwell, who previously served […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – It’s been rough going for members of First Christian Church in the 10 months since last spring’s tornado flattened their church on McCullough Boulevard. But the congregation of around 75 finally has a light at the end of the tunnel, as architectural plans for a new building were […]