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Local officials want share of internet sales tax

   Both the City of Lucedale and the County Board of Supervisors passed resolutions last week asking the state legislature to cut them in on a share of the millions of dollars the State expects to collect in new Internet sales taxes.

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Tuesday 08/07/2018
Bids are roadblock for bridge project
Posted: August 07, 2018

   The latest bids for repairs to the Merrill Bridge may have exceeded the county’s financial load limit.

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Tuesday 07/31/2018
George County agriculture a microcosm of state
Posted: July 31, 2018

   Mississippi’s new Commissioner of Agriculture  Andy Gipson made his second trip to George County last week and left even more impressed than he did on his first visit in early June. He said his two visits to George County have really opened his eyes and changed his perception of the county. He said his home county is principally cattle and pine trees. He assumed that was what he would find in George County.

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Tuesday 06/12/2018
Farmers Market hits season peak without tomatoes
Posted: June 12, 2018

   The Farmers Market is hitting its season peak with more farmer-vendors and larger crowds of shoppers than ever before, according to market coordinator Monica Turner.

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Thursday 05/31/2018
Fighting dogs get a second chance at life
Posted: May 31, 2018

   At least some of the dogs rescued from an alleged dog fighting operation may receive a second chance at life.

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Thursday 05/24/2018
Small army of volunteers place flags on graves
Posted: May 24, 2018

  An estimated 1,400 American Flags will somberly flutter in the warm Memorial Day breeze, close to the graves of George County veterans, thanks to a small army of volunteers.

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Another hurdle for the Merrill Bridge
Posted: May 24, 2018

   Supervisors got a disappointing surprise last week when they met to open bids on the Merrill Bridge repair. There weren’t any.

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Tuesday 05/08/2018
It starts with a handshake
Posted: May 08, 2018

   Central Elementary School students have been surprising visitors with new skills they have been learning, leading up to a competition with prizes such as iPads at stake. The skills include meeting people with direct eye contact, a firm handshake and the ability to start a conversation with strangers.

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Thursday 05/03/2018
Local olive oil big hit at Lucedale Farmers Market
Posted: May 03, 2018

   Always one to bring something different, Lisa Landon came to the Farmers Market last week with an offering that included bottles of rosemary-infused olive oil.

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Law Enforcement Run-Walk to raise funds for memorial
Posted: May 03, 2018

    Runners and walkers in the George County area are invited to participate in a Law Enforcement Memorial 5K and 1 miler event on Saturday, May 5 beginning at 8 a.m.

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Thursday 04/19/2018
Local agencies conduct large water rescue operation
Posted: April 19, 2018

   Billed as the 2018 Mud Bug Bash, complete with live music and free crawfish, ATV enthusiasts at Red Creek Off-Road may have gotten a little more mud and water than they bargained for. The three-day event, at the off-road park on Vestry Road in southwest George County, drew more than 1,000 people who wanted to get wet and muddy riding their ATV’s through the trails, mud holes and ponds of the facility.

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Shearing time for local Alpacas
Posted: April 19, 2018

  I got a text Wednesday morning asking me what I knew about alpaca shearing. I responded I know as much about alpaca shearing as I do about sheep shearing. I know nothing about sheep shearing. The next text asked if I was interested in learning about it. I was very interested. I'm almost embarrassed to say how giddy the prospect of meeting alpacas made me.

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Tuesday 04/10/2018
Relay for Life moves downtown this Saturday
Posted: April 10, 2018

   Trains, balloons, face painting, Snow Boogers and food galore. All of this and much more will be at this year’s Relay for Life this coming Saturday, April 14 on Lucedale’s Main Street from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m.

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Farmers Market to begin sixth season
Posted: April 10, 2018

   The George County Farmers Market will kick off its sixth season on Saturday, April 21.

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Tuesday 04/03/2018
Board drafts road policy
Posted: April 03, 2018

   A Board of Supervisors meeting with a characteristically benign agenda got just a little contentious at one point Monday morning.

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150th BEB begins sacrifice in Kuwait deployment
Posted: April 03, 2018

   They kept streaming in to honor the 97 camo-clad soldiers. As Lucedale Mayor Darwin Nelson, serving as master of ceremonies, began his opening remarks, an estimated 500 family, friends and well-wishers were gathered in the Lucedale City Park on Tuesday, March 20. And people kept coming, entering the park from almost every direction to be a part of honoring the members of the 150th BEB as they got ready to leave for a year’s active duty deployment in Kuwait and other locations in the Middle East.

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Green lights shine to honor troops
Posted: April 03, 2018

   The George County Chamber of Commerce is shining its support for the 150th BEB National Guard Unit and their families through a Green Light program.

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Thursday 03/22/2018
Drug peddlers could face death penalty
Posted: March 22, 2018

   Drug pushers could face the death penalty if a plan President Trump is proposing is written into law.

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Thursday 03/15/2018
Mississippi’s Casino Impact
Posted: March 15, 2018

    According to the American Gaming Association, casino gaming tax revenue in Mississippi reached $6.5 billion in 2017. This was enough money to fund the state’s entire budget for the year.  In addition to this revenue, casinos in Mississippi generate over 25,000 jobs while entertaining over 20 million visitors to the state. The monetary windfall generated by casino gambling has brought much change to the state, especially for the communities that host the casinos themselves. Biloxi Mayor A.J. Holloway commented that the industry has allowed Biloxi to "invest tens of millions of dollars in public education and public safety, keeping property taxes in check and generally reduce taxes for residents while expanding and enhancing their day-to-day services." Biloxi and its sister cities that host casinos have also benefited from new construction jobs, new hotels and restaurants and additional tax revenue from the influx of visitors and the services and features they demand.   

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House Bill arming teachers passes Senate
Posted: March 15, 2018

   Mississippi schools would no longer be “gun free zones” if House Bill 1083 becomes law. Certain authorized teachers and administrators might be designated and permitted to carry concealed pistols with 36 or more hours of training from a qualified instructor.

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2019 DYW Title Awarded To Mia Parker
Posted: March 15, 2018

   Mia Parker, a George County junior student at Mississippi School for Math and Science in Columbus, was awarded the 2019 Distinguished Young Woman title for George County on Saturday night, March 10.

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Tuesday 03/06/2018
State Aid closes bridges in George County
Posted: March 06, 2018

   The George County Board of Supervisors met in an emergency meeting Friday morning to approve an immediate repair to a Broome School Road bridge that the State Aid Road Construction Office had ordered closed. The closure notice came in a letter dated February 26, which the county received on Wednesday.  A second bridge on Salem Road was also ordered closed in the same letter.

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DYW title to be awarded at Saturday night ceremony
Posted: March 06, 2018

     Eight high school junior girls will compete on Saturday evening, March 10  for the 2019 George County Distinguished Young Woman title.

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Tuesday 02/27/2018
City to host National Guard deployment reception
Posted: February 27, 2018

   The Mississippi National Guard, including the B Company of the 150th Brigade Engineer Battalion stationed in Lucedale, will be deployed to Kuwait later this year. To honor the men and women of the 155th Brigade, which includes the Lucedale unit, the City will host a send-off ceremony in the City Park on Tuesday, March 20, from 4 – 6 p.m. This will be the unit’s third deployment to the Middle East since 2004 – 2005. The first deployment was to Iraq. The second deployment, that time to Afghanistan, began in March 2009.

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Thursday 02/22/2018
Trump and Rural America
Posted: February 22, 2018

   In 2016 Donald Trump was put into the White House with the help of rural voters. Trump defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton by an almost two to one margin in rural and small town America. George County was one of many rural counties that went for Trump big. Trump received 88% of the vote in George County, compared to 10% for Hillary Clinton. Republicans such as Trump have appealed to rural and small town voters ever since the Civil Rights movement.

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Tuesday 02/20/2018
On a mission in Tanzania
Posted: February 20, 2018

   Many couples dream of travel when they retire. Some actually do. But few travel as far and for as long as one former George County couple.

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Gang activity is growing problem
Posted: February 20, 2018

   The distribution of illegal narcotics, larcenies and even murder is among the crimes George County street gangs are committing. It is a problem here and all across the nation. Recently, the Mississippi Analysis and Information Center released its 2017 assessment of gang activity. Included in that assessment was a map indicating the top three gangs, based upon convictions.

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Tuesday 02/13/2018
Legislative report House approved enhanced concealed carry in public places
Posted: February 13, 2018

   It was a dramatic protest. State Rep. Charles Young Jr., an enhanced carry permit holder, pulled out an unloaded pistol and held it up in display during debate on the House floor last week. Young was protesting a bill that would enable enhanced carry permit holders to keep their gun on their person when entering certain public places.

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City honors Payton Dudley at Arbor Day tree planting
Posted: February 13, 2018

    Former Ward 4 City Alderman Payton Dudley was recognized at Lucedale’s Arbor Day celebration  Feb. 9 for his dedication and time spent serving  in the city government.

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Tuesday 02/06/2018
Fifteen week abortion ban passes House vote
Posted: February 06, 2018

   With all of the proposed legislation that will be considered this year now on the docket, the Mississippi Legislature began meeting in open session to pass or debate proposed bills.

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Lost toddlers found safe in woods
Posted: February 06, 2018

   Parents got a scare last week when three youngsters, all under age four, disappeared.

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Tuesday 01/30/2018
Sheriff asks for help with livestock database
Posted: January 30, 2018

   Suddenly, in the glow of the headlights, a dark shape appeared – a horse standing in the middle of the road. Blinded by the headlights, the horse, fortunately for both it and me stood still as I swerved off onto the shoulder to avoid colliding with it. I called 911 and reported the animal in the roadway.

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City of Lucedale announces plans for Arbor Day celebration Feb. 9
Posted: January 30, 2018

    Lucedale’s 2018 Arbor Day celebration, in conjunction with the national event,  will be held on Friday, February 9 at City Hall.

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Schools to consider bullying hotline
Posted: January 30, 2018

 The George County School District is tired of it. Bullying that is, and they hope to establish a way to report incidents and still remain anonymous.

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Thursday 01/25/2018
Mistrial declared in corrections nurse manslaughter trial
Posted: January 25, 2018

  Nearly two weeks of testimony was apparently not enough to enable a George County jury of 10 women and 2 men to decide the guilt or innocence of a former jail nurse on trial for manslaughter. After five-and-a-half hours of deliberation, the jury was split 11 to 1 and hopelessly deadlocked. Special Circuit Court Judge Richard McKenzie of Hattiesburg accepted a motion from defense attorney James Dukes and declared a mistrial in the case of former George Regional Jail nurse Carmon Sue Brannan.

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Woman, child held captive in Lucedale home over weekend
Posted: January 25, 2018

  The Lucedale Police Department reported that a female entered the police station January 21 around 7:30 a.m. advising she and her eight-year-old son had been held captive since Friday afternoon.  She identified her kidnapper as John Douglas II.  

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Tuesday 01/16/2018
Mardi Gras returns to Lucedale
Posted: January 16, 2018

   1963. The President is John F. Kennedy, The Beatles had yet to invade and Lucedale hosted our last Mardi Gras parade. Nearly 100 years prior in 1868, Joe Cain started a procession through the streets of Mobile, Ala. with a few Confederate veterans. Mardi Gras has surrounded our community, but it is back. Finally.

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Ellis Hodge bridge construction begins
Posted: January 16, 2018

   Construction for the new Ellis Hodge Road bridge began Monday with the closure of the old bridge in George County.

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Thursday 01/11/2018
Legislature seeks education funding formula review
Posted: January 11, 2018

   One of the key goals for the Mississippi Legislature this session is to revise the Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP) funding formula for schools. Currently the Department of Education provides $2.2 billion to Mississippi schools through MAEP, and that amount is the single largest expenditure in the state budget according to a statement on the Legislature's website.

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Shooting incident leaves one man dead
Posted: January 11, 2018

   One man is dead, another treated for injuries and a woman was jailed after a shooting incident last Saturday evening.

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Tuesday 01/02/2018
Lucedale Mardi Gras Parade Scheduled Jan. 20
Posted: January 02, 2018

   George County residents will not have to go far to enjoy Mardi Gras this year. For the first time in more than half a century, George County will have its own Mardi Gras celebrations, including a parade.

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Hard freeze warnings this week
Posted: January 02, 2018

   The National Weather Service in Mobile has issued a hard freeze warning for the rest of this week. Temperatures have already reached lows in the mid-teens this week with daily highs in the mid to upper thirties. The cold temperatures combined with wind will continue to cause dangerous overnight wind chill values with exposed skin at risk of frost bite.

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Tuesday 12/26/2017
2017: A year in review
Posted: December 26, 2017

By Royce Armstrong

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Tuesday 12/19/2017
Drunk drivers, speeders targeted in Lucedale as part of safety campaign
Posted: December 19, 2017

   Hot spiced wine, eggnog laced with alcohol, Irish coffees and other festive cocktails are all part of the holiday season, but should be enjoyed in moderation and never before driving, according to Lucedale Police Chief Kellum Fairley.

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Tuesday 12/12/2017
Rare snowstorm just in time for Christmas
Posted: December 12, 2017

   The National Weather Service was predicting the possibility of snow last Friday along a line stretching from Louisiana across Mississippi and Alabama to the East Coast with possible accumulations of an inch or so north of Meridian. For George County, it was believed, we might be lucky to see a few flakes in the air. By evening, though, kids everywhere across the county were doing something they rarely ever get to do - building snowmen, making snow angels and having snowball fights.

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School general fund in the black for first time in four years
Posted: December 12, 2017

   A recent independent audit confirmed what George County School District administrators have been working toward for the past year. Putting the main district operating fund, the General Fund, back in positive territory.

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Monday 12/11/2017
2017 Christmas Parade Float Winners Announced
Posted: December 11, 2017

     A huge crowd of spectators lined the streets of Lucedale on Saturday night, Dec. 2 to watch the 2017 Christmas parade.

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Friday 12/01/2017
Countdown to Christmas with Second Annual Blue Line Toy Drive
Posted: December 01, 2017

   The countdown to Christmas has begun with youngsters everywhere dreaming of games, toys and other gifts. For some, those dreams may be just that - hopeless dreams, unless Santa gets a little help.

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Lucedale Christmas Parade To be led by Former Mayor Doug Lee
Posted: December 01, 2017

  For many years former Lucedale Mayor Doug Lee rode near the front of the city’s annual Christmas Parade on Saturday, Dec. 2.

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Monday 11/27/2017
Remembering George County Times Owner Buddy Sellers
Posted: November 27, 2017

   The message was unexpected. Buddy Sellers was looking for someone to write news stories for the George County Times. If I was interested, I should give him a call.

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