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The Tupelo High School community lost one of its brightest lights last week. What began as a post on Facebook ended on a dark city street where 17-year-old Tiara Dancer was officially pronounced dead from a gunshot.

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Flu season is here and so is the flu. It is still early but the viral disease has already struck people in the region, with more sure to follow. Nationally, as of December 21, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 22 people have died from influenza or its complications duri…

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After more than a week in, Saltillo’s new water source seems to be running smoothly. According to Mayor Rex Smith, few complaints have been received since the surface water purchased from Northeast Mississippi Regional Water Supply District began filling the tanks, mains and pipes on Tuesday…

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Even at 11 years old, Gracie Killough (pronounced kee-low) recognizes the immense value of her past year of dyslexia therapy at Regional Rehabilitation Center: “I couldn’t read,” Gracie said Tuesday during her session with therapist Allyson Malone, who she meets with twice a week. As Malone …

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A Tupelo teenager, who was out on a $50,000 bond, allegedly violently attacked a woman and is now back in the Lee County Jail. Khaleb Knowles, 19, has been charged with rape, kidnapping, and felony aggravated domestic assault.

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On Oct. 1, 1997, a 16-year-old high school student passed the following note onto a fellow student. It read, “I am not insane, I am angry. I killed because people like me are mistreated every day. I did this to show society, push us and we will push back. ... All throughout my life, I was ri…

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By the time this newspaper goes to press the two missing teens, from this area should be safe and sound at home.

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 On Friday, August 16, 2019, the Lee County Sheriff’s Department received information about a threat that had been made. The threat was made via social media and contained the following language, “we will be shooting up Okolona and Shannon Schools also, don’t go to party or game tonight or y…

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TUPELO, Miss. (Department of Justice) — A total of eight individuals are behind bars following their arrest by federal, state and local law enforcement officers on federal drug trafficking and weapons charges in North East Mississippi.

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Back in 1990, a film called Pacific Heights graced local theaters. It’s a tale, set in San Francisco, where an unmarried couple, Drake Goodman (Matthew Modine) and Patty Palmer (Melanie Griffith), purchase an expensive 19th-century polychrome house in the exclusive Pacific Heights neighborho…

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Several celebrations of Independence Day are scheduled this year in Lee County, with the earliest happening tomorrow. In fact, this weekend is when most of those celebrations occur. With the Fourth of July falling on Thursday of next week, those communities figured to get a jump on the midwe…

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Navigating Barnes Crossing Road between North Gloster Street and Tom Watson Drive could be a lot worse. At the best of times, it is a quick, traffic-free exercise. At the worst of times, it is as close to gridlock as there can be in Tupelo. Throw in a major construction project and it can be…

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As of presstime Wednesday, May 8, the Tupelo Police Department was still looking for the two suspects who reportedly robbed a banking institution.

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Next Thursday marks a first for the Lee County Courier as the paper kicks off a serialized novel by a local writer. Merle Temple’s Deputy: Once Upon A Time in Mississippi will run every week in these pages.

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After three months of retirement, Judge Charles “Charlie” Brett is still getting used to it. The Attala County native spent 34 years in the judiciary and stepped down January 1 at the age of 72. “I’m thoroughly enjoying it, though,” said Brett. “My four grandsons are really looking forward t…

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Toyota not only knows how to build a car but it also knows how to throw a party. Hundreds of people celebrated the arrival of the new 2020 Toyota Corolla onstage at the company’s Blue Springs plant Monday. Attendees ranged from Toyota workers to local and state elected officials, including G…

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TUPELO, Miss. – On March 4, at a press conference State Auditor Shad White announced he has issued demand letters to each current member of the Town Creek Master Water Management District Board of Commissioners for approving unlawful per diem payments to themselves. The total of all demands …

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TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — A former teacher accused of illegal sexual contact with a student has been indicted. Former Tupelo High School teacher Braden Bishop remains free on $100,000 bail pending a court appearance in March. The 36-year-old Bishop was arrested last fall and charged with two coun…

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An era is ending. Justice Court Judge Sadie Holland has pulled out of the race for reelection to her District 3 judgeship. She has held the position since first being elected in 2003. Holland, 86, said she doesn’t like being interviewed by the media but, instead, issued a detailed press rele…

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After receiving several complaints from citizens about businesses selling beer to underage individuals, the Lee County Sheriff’s Department and the Alcohol Beverage Commission (ABC) began an investigation.

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The Flower Garden florist shop in Nettleton was also an illegal pharmacy according to the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics. It owner, John Hall, was arrested Friday on several charges involving the illegal dispensing of drugs. Hall, 76, is a retired pharmacist, long a fixture in the southeast…

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A Northeast Mississippi lady has been going around Lee County, impersonating management at various companies, and even an Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) agent.