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Chevelle Champ came about her vocation and her avocation naturally. The case manager for the special education department at Plantersville Middle School comes from a family of educators: “Every school I attended had one of my aunts who taught. Three were special ed teachers,” said Champ, a N…

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Time is a valuable commodity for Mary Frances Massey. The Tupelo native works a number of jobs yet still finds time to help out at her daughter’s school, the Early Childhood Education Center. In fact, her volunteer efforts there have landed her the title of Tupelo Public Schools’ Parent of t…

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Ida Brand is a longtime resident of Shannon but maintains strong ties to her native Okolona. Most of those ties center around education, her career for 31 years. She retired in 2013 as principal of Shannon Elementary School but didn’t retire from community service. “I still work with the chi…

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Qualifying of candidates for this spring’s municipal elections wrapped up last Friday. The ballots are set but, of course, could change as some aspirants to city offices could withdraw from some of the races; it happened in Oxford, where two candidates for alderman withdrew after qualifying …

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Romeco Traylor wears a lot of hats. Aside from being a career fireman – he is a division chief in the Tupelo Fire Department – he is involved on many levels in community activities. But first, a little about the man’s history. Traylor, 49, is a Tupelo native and a graduate of Shannon High Sc…

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On Dec. 29, 2020 a report was filed with the Lee County Sheriff’s Department from an area business — the complainant stated a former employee had used a company card to obtain money without the permission of the business.

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Lindsay Brett is a busy woman. And she is about to be even busier. The principal of Plantersville Middle School has been selected to serve on a statewide commission initiated by the Mississippi Department of Education. The Principal Advisory Council is the brainchild of Dr. Carey Wright, sta…

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Junior Swords – yes, that’s his given name – may have one of the coolest jobs in Tupelo. The 55-year-old Pontotoc native oversees the city’s tree farm, located on the southern end of Lawndale Drive. On the approximately 13-acre tract (only a fraction of that comprises the tree farm), Swords,…

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The Tupelo Economic Recovery Task Force (TERTF) announced today the launch of “Mask Up, Tupelo!” in support of Tupelo’s mask ordinance and other socially responsible practices known to slow the spread of COVID-19, including hand washing and social distancing.

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OXFORD, Miss. – A senior in the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College is the University of Mississippi's first recipient of a prestigious Rangel Graduate Fellowship. Charlotte Armistead, of Mooreville, is double majoring in international studies and Arabic with a minor in intelligence and…

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STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — A former police officer has been arrested on a manslaughter charge after his car fatally struck a pedestrian over the weekend, Mississippi authorities said.

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If there was one emotion on full display in the Lee County Courthouse more than a year ago, Sunday, November 3, 2019, it was love. There may have been some sadness over the retirement of Justice Court Judge Sadie Monts Holland, but it was washed away by the tsunami of love that poured out fo…

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Tupelo Ward One Council Member Markel Whittington announced his candidacy for Mayor of the City of Tupelo in the Republican primary April 6, 2021.

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On Nov. 19, 2020 the Lee County Sheriff Dept. along with the North MS. Narcotic Unit executed two search warrants at 4907 A. Raymond Avenue in Verona.

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The Tupelo Police Department (TPD) has remained busy this past week with two felony arrests and a two vehicle crash, in which one driver was killed. On Nov. 8, 2020 at approximately 10 p.m. a Tupelo patrol officer in the area of Briar Ridge and Eason Boulevard initiated a traffic stop on a 2…

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‘Tis the season of sparseness. Especially if you’re looking for a Christmas parade. The longtime North Mississippi tradition has, in some places, been canceled due to concerns about spreading the coronavirus during the current pandemic.

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Unimaginable. Investigators said things like “the photos ( 7A) don’t do it justice,” “the stench was unreal” and plus law enforcement had to “clear” every inch of the trailer in case, some druggie was hiding amongst the squaller.

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A contractor at Cooper Tire was killed Tuesday afternoon. The accident happened shortly after 1 p.m. and Randy Roberts, 55, of Blue Springs was pronounced dead at 1:48 p.m. at North Mississippi Medical Center. Lee County Coroner Carolyn Green said details of the incident were sketchy as of W…

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Only days away and tens of millions of voters have already cast their ballots in what is being called the biggest election in United States history. And Lee County is no exception. Although Mississippi is the only state in the union that does not allow mail-in voting, it does allow early abs…

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Andrego Gaston, 34 and Roy Miller, 39 who are wanted as suspects for a couple murders, which took place in center of Verona on Sept. 17, are back in custody.

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John Leslie, Lee County Board of Supervisors foreman, watches the progress of crews excavating a failed culvert on Commerce Street in Tupelo. Located in front of the Lee County Juvenile Detention Center, the massive excavation was likely prompted by flow from artesian springs that once forme…

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On Oct. 2, 2020, Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) agents received information about a party that was to take place the next day, Oct. 3, and would be attended by high school students.

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Greg Burks’ biography reads like a modern-day Indiana Jones epic. Burks, 56 and president of private client services for northeast Mississippi for Renasant Bank, is the subject of this year’s Antone Tannehill Good Samaritan Free Clinic’s Virtual Roast to be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, October 27…

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A local man could have reserved the most luxurious room at a Tupelo hotel, ordered room service and had a very pleasant night, but instead decided to take a nap in his car and get arrested.

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The race is on. Throughout Saltillo – and other locales – several companies are hanging and laying fiber optic cable to provide high-speed internet to residents.

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On Sept. 22, 2020, 911 dispatch received a call reporting a fire on CR 1213 at Barnett Bridge. The bridge is located in the Pratts Community and is one of the oldest bridges in Lee County. It is made of solid wood and has been used as a means of transportation up until this fire.

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Cooler weather and election season have arrived together. As temperatures drop to more tolerable levels, the election is heating up. Last week, voters in Lee County and across the state began requesting and casting absentee ballots. With the ongoing virus pandemic, absentee voting statewide …

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Few people get away with murder. Those with lots of money, who know like-minded individuals several zip codes away might stay off the grid for a while but the knock, on the door, will come some day.

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On Aug. 22, 2020, the Lee County Sheriff’s Department received several complainants about burglary of automobiles in the area of County Road 811 near Jean Circle north of I-22.

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A botched kidnapping, in Lee County, started like an episode of Fargo, the television show based on the film, by the same name, by Joel and Ethan Coen.

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 The Lee County Sheriff Department received a report, from Lee County Child Protective Services (CPS), that a three-year-old child had tested positive for amphetamines and methamphetamine. CPS removed all the children from the home and placed them in a safe environment.

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The Courier will be closed Thursday, Aug. 13 and Friday, Aug. 14.

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Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton offered a bit of a shocker last weekend when he announced he would not seek a third term heading up the city. Next year’s mayoral race will not include an incumbent.

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Maintenance workers Kathryn McCollum and Scott Elliott worked Monday outside Saltillo Primary School weed eating and mowing grass in preparation for the opening of school on August 6. Inside, Principal Brad Jackson and his staff prepared for registration while Lee County Schools workers stri…

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TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — In the Mississippi city where Elvis Presley was born, the mayor announced last week that masks would be required in public buildings and businesses starting Monday because of the COVID-19 pandemic — and he used the opportunity to debunk an array of rumors.