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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.

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TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — The family of a 66-year-old grandmother killed in a drive-by shooting in northeast Mississippi has signaled it intends to sue a city and a police chief. Local news outlets report that the family of Annie Walton has filed a notice of claim against the city of Verona and P…

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As of Wednesday morning, Latavious Betts remained at large. The 17-year-old Verona resident is wanted for a murderous shooting spree last Friday, December 7, in the southwestern part of Lee County. Annie Walton, 66, was killed when bullets ripped through her home at 181 County Road 45 around…

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If one thing is certain about Saltillo’s water woes, it is that the situation is fluid. So says Mayor Rex Smith of the issues on the table. And most of the 150 people present at a public hearing on the matter last Thursday likely went away with that impression. The Board of Aldermen agreed t…

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Lee County Jail inmate Johntavius U. Trice will be charged with Aggravated Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer for an attack at 5:15 p.m. on November 4. In a closed circuit video, Trice clearly appears to hit a corrections officer in the head as he was being led to a meal.

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Merle Temple has done it again with Blood on the Ground — penned a suspenseful and complex novel with characters who jump off the page. Readers are taken for a scary ride inside the seedy nightclubs and dark alleys — places they normally wouldn't venture, locales operated by drug dealers and…

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Tomorrow, Friday, Oct. 26 the Lee County Sheriff’s Department, in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), will give the public the opportunity to rid their homes of expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal agency says a Mississippi landlord will have to pay a settlement to an interracial couple after he evicted them from an RV park because of their skin color. The Department of Housing and Urban Development reached the settlement Tuesday but did not disclose the…

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Fall is falling upon the region so that means it’s time for the Oren Dunn City Museum Dogtrot Heritage Festival. The annual event, which includes a community scarecrow contest and the ever popular “Paint the Bug,” takes place on the museum grounds Friday and Saturday in Ballard Park. Rae Mat…

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Although it is still a few weeks away, it’s probably time to start thinking about the 2018 Northeast Mississippi Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Organized by the Alzheimer’s Association, it is scheduled for Saturday, October 27, at Ballard Park. Onsite registration begins at 8 a.m. but pre-register…

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When friends Adam Grace and Aaron Fisher started Conjuror Community over three years ago, neither expected its rapid growth. Both Grace and Fisher have practiced magic for most of their lives, which solidified their friendship over the last twenty years. “We finally put it all together a few…

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It is being called the most important election in recent memory. The midterm federal election on November 6 could possibly change the makeup of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, switching them from Republican majorities to Democratic majorities. What actually happens dep…