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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.

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This will be a Fourth of July like no other in recent memory. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused most cities to cancel or greatly cut back on the annual celebration of American independence. And Lee County is no different. All towns that usually have some sort of celebration events and have ca…

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Venue Coalition recently announced that longtime arena manager Todd Hunt will be joining the company as svp, client services & partnerships, according to a press release. In his new role, Hunt will focus on national booking and business development while continuing to service new and exi…

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Small businesses could be eligible for monies under the Back to Business grant program set up by the Mississippi Development Authority’s Back to Business Help and Resource Center. A press conference held Monday at the BancorpSouth Arena outlined next week’s undertaking and featured comments …

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COVID-19 might have cancelled the Dudie Burger Festival but Sammy Adderholt and Dennie Waite are still cooking up tasty memories from the past. You can drive through the Ballard Park parking lot on May 9, 10:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., to pick up your bags.

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The Lee County Emergency Management Agency has requested a  Community COVID testing site for our area. The site  will be set up on the BancorpSouth Arena parking lot (375 East Main Street Tupelo, MS 38804) on Monday, April 27, 2020. Testing will begin at 9:00 a.m. Please share the attached f…

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There are certain lists individuals shouldn’t want to end up on. One of those files is the Lee County Sheriff’s Department (LCSD) “most wanted” list.

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Area funerals will have a decidedly different look and feel in Lee County. At least until the COVID-19 virus threat subsides, the death ceremonies will be highly restricted. Last Friday, funeral home directors gathered for a press conference at the Lee County Courthouse. Whitney Pegues of W.…

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The Best of the Best winners were announced in the Lee County Courier. The winners will not be posted on our website. The only way to find out is to buy a paper I would suggest you purchase one by this weekend. They always sell out.

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OXFORD, Miss. – Wayne Gray, a virologist in the UM Department of Biology with more than 40 years' experience studying viruses, is offering some insights that may help the public understand the COVID-19 pandemic.

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We are together in a moment of great uncertainty. It is a time when all of our lives are being disrupted as we come together to fight one common enemy. All of your state’s leaders are working hard, following the lead of experts, to combat the COVID-19 virus and prevent its spread in our comm…

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Verona had another shooting last week in a location that has earned a dubious reputation as something akin to a shooting gallery. The Chevron station and convenience store at the intersection of Raymond Avenue and 8th Street on Wednesday, March 4, was rocked by gunfire shortly before noon. T…

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Jack Reed Jr. is the 2020 Junior Auxiliary Citizen of the Year. He received the honor during Friday night’s Charity Ball. Reed, president and chairman of the board of Reed’s department store chain, is a native of Tupelo and a longtime benefactor and volunteer in the community. At 68 years ol…

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Pamela Britt, 63, was murdered in her Baldwyn home on East Clayton Street on Tuesday, February 11, during the middle of the day. The cashier at Baldwyn U Save had gone to her home around lunch but never returned to her job. The store’s owner drove to Britt’s house to check on her, where he r…

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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.