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An influx of runners and their supporters converge on downtown Memphis Saturday morning to run and raise funds for the world-famous St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, a leader in fighting childhood cancer and other diseases. 

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Supporters of the Hernando Dog Park are barking up the right trees, with more than $22,000 raised from an engaged community toward a goal of $25,000 for the long-sought facility's first phase.

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Just one agency remains to complete the "migration" by city and DeSoto County first-response and public service units from an aging radio network to a new, $9 million state-of-the-art communications system from Motorola.

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To a Christian and those who celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, the Christmas holidays are a special time when friends and family gather around the hearth and celebrate God's gift to mankind.

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Looking to highlight successes in public school education over the past year, Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) Supt. Dr. Carey Wright is setting about a statewide tour to a select group of schools that have excelled in the classroom. 

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Saying “I’m not done yet,” Southaven Mayor Darren Musselwhite Thursday announced his plans to run for re-election to another four-year term in 2017. 

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Circuit Judge Bobby Chamberlin has been elected to fill an open seat on the Mississippi Supreme Court, the first native DeSoto Countian to do so since the last century.

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The Christmas parade season in DeSoto County gets into full swing tonight with the first of four parades that communities in the county will host to help usher in the holiday season.

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Three young Tunica farmers, cousins Michael and Patrick Johnson and partner Buddy Allen, show they mean business -- the benevolent business of feeding a need -- by putting their money where their community's hungriest mouths are.

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The Rotary Club of Olive Branch recently recognized Students of the Month at Lewisburg High School for the months of October and November. With club president Ashley Herbert (far left) are, from left, Abbie Hunter, Jessica Huffman, Taylor Bond and Cory Baldwin.

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Circuit Judge Bobby Chamberlin has been declared the winner over Columbus attorney John Brady in a State Supreme Court race that has shifted back and forth district-wide, with Chamberlin pulling out front due to a strong showing in his native DeSoto County and surrounding counties, including…

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For students in the Hernando High School Occupational Employment program, digging deep into the dirt is a key part of the curriculum.

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Mississippi Supreme Court candidate Judge Bobby Chamberlin is aiming to make history as only the second native DeSoto Countian to serve on the Mississippi Supreme Court, should he be elected in next Tuesday's run-off election.

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Longtime Director of Community Relations and Tourism for the City of Olive Branch Bill Cruthirds is set to retire at the end of this year.

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Operators of a proposed Mississippi Royals youth baseball training facility struck out with the DeSoto Board of Supervisors, who sided with residents worried about traffic and noise in the agriculture-zoned area at 100 Malone Road S. near Hernando.

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A couple stands underneath the clock tower on the north side of the historic DeSoto County Courthouse.

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Four people were shot and a man later arrested after an incident east of Hernando Wednesday evening.

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As a great-grandmother who looks after several grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Mittie Armistead, 70, said the food and household items she receives from the Interfaith Food Pantry housed on the campus of the First Presbyterian Church in Hernando is a blessing.

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The owners of a popular Olive Branch restaurant hope their next appearance at the city’s Board of Aldermen meeting early next month will provide them the support they need to move and expand at a new location. 

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Despite recent rainfall, a total of 52 of the state's 82 counties, including DeSoto, remain under a statewide burn ban, which can only be lifted by Gov. Phil Bryant.

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At the finish line of Saturday's race, coming in a winner for Dachshund mixes Piper and Pippi means more than placing first, second or third. It means finding a loving home.

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A shoebox from the back of an 18-wheeler parked in the parking lot of Parkway Baptist Church in Hernando just might be destined for hurricane-ravaged Haiti or war-torn Iraq or Afghanistan.

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The DeSoto County Board of Supervisors greeted the new head librarian of the busy Hernando branch, Jesse Pool, and will welcome a new bridge next year with replacement of an aging span on Meadowbrook Road in the Horn Lake area.

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Breakfast time in the cardiac care area of Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto in Southaven Friday morning came with a side of certificates and awards for the department’s work in saving lives. 

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Breakfast time in the cardiac care area of Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto in Southaven Friday morning came with a side of certificates and awards for the department’s work in saving lives. 

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Young children are often described by their mothers as being “perfect in every way.” 

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So far, a total of seven new entrance signs to the state's third-largest city have been installed, with the handsome, black, wrought-iron signs to be placed at eight other locations before Thanksgiving, according to Southaven Mayor Darren Musselwhite.

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The DeSoto County Regional Utility Authority's Fiscal 2016 "true-up," the final adjustment of projected wastewater treatment cost against actual use and cost by DeSoto's five municipalities, will deliver credits for Olive Branch, Hernando and Horn Lake and deficits for Southaven and Walls.

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Belhaven University became the second major sponsor for the 2017 Crystal Ball charitable event. The University, which has locations in Southaven and Memphis, is sponsoring the gala to assist the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi in improving Northwest Mississippi’s quality of life.

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DeSoto County Schools Director of Transportation John Caldwell gave the district’s school board an update on his department during the board’s Thursday meeting in Hernando. 

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The Rotary Club of Southaven has recognized the Horn Lake High School Student and Teacher for the month of November. The Teacher of the Month is Marine Corps Jr. ROTC instructor Lt. Col. F.A. ”Skip” Barth and the Student of the Month is Gary Leedom. They are joined by Rotary Club member Fran…

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The 20-star United States flag is tattered and threadbare, but its colors are still as vibrant as the day it flew from atop a ship's mast off the Massachusetts Bay.

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A DeSoto County Justice Court judge Wednesday remanded the domestic violence case of Heather Fox, a state Republican Party Executive Committee member and DeSoto County Republican Party Executive Committee member who, at one time, was actively involved in the North Mississippi campaign suppor…

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With the clock ticking and unhappy with a proposed redistricting map from consultant Slaughter and Associates of Oxford, Hernando Aldermen, with public input, tackled the map themselves at Tuesday evening's board session.

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FEUER Powertrain North America, Inc. opened its $140 million 156,000 square-foot automotive crankshaft manufacturing facility in Robinsonville Wednesday to much fanfare and accolades from state and local officials in addition to the company's German-based CEO.

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A doggone good time was had all around in Olive Branch on Saturday — for two-footed and four-footed residents alike.

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Mississippi Republican State Party Executive Committee member and DeSoto County Republican Executive Committee member Heather Fox's court date for domestic violence is slated for Wednesday in DeSoto County Justice Court.

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Justin Bartley is now 20 but he is just now able to communicate to his parents, Wayne and Carla Bartley of Olive Branch, if he has a headache or stomach ache.

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Just two days away from a day when Americans were able to exercise their voting privilege on Election Day, civil rights icon James Meredith Thursday helped unveil a marker recognizing an event where his march 50 years ago to allow African-Americans the right to vote in Mississippi was halted…

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Cecil Brunson has two Purple Hearts, a Silver Star, a chest full of other medals and a million mental images that still haunt his memory.

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At their most recent session, the DeSoto Board of Supervisors dealt with a range of infrastructure issues, from approving more railroad crossing repairs, anti-erosion work to protect roads and $50 million in bonds for completing the mammoth Interstate 69/269 project, to allowing Southaven to…

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To address concerns while keeping flood rules strict, the DeSoto Board of Supervisors recently approved two changes in the Flood Prevention Ordinance.

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Veterans and their families joined second graders at Northpoint Christian School for an annual veterans observance. Students in Christine Ross' second grade class collected items for soldiers and learned about their sacrifices.

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The highest-ranking elected official in charge of overseeing elections in the state of Mississippi gave the Tuesday night process high praise during a visit to Olive Branch the day after the votes were counted. 

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The DeSoto County School District (DCS) Board of Education is welcoming a new face to the board in January, with Tuesday’s election putting newcomer Michele Henley on the five-person board that oversees Mississippi’s largest school district.

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