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The 17th annual Crystal Ball transformed the Southaven Arena into a festive atmosphere Saturday night, with an elaborate circus theme that conjured up images of a magnificent Parisian circus in early 20th-century France.

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Steering to street, bridge and other infrastructure matters this month, the DeSoto Board of Supervisors approved bid actions involving State Aid projects totaling almost $8 million and approved a revised four-year road plan presented by Road Manager Andy Swims.

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"It's the people, all kinds of people," said the friendly "face" of DeSoto County, Margaret Ann Richmond, in summing up what made her county service worthwhile after almost 38 years. She was one of 17 county administrative and road employees with 20-plus years of service honored recently by …

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The DeSoto County School Board got a mixed report card of sorts, earning praise from a North Carolina-based school efficiency consulting firm, SEC of Charlotte, Raleigh and Lexington, N.C., for its efforts to trim administrative costs and eliminate positions in some areas while drawing const…

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The two men who pled guilty to the armed robbery and kidnapping of a man who was tied up and left to burn alive following an armed robbery in 2015 were sentenced Friday by Circuit Judge Gerald Chatham.

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The search is on for a trio of armed suspects wanted in connection with the shooting of a Little Caesar's Pizza franchise manager in Horn Lake Wednesday night in addition to an armed robbery of the O'Reilly's Auto Parts Store in Senatobia a short time later.

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A DeSoto County man who pled guilty in connection with the death of a 24-year-old Memphis woman in 2011 will remain in prison — at least for another year.

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Not long before loading little Martini and Maynard, part of an unwanted litter of 13 pit puppies, aboard the twin-engine Fairchild Metroliner turboprop, Monica Mock summed up the eventful, emotional morning at the Signature Air Support terminal just north of Memphis International Airport.

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Long-time Hernando Main Street Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Susan Fernandez has stepped down in her role as director and will become the new Member Services Manager with the DeSoto County Economic Development Council.

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DeSoto County joined the rest of the country Monday to honor the legacy of the late civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with events that sought to instill Dr. King’s dream that America be a nation of service to each other.

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State Sen. Kevin Blackwell, R-Olive Branch, has been appointed by Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves to serve on the Joint Committee on Performance Revaluation and Expenditure Review or PEER.

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On a wing and a prayer for a loving, permanent home, 70 to 80 shelter and rescue-based dogs and cats from North Mississippi (including possibly 25 from DeSoto County), West Tennessee and East Arkansas are to be airlifted from Memphis International Airport by a nonprofit group to Boise, Idaho…

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Pennies add up — make that an extra $1.9 million dollars a year — which has been generated from the Penny for the Parks one-percent special tourism tax levy on restaurant meals in Southaven that has helped to fund such projects as Southaven's Senior Citizens Center and the city's new tennis …

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The 17th annual Crystal Ball, one of the largest charity events in the Mid-South, is nearing a 1,000-guest sell-out again with only 45 tickets still available for the Jan. 21 gala at the Arena at Southaven.

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A 60-year-old DeSoto County man died early Monday from injuries he received in a Sunday house fire on Bright Road in rural DeSoto County, according to DeSoto County Coroner Jeff Pounders. His wife was taken off life support late Monday and died early Tuesday morning, according to officials a…

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With a new president for 2017 wielding the gavel, Michael Lee of Hernando, the DeSoto Board of Supervisors plowed into appointments to dozens of county offices and boards and committees, most voluntary. One panel, the five-member Ozone Action Committee, has met its mandate but the board deci…

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The snow that blanketed DeSoto County with between two to four inches of the white stuff caught many residents and transportation officials by surprise on Friday morning.

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Alexis Grace Henley, a kindergartener at DeSoto Central Primary School and daughter of new school board member Michele Henley, led the Board of Education in the Pledge of Allegiance at the Thursday, Jan. 5 board meeting, which was Michele Henley’s first session as new board member.  

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The first winter storm of the season caused traffic tie-ups and the cancellations of school for public, private and parochial schools across DeSoto County and the Mid-South.

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The first winter storm of the season caused traffic tie-ups and the cancellations of school for public, private and parochial schools across DeSoto County and the Mid-South.

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School children in DeSoto County were given an extra day start to the weekend Friday, while many parents were also trying to determine childcare plans for the day, when overnight snowfall resulted in school officials deciding to cancel classes for the day.

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Although the DeSoto County School District’s 2016-17 school year is half over, Thursday was a new beginning for the elected group of five that oversees the operations of Mississippi’s largest public school district.

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Newly-installed Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Bobby Chamberlin will hold a local swearing-in ceremony this Sunday, Jan. 8 at 1:30 p.m. in the main courtroom of the DeSoto County Courthouse in Hernando. Looking on during ceremonies recently in Jackson are Chief Justice William L. Waller, …

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Lawmakers from DeSoto County got down to business Wednesday at the Mississippi State Capitol in Jackson with some filing bills ranging from eliminating Common Core curriculum in public schools to eliminating staggered school board terms and exempting owners of milk-producing animals from reg…

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Lawmakers from DeSoto County got down to business Wednesday at the Mississippi State Capitol in Jackson with some filing bills ranging from eliminating Common Core curriculum in public schools to eliminating staggered school board terms and exempting owners of milk-producing animals from reg…

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With city elections looming in May amid the start of the qualifying period for candidates, one veteran Hernando alderman, at-large member Sam Lauderdale, says he will not seek a sixth four-year term and has no other political plans.

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Members of the DeSoto County Election Commission were sworn into office by Circuit Clerk Dale Kelly Thompson at the County Courthouse on Tuesday afternoon. From left are Paul Beale (District 1), Barry Chatham (District 2), Danny Klein (District 3), Sissie Ferguson (District 4) and Tina Hill …

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A DeSoto County man was taken into custody just outside Regions Bank at Swinnea and Goodman roads in Southaven on Friday for suspected bank robbery, the culmination of a string of bank robberies which plagued Southaven on Friday during one of the busiest shopping days of the season.

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A former member of the Southaven Planning Commission has re-filed a complaint with the American Civil Liberties Union over what he said are a series of unconstitutional provisions of the City of Southaven's sign ordinances.

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In addition to topping levees and roadways and even shutting down a major state highway bridge for more than a year, the massive flash flooding in DeSoto County topped the news for 2016.

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New Year's revelers beware — Mississippi Highway Patrol, DeSoto County Sheriff's Department and local police from each of the county's five municipalities will be out looking for people who are intoxicated and have climbed behind the wheel.

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And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city.

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With all of December's activity yet to report, DeSoto County officials are reveling in January-November numbers showing another annual increase in residential building permits, a signal of economic vigor in general and housing market health in particular.

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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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As Master of Ceremonies for Christmas gift-giving to her fellow DeSoto County Master Gardeners, Pam Selby of the Twin Lakes area of Horn Lake embodied the holiday spirit with a Rudolph-red nose, a Santa hat and a very appropriate "evergreen" beard.

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A time of service to remember the sacrifice of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his followers in the American Civil Rights Movement is planned for Monday, Jan. 16 at Olive Branch Intermediate School.

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With more than half his civil case load dealing with landlord and tenant issues, Senior Justice Court Judge Ken Adams took matters into his own hands and designed a web site to shed light on the growing tenant-landlord issues that wind up in his court.

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Right smack in the middle of making his last-minute preparations for the big night this weekend, Jolly Ol’ Saint Nick took a break to make it a special moment with some quality time for some special youngsters on their terms Saturday morning.

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Ending the year on an upbeat note for jobs and business expansion in the county, the DeSoto Board of Supervisors at its last 2016 session approved investment incentives for six growing industries.

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Members of the DeSoto County School District Board of Education were joined by two members of the DeSoto County Board of Supervisors in recognizing more than two decades of service to the county’s public schools by retiring board member Steve Dodd, who is retiring from the board at the end o…

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