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A Slayden area man is behind bars in Memphis in connection with the death of a Holly Springs man at Griffin Inc., an armored car supplier in Byhalia.

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Fair skies and smooth landings marked the official, permanent arrival Friday morning of the two DeSoto Sheriff's Department Aviation Unit helicopters from leased space to their new, county-owned facility complete with helipad, fuel station, and hangar with storage and crew work area.

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Officials were investigating the cause of this car-truck accident near the I-55/I-69 interchange Thursday afternoon. A tanker truck apparently collided with a vehicle seen in the far left part of this photograph. The accident caused the exit ramp to be closed and a traffic backup to result i…

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For Murray, the tail-less Manx cat bound for Washington State — the paper heart affixed to his cozy travel carrier for his Valentine's Day flight on a Wings of Rescue twin-engine turboprop — showed he'd be missed by his caregivers at the DeSoto County Animal Services shelter.

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The Mississippi Senate Wednesday overwhelmingly approved passage of the compromise bill authored by state Sen. David Parker, R-Olive Branch, which extends the repealer on the one-percent tourism tax on restaurant meals for parks, but also allows for the authorization of a public referendum o…

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At a busy session that focused on infrastructure, the DeSoto Board of Supervisors approved safety-related and anti-erosion road projects, and endorsed a parks and greenways master plan for the remainder of Fiscal 2017.

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DeSoto County Administrator Vanessa Lynchard had news that business leaders in Olive Branch were happy to hear Tuesday afternoon: the center of residential building growth in the county has found a home in Olive Branch and its immediate area.

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Members of the DeSoto County School District (DCS) Board of Education discussed a wide range of topics during a public work session Tuesday morning at the district offices in Hernando.

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Hernando Police are searching for two armed robbery suspects who robbed the Shell Gas Station at 586 East Commerce Street at approximately 4:26 a.m. Saturday.

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With a big bag containing her fledgling "forest" riding shotgun, Sheree Malone of Hernando was driving away a happy planter from the annual Public Tree Giveaway at Snowden Grove in Southaven.

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In the age of social media, digital computation and electronic tablet writing, the Mississippi Legislature has taken steps to reinstitute and reinforce a grammar school standby — cursive writing.

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Antique lovers and just the plain curious will have a chance this weekend to marvel at some of the finest antiques ever offered to the public during an estate sale worthy of Public Television's "Antiques Road Show."

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The Nesbit community's old downtown "is just sitting there," a cluster of forlorn, empty or under-used buildings, says DeSoto Supervisor Lee Caldwell. Yet she envisions a future where the area can be an up-and-coming, humming hub of commerce.

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A capital murder and aggravated robbery suspect wanted out of Mariana, Ark. was taken into custody Monday by Hernando Police, according to Hernando Police Chief Scott Worsham.

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Parents of students in the DeSoto County School District (DCS) can start making school vacation plans for next school year. It may be best to put them down in pencil for now, just in case.

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DeSoto County’s top teacher of the year has gone through hard work and hardship to get where she is today, representing the current corps of instructors who work daily to prepare their students for the next chapter of their lives.

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The Maddox Foundation has started off the New Year by making a $500,000 contribution to the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi as part of its signature $10 Million Challenge Grant. From left are Tom Pittman, Community Foundation President/CEO, Glenda Gurley with the Maddox Foundat…

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Several key bills that affect DeSoto County and the rest of the state's 82 counties either met a swift end after failing to gain passage out of committee or remain alive to be debated and voted upon another day.

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DeSoto County Youth Court Judge Celeste Wilson has been elevated to the position of Circuit Judge of the 17th Judicial District, representing five counties in northwest Mississippi.

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DeSoto County Youth Court Judge Celeste Wilson has been elevated to the position of Circuit Judge of the 17th Judicial District, representing five counties in northwest Mississippi.

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DeSoto County is on track to have some major improvements to its road system finished next year, according to Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) Northern District Commissioner Mike Tagert.

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For 9-year-old Connor Reid, a student in Kristen Holloway's third-grade class at DeSoto Central Elementary in Southaven, enjoying and appreciating trees is a hands-on experience.

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The Mississippi State Senate is set to take up MAEP revamp legislation in the Education Committee today, considering a plan that could mean less money for the state's kindergarten through 12th grade program if recommendations from an outside educational analysis and review group known as EdB…

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The new, long-awaited $9 million emergency radio system serving DeSoto County's five dispatch centers has debuted and receives positive early reviews from the E-911 District Commission. Meanwhile, a $206,000 project credit is being plowed into additional backup radio equipment.

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The suspect shot dead in a shootout with DeSoto County Sheriff's deputies that left two deputies injured Wednesday night is a hardened criminal with a rap sheet that landed him in prison for 11 of the past 30 years.

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Putting on the popular Public Tree Giveaway, placing thousands of saplings in the eager hands of hundreds, and the four-day Tree Program that visits more than a dozen schools, would topple just about any organizer who must depend on volunteers.

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The DeSoto County Sheriff’s Department late Wednesday morning reported that one of the deputies injured in Wednesday night’s shooting incident in Southaven is in critical, but stable condition at Regional One Medical Center, formerly the Med, in Memphis.

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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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