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It seems to be almost like “preaching to the choir” when it comes to touting the strength of the DeSoto County School District’s (DCS) educational program, but a recent report provides more national confirmation of how schools in the district are viewed elsewhere.

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Horn Lake mayoral candidate Michael Guice, standing, addresses issues during a recent forum of Republican mayoral candidates held in the Olive Branch Municipal Court chambers. Other candidates who attended and spoke at the forum are, from left, Hernando Mayor Chip Johnson, moderator and form…

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It was a case of Mother Nature versus Mother Earth.

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First Regional Library Executive Director Ed Hughes is turning a page in his long career as a library director both here in Mississippi and elsewhere as he begins a new chapter in his life.

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DeSoto County and the municipalities seek more helping hands to get a grip on refuse and rubbish for the annual weeklong Spring Cleanup starting Saturday, April 29, and beyond. "We're really in need of more volunteers," said Supervisor Bill Russell of Walls. The blight fight kicks off with C…

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(Editor's Note: Today's story is a continuing one in a series of articles on upcoming candidate races in the five municipalities across DeSoto County. Republican and Democratic primaries are slated for May 2 and the general election is June 6.)

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Looking to fill openings while cutting costs, the DeSoto County School District has announced the appointment of 13 administrators to new positions within Mississippi’s most-populated public school district.

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A bond that was made between an elderly man and a class of primary school youngsters is now forever remembered in print, even though the earthly connection has since been separated.

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More than 120 golfers took part in a fundraiser for one of the Mid-South's premiere retirement communities, Wesley Meadows Retirement Community in Hernando, one of 12 campuses across the state, operated by Methodist Senior Services in Tupelo.

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Aldermen in Olive Branch continue to address areas of the city that have become vacant unattended lots. This week the board moved on having a number of lots that have been declared a menace to public health and safety be cleaned up.

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Law enforcement officials Thursday identified the two men arrested as part of a pursuit in Marshall County that later ended near the county line in DeSoto County. 

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The body of a 43 year-old woman was discovered inside her home in the Olive Branch area late Monday afternoon, according to DeSoto County Coroner Jeff Pounders.

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Following denials in 1984 and 1985 of conditional use applications to the Board of Adjustment for a country store at the site, the DeSoto County Board of Supervisors on Monday rejected rezoning sought for the same purpose by the owner of the 2.87-acre property in the Cockrum area.

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DeSoto County Sheriff Bill Rasco, center, threw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to Friday evening’s high school softball game with DeSoto Central at Lewisburg. Rasco was joined by Lewisburg High School school resource officers Dep. David Parnell Jr., left, and Dep. Hoss Howell.

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The DeSoto County Sheriff’s Department Monday morning identified the victims involved in the weekend home invasion and robbery in Olive Branch that resulted in the deaths of a victim and a suspect, along with the wounding of another suspect.

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A 40-year-old man whose body was discovered floating in a rural pond near Walls has been identified as Willie Brown of Memphis, according to DeSoto County Coroner Jeff Pounders.

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DeSoto County Schools have begun holding events to highlight Autism awareness and Overpark Elementary School in Olive Branch was one such school that held an event late last week to educate its students about autism.

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The widening project of Craft Road in Olive Branch to five lanes is moving forward, however city aldermen Tuesday night had to approve some housekeeping measures to move the project along more quickly.

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Longtime retired educator and administrator Ken Reid has died at age 68 after battling health problems in recent years. He was said to have passed away at home.

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Taking a welcome time out from budgets, bids, road projects and other matter-of-fact matters, the DeSoto Board of Supervisors offered full-court praise for the state champion Olive Branch High girls' basketball team with two Resolutions of Appreciation.

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Mark "Oz" Geist, author of the bestselling book, "13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Happened in Benghazi," shared his harrowing account of mounting a defense and rescue operation as a CIA contractor in that Libyan stronghold to a standing-room only crowd of more than 400 persons this past…

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DeSoto County and its cities, through membership in the six-state Interstate 69 Mid-Continent Coalition, back a state-federal application for $85.2 million for Fiscal 2017 to extend I-69 in the county, and welcome reported progress along the corridor.

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From planting daffodil bulbs on the courthouse square to singing Christmas carols to the elderly to imparting the importance of recycling, and doing more, much more, the Hernando Mayor's Youth Council members give back to their community. The high schoolers' high energy is born of the firm b…

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It’s amazing what can happen when husband and wife are not always forthcoming with all that is going on in their lives.

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It’s amazing what can happen when husband and wife are not always forthcoming with all that is going on in their lives.

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With a desire to maintain the beauty of DeSoto County and an increase in citizen requests for roadside litter collection, the Board of Supervisors voted on March 20 to hire a Litter Control Operator in the Department of Environmental Services. The Litter Control Operator is tasked with super…

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Some freshman students at Olive Branch High School are getting the benefit of real-life learning experiences through a program introduced with help from the city’s business community.

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Olive Branch aldermen Tuesday passed a measure that paves the way toward settling ownership and maintenance of some open areas in the Windstone Planned Development.

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The Arc Northwest Mississippi presents Autism Awareness Training for First Responders on Tuesday, March 28 from 8:30-11:30 a.m. at Getwell Road United Methodist Church, 7875 Getwell Road, Southaven.

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The public gets two opportunities to interact on waste treatment processes, by visiting the DeSoto County Regional Utility Authority (DCRUA) booth at the April 22 Earth Day celebration, and by participating in a May 1 hearing on proposed changes to the DeSoto Solid Waste Management Plan over…

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The Purple and Gold of DeSoto Central will take to the “wearin’ of the green” next week in the Big Apple.

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Olive Branch Police arrested a teenager as a result of a shooting Friday morning in the city.

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Three Marshall County teenagers were arrested and have been charged in connection with a February attempted armed robbery at the Olive Branch Buffalo Wild Wings, 7880 Craft Goodman Frontage Road.

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Subdivision activity, another signal of vigor in the housing industry and economy in general, remains brisk as DeSoto heads into 2017.

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Olive Branch aldermen had the city's business done in all of 15 minutes Tuesday night, as the agenda had little to hash out or discuss. 

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Center Hill Elementary School Principal Leslie “Sissy” Heyman relates it seems like she has always been in school, noting that her early home in Tate County was, at one time, the old Crockett Elementary School of the 1940s and 50s, now known as the Crockett Community Center.

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Vocal music students at Olive Branch have the unique opportunity to sing with a college choir and the public is invited to hear the compilation of musical talents.

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Due to a bill that allows for the creation of a 529 savings plan for individuals with disabilities, thousands of Mississippians with disabilities will be able to set aside tax-free savings for healthcare needs and other things, according to State Sen. Kevin Blackwell, R-Olive Branch.

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Now that the deadline has passed for qualifying in upcoming municipal races across DeSoto County, there are some new faces of which voters will become acquainted.

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Mississippi legislators Wednesday, March 1 honored Olive Branch native and current NASCAR driver Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., in the Mississippi House Chamber with the presentation of House Resolution 43. The resolution commends and congratulates Stenhouse on his numerous racing achievements and su…

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Several bills which remain alive at the State Capitol in Jackson are designed to bring in badly-needed new revenue for state coffers while others are aimed at curbing costs.

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The DFT production of "Disney's The Little Mermaid," is a pure joy to behold and an added bonus is a timely message of love and understanding that bridges the great divide between an underwater kingdom and the often strange and confusing world above the surface.

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Students in one DeSoto County middle school Friday literally represented the people they had learned about as a culmination to their studies of Black History Month.

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Taking a cue from lessons learned during a recent unit on the World War II Holocaust, some students at Lewisburg Middle School next week will put in action their sensitivity toward homeless refugees living in the Mid-South from the Middle East.

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Young visitors to the Olive Branch City Park will soon have a new place to play, thanks to action taken during Tuesday evening’s Board of Aldermen meeting.

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Gov. Phil Bryant Wednesday appointed longtime DeSoto County prosecuting attorney Craig Treadway to the vacant DeSoto County Judge Post 2.

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It's time again for Wayne Bartley's "Give A Kid A Chance To Be A Kid" 2017 Autism Golf Tournament" benefitting Autism Intervention Programs Throughout North Mississippi which is set for April 27 at the Club at North Creek.

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Boards of Aldermen in DeSoto County communities have several items to discuss on their agendas this evening.

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