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Betty Lou Hyde Ballard

Betty Lou Ballard, 85, of Jayess, passed away on Jan. 25, 2023, at Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg. Betty Lou was born Jan. 23, 1938, in Monticello to Henry Charles “Happy” and Isabel King Hyde. A funeral service was held Jan. 27 at New Hope Baptist Church, followed by a graveside service at the church…

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Harold Elwin Burt

Harold Elwin Burt, 84, of Jayess, passed away Jan. 27, 2023, at Asbury Hospice House in Hattiesburg. Harold was born Oct. 21, 1938, in McComb to Elwin and Irma Melrose Burt. A funeral service was held Jan. 30 in the Wilson Funeral Home Chapel, with graveside services following in the Tilton United Methodist Church Cemetery.…

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Peggy Joyce Kerr Clinton

Services for Peggy Joyce Kerr Clinton were held Jan. 13, 2023, at Hopewell Baptist Church in McCool, with burial following in the Hopewell Church Cemetery. Peggy Clinton, 77, died Jan. 9 in the front bedroom of her home in the Panhandle community of Choctaw County. She was born in this same front bedroom on May…

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Joni Dianne Cone

Joni Dianne Cone, 62, a resident of Wesson, passed away Jan. 24, 2023. A funeral service was held Jan. 28 at Stringer Family Chapel in Hazlehurst, with burial at Zion Hill Cemetery. Mrs. Cone was preceded in death by her parents, Boyce Denver and Ann McKay James; and brother, Michael Ellis James. She is survived…

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Louise Thurman Davis

Louise Thurman Davis passed away, at the age of 91, on Jan. 28, 2023, surrounded by her family. She was preceded in death by her parents, Jake and Hilda Thurman; her husband, Billy Davis; her sons, Donald Davis and Dale Walker; brother, Dennie Thurman; and sisters, Bettie Turnage and Christa Shaw. Louise is survived by…

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James Willard King

A funeral service for James Willard King was held Jan. 28, 2023, at Carmel Baptist Church, with burial in the church cemetery. Riverwood Family handled the arrangements. Mr. King, 91, of Monticello, passed away Jan. 24. He was born in Monticello on April 21, 1931. Mr. King served his country in the United States Army…

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Local farmers eligible for emergency loans due to losses from excessive heat

USDA Secretary Thomas J. Vilsack has designated 23 Mississippi counties as the primary natural disaster area. Producers in Alcorn, Benton, Calhoun, Chickasaw, Coahoma, DeSoto, Holmes, Jefferson Davis, Lafayette, Lawrence, Lincoln, Marshall, Monroe, Pike, Pontotoc, Prentiss, Tate, Tippah, Tishomingo, Union, Winston, Yalobusha, and Yazoo counties who suffered losses caused by excessive heat occurring June 1, 2022,…

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Local farmers eligible for emergency loans due to losses from excessive rain

USDA Secretary Thomas J. Vilsack has designated 13 Mississippi counties as the primary natural disaster area. Producers in Franklin, Harrison, Holmes, Humphreys, Issaquena, Jackson, Jefferson Davis, Lawrence, Leake, Pike, Sharkey, Stone, and Yazoo counties who suffered losses caused by excessive rain and flooding occurring Aug. 1, 2022, through Aug, 31, 2022, may be eligible for…

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Small businesses eligible for SBA loans due to excessive heat

The U.S. Small Business Administration recently announced that economic injury disaster loans are available in Mississippi for small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture, and most private nonprofit organizations affected by excessive heat from June 1 through Oct. 6, 2022. The declaration includes the primary counties of Alcorn, Benton, Calhoun, Chickasaw, Coahoma,…

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