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John Curtis Griffin

John Curtis Griffin, 49, of Sontag, died suddenly March 25, 2024, in Sontag. He was born in Ackerman on Aug. 23, 1974, to Curtis Lee Griffin and Betsy Griffin. A private burial was conducted March 30 at his home. There will be a family memorial at a later date. John enjoyed blacksmithing, homesteading, and building…

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Get quick-hit sports stories with MPB’s new ‘10 Minute Timeout’ podcast

Mississippi Public Broadcast recently launched “10 Minute Timeout,” the new mini-podcast highlighting the state’s sports stories, teams, athletes, and programs. Hosted by Lacey Alexander, the show features one-on-one interviews with influential playmakers, focusing on what makes Mississippi one of the nation’s best when it comes to athletics.  Last week’s episode profiles Mississippi State University’s women’s…

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Enjoy free picnic areas during balmy spring

By Kara Kimbrough Dilemma…a tight budget doesn’t allow room for a flight to an expensive vacation spot. But here’s a thought…there are still plenty of ways to enjoy the beauty, warm sun, and cool breezes of spring for the price of a tank of gas. One of the best ways to have fun on a…

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Unleash your wild side in April at the Natural Science Museum

MDWFP’s Mississippi Museum of Natural Science invites visitors to unleash their wild sides at the Museum this April. “We’re thrilled to offer these fun events for our community to celebrate the wonders of the natural world and to connect with each other,” says Museum Director Charles Knight. See https://mdwfp.com/museum for pricing and registration details for…

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James Butchin Parkman

James Butchin Parkman, 91, of Monticello, passed away March 30, 2024, at Lawrence County Nursing Center in Monticello. He was born Jan. 27, 1933, in Lawrence. Visitation will be held from 1:30 p.m. until the funeral service at 3, Tuesday, April 2, at Arm Baptist Church, 2151 Highway 43, Silver Creek. Burial will follow in the church…

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Claude H. Wallace

Claude H. Wallace passed from this life at McComb Nursing & Rehabilitation Center March 29, 2024. He was born in Jayess on Sept. 23, 1935. Mr. Wallace enjoyed fishing as much as any man on Earth. When you saw him driving – spring, summer, fall, or winter – I assure you, he had a fishing…

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Highway 28 bridge closed at Copiah/Simpson County line

On March 20, the Mississippi Department of Transportation was forced to shut down the State Route 28 bridge over the Pearl River at the Copiah/Simpson County line after it was struck by an over-height vehicle traveling westbound, causing significant structural damage. “This closure is necessary to ensure the safety of all commuters, residents, and travelers.…

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Governor announces eight major appointments

Gov. Tate Reeves recently announced multiple appointments to key positions within state government. “I was proud to appoint these individuals to key positions within state government,” said Reeves. “Each has the skills and experience to make a positive impact on the lives of Mississippians. I have no doubt that they’ll do a great job, and…

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SOUTHERN GARDENING: Bougainvillea perform their best in containers

By Eddie Smith, MSU Extension Service If you’re considering adding some vibrant color to your landscape, bougainvillea might be the perfect choice. Mississippi’s climate can be quite different from the tropical regions where bougainvillea is native, but with a little care and attention, you can successfully grow these stunning plants. You can grow bougainvillea in…

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Lawrence County unemployment rate increases in January

The unemployment rate in Lawrence County increased in January, as compared to the previous month. According to preliminary figures from the Mississippi Department of Employment Security, there were 4,630 persons in the labor force in the county. Of these, 200 or 4.2% were unemployed, indicating that 4,440 were employed. This compares with the state unemployment…

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