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Man sentenced for faking death to avoid sex abuse charges

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www.wxxv25.com – Associated Press – 2022-12-01 11:00:45

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Jacob Blair Scott, who is accused of sexually assaulting a minor, cries out while being cross-examined by Assistant District Attorney Justin Lovorn during his trial in Circuit Court in on Wednesday, June 1, 2022. Hannah Ruhoff hruhoff@sunherald.com

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — A man has been sentenced to 21 months in prison for faking his own death in Alabama to avoid criminal charges of impregnating a teenage girl in his home state of Mississippi.

Jacob Blair Scott was sentenced Monday in Alabama. U.S. District Judge Jeffrey Beaverstock set the federal…

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Former Jackson County employee pleads guilty to stealing road equipment

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www.wxxv25.com – WXXV Staff – 2022-12-01 10:00:51

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Charles Smith

A former employee pleaded guilty to stealing road maintenance equipment from the county.

Charles Smith was convicted of two counts of embezzlement for stealing road equipment such as chainsaws, lawn trimmers, a concrete saw and tractor implements from the county. He was sentenced to 10 years per count, fined $350 per count and $100 to the victim’s fund, as well as court fees and $1,4355.77 from the state Auditor’s Office, who investigated the case.

All of the equipment Smith stole was returned to Jackson County. A second suspect has not…

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Local notables featured in Egg Bowl action over the years

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by Curtis Rockwell, Our Mississippi Home

The annual Battle for the Golden Egg takes place in Oxford this week as hosts Mississippi State Thanksgiving night at Vaught-Hemmingway Stadium.

The list of Mississippians that have played in the game over the years, especially those with ties to the South portion of the state, is nearly endless. So for this particular effort, we will focus on in the “Southern Six” and some of the players from and linked to that area as we recall past Egg Bowls.

Vancleave High head coach Kevin Fant led High to a pair of state championships during his time as a Tiger. He then went on to start as a signal-caller for Mississippi State for several seasons.

Although only around 30 Egg Bowls have been contested on Thanksgiving out of the 118 games played in the…

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23rd Annual Jackson County Veterans Day Program

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by Mark W. LaSalle, Ph.D., Our Mississippi Home

For 23 years, on the 11th day of the 11th month at the 11th hour, , their families, and the community has gathered at the Jackson County Veterans Memorial to honor the sacrifices of veterans of our armed forces. This year’s Veterans Day event was held under clear skies with solemn recognition of all Veterans, living, deceased, lost in action, missing in action, and those held as prisoners of war. The goal of this annual event is to remind all of us that the freedom we enjoy as Americans is not without costs for the men and women that serve our country.

Although the theme of this and the many other Veterans Day programs held across our country on this federal is squarely about veterans, it also provides an opportunity to engage the broader community…

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Mike Ezell wins 4th Congressional Race

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www.wxxv25.com – WXXV Staff – 2022-11-09 14:31:35

Sheriff Mike Ezell says he’s getting a few days of post-campaign rest before heading up to Washington to assemble his staff.

He’s taking over Mississippi’s 4th Congressional District after winning last night’s election.  He walked away with 74 percent of the vote.

Democrat Johnny Dupree came in second with just under 24 percent of the vote and Libertarian candidate Alden Johnson had two percent of the vote.

Ezell has served as sheriff of Jackson County for the past eight years and says he will officially resign from that post on January 1st.

He…

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Watch As Sheriff Ezell Gives His Victory Speech

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2022-11-09 12:38:44, 1668019124

Read more: https://www.sunherald.com//politics-government/election/article268197762.html Sheriff Mike …

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Ezell captures District 4 congressional race

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www.wxxv25.com – WXXV Staff – 2022-11-08 21:23:21

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From left, Ezell, DuPree, Johnson

Republican Mike Ezell will succeed Steven Palazzo as the District 4 Representative for Mississippi in the U.S. Congress.

The Associated Press called the election at 9:20 p.m. With 87% of the precincts reporting, Ezell had 74.7% of the votes, followed by DuPree with 23.3% and Johnson with 2%.

Ezell, the sitting Sheriff, easily defeated former Hattiesburg mayor Johnny DuPree, a Democrat, and Libertarian Alden Patrick Johnson in the decidedly Republican District 4.

Ezell’s toughest campaign came in the GOP primary, where he went into a…

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Holidays in Coastal Mississippi

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DAY – To honor our heroic veterans, offers multiple events for the men and women who bravely fought in defense of our freedom, including the Annual Jackson County Veterans Day Program and Veterans Day Weekend at the Mississippi Aquarium! Put on your red, white, and blue then come on out to honor our veterans!


THANKSGIVING – Thanksgiving Day on the Secret Coast…

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Mississippi awards $7M from VW settlement

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State awards $7 million to emissions saving projects from VW settlement

The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality announced Thursday it was awarding $7.3 million from a 2016 Volkswagen settlement to emissions-saving transportation projects around the state.

Most of the money, $5.4 million, will go to a dozen public school districts and one private school for lower-emitting diesel buses, electric school buses and charging stations. Specifically, that money will help pay for 42 lower-emitting diesel buses, 12 electric buses, and 10 charging stations.

The School District is getting the largest award amount, $1.5 million, for six electric buses and six charging stations.

In total, Mississippi received $9.87 million out of the $2.7 billion Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust, a fund established through legal settlements after the Environmental Protection Agency found that the car manufacturer had intentionally programmed their vehicles to cheat emissions tests. The purpose of the money is to offset excess emissions of nitrogen oxides from Volkswagen’s cars.

“The goal of the mitigation projects is the reduction of diesel emissions, specifically nitrogen oxide pollutants, which have been linked to increased ozone levels and air contaminants,” said Chris Wells, MDEQ Executive Director. 

All 50 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia are beneficiaries of the fund. States were allocated money largely based on how many affected Volkswagen cars were registered in each state, according to the EPA.

About half of the remaining $2 million is going to three companies: Waste Management, Sysco in Jackson, and Pan Isle Inc., also known as Ship Island Excursions. Waste Management is receiving $570,000 to replace 13 diesel garbage trucks with clean natural gas vehicles.

The Meridian Airport Authority is receiving $430,435 for new electric ground support devices.

Another $330,00 is going to build 18 charging stations in seven locations around the state.

The money MDEQ awarded Thursday is in the form of a rebate, and can account for up to 70% of the project’s cost. To access the funds, the recipients must complete the projects by September, 2025, and then request reimbursements.

Use the table below for a full list of projects MDEQ awarded money to on Thursday:

Hampton Inn & Suites holding benefit for Jackson County Animal Shelter

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www.wxxv25.com – Jeff Vorick – 2022-11-01 17:47:13

This Thursday, you can have a dog to help a dog and some cats, too.

Hampton Inn & Suites in is partnering with the Animal Shelter to raise money for operating expenses.

The hotel will be offering an $8 hot dog plate lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with the proceeds benefiting the shelter.

Hilton Hotels, the parent company of Hampton Inn & Suites, has made all of its Hampton properties pet-friendly and it will match all money raised Thursday.

Dogs for Dawgs will take place in the lobby area of the Hampton Inn on Washington Avenue near I-10 in…

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