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Contract approved for Hazlehurst splash pad

By Anna Coates Hazlehurst Mayor Shirley Sandifer and aldermen Fred Sandifer, Rick Akin, Ron Sims, Jeremy McKinzie, and board attorney Tim Rutland met in regular session Sept. 2. Healthy Heroes grant monies from Blue Cross Blue Shield are funding construction of a splash pad at Railroad Park by the Hazlehurst Depot. The city will provide…

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Ceremony held for military promotions with Camp Kamassa

By Tricia Nelson On Sept. 1, Second Lieutenant Eric Arnold, who has been the officer in charge of the Camp Kamassa Innovative Readiness Training (IRT) program for Mississippi’s Toughest Kids Foundation in Crystal Springs, was promoted to First Lieutenant with the Mississippi Air National Guard. He is currently the 172d Civil Engineer Squadron’s Engineering Flight…

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Chautauqua walkway project moves closer to reality

Bids were presented to the Crystal Springs board of aldermen last week for an upgrade at Lake Chautauqua and a walkway connecting it to downtown Crystal Springs. However, the bids came in $900,000 over budget, and Mayor Sally Garland is working to find ways to come up with the additional funds. One proposal is to…

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2020-21 college savings enrollment period opens

Treasurer David McRae recently announced the 2020-21 enrollment period for Mississippi’s prepaid college tuition program is now open. A Mississippi Prepaid Affordable College Tuition plan allows families to lock in tuition rates and prepay their child’s tuition fees. Enrollment is open from Sept. 1, 2020, to May 31, 2021. To learn more, visit Treasury.MS.gov/MPACT. “Typically…

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Community Calendar

Sunday, Sept. 20 The Southwest Chapter of ABATE will have its monthly meeting at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20 at Jeffrey’s Cycle Supply of Brookhaven. Jeffrey’s is located at 3326 East Lincoln Road, big metal building on the right, eight miles from Highway 84. Plans will be made for the next Flower Run. Meetings are…

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MDOT suspending work, keeping eye on traffic for Labor Day travel

Mississippians planning to hit the road to spend time with family and friends this Labor Day will notice less travel delays due to construction. The Mississippi Department of Transportation will suspend all interstate and four-lane highway work in anticipation of increased holiday travel. MDOT crews and contractors will halt all road construction requiring lane closures…

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Brothers charged with murder

Two brothers are being held in the Copiah County Detention Center on murder charges following a weekend death in Hazlehurst. According to Sheriff Byron Swilley, Keith Bryant, 44, was found lying in a ditch on W. Gallatin Street about 10:20 p.m. Aug. 30. He was unresponsive when medical personnel arrived on the scene and was…

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Remembering Hurricane Katrina after 15 years

By Tricia Nelson People tend to remember the details of life-altering events. Most people, for example, can tell you what they were doing when they heard about the 9/11 attacks. For this same reason, people affected by Hurricane Katrina will always remember the events that ensued, even though it has been 15 years since it…

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