Vidalia mayor touts water plant expansion

Drive-by shooting kills Woodville woman

Water tie-in almost complete

Natchez mayor says city will respond to crime wave

Natchez-Vidalia Mardi Gras parades set

Cathedral Student Remembered with Affection

Jordan Herrington

Natchez mourned the death of Jordan Herrington, 15, of Natchez, who died as a result of injuries he suffered in an auto accident near Lake St. John. He was a respected member of the Cathedral football team. His classmates remembered Herrington as a good student with a warm and friendly personality.

Vidalia Mayor Buz Craft said the planned $8.3 million expansion of the water plant will double the town's production capability and make it easier to serve the new industries he expects will locate in the town in the coming years. An additional clarifier, aerators, ion exchange systems and filters will be part of the upgrades. Piping and valves will be installed that can handle flow, turn-ons and shut-offs even in the coldest weather.

Judy L White of Woodville was shot and killed Monday in her home when a drive by shooter riddled her home with bullets. Law enforcement does not believe she was the intended target of the shooter. The Wilkinson County Sheriff’s Office held a public forum to discuss violence in the community, which has increased dramatically in the last two years.

Ridgecrest's tie-in to the Ferriday water system should be completed this week. Then workers will flush the lines to remove dirt and debris. The town will remain under a boil water notice until all the work is done. Mayor Veller Ray Carroll said residents' water, sewer and gas bills should total about $85 per month,

Natchez Mayor Dan Gibson said he, the aldermen and the police chief are taking the violent crime wave seriously. They’ve hired 16 police officers in the last few months, started a new SWAT unit and a second unit to stop and seize the flow and use of illegal weapons.

The Natchez Krewe of Phoenix Parade will be held Feb. 25 at 6 p.m. in downtown Natchez. The Vidalia Krewe of Vidal Mardi Gras Parade will be held Feb. 26 at 3 p.m. along Carter St.

Adams County Coroner James Lee says five Adams County residents have died from Covid since November.

Natchez police charged Ronald C Johnson, 29, with the shooting of a man on Madison at MLK Streets. The victim is recovering.

Part of Edgewood Plantation in AdamsCounty is now home to a monastery run by the Institute of the Incarnate Word, a Catholic religious order of missionary priests and brothers. There are four priests in residence. They share the home, buildings and grounds with the owners of the property, Jerry and Hedy Boelte, Rev. Charles Yaklin is the monastery's superior.

The Natchez Festival of Music presents Ora Reed in concert at the Carriage House Restaurant Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. Reed, a jazz singer, has performed at Carnegie Hall, Caesar’s Palace and extensively abroad. Accompanying her will be the TK Trio from Jackson, a jazz ensemble. A silent auction begins at 6 p.m. Cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres will be available at this time. After Reed’s performance, a live auction will feature interesting travel and dining packages. For info and tickets, go to natchezfestivalofmusic.com.

Deborah McCormack won the special election for Catahoula Police Juror Dist. 3, beating Judy Duhon 202 to 109 votes.

The Catahoula Police Jury passed a budget for 2022, with an estimated revenues of $2.9 million and expenses of $3.2 million. The deficit will be made up by using existing cash balances.

Natchez police said they made a misdemeanor arrest of a man who shot a gun into the air near Fat Mama’s Tamales Saturday night. The police chief said that his officers will arrest people who fire guns randomly into the air. If convicted, the man faces a $500 fine and up to 10 days in jail.

Ferriday aldermen are expected to approve their new budget Jan. 26, with revenues estimated at $3 million and expenses at $2.8 million.

Several new Natchez police cars were purchased at Kirk Dodge In Grenada. The city buys at or near state bid price. Not many local dealers participate in the state programs because the sale prices leave little room for profit. Most Natchez-AdamsCounty vehicles are purchased out of town.

Meadville aldermen hired Natchez attorney Lisa Chandler as town prosecutor for $300 per month. She also serves as county prosecutor in JeffersonCounty.

The Wilkinson County Tax Assessor-Collector's Office has reopened to accept tax payments. It closed temporarily due to the Omicron Covid scare.

Jonesville will get a grant of $110,000 from the FAA to make airport improvements. Mayor Hiram Evans said the town will apply for a state outdoors grant of $225,000. The monies would be used to buy equipment for the town's two parks.


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Natchez police report two shootings this week

Vidalia man arrested for child porn and drugs

Vidalia gets super clean audit

DA opposes bond for violent offenders

Supervisors short of cash again

Southwest Counties Moving to 2nd District

Bennie Thompson is likely to become Adams County's new congressman through redistricting

The Mississippi House and Senate have approved a bill that places Adams, Franklin, Wilkinson and Amite counties in the 2nd Congressional District. The Governor is expected to sign the bill that makes Bennie Thompson the four counties' new congressman.

Natchez police reported another shooting murder, this time on Oak St. Thursday night. Police found Antonio Foster, 35, shot dead on the sidewalk. A second victim, Wayne Hammett, 32, was wounded and treated at Merit Health Natchez and later transported to the University of Miss. Medical Center in Jackson. Aldermen met in special session this week to discuss increasing the penalty for shooting a firearm within the city limits, which is currently a $500 fine. But they voiced few ideas about curbing gang and drug violence and the growing number of execution style attacks.

Concordia deputies and their cybercrime unit arrested Michael Spence, 34, of Vidalia, for downloading child porn at his home. In executing the warrant and search of his residence, deputies found narcotics and drug paraphernalia as well. He has been charged with possession of juvenile pornography and Schedule II CDS.

Vidalia has received its most recent CPA audit, which showed no adverse findings. That means the town has complied with all of the state’s bookkeeping and accounting rules. After the Legislative Auditor reviews the audit, the audit will be placed online for public view.

District Attorney Shameca Collins said she opposes bond reduction for any violent offender. Judge Lillie Sanders reduced the bond of accused murderer Tayshon Holmes down to $100,000. Collins argued against the defense motion to reduce bond. Sanders has often set low bonds or reduced bond of accused murderers in Adams and Wilkinson counties. In recent cases in WilkinsonCounty, Sanders allowed seven accused shooter-murderers the low bond of $100,000.

Natchez police reported a man’s vehicle was shot multiple times yesterday at the Zipy store on MLK St. The man was inside the store when the shooting occurred and was not injured. Police collected spent shell casings from the scene.

Natchez Mayor Dan Gibson and several aldermen met with state officials and legislators in Jackson to see what state funding and new laws could benefit Natchez.

Collin Edwards is now the president of the Concordia Parish Police Jury. Adam Probst continues to serve as vice-president.

The Natchez Historical Society has opted to postpone its annual meeting scheduled for Jan. 25 because of the spread if the Omicron variant. A new date has not been set.

Wilkinson County supervisors are short of cash again. They recently borrowed $100k to make ends meet. Now they need another $250k to pay bills and make payroll. The assessor-collector's office has been closed due to Covid. So the county doesn't really know how much money it has or doesn't have. Incoming checks by mail haven't been opened. The chancery clerk has been accepting payments from those who show up in person to pay their taxes. She will turn those checks over to the assessor-collector when he reopens his office. Jeremy Ephion is the assessor-collector.

Natchez-Adams County judges continue to set low bonds on shooters. Jacarius Moore, 18, was arrested for shooting into a dwelling. His bond was set at $75,000. Using a bondsman, he can get out of jail by giving a bondsman $7,500 cash. His family has done so.

Roman Robichaux, 15, of Lafourche Parish, La., died from an ATV accident on Roxie Road near the Adam-Franklin county line. Deputies from both counties responded. The boy and his family were hunting at the time of the accident.

Natchez police and Adams County deputies worked together to arrest Kenneth Fife, 20, for stealing multiple vehicles, construction equipment and trailers. He is also wanted in Franklin Parish for stealing vehicles.

Adams County deputies report Kyla Vandevelde, 16, is still missing. She is white, 5' 4", 116 lbs, with blue eyes and red, curly hair. If you know of her whereabouts, call deputies at 601-442-2752.

Catahoula Parish will hold its District 3 police juror runoff Jan. 15. Polls will be open 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Deborah McCormack and Judy Duhon are on the ballot.

The Jefferson County schools now require all employees to present a negative Covid test to go to work.

McCall Creek native Shannon Johnson is preparing to represent Franklin County by taking part in the 2022 Miss Mississippi USA pageant slated for April 1-2 at Pearl River Resort in Choctaw.

 Bude officials reported that property and sales tax collections continue to decline, but that Covid grant funds have more than made up the loss. The town has a $3.2 million budget, with $2.4 million in revenues coming from water and sewer fees.

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Police Arrest Alleged Murderer

Rapper Michael Thomas has been arrested again

Natchez police have arrested Michael "Traedo" Thomas, 24, for the shooting murder of Johnny Mason, 33, at Holiday Apts. Mason identified Traedo as the shooter before he died. The alleged killer had previously released YouTube rap videos threatening to shoot and kill his enemies. Thomas had been convicted for aggravated assault, served time and was released early following an arrest in 2018, only to threaten to kill his girlfriend while kidnapping her in June 2021. He was out on bond for those charges when he was again arrested, this time for drug possession, simple assault and domestic violence in late 2021. Those latest charges were dismissed in city court in December. The accused turned himself in to authorities on Wednesday.

The Natchez Powwow will be moved to the Natchez Bluff this year. It is scheduled for Mar. 26.

Adams County has 9,670 people with jobs, a 4.7 % unemployment rate and 40 more jobs than a year ago. Concordia Parish reports 6,587 employed, a 4.4% jobless rate, and 62 additional jobs compared to last year at this time.

Mississippi wildlife agents cited Colton Nettles, 25, Brandon Nettles, 37, and an unnamed juvenile, all from Woodville, for taking over the daily limit of ducks. The Nettles men were also charged with contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile.

Adams County deputies were searching for inmate Tyrone Williams, 21, who escaped from a trash pick-up detail in Washington. He was only free a few hours, when he was recaptured and returned to the couty jail.

Entergy Mississippi will spend $13.8 million to upgrade its electrical substation in Franklin County. The substation is a major routing area for customers in Mississippi and Louisiana, The work should be completed by December.

Despite the outbreak of the Omnicron variant, Trinity Medical reports no COVID patients in its hospital.

Property taxes were due in Catahoula Parish on December 31. The last day to pay your taxes without a penalty is January 7. Taxes can be paid during regular office hours on Monday though Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

St. Mary Basilica in Natchez has reopened its sanctuary for worship and viewing after a six month construction project.

A Miss. Highway Patrol Officer tried to make a traffic stop in Woodville. Instead of stopping, the car tried to make a getaway. In downtown Woodville, a person exited the car and shot at the officer. The officer returned fire, shooting the shooter twice in the leg. The shooter was taken to Merit Health Natchez for treatment and arrested. MHP has not announced the names of those involved.

Marcus Smith, 18, of Fayette, has been arrested by Fayette police, after he allegedly shot and wounded seven people at a party at the FayetteCommunity Center on Dec. 26. One of the victims is in critical condition at the University of Miss. Medical Center in Jackson.

The Concordia Parish School Board has instituted a mask mandate for three weeks because of the Omnicron variant.

Tyler Keith, 29, formerly of Natchez, has been charged with possession of more than 1000 images of child porn. Adams deputies used high tech software to gather evidence after the case was referred to them by the Miss. AG. Keith is in a Galveston, Texas, jail charged with arson and burglary there. He may be extradited to stand trial in Adams County.

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