Do you know this woman? If you do, contact police or deputies with your info.
Local law enforcement agencies say this unidentified criminal has been using fake ID to pass stolen checks at local banks in the Natchez-Vidalia area as well
as regionally. Criminals have been breaking into cars or raiding unlocked cars to steal checkbooks, licenses, cash, cell phones and other valuables. Keep your car locked. And don’t leave important items even in a locked car.
An Adams County jury found Arthur Moore, 46, innocent of the Jan. 2019 murder of James Henry Williams, 56. The jury deliberated five hours before reaching a decision.
Judge Lillie Blackmon Sanders has again released accused murderer Jessica Aldridge from jail on bond. The accused
was arrested in March 2019 for shooting and killing her boyfriend. Terms of bond include house arrest, wearing a monitor and notifying the sheriff’s office in advance of any medical appointments. The original bond of $200,000 had been lowered to $100,000
The Catahoula Parish Police Jury has passed a resolution declaring its parish a Second Amendment Sanctuary Parish.
The most recent audit of the city of Natchez for the year ending Sept. 2020 shows that clerks are still failing to reconcile all bank statements. They are not posting ledger
entries in a timely manner, nor are they properly entering interfund loans. The city’s CPA noted the deficiencies, which were also highlighted in audits of previous years. To the plus side, the Gibson administration and the City Clerk’s Office
completed compiling the information for three past due audits that should have been done during the Grennell administration but were not. All past due audits are now completed.
deputies are investigating the death of a seven month old infant. Emergency personnel were summoned to a local home when the child was not breathing. The baby was taken
to Trinity Medical in Ferriday but died. An autopsy has been ordered.
Wilkinson County will apply for an 80-20 grant with the Miss. Department of
Archives and History for roof repairs for the courthouse, including repairs to the clock tower. The cost for the project is expected to be $380,000.
Adams County supervisors may spend up to $2 million to remodel Liberty Park and Chester Willis Field. They don’t have an extra $2 million in cash balances, so supervisors would probably borrow the money and
issue a bond.
Wilkinson County supervisors will spend $750,000 in road repairs across the five supervisor districts in the county.
Natchez aldermen expect to spend $4 million more for their 2021-2022 budget compared to last year’s budget. Aldermen believe there will be more revenues from sales tax,
gaming and more than $3 million in federal COVID grants. As a result, they’ve raised their budget to $37 million. Aldermen have also decided to apply for $300,000 in state grant funds to remodel the Canteen at Duncan Park. The mayor said the building
will be used as recreation offices.
LaDOT said it will work on two major projects in
Concordia and Catahoula parishes in 2022. The agency will spend $3.2 million to mill and asphalt overlay Hwy. 15 to LA 131 and US 84. It will also do an asphalt overlay on LA 3102 near Larto Lake for $3 million. Both projects will be done in the summer.
Natchez aldermen will give $100,000 to Natchez Inc. for the 2021-2022 budget year. The appropriation
was made even though Natchez Inc.’s legislative authority to operate ended Sept. 30. None of our local legislators introduced a bill this year to extend the agency’s life, so the authority to operate came to an end. Natchez, Inc. will continue
to operate because it has appropriations from Natchez and AdamsCounty, amounting to $275,000. It gets another $100,000 from Vidalia.
The Franklin County Baptist
Association broke ground in Bude for the future home for its operations and missions outreach building. The site, which includes four acres of land suitable for future growth, will house a 40-by-75 metal-framed building, The new building will provide
more room for its food ministry as well as medical equipment and supplies (for distribution), such as walkers, canes, toilet seats and shower seats.
Dan Gibson would like the city and the county to open a workforce development center. What the center would accomplish is uncertain, but the mayor would like supervisors, aldermen and the school district to coordinate with Alcorn and Co-Lin to improve
training within the local job market. The mayor has already picked a director for the new center, who will be paid $65,000 a year.
Justin Ray Thornton,
38, of Natchez, died Sunday. In his last MMA fight in August, he was severely injured. Those injuries led to his death. Thornton was well-known in the Natchez, since he was the only professional fighter in the area for a generation.
Clayton has hired Wolfe Disposal of St. Joseph to pick up its trash. The village will be charged $19.80 per household per month for the service.
Natchez attorney Tony Heidelberg was reappointed Woodville town judge by the new mayor and aldermen.Heidelberg also serves as environmental court judge for the city of Natchez.
Malcolm Inniss of Houston,Texas, has purchased WMIS-WTYJ radio stations in Natchez. His wife, Theresa Hoskins, is from Natchez.
Franklin County held its annual tax sale and netted $82,000 in revenues for the county.
Supreme Court has upheld the nine year sentence given to Tommie Queen of Adams County for his conviction on three counts of dog fighting. Judge Debra Blackwell handed down the sentence in Nov. 2019. Queen is being held in the Adams County Jail.
Wilkinson County supervisors voted to extend their mask mandate through the end of October.
Harrisonburg will get $300,000 in state and federal funds to establish a riverfront park, which will be called Steamboat Park.
Harrisonburg's Spirits on the Hill will be held on Friday and Saturday, Nov, 5-6. Tickets to the cemetery tour and dinner are on sale at https://voh-service-league.ticketleap.com. The Harrisonburg Service League sponsors the event as a fundraiser. Spirits on the Hill is similar to Natchez's Angels on the Bluff, where locals act out the parts of the deceased residents
of the cemetery.
Darnel Vannoy has been appointed as the new warden for the Wilkinson County Correctional Facility. Vannoy has held management positions
at the Jackson, La. prison and Angola before taking this new job.