There were no incidents during or following the march.
About 40 members of a Texas gun club and their allies marched through downtown Natchez Sunday. Some were armed. Others carried New Black Panther Party flags.
The demonstrators chanted slogans. The march was peaceful and there were no incidents. The gun club leader had promised to bring 1000 armed supporters to town. Fortunately, his boast did not materialize. However, the threat of a such a large armed group raised
fears. The Elmer Geronimo Pratt Gun Club came to Natchez to participate in Juneteenth commemorations.
Ferriday Fire Chief Joe Sontoyo is retiring after 38 years with the Ferriday Fire Department. He served 16 years as fire chief.
Accused drug dealer and convicted shooter Elmontre Williams of Woodville was sentenced in Judge Lillie Blackmon Sanders circuit court for aggravated assault in March. Even though Williams had tried to kill a
rival, she sentenced him to 10 years suspended with only five years actual probation. On April 22, Woodville police arrested Williams for possession of a weapon by a felon, possession of drugs, possession of drugs with intent to distribute. He had already
failed his court mandated drug test the day before, on April 21. He was once again placed on a low bond of $20,000 and released. Judge Al Johnson, now substituting for Sanders
while she is on medical leave, learned of Williams' behavior in early May and ordered the felon arrested and jailed, signing an order for the man's immediate arrest. Williams will now serve the 10 years he earned previously, plus additional time, if he is
convicted of his April charges.
The defendants in the Noah's Ark childcare cruelty case in Vidalia have pled guilty. Lysa Richardson, 36, Bridget DeLaughter,
33, Julianne Perales, 26, and Taylor Ragonesi, 19, hit children multiple times on the head, face and mouth, causing pain and bruises. Sentencing will be Sept. 7 for all except Ragonesi, whose pre-sentencing investigation has not been completed. The women were
captured on their own nursery video battering the kids.
Adams County Board of Supervisors Attorney Scott Slover said the E911 Board has asked supervisors to consider buying and rehabbing the old WIC building for a new home for the county's E911 services, but supervisors
are going to research several options before making a final decision. Supervisors would prefer to keep a combined city-county E911 effort but Mayor Dan Gibson says his police chief would prefer to have separate systems. Running two separate systems would cost
taxpayers hundreds of thousands more dollars per year.
Damian Whitley, 27, of Natchez,
has been sentenced to 40 years in jail for the 2020 killing of off duty Trooper Troy Morris. Whitley will be eligible for probation or parole in 30 years. Whitley shot and killed Morris as the trooper was doing his second job, a mail route in JeffersonCounty.
Three people were injured in a traffic accident at the intersection of Hwy. 65/425 in Clayton,
when a minivan turned in front of a tractor trailer rig. The three were treated at Trinity Medical with no serious injuries. The driver of the minivan was issued a ticket for careless operation of a vehicle.
Concordia Parish deputies report that Jonathan Naron, 30, of Pineville, has been captured in Pearl River County. He was wanted for possession
of child cyber porn and soliciting a juvenile.
The Miss-Lou Pregnancy Center in Vidalia
will receive $30,000 in donations from the Natchez chapter and the national Knights of Columbus. The center counsels women on the advantages of allowing babies to go to full term. The center will open on Hwy. 84 in July.
Ferriday residents are asked to conserve water, as the town repairs a water pump that failed.
Bernadette Wilson, 64, who was formerly the chief of police at Alcorn State University in Lorman, was struck by a car while walking
and killed on Cannonsburg Road in Jefferson County. She was 200 yards from her home when the accident occurred. Wilson was remembered as a kind and loving person.
Sturdivant, 35, and Kevin Paul Martin, 35, wanted for the burglary of Washington Baptist Church, have been captured and are now in the Adams County jail.
Whitney Seal is the new Main Street director for Woodville and WilkinsonCounty. She reported that Polly Rosenblatt’s
application for restoration funds has been approved for Polk’s Meat Market and $100,000 in exterior repairs. The historic market is owned by the town. Rosenblatt served as the community’s Main Street director for many years until her passing in
March of this year.
Three former employees of Ridgecrest asked the mayor and aldermen
for extra payment from American Rescue Act funds. The village did not give them the money, explaining that the it had spent the Rescue Act funds on the repair of a sewer lift station in Ferriday, which serves Ridgecrest.
Natchez has rejoined the Mississippi Main
Street Association. The city once belonged but then dropped its membership. Now it has rejoined in hopes of improving historic downtown Natchez
When an alleged drug dealer was shot in the back at the Zipy c-store on Old Washington Rd. Saturday night, he refused to name the shooters. Police have subsequently found and arrested the two men allegedly responsible
for the attack. Officers arrested Anthony Thompson Jr., 20, and Ahmad Shannon, 22, on three counts of aggravated assault for shooting the victim, and shooting at the pregnant woman in the victim's car and the woman's unborn child.
Adams, Jefferson and Wilkinson counties
are talking about forming their own three county mental health district and withdrawing from the larger Region 11 district. Region 11 is unable to provide adequate services, behind on its bills and essentially broke. The three counties would have to get state
permission and some state funding for the project, as well as provide some local seed monies. The boards of supervisors of the three counties have not yet given their assent for the idea. If they go ahead, it would take probably 18-24 months to set up the
The Mississippi Department of Education has given preliminary approval
for four charter school outlines for Natchez, including three from the Natchez Adams Educational Foundation and one by a Texas based company. The outlines will be explained further and detailed in the next stage of the charter school application process. where
the applicants are interviewed. Whether any of the Natchez charters will actually get final approval is uncertain.
Jonesville police arrested Robby Woods, 42, of Jonesville, after he ran around naked in the front yard at 901 Front St. yelling swear words. He was charged with obscenity and domestic abuse battery, because he threw a chair at family
members after police arrived. In an unrelated incident, four juveniles were arrested by Jonesville police for smashing windows at the Exxon Fueltrac at 3am and stealing cigars.
Their antics were captured on security video. They were charged and their parents cited for improper supervision of a juvenile. Jonesville has a 10pm curfew for minors. Kids traveling to and from work are exempted from the curfew.
A few kids were handling a loaded pistol on the porch of one apartment at Commons Apartments in Centreville, when the gun fired
and a bullet struck a 12 year old girl in the leg. She was treated at Field Health and is recovering.
The city of Natchez is considering whether to allow businesswoman Taylor Cooley to paint wall murals on her building on Franklin Street.
Meadville aldermen voted to replace a 21-year-old malfunctioning roll-up door at the town’s fire station at
a cost of $5,992. Quality Door, a company that has installed doors previously for the town, will provide the service. Aldermen then Approved a second pay requisition from Warren and Warren Asphalt Paving in the amount of $19,666.62 related to the resurfacing
of Main Street, which was funded through a SmallMunicipalities and Limited Population Counties grant from the Mississippi Development Authority. Town leaders discussed the mandated inspection of Meadville’s above-ground water storage tanks, and accepted
a quote from Dungan Engineering totaling $2,300 to provide the service and then approved foundation repairs to the town hall building in the amount of $3,524.66 that will be undertaken by Owen Holland and Sons.
One of the most recognizable corners in downtown Meadville is getting a face-lift. The Bank of Franklin has announced long-term plans to renovate its headquarters at the corner of Main and Walnut streets. The
start of planned improvements coincide with the bank's 110th year in business.