Local officials are optimistic about landing commercial air service
The Natchez-Adams County Airport will get a $750,000 federal transportation grant to help
pay for upfront costs to start commercial air service to and from Natchez. City and county governments may add $300,000-$500,000 more in a local match to help with more seed money, while the grant requires only a 20 percent match. Southern Airways has expressed
interest in a Natchez route. Local officials are optimistic that air service can make it in Natchez. The airport already receives more than $200,000 a year in subsidy from supervisors to cover negative cash flow. No airline has ever made a profit serving Natchez,
though a number have tried since the 1950’s.
Circuit Judge Lillie Blackmon Sanders
has decided not to run for re-election. Candidates may qualify for the open seat by Aug. 5. The election is Nov. 8. The judgeship includes Wilkinson and Adams counties.
Concordia candidates on the Nov. 8 ballot include: Assessor (Jeannie Archer, Stephen Dawkins), Vidalia City Judge (Stuart Boykin, Ann Siddall, Hu'Cheryl Walker), City Marshal (Frank
Duson, Dustin Lemoine), School Board Dist. 1A (Fred Butcher, Jennie Kimble), School Board Dist. 1B (Dorothy Parker), School Board Dist. 2 (Fred Marsalis, Raymond Riley Sr.), School Board Dist. 3A (Vanessa Houck, Ricky Raven Sr.), School Board Dist. 3B (Lisette
Forman), School Board Dist. 4A (Derrick Carson), School Board Dist. 4B (Angela Hayes, Ronnie Lewis), School Board Dist. 5A (Warren Enterkin, Sandy Roberts, Wayne Wilson Jr.), School Board Dist. 5B (Nicky Pere, Matt Taunton), Justice of the Peace, Dist. 4 (Charles
Gill Jr.), Mayor Ridgecrest (Veller Ray Carroll, Dorothy Evans), Aldernen Ridgecest, 3 to be elected, Connie Adair, Deborah Barrett, Charlie Brown.
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, along with the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation, is investigating the shooting death of a 22-year-old man that occurred on July 23. Officers received
a 911 call in reference to people shooting at a mud ride event on Patton Road in Lorman. According to investigators, an altercation began when three young males tried to enter the event without paying. At some point, weapons were drawn, and Robert Reynolds
was shot in the stomach. He was transported to the Claiborne County Hospital where he died.
Vidalia officials voted themselves
a raise. The mayor, police chief and aldermen will all get five percent raises. Town employees will get five percent, too, plus the $1050 retention bonus promised earlier.
CPSO Cyber Crime Unit began a joint investigation with the Louisiana Attorney General's Office, regarding a subject uploading child sexual abuse material at a residence in Ferriday. During the investigation, a suspect was positively identified, and
a search warrant was obtained for the residence. On July 22, with the assistance of the Ferriday Police Department, the warrant was executed, at which time the suspect was taken into custody without incident. As a result of the investigation, a total of 35
files were recovered involving the sexual abuse of children, 24 of those having been uploaded in Concordia Parish. Further charges are likely, pending notification of other jurisdictions. Arrested was Recardo A. Bates, 35 of Ferriday, on 24 counts
of pornography involving juveniles.
Natchez-Adams County recorded 70 fewer jobs than last month, with 9,940 workers employed. But that's still 160 more jobs than a year ago.
Ferriday police arrested Carlos Hines, 50, of Ferriday, for possession of schedule II drugs with intent to distribute, and possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
The Natchez mayor and aldermen plan to issue a $13 million bond for facility upgrades, including $6 million to improve streets, $5.3 million
for the convention and community centers, $2 million for the city auditorium, $1 million for the Duncan Park clubhouse and North Natchez Youth Center, $200,000 for the fire stations, $150,000 to relocate E911, $200,000 for electrical improvements to the Bluff
for concerts and $150,000 for Hiram Revels Plaza. City leaders believe most of the bond can be paid for with sales tax collections from the lodging and restaurant taxes.
Natchez aldermen voted to replace their appointees on the recreation commission unless the commission members go back to a “no-alcohol at the pool” policy. Aldermen are giving the commission
seven days to make the change.
Natchez police arrested Isaiah Demarius Smith, 24, of Natchez, on charge of aggravated
assault; attempts to cause serious bodily injury. He was released on bond. In Aug 2020, he was sentenced to 60 days in jail in Concordia, sentence suspended upon payment of $500, for carnal knowledge of a juvenile.
The Adams County Sheriff’s Office received a call from the Vidalia Police Department and was made aware of a threat of a mass shooting against Natchez and Vidalia High Schools. The Vidalia
Police Department and the Adams County Sheriff’s Office were able to identify and locate the caller that made the threat in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Kenneth Allen Moody, 31, was arrested and charged with making terroristic threats by the Adams County Sheriff’s
Office and the Vidalia Police Department. Moody is currently waiting extradition back to Louisiana and Mississippi. Moody is currently on probation in Arkansas. In 2019, he was convicted of aggravated assault and making terroristic threats in Hot Springs.
Moody also has a criminal history in Florida and Louisiana. In 2017, in Arkansas, he threatened suicide by cop, threatened to kill officers on Christmas Day, threatened to attack the mental health clinic where he received treatment. He also tried to shoot
a possible victim and himself but was unable because the safety of the gun was still on. The victim disarmed Moody and police arrived.
Concordia Parish will receive a $3.1 million state grant to expand broadband service. As many as 4,800 households could receive new or better internet service.
Adams County supervisors want to buy a new building for E911. With remodeling, the county is thinking about spending more than $1 million on the purchase and annual E911 operations. The city has offered to use part of its police
station for E911. The cost would be around $600,000 for annual operations shared by the city and county. Supervisors said they would consider the city's less expensive proposal.
Cierra Sherman of Woodville has already been recognized for her writing ability. Her children’s book “George’s Peanuts” is available on Amazon. Her second children’s book is due
out in November, and she has received a state arts grant to help with its promotion.
The Sportsman’s Shop next to the Lake
Mary Store In Wilkinson County suffered serious to near total fire damage recently. Volunteer fire departments from Wilkinson and West Feliciana fought the blaze. No one was injured.
A call was received from a fisherman in Black River regarding a body he found floating in the water approximately one mile South of Jonesville. Catahoula Parish Sheriff’s Office and La. Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
recovered the body. After the initial investigation, the body was sent to Louisiana Forensics in Youngsville, La. for an autopsy. The initial report of the autopsy revealed the body is a female. Due to the condition of her body race, size, and cause of death
is undetermined. The age of the female can vary from 20-40 years of age due to not knowing the health condition of the woman. If you have any tips regarding this case, please call 318-744-5411 and speak with Detective Kyle King.
Ferriday police stopped L.J. Bingham, 46, of Ferriday, for driving without headlights and no driver’s license. Police
found Schedule II drugs in quantities enough to charge him with possession with intent to distribute. He has previously been arrested for possession of marijuana and cocaine and attempted murder for shooting and wounding his victim.
Here is the annual average of number of workers employed in Adams County. Adams has not gained jobs since 2018. It has had
a net loss of jobs for the four year period. 2011 - 11,580, 2014 - 10,590, 2017 - 10,380, 2018 - 10,510, 2019 - 10,370, 2020 - 9,310 pandemic shutdown, 2021 - 9,760 pandemic recovery, June 2022 - 9,940.
The Natchez Adams County Airport is short on hanger space and may apply for a Miss. Development Authority grant or loan to build another hanger.
The prospect of providing commercial air flights from Natchez to Houston or Dallas is still being studied. The city and county have pledged to subsidize air service with taxpayer funds.
Adams County deputies have arrested three men for stealing four ATVs and conspiracy. Arrested were Kameron Singleton, 18, Kevin Shelton Jr. 21, and Javari Blanton, 16. Blanton
was already out on bond for aggravated assault.
Bude aldermen may increase property taxes by five mills. A hearing on the town’s
budget is scheduled for Aug. 2 at 6 p.m. at Bude Town Hall on Railroad Avenue, and the public is invited to attend.
The Franklin County
School Board expects to get $3.1 million from supervisors in property tax collections. The school board will not request more money.
The Catahoula School Board voted to hire interim school superintendent Johnnie Adams as their permanent superintendent.
Loria Hollins and Mike Wilson have qualified to run for mayor of Jonesville. Christofer Hattaway and Walter Krause will battle for mayor of Sicily Island. Mike Tubre is unopposed for mayor