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.
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.