Area News

Covid cancels barbecue event

The planned South Mississippi Boucherie Barbeque Festival, which had been moved to August, has fallen victim to COVID-19. Organizers said due to continuing concerns about coronavirus, the decision to cancel event was made by the Boucherie committee last week. In a Times advertisement this week, the committee said the cancellation comes “…due to health concerns…

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Two dead in Saturday morning house fire on Johnson-Smith Rd.

Two people died in an early morning house fire of undetermined origin Saturday morning. Firemen responded to the alarm about 6 a.m. at 87 Johnson-Smith Road. County fire coordinator, Jimmy Boyd, said the structure was on the ground when units arrived. Firefighters uncovered the remains of the two victims in the rubble. Coroner Chris Blackwell…

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COVID-19: County numbers are up

Walthall County’s death toll had risen to eight and the number of cases was up to 270 over the weekend as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, and numbers from both the state and the U.S. continue on the upswing. Medical officials are warning the disease is placing a strain on the nation’s health system…

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Elections in November

Candidates who plan to run in the November general and special election will need to file qualifying papers with the circuit clerk’s office between Aug. 5 and Sept. 4. Local offices that will appear on the November ballot include the regular school board election for 5th district. Jeffre Conerly is the present holder of the…

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Former state flag headed to museums

The 1894 Mississippi state flag was retired to state museums last week after Gov. Tate Reeves signed legislation passed during a rare Sunday session to shelve the banner, which prominently displayed the Confederate battle flag in the upper left corner. A commission has been appointed to come up with a new design to be put…

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Schools plan to resume Aug. 6

Walthall County School District plans to resume school Aug. 6. In conjunction with the safe reopening of school for the new year, the district has made a survey available to parents in order to determine how they feel, and what steps should be taken. An online survey form is available. District officials are asking parents…

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Barbecue competition still on for Aug. 28-29

Barbecue competition still on for Aug. 28-29 The South Mississippi Boucherie Barbeque Competition is still on after being rescheduled for Friday and Saturday, Aug 28-29, at Southwest Events Center. Application forms and information is availabe online by going to the Boucherie website at www.thesouthmsboucherie.com. Steven Pigott, spokesman for the competition, said some of the “contact”…

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Liquor, beer petitions collect 400 names in four-hour span

Traffic was steady throughout the four-hour period for workers collecting signatures on two petitions seeking to have the question of beer and light wine sales and liquor sales placed on the November ballot. The two petitions were available to sign between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. last Friday at Market Max 98, corner Hwys. 98…

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