Area News

Vaccines distributed in three phases

The state is using a phased approach to distribute the new coronavirus vaccines to the public. Phase 1A, the first round of vaccinations, is being implemented. It is to cover frontline healthcare workers, first responders and select additional groups. While estimates of 200,000 total doses are required to fully implement Phase 1A, State Health Officer…

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Bid let for completion of frontage road

Aldermen accepted bids last week for the final phase of the frontage road project north and adjacent to the Hwy 98 bypass. The latest phase calls for resurfacing of Plaza Drive from Guy’s Pharmacy west to Hwy 583. Overall, the project has been about two years in the making. The first phase involved construction of…

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First vaccines begin arriving this week

The state’s initial shipment of COVID-19 vaccines was scheduled to arrive this week. Those who will receive the first doses of the vaccine are those being exposed on an almost daily basis–front line health workers. Some 25,000 doses of Pfizer vaccine were set to arrive as early as Sunday. The two-dose vaccine is enough for…

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County COVID cases rise by 61; deaths by two in week

As of Dec. 13, at 6 p.m. Walthall County reported 877 total cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began in mid-March and a total of 32 deaths in the county. That’s an increase of 51 cases and two deaths since the previous week’s report on Dec. 6. Statewide the total number of cases since mid-March…

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Town’s beer, liquor regs first of 2021

Tylertown’s first legal sales of alcohol in almost 87 years will begin during the first week of 2021 after the town board of aldermen completed hashing out new regulations governing the sale of beer, light wine and liquor. The board passed on the two sets of regulations–an ordinance dealing with the sale of beer and…

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All families have been adopted for Christmas

The annual Adopt-a-Family listing of needy children at Christmas has about 77 applicants who were screened and approved by the Adopt-a-Family committee. All of these families have been adopted by local businesses and invidual families in the community as follows: 1. Adopted anonymously. 2. Adopted by the Rand Family. 3. Adopted by Laird’s Tire. 4.…

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Chamber banquet cancelled

For the first time in the organization’s history, the Walthall Chamber of Commerce banquet has been cancelled. Outgoing Chamber president, Fred Lambert, said in light of what appears to be another spike in the COVID-19 outbreak, the organization’s leaders felt it would be better to cancel the banquet, which had been set for Jan. 23,…

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Missing man found

A county man who went missing for several hours last week has been located. The Walthall County Sheriff’s Office and the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation issued an alert for Charles Slocum, 70, of the Oak Grove community. Neighbors had reported Slocum as last seen walking, headed toward Pike County. The 70 year old Slocum suffers…

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Silver Alert for Slocum

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation has issued a Silver Alert for 70 year old Charles Wayne Slocum of Tylertown , MS , in Walthall County . He is described as a black male , six feet tall, weighing 180 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen Wednesday , December 9, 2020…

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