Area News

Continued assistance for unemployed workers

On Dec. 27, the Continued Assistance for Unemployed Workers Act of 2020 (Continued Assistance Act) was signed into law. Many unemployment provisions are now extended beyond their original expiration date of Dec. 31, and the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) program, which expired July 31, is resumed for the week ending Jan. 2, as a…

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Dr. Johnny Bullock joins Walthall Rural Health Clinic

Dr. Johnny Bullock, MD, joins the staff of Walthall Rural Health Clinic. Practicing for over 27 years, Dr. Bullock graduated from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine in 1993, specializing in internal medicine and emergency medicine. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Bullock by calling Walthall Rural Health Clinic, 200 Hospital Drive, at 601-876-5835. “Walthall…

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No appointments ’til more vaccine available, likely mid-February

Because of the unexpected demand, scheduling for appointments for first doses of the COVID vaccine has been suspended until the state receives more vaccine, probably in mid-February. That action came after massive statewide demand for COVID-19 vaccine last week resulted in all of Mississippi’s available vaccine doses committed to immunization appointments within a short time…

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Sales tax increases

Aldermen heard the November 2020 State Department of Revenue report for the portion of state sales tax returned to the city which represents sales within the city limits for the month of October. According to the report, $63,658 went into the town’s coffers resulting from the city’s share of the sales tax. The total is…

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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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