Safety on the water is paramount during Memorial Day Holiday

With Memorial Day marking the unofficial start of vacation season, millions of Americans are heading this weekend to swimming pools, lakes and beaches for fun in and on the water.  AMR paramedics urge safety in all water sports. Jim Pollard, AMR spokesman, said, “A few simple but vital steps can reduce the risk of a … Read more

Simpson County Lake Youth Fishing Day scheduled for June 3, reopening set for June 7

The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks is excited to announce the reopening of Simpson County Lake. Starting at 6 a.m. on Wednesday, June 7, anglers can once again enjoy the recently renovated 76-acre state fishing lake conveniently located just five miles north of Magee on Hwy 49. A special Youth Fishing Day has … Read more

GANGS IN MISSISSIPPI: Gangster Disciple Pleads Guilty to Racketeering, firebombing jailer’s home

A member of the Gangster Disciples gang pleaded guilty Wednesday to a racketeering conspiracy involving his firebombing of a prison guard’s house and the distribution of more than 50 grams of methamphetamine. Today’s plea marks the 12th and final conviction in the Northern District of Mississippi case against five members of the Gangster Disciples and … Read more

USM Professor Set to Represent USA Field Hockey Team

By Van Arnold University of Southern Mississippi Acclaimed Australian field hockey standout Tristan Clemons officially retired from the sport he cherished in 2018. Or so he thought. Clemons, Assistant Professor in the School of Polymer Science and Engineering at The University of Southern Mississippi, has returned to the game in a major way, preparing to … Read more

Amory Man Sentenced to Prison for Drug Distribution Scheme

An Amory man was sentenced today to 18 years in prison for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. According to court documents, Michael Wright, 40, of Amory, Mississippi pled guilty to possession with intent to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine in February. Court records show that Wright received more than two pounds of … Read more

Panola County podiatrist Sentenced in Foot Bath Fraud Scheme

A Panola County man was sentenced today to two years in prison following his conviction for his role in a scheme to defraud Medicare and TRICARE by prescribing and dispensing medically unnecessary foot bath medications and ordering medically unnecessary testing of toenails in exchange for kickbacks and bribes. According to court documents, Marion Shaun Lund, … Read more

Mississippi College Public Safety Officer’s Dedication to Others Garners Award

Gregory Travis received the Van “Doc” Quick Distinguished Staff Award during MC’s 37th annual Faculty and Staff Retirement and Service Year Celebration April 27. Serving in the Office of Public Safety, Travis has earned the highest staff service honor at Mississippi College. The honoree has an encouraging spirit and optimism that mirror outstanding qualities of … Read more

Jackson Woman Pleads Guilty to Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon

A Jackson woman pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced U.S. Attorney Darren J. LaMarca and Acting Special Agent in Charge Anthony Spotswood of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives. According to court documents, Betty Butler, 56, possessed a firearm after having previously been convicted of a felony. … Read more

Bogue Chitto Community woman pleads guilty to stabbing death on reservation

A Bogue Chitto woman pleaded guilty on May 11, 2023, to the murder of a tribal member on the Choctaw Indian Reservation, announced U.S. Attorney Darren J. LaMarca of the Southern District of Mississippi and Special Agent in Charge Jermicha Fomby of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Mississippi. According to court documents, Bethany Thomas, … Read more

Nine USM Students Recognized as Citizen Scholars for Community Engagement

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Community Engagement has announced nine new recipients of the Citizen Scholar Award, a recognition for students demonstrating significant involvement in community engagement. The Citizen Scholars program recognizes undergraduate students who have made significant contributions to their communities by incorporating service and community engagement into their academic experience. Students who earn … Read more