Sheriff says roommate killed man, put body in freezer

LATIMER, Miss. (AP) – A Mississippi sheriff says a man killed his roommate and stuffed him in a freezer. Jackson County Sheriff Mike Ezell says a capital murder warrant has been issued for 40-year-old Thomas Elliot Stafford. Investigators believe Stafford killed 65-year-old Jerry Floyd Kirkendall sometime around March 3, when a landlord last saw Kirkendall. The landlord found Kirkendall’s body in an unplugged freezer Monday, saying he was alerted by a horrible smell. Ezell says Stafford also stole a gold Cadillac from Kirkendall. The second …Read More

MCCSA seeing less local government funding

Local governments have been setting aside money for Multi-County Community Service Agency to help fight poverty in their areas. However one lawmaker is opposing the contributions this year. But area leaders say MCCSA brings a good return on the investments. Multi-County Community Service Agency helps meet the needs of low income residents in Clarke, Lauderdale, Jasper, Kemper, Newton, Neshoba, Smith, Scott and Wayne counties. Eight out of nine county governments whose areas receive help from MCCSA are offering budgeted donations in support of the services …Read More

Walnut Grove Fire Department Responds to Multiple Calls

Walnut Grove Fire Department responded to the report of a woods fire on Old Walnut Grove Rd. Upon arrival, a car was found to have hit a tree and was fully involved. No driver was at the scene. The fire was extinguished and scene was managed by Leake County Sheriff’s Department. Walnut Grove Fire Department also responded to several calls for woods fires – one near homes on Shoemaker Rd. Forestry Commission. Walnut Grove Fire Department was called in to manage the scene as most …Read More

Picking 35 maps available online

Maps are now available for the upcoming Picking 35 Yard Sale. The maps highlight all stops on the 50-mile long route. “Picking 35 in the Heart of Mississippi” is a series of yard sales that will stretch from Walnut Grove in Leake County to the Carmack community in northern Attala County on Saturday, April 1. The event is being presented by the Kosciusko Attala Partnership, Main Street Chamber of Leake County, and the City of Walnut Grove. The maps can be viewed and/or downloaded here

ECCC Encore Players to Present ‘25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’ March 30-April 1

The East Central Community College Encore Players will present “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” by Rachel Sheinkin and William Finn March 30 through April 1, 2017. The annual musical presentation begins at 7 p.m. nightly in Vickers Fine Arts Auditorium on the Decatur campus. Tickets are $10 each and may be purchased by calling 601-635-2111. Winner of the Tony and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” features an eclectic group of six middle schoolers who vie for …Read More

Three more suspects sought in fatal Newton shooting

Authorities are still searching for three suspects in the shooting death of a man in Newton over the weekend. Police Chief Harvey Curry says Kordan Myers, Richard Lofton and Robbie Chapman are wanted in connection with the death of 21-year-old Jamarcus Townsend. Curry says law enforcement found Townsend at a home on Tillman Street after a shots fired call. 17-year-old Lyndale Jones has already been charged with first-degree murder in the case. If you have any information on the other three suspects, call Crimestoppers at …Read More

Bulldogs Headed Back To Sweet 16

STARKVILLE, Miss. – How sweet it is. The Mississippi State women’s basketball team is headed back to the Sweet 16 after a 92-71 win over DePaul in a second-round game of the NCAA Tournament’s Oklahoma City Regional played before a national television audience and a Humphrey Coliseum crowd of 6,035. No. 2 seed MSU (31-4) will face No. 3 seed Washington (28-5) or No. 6 seed Oklahoma (23-9) in the regional semifinal Friday night in Oklahoma City. The game will be at either 6 p.m. …Read More

Ribbon Cutting held for Easy Street Furniture in Walnut Grove

Town of Walnut Grove and Main Street Chamber of Leake County officials welcomed Walnut Grove’s newest business, Easy Street Furniture, on Wednesday with an official ribbon cutting. Easy Street Furniture, located at 166 Hwy 35 N, is open Tuesday – Saturday from 10 am – 5pm.