The Blake Burgess Memorial Highway sign unveiling is today in Carthage. The ceremony will honor the life and legacy of Blake Burgess, who died last February. We reached out to his Mom, Robin Burgess, who said "today, November 24, 2020 would have been Blake's 23 birthday but God had other plans. So, instead of a birthday celebration, there will be an unveiling of the Blake Burgess Memorial Highway sign. The Burgess family would like to thank the wonderful people... Read More.
A Leake County tractor was vandalized back in late September resulting in $4400 in window breakage damage. According to the Leake County Sheriff's Office, the crime is still unsolved. A $1000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of ones responsible. An additional report of a window being broken out of a grader parked at Pleasant Hill has been reported. For any information please contact the Leake County Sheriff's office 601-267-7361
Open Arms food distribution drive thru continues today. However, food will now be available from 3:45-5:15 pm due to daylight savings time. Also, Open Arms is still receiving donations as well. If you would like to donate or become a volunteer call 601-663-8505 or [email protected] See additional guidelines below. Tuesday, November 24, 2020 3:45 pm-5:15pm 239 Railroad Ave. Philadelphia, MS 39360
Leake County offices will be closed this thursday and friday. According to Leake County Administrator Corey Wooten the offices will be closed for Thanksgiving Holidays. Offices will open again on monday.
Today is Tuesday, Nov. 24, the 329th day of 2020. There are 37 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Nov. 24, 1859, British naturalist Charles Darwin published "On the Origin of Species," which explained his theory of evolution by means of natural selection. On this date: In 1865, Mississippi became the first Southern state to enact laws which came to be known as "Black Codes" aimed at limiting the rights of newly freed Blacks; other states of the... Read More.
The Carthage Mayor's Youth Council is distributing food packages ahead of Thanksgiving. In addition to food, masks, sanitizer, and personal hygiene products are being provided for the disabled and elderly. Distributions will continue until all items run out. If you need items or would like to donate call Sherry Leflore at 601-267-8322.
The Leake County School District will transition to virtual distance learning starting November 30th. District Superintendent Yvette Young announced that the decision was made due to Covid-19 case increase in the region. She went on to say "in an attempt to do our part to minimize the spread we are implementing this effort." Students are expected to resume traditional three-day schedule and virtual learning on January 4th, 2021. Technology devices for distant learning were made available to all students... Read More.
Larrenzo Cooper was found dead last week. Sheriff Randy Atkinson confirmed that the death was being investigated as a homicide after Mr. Cooper was discovered in a home on Laurel Hill Road. We followed up with the Leake County Sheriff's office. No additional details are available at this time. We will continue to follow this case and update you as details becomes available in this fluid situation.