2 city ex-workers say they were fired because they are white
MCCOMB, Miss. (AP) — Two former employees of a southwest Mississippi city are pursuing legal action, claiming black officials fired them because they were white.
Supervisors defend tax increase, saying expenses going up
MCCOMB, Miss. (AP) — Three outgoing county supervisors are defending a tax increase in their southwest Mississippi county.
The Enterprise-Journal reports that Pike County supervisors Luke...
MCCOMB, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi school district has hired a new superintendent as it tries to improve its state rating.
The Enterprise-Journal reports that the South Pike School District...
MCCOMB, Miss. (AP) — Two teenagers have apparently drowned in a river in southwest Mississippi.
Pike County Sheriff Kenny Cotton says the bodies of 19-year-old Laterrius Wilkinson and...
MCCOMB, Miss. (AP) — People are raising money for two Mississippi Blues Trail markers to commemorate the 1977 plane crash that killed three members of the rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd, their road...
3 longtime Mississippi lawmakers retiring before term ends
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Three Mississippi lawmakers are retiring as of Monday, when the new state budget year begins.
Republican Sen. Tommy Gollott of Biloxi, Democrat Sen. Bob Dearing of...
LOWER PAXTON, Pa. (AP) — A Mississippi truck driver has admitted causing an alcohol-related crash on an interstate highway in Pennsylvania that killed three people, including a toddler.
Parents of kids on different teams try to balance busy lives
MCCOMB, Miss. (AP) — It's an issue that many parents deal with when it comes to having multiple children play baseball or softball in different age groups at different locations.
MCCOMB, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi city could increase its property tax rate a few dollars a year to pay for street improvements.
The Enterprise-Journal reports McComb officials have already...
MCCOMB, Miss. (AP) — A county coroner in Mississippi is resigning and an interim replacement must be appointed until a new coroner can be elected.
MCCOMB, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi mayor says officials might have to consider raising tax rates or cutting spending because the city's tax collections are dropping.
MCCOMB, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi funeral home is accused of giving the wrong bodies to two families.
The Enterprise-Journal reported Tuesday that two lawsuits accuse the Hartman-Jones...
McComb working to buy baseball field by community center
MCCOMB, Miss. (AP) — A city in southwestern Mississippi is working toward buying a baseball field next to a community center.
The Enterprise-Journal reports the McComb Board of Selectmen...
MCCOMB, Miss. (AP) — A southwest Mississippi city will borrow to help pay for park improvements.
The Enterprise-Journal reports McComb's city board voted unanimously to begin the process of...
Official apologizes for saying police murder people daily
MCCOMB, Miss. (AP) — A southwest Mississippi official is apologizing to his city's police department after saying that people were "being slaughtered and murdered by policemen every day."
The Enterprise-Journal reports that McComb Selectman Devante Johnson issued a letter of apology Thursday to Police Chief Damian Gatlin and McComb officers.
Man arrested in Mississippi nightclub shooting death
MCCOMB, Miss. (AP) — Police have arrested a suspect in a shooting death at a Mississippi nightclub last fall.
McComb police told news outlets that 22-year-old Bruce Varnado was arrested Friday night following a short chase.
Varnado is charged with murder in the Oct. 28 shooting death of 35-year-old Erick Kintae Earls of Gloster.
Mississippi rep with military deployment seeking re-election
MCCOMB, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi lawmaker who had a two-year military deployment says he will attend some of the 2019 session but expects to be called back to duty.
Democratic Rep. David Myers of McComb tells the Enterprise-Journal that he's seeking re-election. Myers has served since 1996 in Pike and Walthall counties.
Mississippi man arrested in shooting more than a year later
MCCOMB, Miss. (AP) — A southwest Mississippi man has been arrested in the shooting of a homeowner after police say he eluded them for a year.
The Enterprise-Journal reports that Pike County deputies arrested Ty'Jua'Michael Felder, an 18-year-old Osyka man, after he was reported to be involved in a fight at a store.
He's jailed in Pike County on murder and attempted robbery charges, facing $140,000 bail. It's unclear whether Felder has a lawyer.
Bill orders sale of land near lake to development group
MCCOMB, Miss. (AP) — A southwest Mississippi group will be able to buy some land around a reservoir following Congress' passage this week of the farm bill.
The bill orders the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture to sell 150 acres of land in the Homochitto National Forest in Franklin County to the Scenic Rivers Development Alliance.
Mississippi man sentenced in killing of his grown son
MCCOMB, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi man faces 32 years in prison after pleading guilty to killing his son and wounding his niece.
The Enterprise-Journal reports 47-year-old John Edward Young of McComb said nothing in court Monday as he received a 45-year sentence with 13 of those years suspended.
He pleaded guilty to manslaughter, aggravated assault and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon.
Man dies before voting, wife returns to cast her ballot
MCCOMB, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi man collapsed and died on the way to vote Tuesday with his wife who went back later to cast her ballot in what election officials called a testament to her sense of civic responsibility.
Precinct bailiff Keith Varnado told The Enterprise-Journal that Emmitt Booth was coming in the South McComb Baptist Church in southern Mississippi to vote when he collapsed.
Survivor appeals for help finding shooting suspects
MCCOMB, Miss. (AP) — A southwest Mississippi woman wants help finding the men who shot her multiple times.
"I ain't dead," Rotheka Coleman declared to the Enterprise-Journal in a telephone interview from her hospital room at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson.
Man dies after being shot at Mississippi nightclub
MCCOMB, Miss. (AP) — A man has died after being shot and wounded at a nightclub in Mississippi.
News outlets reported that police in McComb said officers near a nightclub heard gunshots shortly after 2 a.m. Sunday. They found 35-year-old Erick K. Earls of Gloster with several gunshot wounds. He was taken a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Witnesses told officers that Earls and another man got into an argument just before the shooting.
Bus transit returning to southwest Mississippi city
MCCOMB, Miss. (AP) — Public bus transit is returning to one southwest Mississippi city.
The Enterprise-Journal reports that the Mount Zion Economic Community Center has received a $257,000 grant from the Mississippi Department of Transportation for a new bus service in McComb.
Lawsuit: Utility to blame for damage to voting machines
MCCOMB, Miss. (AP) — A southwest Mississippi county is suing an electrical utility and its own insurer, seeking more than $500,000 for damage to voting machines caused by a 2016 power outage.
The Enterprise-Journal reports Pike County earlier this month sued Entergy Corp. and the administrator of the Mississippi Association of Supervisors Insurance Trust.
Security fence cut at a Mississippi jail, phones dropped off
MCCOMB, Miss. (AP) — It's a jailbreak of a different kind. Authorities say someone on the outside has been cutting into a security fence around the jail in one Mississippi County.
The Enterprise-Journal reports it appears to be an effort to drop off banned items for inmates.
Judge dismisses lawsuit by McComb mayor who lost election
MCCOMB, Miss. (AP) — A judge is dismissing a lawsuit filed by a former Mississippi mayor who lost a bid to regain the office this year.
Zach Patterson lost McComb's Democratic primary in May to Quordiniah Lockley, who is a former city administrator.
Lockley won the general election in June and is now mayor.
Man wears snake on his neck in a Waffle House in Mississippi
MCCOMB, Miss. (AP) — A man wore a live snake around his neck inside a Waffle House in southwestern Mississippi.
Cellphone video shows that when a guard confronted him, the man removed the snake, stepped toward the officer and yelled, "Let's do it!"
Onlookers scattered, and they did not smother their screams.
Mississippi city fires 4 top employees, hires replacements
MCCOMB, Miss. (AP) — A southwest Mississippi city is firing four top employees and hiring replacements.
The Enterprise-Journal reports McComb's city board on Tuesday fired police Chief Scott McKenzie, city attorney Wayne Dowdy, city Judge Danny Smith and city prosecutor David Brewer.
Mississippi mayor to city employees: Don’t talk to media
MCCOMB, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi mayor is telling city employees and other elected officials not to talk to the media, saying all information about local government has to come from him.
McComb Mayor Quordiniah Lockley, a Democrat, has been in office about two months. He told the Enterprise-Journal on Monday that he is the only city spokesman.
MCCOMB, Miss. (AP) — Top government employees in one Mississippi city are being told they might lose their jobs.
The Enterprise-Journal reports the newly inaugurated McComb mayor and Board of Selectmen have voted to declare some department heads and workers as interim employees for 90 days. The jobs are being open for applications.
MCCOMB, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi man stabbed his mother and grandmother in a federal government office Monday and was then shot to death by a security guard.
Pike County Coroner Jason Jones told The Associated Press that the slain suspect was Branen Carter, 21.
Man stabbed his mother and grandmother in a federal government office and was then shot to death by a security guard
MCCOMB, Miss. (AP) — Man stabbed his mother and grandmother in a federal government office and was then shot to death by a security guard.
Sheriff: Man stabs relative in a federal government office in McComb, Mississippi, and then is shot by a security guard
MCCOMB, Miss. (AP) — Sheriff: Man stabs relative in a federal government office in McComb, Mississippi and then is shot by a security guard.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A retired sheriff has been nominated to serve as U.S. marshal for the Southern District of Mississippi.
President Donald Trump nominated former Pike County Sheriff Mark Shepherd of McComb for the position.
If confirmed, Shepherd would lead U.S. Marshals Service activities for the district, such as federal fugitive apprehension; federal prisoner housing and transportation; and witness security program operation.
MCCOMB, Miss. (AP) — A southwest Mississippi city has a new mayor, and a majority of its city board will be African-American for the first time.
Voters in McComb elected as their mayor Democrat Quordiniah Lockley, the former city administrator. He defeated Republican Tommy McKenzie, who has been serving as selectman-at-large.
MCCOMB, Miss. (AP) — Police in Mississippi say a man who tried to rob a convenience store at gunpoint died after exchanging gunfire with a clerk.
UMMC provides mental telehealth for McComb students
MCCOMB, Miss. (AP) — The McComb School District says it's the first in the state to provide mental health counseling to students through a telehealth program with the University of Mississippi Medical Center.
It's making a difference for children with problems including depression, eating disorders and attempted suicide, the district's four school nurses told the McComb Enterprise-Journal .
MCCOMB, Miss. (AP) — The Democratic nomination for mayor in a southwest Mississippi city remains contested, weeks after the election.
Walter Zinn Jr. is a lawyer for the candidate who lost the runoff. He tells The Enterprise-Journal that he's examined ballots from the May 15 runoff and found unspecified irregularities.
MCCOMB, Miss. (AP) — Dogs from Mississippi shelters have been flown to the East Coast for their new homes.
News outlets report a charter plane landed Sunday morning at McComb-Pike County Airport and departed with nearly 100 dogs.
Teen mother aims to inspire others with story, scholarships
MCCOMB, Miss. (AP) — Life very easily could have turned out different — and much worse — for Katrina Frazier, if statistics held true.
She got pregnant at 16 in her junior year of high school and potentially faced a future that's all too common with teenage mothers.
"It happened and now my life is set," she feared. "No education, no marriage, dead-end jobs."
She had seen the effects becoming pregnant too soon in life had done to others.
"It creates a generational cycle of poverty," she said.
MCCOMB, Miss. (AP) — A board has voted to reject a bid to demolish properties in Mississippi and seek bids for a smaller number of properties.
The Enterprise-Journal reports Public Works Director Chuck Lambert told selectmen Tuesday that the bid for demolishing 19 properties came above the $40,000 McComb had budgeted for the project.
MCCOMB, Miss. (AP) — A former city administrator is edging out a former mayor for the Democratic nomination to run for mayor in a southwest Mississippi City.
The Enterprise-Journal reports that Quordiniah Lockley leads Zach Patterson by four votes out of more than 1,150 cast, after 16 affidavit ballots were counted Wednesday.
MCCOMB, Miss. (AP) — Voters in one southwest Mississippi city are picking party nominees for city offices.
The Enterprise-Journal reports that McComb voters chose Tommy McKenzie as the Republican nominee for mayor on Tuesday while Zach Patterson and will face Quordiniah Lockey in a May 15 runoff for the Democratic nod. The general election is in June.
MCCOMB, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi lawmaker will get to keep his state House seat after a judge dismissed a challenge from his opponent in the 2015 Democratic primary.
The Enterprise-Journal reports that Circuit Judge James Bell ruled Tuesday against Tasha Dillon. She claimed that voting irregularities caused her to lose the primary to Rep. David Myers of McComb.
MCCOMB, Miss. (AP) — Police say a driver had fled from officers and crashed into a law office in Mississippi.
McComb police Capt. Steve Powell tells The Enterprise-Journal of McComb that the chase began early Sunday when officers attempted to stop 20-year-old Devante J. Taylor for speeding. The driver locked up his brakes and then skidded into the Whittington law office.
MCCOMB, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi hospital plans to lay off 50 to 100 employees in an attempt to cut costs.
Southwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center tells the Enterprise-Journal that the McComb hospital plans to cut up to 100 of its 1,200 employees.
City official seeks to cut money to county office
MCCOMB, Miss. (AP) — A city official in southwest Mississippi is unsuccessfully pushing to deny city money to a county official accused of making racially insensitive remarks.
The Enterprise-Journal reports McComb Selectman Albert Eubanks tried to prevent the city from paying any part of Pike County Civil Defense Director Richard Coghlan's salary.
Lawsuit dismissed against Hyde-Smith
MCCOMB, Miss. (AP) — A lawsuit against U.S. Senate appointee Cindy Hyde-Smith has been permanently dismissed.
The Daily Leader reports Circuit Judge David Strong dismissed the case with prejudice April 3. That means the lawsuit can be appealed to a higher judge, but can't be refiled.