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The recent 2017 DeSoto County Hunger Summit, sponsored by the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi, highlighted the fact that nutritious food is not often as readily available to some individuals as it is others.

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World champion pit master Melissa Cookston, owner of the Memphis Barbecue Co. in Horn Lake and Steak by Melissa in Southaven, took home another trophy from the Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest this past weekend.

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A pair of pioneering educators passed on to their next heavenly assignments after giving a lifetime of service to education and the greater DeSoto County community.

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Plowing into winning essays on soil allowed students across DeSoto County to dig into facts both fun and fearful.

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Hernando High School senior Malorie Arton has signed a cheerleading scholarship to the University of Memphis. Seated from left are Brandi Arton, Malorie Arton and Ryan Arton. Standing from left are athletic director David Lara, Memphis cheerleading coach Joe Arkansas, Hernando sponsor Erin M…

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Eddie Burks of Hernando is busy making battle plans but no actual blood will be spilled from this weekend's Civil War re-enactment of the Battle of Hernando and the display of an exact replica of the C.S.S. Hunley, one of the first operating submarines in American military history.

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The way zoning laws are designed in Hernando and most cities in Mississippi, applicants applying for a zoning change are given a broad set of permissible uses for property they have purchased and plan to develop.

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A "picnic" to pick books for youths to choose from for this summer drew a flurry of First Regional Library system staff to the M.R. Davis Public Library in Southaven for a first-rate selection for the 14 branches.

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More than 50 DeSoto County “special” athletes will be mining for gold in Biloxi this weekend and Monday morning they received a special sendoff with help of county law enforcement, including police, Sheriff’s Department and Mississippi Highway Patrol.

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Members of the DeSoto County Board of Education (DCS) Monday night approved the appointments of more new principals and district administrators for the coming 2017-18 school year, including the naming of a new Executive Director of Safety and Risk Management and a new Director of Transportation.

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In our internet-driven society, computer users continue to be hit by hackers who enjoy causing havoc, and in some cases, being able to extract money, from people who don’t take necessary protections for their systems and the important files they generate. 

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A "picnic" to pick books for youths to choose from for this summer drew a flurry of First Regional Library system staff to the M.R. Davis Public Library in Southaven for a first-rate selection for the 14 branches.

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Fearing the worst but hoping for the best, residents living near Tunica Cutoff and along Lake Road are bracing for additional rainfall on Thursday which could cause the mighty Mississippi River to crest at 38 feet or higher.

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Considered the “best and brightest” among DeSoto County’s graduating high school seniors, 36 students have been honored and recognized in the annual Reach for the Stars program sponsored by BancorpSouth and the DeSoto Times-Tribune. 

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While the city of Hernando will be saying goodbye to longtime Mayor Chip Johnson at City Hall as a result of Tuesday's primary, there's a new, yet familiar face coming aboard in July as At-large Alderman, replacing the retiring Sam Lauderdale.

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More than 67 guns at last count were stolen from a delivery trailer at an Academy Sports parking lot on Goodman Road in Olive Branch in the overnight hours late Sunday and early Monday, according to Olive Branch Police Chief Don Gammage.

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On the lawn of DeSoto County's historic courthouse square stands the Fallen Heroes Monument dedicated to those of the law enforcement community that serves the citizens.

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With about $406,000 available in the city budget, Hernando aldermen OK'd street overlays for 2017 for as many as 21 sections. Advertising for bids was authorized, with work expected to be done this summer.

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Hearts are huge and filled with love inside parents who welcome into their home a child who has had a difficult life already in their short time on earth; a youngster seeking love but who finds they are “in the system” of foster care for any number of reasons.

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For the fifth year, a DeSoto County hospital plans to open its doors to expectant parents seeking answers to questions about the process of pregnancy and delivery of a healthy baby. 

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Hernando civic activist and airline pilot N.C. "Tom" Ferguson, in his first bid for public office, pulled off an upset with the defeat of Mayor Chip Johnson, a fellow Republican seeking a fourth four-year term in Tuesday's Republican municipal primary election.

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Listed below are the contested races in tonight's municipal Republican primary elections around DeSoto County. Polls closed at 7 p.m. This page will be updated as results come in. Races where there was no opposition or just one candidate on the ballot will not be included in this list. 

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Polls are open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. today for primary elections in DeSoto County's five municipalities as each party nominee advances to the June 6 general election.

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Having stood since the 1960s on the Alley Ballard property at 2830 Old Highway 304, the old barn had for years begun to fall apart.  

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The choral musical program created by the husband and wife duo of Reese Norris and wife Joelle will celebrate the comprehensive musical program's fifth anniversary in style this Saturday, May 6 with a 3 p.m. free concert at Brown Missionary Baptist Church in Southaven.

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After more than 10 years in and out of the making, teetering with economic seismic shifts, the game-changing Hernando West residential project not only stands on solid ground, it's moving forward toward new construction. Can you dig it?

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After more than 10 years in and out of the making, teetering with economic seismic shifts, the game-changing Hernando West residential project not only stands on solid ground, it's moving forward toward new construction. Can you dig it?

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Horn Lake mayoral candidate Michael Guice, standing, addresses issues during a recent forum of Republican mayoral candidates held in the Olive Branch Municipal Court chambers. Other candidates who attended and spoke at the forum are, from left, Hernando Mayor Chip Johnson, moderator and form…

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It was a case of Mother Nature versus Mother Earth.

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First Regional Library Executive Director Ed Hughes is turning a page in his long career as a library director both here in Mississippi and elsewhere as he begins a new chapter in his life.

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DeSoto County and the municipalities seek more helping hands to get a grip on refuse and rubbish for the annual weeklong Spring Cleanup starting Saturday, April 29, and beyond. "We're really in need of more volunteers," said Supervisor Bill Russell of Walls. The blight fight kicks off with C…

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Looking to fill openings while cutting costs, the DeSoto County School District has announced the appointment of 13 administrators to new positions within Mississippi’s most-populated public school district.

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A bond that was made between an elderly man and a class of primary school youngsters is now forever remembered in print, even though the earthly connection has since been separated.

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More than 120 golfers took part in a fundraiser for one of the Mid-South's premiere retirement communities, Wesley Meadows Retirement Community in Hernando, one of 12 campuses across the state, operated by Methodist Senior Services in Tupelo.

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Heading into the final weeks of the school year, high school juniors and seniors have been reminded about the importance of making the right lifestyle choices, especially in light of recent prom events held in honor of the graduating seniors. 

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Members of Leadership DeSoto joined in the presentation of a $4,800 check from the Hernando Optimist Club to help offset the cost of building a new classroom extension at Hernando High School. Attending, from left, were Keith Briley, Horn Lake City Planning; Ian Heatherly, Entergy; Linda Tug…

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If you like going green, take a trip Saturday to the annual Earth Day Celebration around the DeSoto County Courthouse square in Hernando from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., coinciding with the popular Hernando Farmers Market.

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Following denials in 1984 and 1985 of conditional use applications to the Board of Adjustment for a country store at the site, the DeSoto County Board of Supervisors on Monday rejected rezoning sought for the same purpose by the owner of the 2.87-acre property in the Cockrum area.

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First Regional Library joined libraries in schools, campuses and communities nationwide this week in celebrating the many ways libraries are transforming their communities every day through the services and invaluable expertise they offer.

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(Editor's Note: In the next several issues, we'll take a look at candidates running for various municipal offices across DeSoto County. In today's issue, a look at the mayor's race in the DeSoto County seat.)

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The bountiful harvest of "the Good Earth" will be celebrated with Earth Day 2017 in DeSoto County, slated for Saturday, April 22.

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With back-to-back Division II-A Tennessee state girls basketball champions and championship runner-up in football in 2015, the Northpoint Christian School Trojans basked in the glow of recognition from the Rotary Club of Hernando on Wednesday.

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A 40-year-old man whose body was discovered floating in a rural pond near Walls has been identified as Willie Brown of Memphis, according to DeSoto County Coroner Jeff Pounders.

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Weather permitting, long-sought repairs will be completed by Friday to a potholed, substandard parking lot along Hernando's busy Commerce Street. Asphalt crews overseen by contractor Roy R. Holmes were hard at work Wednesday, as businessman Donald Breshears had promised Hernando aldermen the…

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Mark "Oz" Geist, author of the bestselling book, "13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Happened in Benghazi," shared his harrowing account of mounting a defense and rescue operation as a CIA contractor in that Libyan stronghold to a standing-room only crowd of more than 400 persons this past…

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DeSoto County and its cities, through membership in the six-state Interstate 69 Mid-Continent Coalition, back a state-federal application for $85.2 million for Fiscal 2017 to extend I-69 in the county, and welcome reported progress along the corridor.

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From planting daffodil bulbs on the courthouse square to singing Christmas carols to the elderly to imparting the importance of recycling, and doing more, much more, the Hernando Mayor's Youth Council members give back to their community. The high schoolers' high energy is born of the firm b…

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With a desire to maintain the beauty of DeSoto County and an increase in citizen requests for roadside litter collection, the Board of Supervisors voted on March 20 to hire a Litter Control Operator in the Department of Environmental Services. The Litter Control Operator is tasked with super…

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After nine years of traveling a trail of red tape to gain release of federal Safe Routes to School grant funds, Hernando officials are heartened that work finally is underway on sidewalks and crosswalks on College, Hill and Fletcher streets that lead to and from Oak Grove Central Elementary School.

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