Nominations for the category of your choosing in the DeSoto's Best 2018 competition are open now.
Two people died when a tour bus with 46 passengers on board overturned on an icy stretch at Interstate 269 and U.S. Hwy. 78 around midday on Wednesday, according to DeSoto County authorities.
With a population that would rival any small city, the DeSoto County Adult Detention Center has worked diligently during the past year to achieve one of the top accreditations of its kind in the nation.
More than 500 students and a number of volunteers took part in DeSoto County Schools Chess Championship held at Longview Heights Baptist Church in Olive Branch. The chess tournament is the largest annual chess tournament in the state of Mississippi.
A North Mississippi writer has contributed to a new book showing that grief is not something to be held close to yourself, but rather expressed in a way that fits your needs and personality the best.
The veterans who turned out to commemorate Veterans Day on the 100th anniversary of the "Great War," or the ending of the First World War, "kept their powder dry" so to speak as they gathered inside the National Guard Armory in Hernando for a luncheon in their honor.
U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith touched off a firestorm with comments made at a campaign stop in Tupelo two weeks ago which have just now surfaced that referenced a quote regarding that she would attend "a public hanging" if invited by a particular cattle rancher friend.
The Mississippi Tourism Association (MTA) presented their annual awards for tourism achievement for the year 2017 during activities at the Governor’s Conference on Tourism held at the Oxford Conference Center in Oxford on Sept. 23-25, 2018.
School teachers among DeSoto County’s public, private and parochial schools have received a record amount of grant money from the local business community toward better educating young students.
Veterans enjoy a luncheon while reminiscing about their service during the Veterans Day luncheon hosted by the City of Southaven at the new City Safe Room, located next to the Arena at Southaven.
David Hill of Southaven, who retired as a Senior Chief Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy after serving in Vietnam, was among veterans honored during an annual program at Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto in Southaven on Thursday, Nov. 8. U.S. Marine Corps Reserves Col. John Caldwell (Ret.) was t…
Hernando High School is the 2018 MHSAA/Mississippi Bandmasters Association 6A Marching Band State Champion. This is the third time this band has earned this title, also winning in 2014 and in 2015.
A packed crowd looked on as Hernando aldermen Tuesday unanimously approved a site for Hernando's new animal shelter on property not far from the existing dog park in Renasant Park.
Olive Branch Mayor Scott Phillips recognized the DC Dragons martial arts team and cheerleading team on recent national championship wins. Sensei Jeffery Baker also made a presentation to Mayor Phillips. Tanya Baker coaches the cheerleading team.
Greenbrook Elementary School students R.J. Jackson (left) and Christian Bell led the DeSoto County School District Board of Education in leading the Pledge of Allegiance at its Nov. 1 meeting. Students routinely are asked during the school year to lead the board meeting in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Circuit Court Judge Celeste Embrey Wilson will return to her position on the bench after defeating attorney Stan Little in one of the more contested races of Election Day 2018.
The message of the featured speaker for a mini-conference on autism in Southaven recently was that, even in the seemingly darkest times with a child that has autism, it’s important to find a smile through it all.
Polls are open across DeSoto County from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. today as voters trek to the polls to choose county court, circuit, state Court of Appeals and chancery judgeships along with choosing two U.S. Senators, including candidates vying in a special election to fill the seat of former U.…
Election Day has arrived. Mississippians have undoubtedly prepared by researching the candidates, viewing a sample ballot, or determining in advance the location of their polling place.
Know where to vote on Tuesday, Nov. 6. The included image to the left links to the list of 41 polling places in DeSoto County for the mid-term election on Tuesday, Nov. 6.
DeSoto County Schools Supt. Cory Uselton has begun his one-year term leading the group that represents all of Mississippi's school administrators, in addition to his current duties leading the state's largest public school district.
There was a significant increase in packages leaving the Hernando Post Office Wednesday. It had nothing to do with Christmas coming, but for the recipient who is getting them, it will be like an early Christmas with everything that is on the way.
These bags contain some of the 216.5 pounds of old prescription drugs collected Saturday during a National DEA Prescription Drug Take Back Day event held in cooperation with the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Department. This program allows people to drop off old prescriptions without question or d…
Snowden Grove Park was a very busy place with ghosts and goblins coming out for treats and sweets during Southaven’s annual Trunk or Treat event on Tuesday, Oct. 30. The annual activity was moved to Tuesday due to threats of threatening weather on Halloween. Many areas of DeSoto County also …
With a crowd of more than 700 gathered underneath a highway overpass on a chilly, blustery morning, the final completed segment of the nation's newest superhighway, I-269, was opened to the public amid fanfare and soaring speeches.
The 2018 Ann Brown Ashcraft Memorial Project undertaken by the Horn Lake Mayor's Youth Council is aimed at helping open up whole new worlds and sparking the imaginations of critically ill children at LeBonheur Children's Hospital in Memphis.
DESOTO COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF EDUCATION
FACTS & HISTORY
The DeSoto County School District is the largest school district in the state of Mississippi with more than 34,000 students. DeSoto County Schools has been recognized as one of the top school districts in Mississippi. In the most recent accountability report, DeSoto County Schools again were given an “A” grade as a district and a number of district schools were ranked among the best in the state.
Evaluating the superintendent and hiring the superintendent, approving and monitoring the budget, helping set salaries, approving purchases, establishing district policies, adopting the school calendar, making sure local policies and comply with all state and federal laws and regulations. Building and closing schools where needed, establishing a district vision, goals and monitoring progress, assess board effectiveness and approve personnel actions based on the superintendent’s recommendations. Board members in the DeSoto County School District serve a six-year term that is staggered so no more than two board members are up for election at any one time.
In order for a person to be eligible to hold the office of Board of Education member, that candidate must be a bona fide resident and qualified voter of the school district and hold a high school diploma or its equivalent. The candidate is required to complete a basic course of training and education and file annually a certificate of completion of a course in continuing education conducted by the Mississippi School Boards Association. Board members cannot have a spouse working for the district while they are on the Board of Education.
DISTRICT 3 BOARD OF EDUCATION
Consisting of Walls, Lake Cormorant, western Horn Lake, and extreme western Southaven.
- Jolley attended secretarial school following graduation from Towson High School in Towson, Md.
- Jolley was first elected to the Board of Education in 1988. In November 2017, Jolley was named state Board Member of the Year by the Mississippi School Boards Association.
Dr. Bacardi Mayfield-Harris
- Union University – Doctor of Administration and Supervision K-12 degree
- Christian Brothers University – Master of Education, Curriculum and Instruction degree
- Alcorn State University – Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology degree
- Regional Technical Assistance Director
- Education Consultant
- Assistant Principal
- Curriculum Director
- Assessment Director
- Alternative School Director
- Lead Teacher, Math Teacher
DISTRICT 4 BOARD OF EDUCATION
Consisting of portions of southwest DeSoto County, Hernando west and rural DeSoto County west of Hernando, also the eastern section of Horn Lake and a portion of Southaven.
- Riley graduated from Hernando High School, attended Northwest Mississippi Community College and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management.
- Riley has 26 years’ experience working in the DeSoto County School District. She served at Hernando Middle School as a Title 1 Instructional Assistant in reading and math for seventh and eighth grades.
- Riley next worked in Personnel and Professional Development with the district’s Central Services office. Mrs. Riley assisted in the development of the Continuing Educational Program for district teachers. She is a retired member of the Mississippi Association of Educational Office Professionals and a "Who's Who Historical Society Inductee for Achievements in Professional Management."
- Riley was first elected to the Board of Education in 2012.
Jeny Black Price
- Graduate of Horn Lake High School.
- Attended Northwest Mississippi Community College
- Received National Tactical Training, specializing in Suicide Prevention
- International certifications to teach police communication
- Certificate for Tactical Dispatch Communication
- Title I Teacher at Horn Lake Elementary School
- Horn Lake Police Department – Administrative Assistant
- Named Civilian Employee of the Year
- DeSoto County Schools Parent of the Year – 2018
- Founded the Lake Cormorant Middle School Booster Club
Elsie Geanes Miller
Your Vote Counts is an information and education campaign specific to the upcoming DeSoto County election. The DeSoto Times-Tribune does not endorse or support any candidate participating in the regular or special election on November 6, 2018.
Students need a direction in life and it's up to mentors and role models in the community to help guide students along a career path and point them toward a successful and fulfilling vocation.
Marching bands from schools in DeSoto County showed up and showed well during last weekend’s Bandmasters Championships, which for DeSoto County Schools is a precursor to the state competition in the next couple of weeks.
About 500 runners of all ages leave the starting line at the 10th annual HomeRun for Habitat 5K run held at Snowden Grove Park in Southaven on Sunday, Oct. 21. Over 10 years the event has been held, about $300,000 has been raised for the local Habitat for Humanity organization.