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Vigil set for 9 year old

A candlelight vigil will be held this Friday night to remember Megan Purser.

The event will be held at Goodwater Baptist Church, Magee,  at 7 p.m.  Megan was the victim of a tragedy which claimed her life on May 19 of this year. 

Community Calendar 8-22-2019

August 21-22

Mt. Pisgah M.B. Church, 258 Turner Chapel Rd., Raleigh, invites everyone to the last two nights of revival, August 21-22 at 7:15 each night. Wednesday & Thursday speaker Rev. Moses Johnson, pastor of North Pleasant Hill M.B. Church of New Hebron.

August 25

Dean McGovern

Dean was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church.  She had a large family that loved her dearly.  She had a loving heart and will be missed by all that knew her.

arrest report 8-22-2019

The Simpson County Sheriff’s Office reported 32 arrests from August 12 to August 19.

Chad Michael Dixon of 23 Golf Course Road Hattiesburg MS was arrested on August 12 and charged with possession of methamphetamine.

Martha Thames

Martha Smith Thames went to her heavenly home on Sunday, August 11, 2019, surrounded by her loving family.  She was born on December 20, 1934, to Ray Kelly Smith and Emmai Gallman Smith in Drew, MS.

Joy Parker

Joy Lee Gray-Parker Robinson died August 14, 2019.

She is survived by her son, William Eli Parker; daughter, Polly Robinson; brothers, Henry Eli Gray, Gerrard Gray, Johnny Gray; sisters, Marie Kelly, Naomi Crowell, Elaine Fuller, Pauline Pickle, Margaret Faye Biggs; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren.


Mendenhall frontage road

Southern Rock LLC recently completed dirt work for the Mendenhall frontage road. The road will be located between East Street and the intersection of Highway 49 and Highway 13. The project was completed on schedule and paving will begin soon.








Bentley Reid Porter

Bentley Reid Porter, 11 months, of Bay Minette, Ala., died September 5, 2018, at Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola, Fla.

Funeral services were held Sunday, September 16, 2018, at 2 p.m. at Colonial Chapel Funeral Home of Mendenhall. Burial followed in New Home Baptist Church Cemetery.

Riley Dewey Myers

Riley Dewey Myers passed away unexpectedly on Monday, August 20, 2018, at the age of 69.  He was born on February 8, 1949, to the late Hiram Dewey and Esther Riley Myers. 

Jerry D. Gregory

Jerry D. Gregory, 75, of Magee, Mississippi, passed away, Sunday, December 2, 2018 at Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. He was born Tuesday, July 27, 1943.

Visitation was held on Tuesday, December 4, 2018 from 5:00 PM until 9:00 PM at the Colonial Chapel Funeral Home Magee.

County inaugurates five year plan


On February 21, 2019, in a meeting at Co-Lin Community College Simpson Center, the Simpson County Board of Supervisors, the Simpson County Economic Development District Trustees (SCEDD), and the officers and directors of the Simpson County Development Foundation (SCDF) received the Simpson County, Mississippi, Strategic Plan for Economic Develo

Floyd Bennett Sartin

Floyd Bennett Sartin, Sr. 91, of Mt. Olive, MS, passed away Sunday, April 28th, 2019 at Mississippi State Veterans Home in Collins, MS. He was born Tuesday, December 13, 1927.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 from 12:00 PM until 2:00 PM at the New Hope Baptist Church in Mount Olive, MS

Leslie Sullivan Butler

Few people lived a more exemplary and meaningful life than Leslie Sullivan Butler of Mize. She passed away Thursday, October 25, 2018, at her home surrounded by family.

Leslie was a strong person, even at birth, weighing 1 ½ pounds, born to Elias and Fannie Sullivan.


Robbery suspects held


On January 3, 2018, at approximately 9:57 p.m. , the manager of Wards Restaurant in Magee reported to the Magee Police Department via 911 that they had been robbed at gunpoint by a man who had taken an undisclosed amount of cash from the business. The suspect had then fled from the store. 

Body found and identified

At approximately 4 a.m. Monday, November 20, the Magee Police Department responded to a call describing a dead body near the Highway 28 West and Highway 49 intersection.

Assistant Chief Joey Womack explained that a body was lying in the road not far from the CEFCO and Texaco service stations.

Magee’s Crazy Day pageant winners

With a field of 25 contestants, winning top honors at the annual Magee Crazy Day pageant are, from left, Pre-Teen Miss Crazy Day, Layla Warren; Little Miss Crazy Day, Emmelyn Adcock; Miss Crazy Day, Mallory Cockrell; Petite Miss Crazy Day, Ainsley Karoline Warren; Tiny Miss Crazy Day, Winter Rain Kemp; Mrs.

2017 Year in Review

Simpson County saw both highs and lows during the year 2017. New faces went into office and new members went onto boards. We have seen triumph in high school sporting teams who dominated the competition, but we also saw tragedy with armed robberies and crime throughout the county.