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Pets need to be fixed

As needed as an animal shelter is in our county, the even greater need is to try to encourage the citizens of Simpson County to spay and neuter their pets. Building another shelter or rescue is like sticking band-aids on the cracks of a dam, trying to hold back the flood of unwanted animals in our county and in the South in general.


Scam attempted on local woman

A recent increase in scam activity throughout the summer has targeted the elderly. Simpson County resident Mary Gene Padgett reported a recent scam attempt on an older lady. Padgett said the woman received a call from an individual claiming to be her grandson.

PD gets CAD


The Mendenhall Mayor and Board of Aldermen met for a recessed meeting on Thursday Sept. 26, and approved the purchase of a new CAD system for the Mendenhall Police Department.


Westhaven Funeral Home

Josiah Armon Bullard


Baby boy Josiah Armon Bullard, 4 months old, departed this life on February 10, 2019, at UMMC, Jackson. Final resting home Jackson Mortuary Crematory. Services entrusted to Westhaven Memorial Funeral Home of Magee.


Kathryn Gail Kelly


John Wilson Burch

John Wilson Burch, 97, passed away October 17, in Belton, SC.

Born in Magee, he served in the US Army from 1940-1945, and was currently LT Colonel in the MS State Guard.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Nellie Rose Runnels; parents, Joe and Sally Burch; and brothers, Jim and Kylie.

Linda Lou Presson

Linda Lou Presson, 73, of Meridian, passed away on November 21, 2018, at Regency Hospital. 

  She was born on July 8, 1945 to William and Rena (Maples) Langston in Newport News, VA.

William Glen Sanford

William Glen Sanford, 71, of Mount Olive, Mississippi, died Monday at in his residence.

Visitation was held on Friday, November 23, 2018,  at Colonial Chapel Funeral Home Magee.

Funeral services were held Friday, November 23, 2018.  Burial followed at Magee City Cemetery.

Westhaven Funeral Home

Joyce Baggett

Funeral services for Mrs. Joyce Baggett, Mount Olive, will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 3 p.m. from Friendship Church of God in Christ, Collins.  Visitation will be held at Reeves Funeral Home on Friday evening 5-7 p.m.  601-797-3921.

Nicole Newsome

Betty Jean Magee

Betty Jean Magee, 85, of Mt. Olive, died February 23, 2019, at Asbury Hospice House in Hattiesburg.

Visitation was held February 26, 2019, from Mt. Olive Presbyterian Church, Mt. Olive.

Services are set for Wednesday, February 27, 2019, at 10 a.m. at the church with burial in McNair Cemetery.


School board delays election

After years of complying with restrictive hiring practices, the Simpson County School Board has issued payment to the law firm of Adams and Reese in conjunction with settlement of the court ordered consent decree from which the county has finally been released.