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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

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.

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.

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.


Liam Woods

Liam Woods passed away on Sunday, July 28, 2019, at the age of 9 years old. He was born on November 24, 2009, in San Mateo, CA.

Liam had many joys in his life. Among them were baseball, soccer, riding go-carts and gardening.  He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

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Daryl Jackson

Daryl Jackson departed this life July 11 in Houston Texas. Services were Saturday, July 20, at Westhaven Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Magee. Final resting home is Greater Jackson Crematory. Services and arrangements entrusted to Westhaven Memorial Funeral Home of Magee.

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Patsy Ruth Munn

Patsy Ruth Munn, 87, passed away peacefully on August 3, 2019.  Born on December 12, 1931, in Mendenhall to Floyd Truman Munn and Effie Coleman Munn, she made her life there and became “Aunt Pat” to almost everyone who knew her.  She is preceded in death by her parents and her brothers, Mr. Jimmy Lawrence Munn (Miriam), Dr.

Katherine Williams

Katherine Williams, 93, of Mize, Miss., died Monday July 29, 2019, at Magee General Hospital.

Visitation was held Friday, August 2, 2019,  at New Sardis Baptist Church in Mt. Olive with funeral services following at the church. Burial was in the church cemetery. Colonial Chapel Funeral Home of Magee handled arrangements.

Joann Thompson Smith

Joann Thompson Smith, 75, of Mendenhall, passed from this life to her heavenly home on Sunday, August 11, 2019. She was born Tuesday, March 7, 1944.

Visitation was held on Monday, August 12, 2019, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Colonial Chapel Funeral Home, Mendenhall.

Helen Kent Watkins

Helen Kent Watkins, 84, of Simpson County passed away Monday, August 5, 2019, at St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson. She was born Monday, June 10, 1935.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Colonial Chapel Funeral Home of Magee is in charge of arrangements (601) 849-5031.

Tim Cruise

Tim Cruise, 70, of Mt. Olive, Miss., passed away Wednesday, July 31, 2019, at Prentiss Regional Hospital in Prentiss. He was born Friday, December 24, 1948.

Det. Gipson charged

Detective Matthew Gipson of the Magee Police Department was charged with a misdemeanor in Oxford, MS, after accidentally firing his gun inside of Rooster’s Blues House last Tuesday after midnight.


Home invasion thwarted


The Simpson County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call that came in at 5:30 a.m., Thursday, August 23.

 The incident was described by investigator Leon Wedgeworth as a home invasion that occurred at a residence on Van Zandt Road in Braxton.

Pedestrian Killed on Hwy 49

On Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at approximately 7:59 PM, Magee Police Department responded to an accident involving a pedestrian on US 49 North near the intersection of US 49 North and 1st Avenue SE.  Upon arrival, officers determined that a pedestrian had attempted to cross US 49 and had been struck by two (2) vehicles.  The pedestr

Substitute messages student


A substitute teacher at Magee High School has reportly made inappropriate contact with a female student via the internet.

Simpson County School District leadership has refused comment, saying that the situation is a personnel matter, which is not subject to public information standards. 


Arrest Reports 7-21-2017

The Simpson County Sheriff’s Office reported 23 arrests from September 11 to September 18.
Jason Jordan of 616 Hillen Bale Hattiesburg MS was arrested on September 16 and charged with possession of methamphetamine. 

Mendenhall Junior High well represented in MS Prospects football game

Four seventh grade students from Mendenhall Junior High will be representing Simpson County in the Second Annual Mississippi Prospects Football game on Sunday, December 31, 2017 at the University of Southern MS. Pictured with head Coach Daniel Stroud. #4 Tyler Bridges, #22 Walter Owens, #58 Jamar Winn and #18 Derrick Jenkins Jr.