Articles by Ben Caxton

Mayor Simmons Thanks Greenville And Area Firefighters

GREENVILLE, MS (Ben Caxton) — Greenville Mayor, Errick Simmons, released a statement yesterday thanking everyone involved who came together to assist in fighting a Wednesday evening fire that destroyed a downtown business, Simmons said his heart goes out to the burn victim and firefighters that were injured. He also thanked…


Clarksdale Unveils Downtown Celebrity Signs Today

CLARKSDALE, MS (Ben Caxton) — Clarksdale’s downtown Arts and Culture signs will be unveiled this afternoon at 5 in a reception inside the Bank Building at Second and Yazoo. 33 signs honoring people with Clarksdale connections, from Tennessee Williams to Elvis Presley to Conway Twitty, will be placed downtown in…



2nd Heat Related Death This Week In Yazoo County

YAZOO COUNTY, MS (Ben Caxton) — Yazoo County reported its second heat-related death this week. A 56-year-old male with a history of medical problems died at his home in Yazoo City. According to the coroner Ricky Shivers, the victim, William F. Bryant died of possible hypothermia with a heat index…


Mississippi Delta National Heritage Grants Announced

CLEVELAND, MS (Ben Caxton) — The Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area has announced over $155,000 in grants to regional organizations. Projects range from arts and culture education to information signage and historic preservation. Projects receiving funding this year include restoration of the Dockery Farms cotton gin, the establishment of a…


Suspect Arrested In Jackson Double Shooting

JACKSON, MS (Ben Caxton) — A double shooting yesterday morning in Jackson left one dead and another injured. Federal marshals arrested the suspect, 40-year-old Mikel Blane, on one count of murder and one count of aggravated assault. 26-year-old Demonte West was pronounced dead at the scene after suffering a gunshot…


Firefighter Named New Coahoma Emergency Chief

COAHOMA COUNTY, MS (Ben Caxton) — Just a few months after being named Lula’s fire chief, Randy Murray has been named the Pafford Emergency Services operations manager for Coahoma County. A 2014 graduate of Coahoma Community College, Murray is also a part-time firefighter for Coahoma County.




New Clarksdale Judge Bans State Flag From Courtroom

COAHOMA COUNTY, MS (Ben Caxton) — Judge Carlos Moore, the first African-American Municipal Judge Pro Tem in Clarksdale’s history took the bench for the first time Wednesday. His first act was to order the Mississippi state flag bearing the Confederate emblem removed from his courtroom. A uniformed police officer immediately…