Ruleville Hospital Not Resting On Its Laurels

  RULEVILLE, MS (Ben Caxton) — Despite its recent honors a Ruleville is still aiming to improve. North Sunflower Medical Center was named the Mississippi Hospital Association’s Outstanding Rural Hospital of 2016 just last month. But they are already taking steps to make sure that their healthcare staff remains at…


Vicksburg Police Identify 3-Year-Old Shooting Victim

  VICKSBURG, MS (Ben Caxton) — Vicksburg Police have released the name of the 3-year-old victim in an accidental shooting Sunday. The dead toddler was identified today as Jayceon Karter O’Neal. Vicksburg Police Chief Walter Armstrong says the child was handling the firearm while the father was asleep. Authorities believe…


State Board Of Education Wants Control

  JACKSON, MS (Ben Caxton) — Some members of Mississippi’s state Board of Education want direct control over a statewide school district that will take over faltering local schools and districts. On Thursday some board members said they felt state Superintendent Carey Wright was cutting them out of the process…


Casino Revenue Improves In March

  MISSISSIPPI (Ben Caxton) — March is traditionally the most lucrative month for Mississippi casinos, fueled in part by income tax refunds. This year was no exception as Mississippi gambling rebounded from a dismal February. The latest figures from the state Revenue Department shows gamblers lost $202 million last month,…


Vicksburg 3 Year Old Shot To Death

  VICKSBURG, MS (Ben Caxton) — A Vicksburg toddler is dead after what appears to be an accidental shooting. Police say that a 3-year-old died after what they believe was a self-inflicted gunshot wound suffered Sunday. However, investigations are continuing. Vicksburg Police Chief Walter Armstrong told media that the child…


Mississippi Wants 650 Full-Time Troopers

  JACKSON, MS (Ben Caxton) — The Mississippi Highway Patrol is allowed 650 troopers and since about a third of the current 475 officers are eligible for retirement state lawmakers this year approved funding for a trooper school. 48 cadets graduated in the last class; applications will be accepted through…


Unemployment Rate Down Again In Mississippi

  MISSISSIPPI (Ben Caxton) — Mississippi unemployment fell to 5 percent in March, down from 5.2 percent in February and 6 percent a year ago. Mississippi had lower jobless rates between 1965 and 1974, but this is the lowest it’s been since 1976. Low unemployment nationwide means Mississippi’s jobless rate…


Costco Is Coming To Ridgeland

  RIDGELAND, MS (Ben Caxton) — A circuit court judges’s ruling on Friday has cleared the way for a new Costco store in Ridgeland. The city had rezoned the land to allow for the store’s construction. But the project was held up as nearby landowners sued the city challenging the…


Monticello Seeing Boom In New Businesses

  Monticello, AR (Wesley Carnicle) — Monticello is seeing a boom in new businesses. The trend of new business openings in Monticello that started in 2016 is continuing this year. In 2017 a new Domino’s Pizza has opened next to a new Sam’s Southern Eatery. The Circle “N” Gas station…


Delta State Honors Janoushes With Doctorate

  CLEVELAND, MS (Ben Caxton) — Delta State University is continuing a tradition of recognizing alumni achievements by conferring honorary doctoral degrees on Lucy and Paul Janoush. The Janoushes will be recognized during spring commencement ceremonies May 6 at the Bologna Performing Arts Center. Delta State confers the honorary degree…