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Wednesday, August 24, 2016 6:00 PM
The first of three trials in the $1.3 million Neshoba County overtime scandal will begin Sept. 26 in Rankin County after specially-appointed Circuit Court Judge William Barnett of Jackson granted change of venues here last Wednesday but denied motions by the defense for some of the indictments to be dismissed.

The three former county employees were indicted last year on seven counts of embezzlement while in public office.
  • $7.5 million in speding includes raises on tap for workers in city budget
    City employees would get pay raises under a proposed $7.5 million 2017 general fund budget without a tax increase.

    The proposed budget projects a $77,262 surplus when the year ends on Sept. 30, 2017.
  • Leads sought in armed robber hits First Neshoba
    Leads are being pursued in connection with an armed robbery at  First Neshoba Federal Credit Union on east Main Street last Wednesday afternoon.

    An undisclosed amount of cash was taken in the armed robbery which occurred about 4:30 p.m.
  • Street to be named for Leon Baxstrum who mnetored hundreds at Westside
    A volunteer who helped cut a trail in 1962 with his canary-colored Chevrolet sedan to a spot which is now Westside Park will be honored Friday afternoon near the site.

    Leon Baxstrum, who mentored hundreds of children at Westside Park before and after becoming director, will be honored at 5 p.m. when city officials will dedicate a section of north Carver Avenue Leon Baxstrum Drive and erect new street signs at the intersections of Ivy Street and Martin Luther King Dr.
  • A person convicted of discharging a firearm in the city beginning Sept. 23 could face a stiffer penalty, especially a multiple offender.

    A city ordinance which regulates firearms was amended last week by the Mayor and Board of Aldermen to raise the fine and sentence for second or subsequent offenders.
  • A Philadelphia man faces aggravated assault charges in connection with the Aug. 3 shooting of a juvenile.

    Antonio Edwards, 18, of Adams Street, was charged with aggravated assault in connection with the shooting of a 16-year-old juvenile who was airlifted to a Jackson hospital in stable condition, the authorities said
  • A hearing for public comment on a proposed $7 million general fund budget for fiscal 2017 was set Monday by the Board of Supervisors, but not before a lengthy discussion and a motion by one supervisor seeking additional funds for an agency, which failed for lack of a second.

    The public hearing will be on Monday, Sept. 12 at 10 a.m. in the meeting room of the Board of Supervisors in the courthouse.
  • Union man dies in one-vehicle accident
    A Union man fatally injured in a one-car accident early Saturday morning on Mississippi 21 south in Neshoba County was remembered for his wheeling and dealing at an early age as well as his art of conversation at the back gate of horse shows.

    Andrew B. McBeath, 29, of 10161 Road 216, Union in Neshoba County, was fatally injured in the accident which occurred about 3:36 a.m., 10 miles south of Mississippi 485 not far from his home. He was driving a 2007 GMC truck and was the only occupant, the Mississippi Highway Patrol said.
  • • Someone reported that they left their cell phone in a buggy at Wal-Mart on Aug. 21 and when they went back it was no longer there.

    • Someone reported that they lost their cell phone on Aug. 18. The last time it was seen  at Wal-Mart.
  • Applications for the 2016-2017 session of Leadership Neshoba are available now at area schools. Students may pick up applications in the counselor’s office at their respective school, the 4-H office, located at the Neshoba County Coliseum or at the Community Development Partnership office, located in the historic train depot at 256 W. Beacon St. The deadline for returning the application is August 26.
  • The county jail docket as of Monday morning:

    • David Nowell, 32, 11791 Road 539, warrants for failure to appear and pay fines.

    • Lisa Parker, 57, 11850 Hwy 485, two counts of disorderly conduct.
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