Diamondhead celebrates first birthday

Diamondhead turns a year old today.

Incorporation papers were signed Jan. 30, 2012, though the city’s first mayor and council weren’t sworn in until a week later. Officials will be in Jackson for the Mississippi Municipal League Mid-Winter Conference on the anniversary, so they plan to celebrate at a public party with birthday cake at 10 a.m. Feb. 6 at City Hall. […]


Barge carrying oil crashes on Mississippi River

A barge carrying 80,000 gallons of oil hit a railroad bridge in Vicksburg, on Sunday, spilling light crude into the Mississippi River and closing the waterway for eight miles in each direction, the Coast Guard said. A second barge was damaged.

Investigators did not know how much had spilled, but an oily sheen was reported as far as three miles downriver of Vicksburg after the 1:12 a.m. incident, said Lt. Ryan Gomez of the Coast Guard’s office in Memphis, Tenn. […]


Gatorade to remove controversial ingredient

PepsiCo Inc. is removing a controversial ingredient from its Gatorade sports drink in response to customer complaints.

A spokeswoman for the company, Molly Carter, said that the change was in the works for the past year after the company began “hearing rumblings” from consumers about the ingredient. She said it wasn’t a response to a recent petition on by a Mississippi teenager. […]


Legislative Black Caucus founder Turnley dies

Funeral services were recently held for Richard Turnley Jr., the first black member elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives from Baton Rouge in modern times and a founder of the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus.

Tamara Turnley Robinson said her father died Jan. 19 at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital after a long illness. He was 79. […]


Webster County govt. offices reopen after fire guts courthouse

Webster County government offices displaced by a fire earlier this month, reopened to the public with limited services Monday, Jan. 28, at 16 East Fox Avenue in Eupora.

Offices of the Webster County Chancery Clerk, Circuit Clerk, Tax Assessor-Collector, Forestry Commission and County Purchasing Clerk have temporarily moved from the Webster County Courthouse in Walthall  to 16 East Fox Avenue in Eupora.

On Jan. 17, Webster County residents watched in disbelief as fire ripped through their beloved and historic courthouse in Walthall. Fire officials said when they arrived on the scene around 2:30 a.m., flames were shooting from the southwest corner of the building. […]

Local Sports

Mississippi St falls to No. 8 Florida, 82-47

Florida has one of the most experienced, talented and deep teams in the country.

Mississippi State’s roster lacks any of those attributes. But that’s not why first-year Bulldogs’ coach Rick Ray is frustrated.

Instead, Ray bemoaned a long string of bad decisions and selfish basketball that led to No. 8 Florida’s easy 82-47 victory over the Bulldogs on Saturday night. […]


Vicksburg named top place to travel in 2013

Vicksburg has been named by AAA Southern Traveler and AAA Midwest Traveler as one of the top 13 places to visit in 2013. Other destinations named include Christchurch, New Zealand, the Dominican Republic, Ireland, Mexico, Orlando, Panama, San Francisco, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Turkey and Las Vegas.

This year brings lots of excitement to Vicksburg with Civil War sesquicentennial commemoration events. Events start in April with Tapestry: The Pilgrimage to Vicksburg and the Vicksburg Heritage Fair and continue until July 4, the anniversary of the Siege of Vicksburg’s surrender, the Delta Business Journal reported.