Statewide News

Jackson-based company sold to Texas equipment firm

Daily Equipment Company (DEC) in Jackson has been sold to Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift America Inc. in Houston, Texas, officials said.

The announcement came in a joint news release from the companies. The terms of the sale were not disclosed.

DEC is headquartered in Jackson, and has other full-service branches throughout in Biloxi and in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Shreveport and Lake Charles in Louisiana. […]

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State Rep. Jessica Upshaw dead of apparent suicide

Simpson County Coroner Terry Tutor said state Rep. Jessica Upshaw has died.

Tutor said the Diamondhead Republican died Sunday.

Mississippi Bureau of Investigation spokesman Warren Strain says the crime scene unit is at a home in Mendenhall, investigating her death.

Simpson County Sheriff Kenneth Lewis told WLOX that Upshaw appeared to have shot herself in the head in an apparent suicide.

“It appeared she had a gunshot wound to her head; it appeared to be self-inflicted,” he said. […]

Statewide News

Hancock County man admits to Katrina fraud

A Hancock County man could be facing up to five years in jail for fraudulently applying for Hurricane Katrina relief funds.

Anthony L. Bryan, 50, plead guilty to making false statements to the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) for grant money associated with the after-effects of Hurricane Katrina. […]

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Cemetery owner pleads guilty to state charges

Cemetery owner Wayne Hight of Booneville has been sentenced to four years in prison for failing to properly fund pre-need burial trusts.

The Daily Corinthian reported that Hight was also ordered to pay restitution of more than $500,000.

Assistant District Attorney Richard Bowen said the 74-year-old Hight pleaded guilty in Alcorn County Circuit Court to two counts of misapplying or converting pre-need funds at Oaklawn Memorial Park and two counts of the same charge at Forrest Memorial Park. […]

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Brandon Middle School teacher suspended

A Brandon Middle School teacher is on suspension after what school district officials are referring to as a “disciplinary issue.”

Angela Smith told The Clarion-Ledger her eighth grade son was shoved on March 19 by information and communication technology teacher Terry Williams after he was caught tossing a piece of candy across the room.

Smith said Williams told her son to go to the principal’s office. She said her son stopped at the water fountain on the way to the principal’s office, and the teacher came out and started yelling at him. The teacher then grabbed him by the shirt and bumped him with his chest. […]

National Sports

Southern Miss tops Charleston Southern, 78-71

Jonathan Mills tried to put away Charleston Southern. So did Neil Watson. Neither could do it.

Instead, it was four points in the final 20 seconds from unheralded Rashard McGill that gave Southern Miss a 78-71 victory over Charleston Southern in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament.

The victory snapped a nine-game postseason losing streak that dates back to 1988. McGill hit an 18-foot jumper and two free throws – his first and only four points of the game – in the most crucial possessions of the night to seal the victory. […]

Local Sports

MVSU moving home games to Greenville

Mississippi Valley State will play the remainder of its home baseball games at Greenville’s Legion Field.

Athletic director Ashley Robinson says unsafe playing conditions at Valley’s field in Itta Bena prompted the decision.

Robinson says playing field is not suitable or safe enough to have baseball players risking a possible injury. […]

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Coroner identifies pedestrian killed in Biloxi

The pedestrian killed by an alleged hit-and-run driver in Biloxi over the weekend has been identified as 70-year-old David Honarka, of Greenback, Tenn.

The Sun Herald reported that Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove released his name Monday after locating his relatives.

Hargrove says Honarka would often visit Biloxi casinos while his wife was visiting with relatives. […]