Shots fired at Camp Shelby soldiers


Authorities are searching for two suspects that allegedly fired shots at a group of soldiers at the Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center.

WDAM reported that Perry County authorities confirmed that shots were fired around 12:10 p.m. at soldiers training in the area.

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Car issues delay republican voting in Hancock County


  Voting has resumed in Hancock County after car issues delayed republican ballots for about an hour, officials said.
Officials with the Hancock County Circuit Clerk’s Office said a poll worker who had GOP ballots and voting equipment had car issues and wasn’t able to get to the Dedeaux voting location for the 7 a.m. start time.

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Ballot problems reported in Picayune, wrong senate race listed. 


Sen. Angela Hill posted the following on Facebook this morning:

   
“Just got a call that the wrong Senate race is loaded on the ballot in Picayune beat 1 fire station on 43 South. Do NOT COMPLETE BALLOT. Stop if the wrong race is loaded. It happened 4 years ago. No excuse this time. It’s probably happening in other places as well.”

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United Conservatives Fund releases candidate ratings for statewide office, no unanimous decisions or endorsements. 


  

The United Conservatives Fund emailed members and volunteers it’s executive committee candidate rankings for statewide offices on Monday. There were no unanimous decisions and therefore no endorsements by the group. However, there were several high rankings that came close. 

Mike Hurst, candidate for Attorney General received the highest ranking with 89% approval. Gov. Phil Bryant for governor, Cindy Hyde-Smith for AG Commissioner and Mary Hawkins Butler for State Auditor all received the second highest ranking at 78%. 

“It is not surprising that our organization didn’t come to a unanimous decision in this years races,” said Policy Director Keith Plunkett. “We are still only 6 months old and there are a lot of different groups involved, and more members getting involved everyday. That type of unity has to be built over time, and we have planned this as a long-term effort.” 

Plunkett says that besides a term limits ballot initiative that was launched last month, UCF will focus on a member survey that will develop a policy agenda for 2016. 

“I expect there to be quite a bit of diversity in the policy surveys this Fall, as well,” said Plunkett. “But I also believe we’ll find some key policy points that our members will get behind.”

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CRAWFORD: Negativity, factionalism undercut trust and prosperity


BY: Bill Crawford

Mounting portions of our population grow up without moral or civic instruction. Those who profess Christian values are in decline and those who practice such values even more so. Indeed, our society tolerates, or perhaps prefers, immorality as indicated by the rise of sexuality and profanity in movies, advertising, and music videos. At the same time, American prosperity is fragmenting, e.g. more people qualify for food stamps than ever before.

We tend to be more divided, more hateful, and less willing to work together or seek mutual benefit than in years past.

The dominance of one faction over another, especially when motivated by revenge, “is a frightful despotism,” warned Washington.

We will only reverse course when we discipline ourselves and sway others to choose local, state, and national leaders willing to “pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding.”

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Assault complaint filed in MS House District 34 race. 


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Reta Holden, who is seeking to win the House of Representatives, District 34, post from incumbent Kevin Horan, has filed an assault complaint against Horan in Grenada Municipal Court, according to copies of court documents she provided to the newspaper.

The complaint, which is not an official charge, is the result of an incident that occurred at an event sponsored by several candidates Saturday in the parking lot of a church at the corner of MLK Boulevard and South Street, according to a press release from the Holden camp.

Holden said she was talking with a local constituent when Rep. Horan grabbed her arm and began to shake her.

“He just grabbed my arm and just started scolding me. I was shocked,” Holden said, “I just felt so scared.”

A cellphone picture of the incident was provided by Holden, who said she left immediately.

In a statement released late this afternoon, Horan rejected Holden’s accusation.

In his is statement, Horan said:

“On Saturday morning, I participated in a ‘Meet and Greet’ event in downtown Grenada. My opponent did not contribute to this event, but arrived mid-morning. As she well knows, at the time this picture was taken I was actually inviting her to enjoy some barbecue. At no time during this very short stay was she assaulted in any way. I have two elderly parents myself and would never think of physically assaulting anyone, much less a person of advanced age.”

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MDE officials say #CommonCore feedback overwhelmingly positive, opponents say comment period is rigged.


  
Mississippi’s Common Core State Standards have remained controversial since their adoption in 2010. In an effort to bring the standards into a more favorable light, the Mississippi Department of Education opened a 90-day public comment period in June that allows residents to review the standards and suggest changes.

Last week marked the halfway point of that comment period, and officials like Kim Benton from the state education department say the comments have been overwhelmingly positive.

“Almost 92% of the individuals that commented have indicated full approval of the state’s academic standards,” says Benton. “That, I think, gives us a good feel that they are finding and seeing the strengths and the importance within these standards.”

Through the process, participants are being asked to evaluate individual standards by giving them a thumbs up or thumbs down. If they vote something down, participants will be required to give a research-based reason as to why they believe the standard should be changed.

However, some Mississippians believe the process doesn’t give opponents of the standards a fair chance to voice their concerns. Brandie Correro is with Mississippi Free — an anti-Common Core group. She says the comment period does nothing to address the biggest problems that are associated with the standards.

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