County board of supervisors to select low-income homeowners for housing repairs

Press Release Thanks to a grant from the BankPlus and the Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLB) of Dallas Affordable Housing Program (AHP), 60 low-income, qualified, and Board-selected homeowners of Holmes County will receive some much-needed housing repairs during 2019. The Holmes County portion of the grant is a part of the total grant ($745,200) awarded…

Cattle rustling reported in county

Reports were made to the Holmes County Sheriff’s Department in September, October and December of last year of cattle and property thefts. A total of 11 bovines were reported stolen in two cases and two cattle gates in the third case. On September 21, 2018, three black cows, one “motley faced” cow and one calf…

Sanders given two life sentences plus 30 years

Holmes County Circuit Judge Jannie Lewis gave 48-year-old Rodney Sanders two life without parole sentences, plus 30 more years for burglary and car theft, accepting a recommendation from District Attorney Akillie Malone-Oliver, earlier today, according to the Associated Press. Sanders is charged in the killing deaths of two Catholic nuns, Sisters Margaret Held and Paula…

Lexington Police investigating death of alderwoman’s son

The son of Lexington Alderwoman-at-Large Clementene Cooper was reported killed earlier this week. Investigator John Newton said the police are still investigating the matter. Check out next week’s edition for the full story!

Election results for school board, election commissioners released

Staff Reports With 13,144 registered voters in Holmes County and only 1,677 votes reported, 12.76% of the county exercised their right to vote yesterday, Election Day. In the school board race for the upcoming new Holmes County Consolidated School District voting: District A: A.’Tony’ Anderson, 212 votes, 60.23%; Johnnie Y. Simmons, 140 votes, 39.77%. District…

Remaining funds from Milton Olive Memorial endowed to Holmes CC

The Milton Olive Memorial has now sat on the Holmes County Courthouse grounds for a little over two months now but the legacy of the monument’s namesake continues to expand. The remaining funds raised for the memorial, $38,153.92, was given over to Holmes Community College’s football program to be used in the form of an…

Lexington woman arrested for insurance fraud after house fire

On Tuesday, September 12, Attorney General Jim Hood announced the arrest of 42-year-old Matoya Hillie Reaves on insurance fraud, wire fraud, and false pretense charges. Reaves, of Lexington, attempted to defraud Liberty Mutual Insurance Company by filing false claims, including fake invoices appearing to be from Ashley Furniture and other businesses, for items she claimed…

New state seatbelt law takes effect tomorrow

The Mississippi Highway Patrol will begin the 2017 Fourth of July Holiday Enforcement Period on Friday, June 30, at 6 p.m. and conclude Tuesday, July 4, at midnight. With the anticipation of heavy traffic flow throughout the state, all available troopers will be assigned saturation patrols in an effort to maximize visibility and reduce traffic…

McCrory projected unofficial winner of Lexington mayoral race

By Matthew Breazeale With absentee ballots still being counted as of 2:30 p.m., Lexington election commissioners unofficially project candidate Robin McCrory as mayor-elect with 406 tallied votes so far. Trailing her is incumbent Mayor Clint Cobbins with 230 votes and mayoral candidate Doris Alexander with 34 votes. Unofficial opposed aldermen races are as followed: Alderman-at-Large:…

Trump wins presidency, Clinton takes county

Staff Reports Holmes County voters exercised their constitutional right to vote on Election Day in the Democratic and Republican General Election. Republican nominee Donald Trump won the U.S. presidency with Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton bagging 82 percent of the votes in the county. The total number of votes for president/vice president in Holmes County was…