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Secretary of State Watson faces criticism for saying ‘woke, uninformed’ college students shouldn’t vote

Mississippi Secretary of State Michael Watson has drawn criticism and national attention this week for comments made on WLOX-TV that the automatic voter registration provision of the federal For The People Act would lead to “woke” and “uninformed” college students voting. 

The Mississippi State Supreme Court heard oral arguments as it ponders the fate of the state's medical marijuana program and the ballot initiative process as a whole.

Decision in medical marijuana case could be coming shortly

The Mississippi Supreme Court will soon decide the fate of the state’s medical marijuana program and the ballot initiative process after a busy day of oral arguments Wednesday.

Decisions are issued by the court every Thursday at 1:30 p.m. and Chief Justice Michael Randolph promised a quick decision in the case.

Congratulations to Olive Branch Sgt. Henry Minor on his retirement

Our community is saddened and offers prayers to the families of Michael Bell and Rodergas Taylor who were killed in a terrible auto accident Friday, April 2nd near Minute Mart in Forest. Our prayers are also with the two men, DeMarco Johnson and Chris Watson, who were injured in the accident.

Vaccine-resistant COVID-19 strain detected in Mississippi

A more infectious and vaccine-resistant variant strain of COVID-19 was detected in Mississippi on Friday. One person in Harrison County was found to be infected with the B.1.351 variant, which was discovered in South Africa in December and reached the United States in January.

Secretary of State Watson faces criticism for saying ‘woke, uninformed’ college students shouldn’t vote

Mississippi Secretary of State Michael Watson has drawn criticism and national attention this week for comments made on WLOX-TV that the automatic voter registration provision of the federal For The People Act would lead to “woke” and “uninformed” college students voting. 

Mississippi has option to be innovative with federal stimulus funds

Below is a political opinion column by Bobby Harrison:

Gov. Tate Reeves and other Republicans have argued that states do not need the $195 billion in federal funds from the American Rescue Plan to offset revenue losses caused by the coronavirus-induced economic slowdown.

SALTER: Farmers watching California pro-union law before Supreme Court’s new majority

Below is an opinion column by Sid Salter:

Despite the fact that Mississippi has not been particularly fertile ground for labor unions seeking new members from new employment sectors, the attention of American farmers, growers, and other food producers will watch an upcoming case before the U.S. Supreme Court with rapt attention.

Opinion: Election reform: What’s best for Mississippi

Election reform remains a significant talking point in the wake of one of the most engaging election cycles in U.S. history. The obstacles of 2020 forced numerous election procedures and policies into the national spotlight, prompting states across the country to take a closer look at their overall election system.

High school football is scheduled to kick off in September, but due to the governor’s limit on attendance, all seating may be reserved seating during the 2020 season.

Governor issues order to limit attendance at extracurricular events

Scott County and Forest Municipal School students have been back in the classroom on a staggered or “hybrid” schedule for the last two weeks with in-class and virtual, or at home learning, combined. Both districts will continue in that manner until mid-September.

It was all about lines last week like school buses ready to roll and Forest and surrounding area residents, pictured here, hoping to get some of the free food being given away by the Miss. Food Network, Tyson, and the City of Forest.

Positive coronavirus numbers slow as Scott County surpasses 1,000 mark

School buses are rolling, students are beginning to the “new” learning process, a statewide face mask mandate is in effect in Mississippi and in classrooms by order of the governor, and Scott County surpassed the 1,000 mark of positive COVID-19 cases this week.

Work could resume this week on the Highway 35 overpass in Forest as repairs continue on the Highway 80 overpass, pictured. Construction had been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. There is currently no definitive deadline for the conclusion of repairs and the reopening of the right hand lane on Highway 35.

COVID-19 delayed bridge work to resume

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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to plague the world conditions in Scott County have continued to hold level for the last several weeks with very few new positive cases of the virus and no deaths.

In preparation for the start of in-classroom learning, the Scott County School District created a COVID-19 DECISION TREE, which helps parents, students and teachers determine what to do if symptoms develop or exposure to the coronavirus occurs.

Statewide two-week mask mandate announced by Governor Reeves

As teachers returned to their classrooms this week in preparation for the eventual return of students, Governor Tate Reeves finally made a decision to postpone the start of school in parts of Mississippi.where “hot spots” have been declared.

State will provide masks/shields  for voters with chronic conditions

After several weeks of flat or lower numbers of positive coronavirus infections, state health officers are now concerned that numbers are trending back up statewide. “All the indicators are starting to turn in an unwanted direction,” Dr. Thomas Dobbs, State Health Officer said in a Zoom press with local media on Monday.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Omicron Beta Omega Chapter of Meridian, Global Impact Committee donated essential personal hygiene items, educational supplies and snacks to the Excel Community Learning Center in Morton. This was done to render service to displaced families that are dealing with an economic crisis as well as COVID-19. Pictured from Left are Amanda Carter, Martha Kincaid, Marie Harman, Excel Learning Center, Director, Patricia Carr, Manola Erby, Alcorn State University Extension Specialist, Tiffani Jones, and Stephanie Smith.

‘Masks, masks, masks,  small groups, and social distancing’ 

Tuesday morning the Mississippi State Medical Association (MSMA) issued a call for a statewide mandate requiring face coverings in public settings, and a local medical professional says that could become a reality in the near future.

High school football is scheduled to kick off in September, but due to the governor’s limit on attendance, all seating may be reserved seating during the 2020 season.

Governor issues order to limit attendance at extracurricular events

Scott County and Forest Municipal School students have been back in the classroom on a staggered or “hybrid” schedule for the last two weeks with in-class and virtual, or at home learning, combined. Both districts will continue in that manner until mid-September.

It was all about lines last week like school buses ready to roll and Forest and surrounding area residents, pictured here, hoping to get some of the free food being given away by the Miss. Food Network, Tyson, and the City of Forest.

Positive coronavirus numbers slow as Scott County surpasses 1,000 mark

School buses are rolling, students are beginning to the “new” learning process, a statewide face mask mandate is in effect in Mississippi and in classrooms by order of the governor, and Scott County surpassed the 1,000 mark of positive COVID-19 cases this week.

Work could resume this week on the Highway 35 overpass in Forest as repairs continue on the Highway 80 overpass, pictured. Construction had been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. There is currently no definitive deadline for the conclusion of repairs and the reopening of the right hand lane on Highway 35.

COVID-19 delayed bridge work to resume

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On Wed, 09/09/2020 - 4:10 PM

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to plague the world conditions in Scott County have continued to hold level for the last several weeks with very few new positive cases of the virus and no deaths.

In preparation for the start of in-classroom learning, the Scott County School District created a COVID-19 DECISION TREE, which helps parents, students and teachers determine what to do if symptoms develop or exposure to the coronavirus occurs.

Statewide two-week mask mandate announced by Governor Reeves

As teachers returned to their classrooms this week in preparation for the eventual return of students, Governor Tate Reeves finally made a decision to postpone the start of school in parts of Mississippi.where “hot spots” have been declared.

State will provide masks/shields  for voters with chronic conditions

After several weeks of flat or lower numbers of positive coronavirus infections, state health officers are now concerned that numbers are trending back up statewide. “All the indicators are starting to turn in an unwanted direction,” Dr. Thomas Dobbs, State Health Officer said in a Zoom press with local media on Monday.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Omicron Beta Omega Chapter of Meridian, Global Impact Committee donated essential personal hygiene items, educational supplies and snacks to the Excel Community Learning Center in Morton. This was done to render service to displaced families that are dealing with an economic crisis as well as COVID-19. Pictured from Left are Amanda Carter, Martha Kincaid, Marie Harman, Excel Learning Center, Director, Patricia Carr, Manola Erby, Alcorn State University Extension Specialist, Tiffani Jones, and Stephanie Smith.

‘Masks, masks, masks,  small groups, and social distancing’ 

Tuesday morning the Mississippi State Medical Association (MSMA) issued a call for a statewide mandate requiring face coverings in public settings, and a local medical professional says that could become a reality in the near future.