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PCHS takes Perry County Super Bowl with win over Rebels

From Staff Reports Perry Central blew open a tight game with two third quarter touchdowns and pulled away for a 22-6 win at Richton on Friday in the season opener for both teams. Both teams had opportunities in the first two quarters, but mistakes and penalties kept either squad from finding the endzone. The Bulldogs…

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Local recreation areas closed as Hurricane Ida approaches

JACKSON, Miss. August 27, 2021 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service announced it is closing recreation areas today and tomorrow at ranger districts in south Mississippi as a precautionary measure for the protection of the health and safety of visitors and staff before Tropical Storm Ida makes landfall. Forecasters expect Ida to strengthen…

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County residents urged to prepare ahead of storm

From Staff Reports Tropical Storm Ida was upgraded to Hurricane Ida this afternoon as it swirled toward a strike on Cuba on Friday as a rapidly intensifying storm that could speed across warm Gulf waters and slam into Louisiana as a Category 3 hurricane on Sunday, the National Hurricane Center warned. Perry County Emergency Management…

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Longtime community healthcare provider retiring

By ANNETTE HARVISON Dispatch Staff __________ The medical field is an important part of our lives. We see that now more than ever. Having a dedicated medical care clinic and care provider is a big deal when it comes to the care of ourselves and our families, and we all want someone we can count…

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Richton School District begins new school year without masks

Richton High School Principal Ben Bryan said school officials finalized plans for the 2021-2022 school year and will begin the new year like a normal school year, though still keeping up pandemic era sanitizing and disinfecting. Masks will optional for staff and students. “After our meeting this morning (Thursday), we have decided that we are…

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Richton honoring memory of late Mayor

From Staff Reports __________ Officials in Richton are honoring the memory of longtime businessman and elected official Jimmy L. White. The Richton Home and Garden Club will host a Memorial Dedication in honor of White this Saturday, June 5, at Richton Town Square, in conjunction with the club’s Arbor Day celebration. Town officials are joining…

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Meth-related arrests in Perry County continue to pile up

  From Staff Reports __________ The Perry County Sheriff’s Office has been busy over the past week with its fight against illegal narcotics in the community. County officers made multiple felony arrests since last Wednesday, including one they say involves one of the department’s largest seizures of methamphetamine. Johnny Freddrick Smith, 44, of Bassfield, was…

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Richton falls at Stringer in Game 1, hosts Game 2 on Saturday.

Early mishaps for the Richton Rebels forced them to fight an uphill battle for most of Thursday night’s series opener at Stringer. Despite a valiant attempt to climb back into the game, the Red Devils tacked on 5 late runs to strengthen their lead and secure a 9-1 victory to begin Round 3 of the…

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