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Bucking the Pandemic Blues …    Runnelstown family’s efforts paying off as impact of Circle C Arena continues to grow

By ANNETTE HARVISON Dispatch Staff __________ When the pandemic shut down the world, it didn’t just hit retail establishments and churches. The shut down seeped into everything and impacted everyone – including equestrians. For many Perry County residents, horseshows and competition on horseback are not just for fun, they are a way of life. One local…

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Indictment issued in 2020 ATV crash that claimed life of Perry County teen

Lucedale man facing manslaughter, aggravated assault and evidence tampering charges By RUSSELL TURNER Dispatch Editor __________ A Greene County Grand Jury has indicted a man believed to be responsible for a 2020 ATV crash that killed two men, including a Runnelstown teenager. Derrick Wayne Chavers, 37, of Lucedale, surrendered to authorities on Monday roughly 18 months…

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Richton, New Augusta inact new ordinances

From Staff Reports __________ The Town of New Augusta and the Town of Richton have both adopted new ordinances, which will go into effect in about 30 days. The Town of New Augusta’s board voted on a leash law ordinance as well as an open container ordinance. An official at New Augusta’s City Hall said…

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School News

Perry Central High School Basketball teams will travel to George County Feb. 3 and District Tournament is Feb. 7-11. Richton High School Richton High School Band will host a Fan Cloth Shop for a fundraiser with proceeds going to purchase new drums. Deadline is Feb. 8. All information is on the school and band Facebook…

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Celebrating a Century of Life … New Augusta’s Dunaway turns 100

By ANNETTE HARVISON Dispatch Staff __________ Oh, what it must be like to be 100 years old. Life began with the ‘Roaring 20s,’ and then, childhood was overshadowed by the Great Depression. When it was time to start a life of their own, World War II came. When that was over, waves of constant change have…

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Forrest General acquires Perry County General Hospital and The Doctor

From Staff Reports Perry County General Hospital and The Doctor’s Clinic in Richton are under new management and ownership. Forrest Health signed a letter of agreement for Forrest General Hospital to acquire the 22-bed critical access facility and health clinic on New Year’s Day. Forrest Health took over operations on Jan. 1, 2022, as well.…

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Opening of new peanut facility in New Augusta celebrated

By RUSSELL TURNER Dispatch Editor ________________ The new peanut processing facility on US 98 in New Augusta had an official unveiling earlier this week, a few months after opening for business. Mississippi Peanut, LLC welcomed local and state officials for a tour of the facility and luncheon on Monday. Those in attendance included members of the…

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Hines returning to Perry Co. School Dist. as Supt. of Education

By RUSSELL TURNER Dispatch Editor __________ The Perry County School District has named its new leader and it’s a name in which many in the area will be quite familiar. The county board of education made it official on Monday that Dr. Titus M. Hines will replace Dr. Scott Dearman as PCSD Supt. of Education, beginning…

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