Alona Mae Hines Smith, 1932 – 2020

Alona Mae Hines Smith, 87, of Blanton, Miss., passed away Saturday, Feb. 22 at Sharkey Issaquena Community Hospital with her family by her side. She was born to the late Curtis and Edith Hines on Nov. 6, 1932, in Pike County, Illinois. She was married to Darrell Smith of Winchester, Illinois on Jan. 21, 1957. […]

Dr. Betty Sue Drake, 1924 – 2020

Dr. Betty Sue Drake, 95, was born Nov. 16, 1924, and died Feb. 23, 2020, in Hattiesburg, Miss. She was the only child of Russell and Queenie Sue Drake. She was born and raised in Haleyville, Ala. At a time when it was rare for women to attend college, Betty graduated with a Bachelor of […]

Hinds Lady Eagles win two games Sunday

The Hinds Lady Eagles closed out the Meridian Rush Invitational Sunday with a pair of wins over Parkland Community College from Illinois and NJCAA Division 2 No. 2 ranked LSU-Eunice by scores of 5-4 and 8-4, respectively. In the game against Parkland CC, pitcher Natalie Parker held Parkland’s offense at bay for the majority of […]

How to file your state and federal taxes for free in 2020

Story by Kristen Doerer and Justin Elliott, ProPublica TurboTax and other tax prep services advertised themselves as “free,” but we found several ways that they tricked people into paying. Here’s our guide to preparing and filing your taxes without falling into a trap. Most Americans are eligible for free tax preparation services, but the truly […]

Hinds Bulldogs set to take on NWCC in the MACJC State Playoffs

The MACJC South Division’s No. 2 seeded Hinds Community College Bulldogs (14-7, 9-5) will take on the MACJC North Division’s No. 3 seeded Northwest Mississippi Community College Rangers (15-8, 7-5) on Monday, Feb. 24 at 5:30 p.m. at East Mississippi Community College in Scooba, Miss. “I am extremely excited and proud of our men’s basketball […]

John Rayford (Johnny) Killebrew, 1947 – 2020

John Rayford (Johnny) Killebrew passed away at his home on Feb. 20, 2020. He was 73. A native of Durant, Miss., he served in the National Guard for several years and worked in the railroad industry for 41 years. He began his career in 1965 with the Illinois Central Railroad and retired in 2006 from […]

Billie Jo Crawford, 1935 – 2020

Billie Jo Crawford, who was known lovingly by many as JoJo and BJ, was a native of Utica, Miss., and lived there for 85 years. She died at Baptist Hospital in Jackson from complications of valve replacement surgery. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020, at the Utica Baptist Church at 11 […]

Boy Scouts of America files for bankruptcy in wake of sexual abuse lawsuits

The Boy Scouts of America today announced that the national organization has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The filing hopes to achieve two key objectives: equitably compensate victims who were harmed during their time in Scouting and continue carrying out its mission for years to come. NBC News reports that Michael Pfau, whose Seattle-based law […]

Hinds CC Bulldogs head to the playoffs after defeating East Central Warriors

For the first time since 2012, the Hinds Community College Bulldogs’ basketball program will be playing in the postseason. The Bulldogs defeated the East Central Community College Warriors 73-68 Monday evening, Feb. 17, to solidify their spot in the MACJC State Tournament next week. The Bulldogs and Warriors traded leads multiple times throughout the first […]

James Edward Abney, 1950 – 2020

James Edward Abney, a lifelong resident of Vicksburg, passed away on Feb. 15, 2020, surrounded by his family at the age of 70. He was preceded in death 18 months ago by his precious wife of 50 years, Carlis Ann Miller Abney. He was also preceded in death by his parents, Curtis L. Abney and […]