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Neshoba Democrat

Man shot bush hogging Saturday

A Neshoba County man has been arrested for shooting a neighbor who was bush hogging Saturday northwest of Union in rural Neshoba County. The suspect, Justin Hagan, 41, 10181 Road 307, Union, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a weapon after hiding in the woods and shooting at the man the authorities have not identified.
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Meridian Township Announces 2nd Annual Freedom Fest Honoring Juneteenth

A multi-event celebration has been planned to honor Juneteenth in Meridian Township. During the week of June 13-June 19, community members are encouraged to participate in one or all of the events to help bring awareness to the historical day. June 19, 1865 marked the moment when the last of...
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Police investigate Monday shooting

MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - The Meridian Police Department said a man was shot Monday around 3 a.m. in the area of 5th Street and Highway 19 North. Officers initially responded to a report of a suspicious person but found a victim, who was injured in the neck. He was able to move and talk to officers. MPD said the man indicated the shooting happened somewhere behind an Exxon station but the exact location was unknown. The victim was taken to the hospital for treatment and was in stable condition.

Meridian police investigate recent shootings

MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - Meridian police have been very busy with several shootings taking place in the city of Meridian. Since Friday, at least four people have been shot, one of them fatally. According to police, one person was shot in the leg late Friday night on 34th St. and...

MPD charges 2 juveniles with stealing cars

MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - Meridian police said two juveniles were taken into custody Monday for allegedly stealing two vehicles from Newell Road and 45th Court. MPD said the vehicles were recovered about three hours after the theft because one of the suspects made several posts on social media bragging about it.

Sheriff Eric Clark’s Information on the Shooting in Neshoba Saturday

On Saturday, May 14, 2022, Deputies were dispatched to a shooting call at 10091 County Road 307, Union, MS around 5:00 pm. The caller stated that her husband had been shot while bush-hogging (land clearing) their property. The victim was riding his tractor when he was riddled with pellets from a nearby shotgun blast from a shooter concealed in an adjoining wooded area. The victim fled the area after being shot and managed to drive himself home to alert his wife who called 911 for law enforcement and medical attention. Neshoba County Sheriff’s Officers responded to the area to secure it and provide a safe area for EMS. The victim was transported by CAREMED to Anderson Regional Hospital in Meridian where he was treated and later released from the hospital.

Meridian, MS – Collision at I-20 & MS-145 Results in Injuries

Although the extent of the damages has yet to be determined, at least one person was injured in the crash. Following the collision, road restrictions were recorded, and all wounded persons who required additional care were transported by ambulance to area hospitals. More details are currently unavailable. Local officials are...

Charlie’s U-Pik Summer Season Starting Soon

Charlie’s U-Pik is part of many people’s summer traditions. The farm started in the ’90s when Mr. Charlie planted too many tomato plants and advertised in the paper for people to come pick them. There are two locations of the U-Pik farms, one in Lucedale (the original) and a second location in Wiggins. Lucedale is a 100-acre farm and serves the Leakesville, Meridian, and Mobile, Alabama area. The Wiggins farm is 50 acres and serves the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Hattiesburg, and Louisiana.

House of Grace Thrift Store to close

Store will become part of Hope Missions International of Union, Mississippi. As of the signing of papers on Wednesday, one part of the House of Grace program will end but the mission and scope of the domestic violence shelter remain. Officials stress the loss of the thrift store will allow for a stronger focus on the mission of helping battered women.

Meridian traffic light temporarily removed

MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - The traffic light at A Street and 22nd Avenue in Meridian was recently removed to accommodate the completion of improvements to Sela Ward Parkway. The removal of the traffic light is temporary, according to Meridian’s Public Works Department. The light at Village Fair Drive was also temporarily removed. No time frame has been given for when the lights will be put back.

MPD identifies homicide victim

MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - The Meridian Police Department Monday released the name of a man who was found shot inside a vehicle early Sunday. He was identified as 43-year-old Gary Moffite. MPD said officers responded to Eastern Gardens Apartments at 3:30 a.m. Sunday and found a man inside a vehicle...

Man arrested after car chase

MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - One man was arrested after leading deputies on a chase Saturday morning in Meridian. Authorities say Odaishean Emone Brown refused to pull over when deputies tried to make a traffic stop at 1st St. and Highway 19. The chase ended near Oakland Heights school where Brown jumped out of the car.

People upset by high gas prices

MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - The cost of traveling lately has not been so easy on people’s wallets. Gas prices nationally average nearly $4.50 per gallon. Those prices are expected to go even higher. This is causing frustration for drivers everywhere. A lot of people locally are not happy with...

Warmth is building, and record highs could be in jeopardy

MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - Our warm afternoons this week are trending a bit warmer, and some record highs could be in jeopardy. If they aren’t broken or tied, it won’t be by much. Records In Jeopardy. Tuesday’s high temperature was 91 degrees, just shy of the record of...

Summer Concert Series Lineup Announced

The Meridian Township Parks and Recreation Department is pleased to announce their musical lineup for the FREE Summer Concert Series at the Marketplace on the Green pavilion (1995 Central Park Drive, Okemos). The Summer Concert Series will kick off on Wednesday, June 1 at 6:00 pm with a performance by...

Record challenging temperatures ahead

MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - Tuesday is another warm start, and highs will reach the lower 90s. So, the trend continues for high temperatures remaining well above the average (avg. highs should be in the mid 80s). Thanks to high pressure at the surface and in the upper levels of the atmosphere, we will remain dry & hot until the weekend.

Howard Named MACCC Coach of the Year

WESSON – Co-Lin Softball head coach Meleah Howard was named the Softball Coach of the Year by the Mississippi Association of Community Colleges Conference on Thursday, May 12. Howard has celebrated many milestones this season including earning her 100th career win at Co-Lin in a 9-1 game one win...

Ninety-one percent of LSCD 3rd graders pass reading assessment on first attempt

MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - Third graders in the Lauderdale County School District got some good news recently. Ninety-one percent of them passed their third grade reading assessment on the first try. The test determines if students will be able to pass to fourth grade. That requirement had been suspended due to the pandemic. This was described as a team effort for all who were involved.

Another hot day, and there’s a chance for isolated storms

MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - Happy Monday! If you’re enjoying the heat, then you’ll love the week ahead. More unseasonably warm weather is in the forecast with highs reaching up to around 90 degrees this afternoon. Average highs should be in the mid 80s, but it gets even hotter for Tuesday with low 90s expected. By midweek, upper-level ridging will allow temps to reach the mid 90s...very near to standing records. The mid 90s will continue through Friday before cooling down this weekend.