Lee County, MS

Pontotoc, MSThe Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal

Schools get Toyota grants for early childhood programs

The Toyota Wellspring Education Fund (TWEF) vision is for Northeast Mississippi to build a world-class, home-grown workforce to ensure all young people are exposed, prepared, and connected to living wage employment opportunities through strong career guidance and education-to-career experiences. The foundation for this work is started with early childhood, and the TWEF committee has committed $89,500 in grant funding annually over the next three years for this purpose.
Lee County, MSleecountycourier.net

Results are in

Tuesday was general election day for many towns and cities across Mississippi and Lee County was no exception. Most races not already settled by party primaries during weeks past have been decided. The results below are not official since absentee and affidavit ballots must still be counted and elections certified in many locales.
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State Sen. Chad McMahan pushes for more hearings on Medicaid expansion

TUPELO • A Lee County lawmaker is voicing renewed openness to the possibility of expanding Medicaid to the working poor. State Sen. Chad McMahan, a Republican who represents much of Lee County and a small portion of Itawamba County in the Mississippi Senate, penned an op-ed in the Daily Journal on June 6 saying he has not yet taken a position on expanding Medicaid, but he wants more legislative hearings on the topic.
Dumas, MSThe Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal

Reese, Jimmy Lee

On Wednesday morning, June 9, 2021, Jimmy Lee Reese, 63, resident of Dumas, passed away at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. A Service of Remembrance will be at 2 PM Saturday, June 12 in The Heritage Chapel of Ripley Funeral Home with Bro. Bo Rucker officiating. A private family burial will be in the Palmer Cemetery near Ripley. Mr. Reese was born September 24, 1957 in Cincinnati, Ohio, the third oldest of the late William Lee and Charlene Short Reese. He attended Pine Grove High School and was employed as a truck driver for over 40 years before retiring. A member of Palmer Baptist Church, Mr. Reese will be remembered for his love of the outdoors which included gardening, mowing and "tinkering" in his shed. He was an avid "Youtuber" and was intrigued with old cars, especially his favorite , the '57 Chevy Bel-Aire Visitation will be from 12 Noon to 2 PM At The Ripley Funeral Home. Those left to share memories include his wife of 22 years, Susan Guest Reese, two children, Elizabeth Marie Reese and William Lee Reese, both of Dumas, two sisters, Mary Reese of Senatobia and Cindy Robinson of Ripley, one brother, Charles Reese (Margaret) of Dumas, two grandchildren, Matthew Colton Reese and Piper Rose Robinson and a host of nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Dennis and Joe Reese. The Ripley Funeral Home invites you to share memories with the Reese family at ripleyfuneralhome.com.
Tupelo, MSThe Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal

LEESHA FAULKNER: Of newspaper editors and politics

Having just completed “Revolt of the Rednecks: Mississippi Politics 1876 to 1925” by Albert D. Kirwan, I turned to “The White Chief: James Kimble Vardaman” by William F. Holmes to get a better view of the days of Theodore Bilbo, Vardaman and others as they pushed and shoved their ways to power.
Memphis, TNThe Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal

Dowdy, William Lee "Bill"

William Lee "Bill" Dowdy, 80, resident of Blue Mountain and beloved educator, mentor and friend, passed away peacefully in the comfort of his home Wednesday, June 9, 2021. Mr. Dowdy was born October 12, 1940 in Memphis, TN, the son of the late Levi and Martha Helen Shirey Dowdy. He was a graduate of Memphis Catholic School, continued his education at the University of Memphis and received his Masters of Fine Arts from East Tennessee State University. On September 2, 1967, he married his devoted wife, Linda Glass Dowdy who survives. Mr. Dowdy moved to Blue Mountain in 1976 and was appointed head of the Art Department at Blue Mountain College which spanned over a 40 year career. He was also an avid tennis player, coach for 23 years and mentor to all he taught. A member of Ripley Presbyterian Church, Mr. Dowdy was an accomplished artist and his passion for painting complimented his zeal for teaching. In addition to his wife, Mr. Dowdy leaves a brother and sister in law, Sidney J. Glass (Kathy) of Memphis, one niece, Cindy Zamora, a nephew, George M. Moreland III (Cindy), both of Memphis, four great nieces and nephews, special friends, Mr. & Mrs. Preston Padgett, Mr. & Mrs. James Andre and Mr. & Mrs. Sherman Smith and and his three four-legged companions, "Scooter", "Bigun" and "Cotton". Mr. Dowdy requested a private service and any memorials be directed to Blue Mountain College, 201 W. Main, Blue Mountain, MS 38610 or to the charity of the donor's choice. A special thank you to Legacy Hospice for the excellent care given at a difficult time. The Ripley Funeral Home invites you to share memories with the Dowdy family at ripleyfuneralhome.com.
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Todd Jordan wins Tupelo's mayoral race

TUPELO • Todd Jordan cemented his rapid rise through local politics on Tuesday night, winning election as Tupelo’s mayor and flipping the city’s top elected office back to the Republican Party. In nearly complete but uncertified results, Jordan, 50, defeated Victor Fleitas, a 54-year-old attorney, by capturing 62.4% of the...
Lee County, MSThe Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal

Dillard, Charles R.

On Tuesday, June 8, 2021, at Countrywood Manor, Charles Dillard, faithful, loving husband and father left this earth to be in the presence of his Lord and Savior. He was born in Lee County on March 17, 1928, to James Leonard and Carrie Ewing Dillard. He graduated as the valedictorian of the class of 1945 at Saltillo High School and lived most of his life in Springhill Community. He served his country in the Navy at the end of World War II. He managed Dr. Pepper-7-Up Bottling Company in Tupelo, was employed by the Mississippi State Tax Commission, and served in the Lee County Tax Collector's office. He retired in 1995 after serving one term as the Lee County Tax Collector. He is survived by his wife, Juanita Lanphere Dillard, of 71 years, and their four sons, Steve Dillard (Mary Jane), Bobby Dillard (Neita), Fred, and Nat Dillard (Diane), all of Saltillo; seven grandchildren, Jeff Dillard (Lisa), of Rockledge, Florida, Andy Dillard (Stacy), of Thaxton, Stacy Hood (Alan) of Mooreville, Tim Dillard (Erin), of Franklin, Tennessee, Mallory Emison (Scott) of Pontotoc, Brett Dillard of Prairie Grove, Arkansas, Kelly Gardner (Drew) of Dry Prong, Louisiana; 21 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Laurene Easterling, of Saltillo. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Ewing, Buddy, and Lamar, and one sister, Doris Poteet, and by his beloved furry friend, Max. He loved flying and was a pilot for the Civil Air Patrol. He had an affinity for crossword puzzles, enjoyed watching sports, especially baseball, and was an avid reader of Western Novels. He continued the family card game, High-Five, that's been played by Dillard men for generations. Visitation will be 9 until 11 a.m. Saturday, June 12, 2021 at W.E. Pegues, Saltillo. Services honoring Charles' life will be 11 a.m. Saturday at the Saltillo Chapel of W. E. Pegues with Bro. Drew Gardner officiating. Burial will be in Beulah Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Andy Dillard, Jeff Dillard, Brett Dillard, Johnny McKissick, Gary McKissick, and Mike Dillard. Honorary pallbearers are Steve Minor, Wayne Minor, Gerald Bishop, Prentice Lanphere, and Bud Crafton. Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Lee County, MSThe Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal

ICC schedules summer adult education classes

Adult education classes will continue during the summer at Itawamba Community College. The schedule includes. Chickasaw County – Houston WIN Center, Tuesday through Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Shundria Whitfield, smwhitfield@iccms.edu or (662) 407-1218;. Itawamba County – Fulton Family Resource Center (Old Grammar School), Monday and Tuesday, 4:30-7:30 p.m., Linzy Patterson,...
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Real estate agent Todd Jordan gathers input, advice ahead of Election Day outcome

TUPELO • Even though Todd Jordan hasn’t been elected mayor of the All-America City, his campaign has sometimes seemed more like a transition in recent weeks. After defeating a three-term member of the Tupelo City Council in April’s Republican primary, Jordan and his campaign have met with five of the city’s seven current council members. In these meetings, he’s been briefed about ongoing issues and projects in those wards.
Monroe County, MSleecountycourier.net

Three suspects in custody after massive meth sting

On May 20, after nearly a two year investigation, law enforcement had enough evidence to drop the hammer on a large methamphetamine inquiry. “We identified several targets, who were coming and receiving drugs, we made traffic stops and caught them with the dope,” said undercover agent Ron Leibman (not his real name). “We start surveillance, work the case — we have to line everything up. We don’t have a set time, we just wait until we have the best opportunity to get the most narcotics off the street.”