Eleven COVID-19 cases reported

By Nicole Stokes Franklin Advocate COVID-19 is still making its presence felt locally as the number of positive cases in Franklin County continues to rise. On Tuesday, April 13, the cumulative number of cases was up by 11 from the previous week, with the Mississippi Department of Health reporting a total of 821 infections. The…

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Bude preps to conduct area survey

By Sean Dunlap Franklin Advocate In taking the steps necessary to apply for a new round of federal Community Development Block Grant funding later this year for continued municipal sewer improvements, Bude town leaders were told a survey is needed for the application process to move forward. Southwest Mississippi Planning and Development District representative Allen…

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Lessons in personal safety

By Sean Dunlap Franklin Advocate For the past 22 years, Franklin County Extension Service Agent II Cynthia Ann Wilkinson has visited area schools for what was originally known as “Farm Safety Day.” With the passage of time, many elements of the educational program — including the name “Safety Day” — have changed, but the overall…

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Area’s anti-tobacco coalition remains active

By Sean Dunlap Franklin Advocate While the coronavirus pandemic has disrupted activities over the past year, the Mississippi Tobacco-Free Coalition of Adams, Jefferson and Franklin Counties has worked to find innovative ways to continue spreading its message on the dangers of tobacco use. “COVID-19 caused the leadership of our local organization to look at how…

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BOBBY LOUIS “ZEAK” GIBBS

Funeral services for Mr. Bobby Louis Gibbs — also known as “Zeak” — 64, of Meadville, will be held at noon on Saturday, April 17, 2021, at Lighthouse Center in Meadville with Pastor Bill Smith officiating. Burial will follow at Meadville-New Fork Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, April 16,…

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ISIAH CAMERON

April 2, 1955 – April 6, 2021 Funeral services for Mr. Isiah Cameron, 66, of McComb, were held at 1 p.m., Saturday, April 10, 2021, from Craft Funeral Home in McComb with Elder Lampton Robinson officiating. Burial followed in the Smithdale Church of God In Christ Cemetery in Smithdale. Visitation was held from 10 a.m.…

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SHARON LEIGH TAYLOR FITZGERALD

Feb. 28, 1945 – April 3, 2021 Funeral services for Sharon Leigh Taylor Fitzgerald, 76, of McComb, were held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, April 7, 2021, at Sharkey Funeral Home in Summit with a graveside service following at Mount Olive Baptist Church in Smithdale with Brother Eric Moak officiating. Visitation was held from 10 a.m.…

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Lady Dawgs split with JDC

By Sean Dunlap Franklin Advocate In its final district outing of the regular season, Franklin County’s Lady Bulldogs split a double header against Jefferson Davis County on Thursday, April 8 — knocking off the visiting Lady Jaguars in the early contest, 10-0, and then falling, 8-1, in the nightcap. FC 10, JEFFERSON DAVIS COUNTY 0…

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Diamond Dawgs devour Hazlehurst Indians, 43-1

By Sean Dunlap Franklin Advocate Up until last week, the most famous “43” in sports was probably NASCAR’s Richard Petty. But, when it comes to Franklin County High School sports, there’s a new iconic “43” — as in the number of runs scored in two games by the Bulldogs last week against the Hazlehurst Indians.…

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Cox, FC golf remain hot as 2021 campaign winds down

By Sean Dunlap Franklin Advocate Franklin County High School’s golfers — particularly Kolby Cox — continued their winning ways last week. The Bulldogs claimed another victory Tuesday, April 6 over Natchez at Duncan Park, and the following day took a win at Brookhaven Country Club in a four-team event. In both competitions, Cox was the…

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