Area News

COVID still on the rise in Franklin, statewide

By Nicole Stokes Franklin Advocate The local COVID-19 case count is still rising rapidly, according to Franklin County Emergency Management Director Mark Thornton. By Tuesday, Aug. 11, the county was up to 131 positive coronvirus cases since the outbreak began in mid-March, according to numbers provided by the Mississippi Department of Health. Seven days ago,…

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Supervisors hammering out a county budget plan

By Sean Dunlap Franklin Advocate Efforts to begin shaping Franklin County’s fiscal year 2021 budget began in earnest Wednesday, Aug. 5 as the Board of Supervisors started sifting through a laundry list of funding requests during a marathon four-hour session. Much of the focus of the special-called meeting centered around the general fund — the…

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Three arrested in trooper-postal worker slaying

By Sean Dunlap Franklin Advocate Three individuals are in custody in connection with the Friday, Aug. 7 roadside murder of a 27-year Mississippi Highway Patrol veteran and part-time U.S. Postal Service employee. Lt. Troy Morris, 58, of Natchez, had served with MHP’s Brookhaven-based Troop M, which has law enforcement responsibilities for Franklin County and much…

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