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Victims Recover, Hospitals Cope

Updated: 12/20/2002 - Meridian hospitals were key players in caring for many people hurt when sever weather crossed Newton and Lauderdale Counties. The low blood supply is also a concern.

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Christmas Stories

Updated: 12/20/2002 - Storyteller Sarah Mutziger will share three Christmas stories for an adult-child audience Saturday at the Meridian-Lauderdale County Public Library.

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Sen. Lott Resigns as Republican Leader

Updated: 12/20/2002 - Sen. Trent Lott will step down as Senate Republican leader a senior GOP aide close to the Mississippian said Friday.

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Restoring "The Grand Lady"

Updated: 12/20/2002 - The restoration of Meridian's Grand Opera House would not be possible without a favorable report from the structural engineer who examined the building.

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Recovery Begins After Twister

Storm Damage

Updated: 12/20/2002 - The governor declared a state of emergency in Newton, after the town was hit by a tornado early Thursday afternoon. Newton schools are closed Friday.

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Lauderdale County Storm Damage

Updated: 12/20/2002 - Parts of Lauderdale County also received extensive damage during severe storms Thursday.

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Tornado Rips Into Newton

Updated: 12/19/2002 - A tornado smashed into stores jammed with holiday shoppers in Newton Thursday, injuring about 50 people, with at least two critically.

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Getting It There

MailBox

Updated: 12/19/2002 - Even though Christmas is only a week away, you can still get gifts delivered, but don't wait long.

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Toys for Tots Delivery

Updated: 12/18/2002 - Marines unloaded more than 3,000 toys collected during the year's Toys for Tots campaign at the Wesley House.

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Spirit of Giving

Updated: 12/19/2002 - Peavey Electronics employees donated both money and time to supply new bicycles for needy children.

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Pastor Calls for Communication

Posted: 12/18/2002 - A local pastor involved in an incident with Meridian Police has called for a community forum to discuss problems with the department.

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Anderson Sentenced

Updated: 12/18/2002 - The former operator of the Children's Clinic in Meridian, Dr. Walter Anderson, was sentenced to 30 months in prison.

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Ford to Step Down

Updated: 12/18/2002 - Mississippi House Speaker Tim Ford announced he would not seek reelection in 2003.

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Lott Not Resigning

Updated: 12/18/2002 - One of his colleagues said Wednesday that Senator Trent Lott should resign from his leadership position, but Lott says he's "hanging in there."

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Wesley House Christmas

Updated: 12/18/2002 - WTOK-TV hosted its annual Wesley House Christmas party at the Dentzel Carousel at Highland Park.

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Progress on Opera House

Updated: 12/18/2002 - Design work for Meridian's Grand Opera House Project downtown may take another year to complete.

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Hankins to Close

Updated: 12/18/2002 - Clarke County has been hit by another mill closing that means the loss of 100 jobs.

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Study: Kids Exposed to TV Beer Marketing

Updated: 12/17/2002 - Young Americans are exposed to more television commercials for beer than for sneakers, gum or jeans, according to a study released Tuesday.

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Layzell Looks to Kentucky

Updated: 12/17/2002 - State College Board Commissioner Tom Layzell has been named one of two finalists for a similar post in Kentucky.

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Charge Filed in Culotta Death

Updated: 12/17/2002 - A criminal charge of culpable negligence manslaughter has been filed against a driver in the death of Joey Culotta.

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Lott Under Fire

Updated: 12/17/2002 - Sen. Trent Lott appeared on Black Entertainment Television to discuss recent remarks viewed by many as racially insensitive, but also gets support from a prominent black congressman.

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Brooks Leaving DHS

Updated: 12/17/2002 - Mississippi's director of the state Department of Human resources has resigned, effective Friday.

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School Burglaries

Updated: 12/17/2002 - Local authorities ask for the public's help in solving a string of burglaries at Northeast Lauderdale High School.

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Sollie: Speed Survey Alarming

Updated: 12/17/2002 - A recent survey by Lauderdale County deputies using a borrowed radar gun shows most drivers speeding well over the posted limits.

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Annexation Funding

Updated: 12/17/2002 - A letter to the media from Citizens Against Annexation Advisory Committee indicates Lauderdale County is paying half the costs of the annexation fight. That issue was clarified Monday.

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