Area News

Workforce Initiative in full swing

Copiah County’s ACT Work Ready Steering Committee kicked off the Copiah County Workforce Initiative last Wednesday at City Hall in Hazlehurst.  The committee is ultimately working to bridge the gap between the workforce needs of businesses and industries and the type of skills expected from a new worker coming out of college or those who…

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FESTIVAL ON TAP FOR SATURDAY

The Hazlehurst Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting the 9th annual Rockin’ Railroad Festival in the Byron Hidalgo Memorial Park and Pavilion on Saturday, September 2.  The event is free to the public and underwritten by private and corporate sponsorships, and a grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission. Musical entertainment will be the highlight of…

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Woodmen present check to city

Modern Woodmen partnered with the City Hazlehurst on the Lake Hazle Clean Up project and a sponsorship of the Rockin Railroad Festival.  The check was for $2500. Modern Woodmen also sponsored lunch during the presentation.  Pictured left to right are: Alderman Dr. Rick Akin, Mayor Shirley Sandifer, City Clerk Beth Henley, Alderman Fredrick Sandifer back…

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Street paving to cost $6.7 million

Hazlehurst Mayor Shirley Sandifer and the Board of Aldermen met in regular session August 1 with all members present.  The Board set a tax sale and budget hearing for August 22 at 6:00 p.m., and a second budget hearing for August 28 at 6:00 p.m. To read more about the board activities, see the Copiah…

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Walk of Fame taking shape

A warm, muggy morning was the perfect setting for a historic ceremony in downtown Hazlehurst on Friday.  Trains rolled by to and fro as a gathering of state and local officials opened the event to dedicate the Walk of Fame that leads to the Mississippi Music Museum housed in the Hazlehurst Area Chamber of Commerce…

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Two arrested in burglaries

Hazlehurst Police Chief Byron Swilley said Monday that two suspects believed to be involved with recent separate business burglaries are in custody in Copiah County Detention Center. Wanda Wiley, age 43, of Hazlehurst, was apprehended and charged with two counts of business burglary.  Police say she broke in to Brummies Yummies on the night of…

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Musicians Walk of Fame dedication Friday

At 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 4, the city will celebrate the dedication and unveiling of the Mississippi Musicians Walk of Fame in front of the music museum on Ragsdale Avenue at the Depot. Several elected officials and out of town visitors will be here for the ceremony. Weather permitting, a directions sign and 40 musicians’…

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County-wide BTS blowout July 29

A county-wide back to school blowout will be held July 29 from 2 until 5:45 p.m. at Chautauqua Park in Crystal Springs. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Among events planned are waterslide, space jumps, train, basketball game, face painting, and video games on wheels. Medical screening will be offered and…

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Rep. Holloway reappointed to serve as delegate to national conference

JACKSON, MISS. — Speaker of the Mississippi House of Representatives Philip Gunn recently reappointed Representative Gregory Holloway (D-Hazlehurst) to serve as a delegate for the Southern Legislative Conference (SLC) in Biloxi, Miss., this year. To read more about Rep. Holloway’s service, see the Copiah County Courier, on sale throughout Copiah County.

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Rockin’ Railroad Festival receives Mississippi Arts Commission grants

The Hazlehurst Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that the Mississippi Arts Commission has awarded two grants to help support the Rockin’ Railroad Festival. The Mississippi Arts Commission has been a major supporter of the festival for several years. This year MAC has awarded a $3,500 project grant to support the Festival and…

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