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Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace wins re-election; Ken Harper wins prosecutor race; two supervisor races called for challengers

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In Warren County, Sheriff Martin Pace has won re-election by a wide margin.

Ken Harper wins the County Prosecuting Attorney post.

In the race for County Prosecuting Attorney, Ken Harper has won by nearly 2,000 votes over both Stephen Lee McMillin and W. Richard “Ricky” Johnson.

In the Supervisor races:

District 1: Challenger Ed Herring has unseated incumbent John Arnold.

District 2: Incumbent William Banks Jr. has retained his seat.

District 3: Challenger Shawn Jackson has won the seat.

District 4: Challenger Jeffery Holland leads by 46 votes; however with 854 absentee ballots to count, it’s still too close to call.

District 5: Challenger Kelle Barfield has defeated incumbent Richard George.

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Former community college employee arrested for embezzlement

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(photo courtesy of Mississippi Office of the State Auditor)

Today State Auditor Shad White announced Special Agents from his office have arrested former Northeast Mississippi Community College employee, Amy Haynie, after she was indicted for embezzlement. Hanie was issued a $68,762.87 demand letter upon her arrest. That demand total includes interest and investigative expenses.

Amy Haynie (photo courtesy of Mississippi Office of the State Auditor)

Haynie is accused of embezzling cash from a college petty cash fund and from students as they paid various college-related fees. Investigators determined over $57,000 was stolen from the college. Haynie was able to hide the alleged scheme from May 2016 to February 2020 because the internal controls in her office allowed her to manipulate records of how cash was collected and deposited.

“The auditor’s office is committed to putting a stop to all fraud, but particularly fraud that involves theft from the students of Mississippi,” said Auditor White. “These are not victimless crimes. We will continue to pursue cases like these to make sure every dollar is spent in accordance with the law.”

Haynie surrendered to Special Agents at the Prentiss County Jail. Her bond was set at $10,000 by the court.

If convicted, Haynie faces up to 20 years in prison and $5,000 in fines. All persons arrested by the Mississippi Office of the State Auditor are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. The case will be prosecuted by the office of District Attorney John Weddle.

A $10,000 surety bond covers Haynie’s employment at Northeast Mississippi Community College. A surety bond is similar to insurance designed to protect taxpayers from corruption. Haynie will remain liable for the full amount of the demand in addition to criminal proceedings.

Suspected fraud can be reported to the Auditor’s office online any time by clicking the red button at www.osa.ms.gov or via telephone during normal business hours at 1-(800)-321-1275.

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Vicksburg Warren School District reports eight new COVID-19 cases and 47 quarantined

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The Vicksburg Warren School District reports eight new COVID-19 cases in schools for the week of Nov. 9 through Nov. 13.

In addition, 47 individuals were newly quarantined due to possible exposure to the virus in the same time period.

The following schools were affected:

Beechwood Elementary School 

  • 2 quarantined – teachers/staff
  • 3 quarantined – students

River City Early College

  • 2 new positive cases – teachers/staff
  • 1 new positive case – student
  • 6 quarantined – students

Vicksburg High School

  • 1 new positive case – teacher/staff
  • 4 new positive cases – students
  • 5 quarantined – teachers/staff
  • 30 quarantined – students

Vicksburg Junior High School

  • 1 quarantined – teacher/staff
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Vicksburg has raised the new Mississippi flag

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(photo by David Day)

Tuesday afternoon, the city of Vicksburg raised the new Mississippi flag outside of city hall for the first time.

Voters in Mississippi overwhelmingly approved the new flag design during the Nov. 3 General Election. The previous flag, the last in the nation to carry Confederate symbolism, was retired through the action of the state Legislature in June.

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