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MISSING SWIMMER

Search for missing swimmer continues near Madison

MADISON, Miss. (AP) - Authorities continue to search the Ross Barnett Reservoir near Madison for a missing swimmer.

Police say 53-year-old Greg Kassel of Madison was last seen about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday between Madison Landing and the dam.

Three people who were boating with Kassel called police when he did not resurface.

Madison County Emergency Management Director Butch Hammack says the search for Kassel will continue Thursday.

SENATE-MISSISSIPPI

Mississippi's Senate candidates to appear together

PHILADELPHIA, Miss. (AP) - For a half-hour or so, Republican Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi will be in the same place and talk to the same crowd as Democratic rival Travis Childers.

And Thursday's event might just be the only time during this year's campaign that'll happen.

Such is the draw of the Neshoba County Fair, an annual social gathering and political confab in the red clay hills of Mississippi.

While interest groups could spend millions on television ads and sophisticated voter-outreach efforts before Election Day, the fair is proudly old-fashioned and decidedly low-tech.

Known as "Mississippi's Giant Houseparty," the 10-day fair attracts tens of thousands of people each year, and that leads politicians to converge on the fairgrounds for two days of speechmaking to win over voters.

JUVENILE CENTER EMBEZZLEMENT

Former administrator of juvenile center arrested

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) - The former administrator of Adams County's Juvenile Justice Center has been arrested on charges he allegedly embezzled payments meant for the county.

Sheriff's deputies tell The Natchez Democrat 48-year-old Charles Kevin Nations was booked into the Adams County jail Wednesday on a charge of embezzlement of property held in trust.

Adams County Board of Supervisors President Darryl Grennell says the funds Nations allegedly embezzled were associated with payments to Adams County for housing out-of-county juvenile offenders in the youth detention center.

Grennell says how much money is missing is still unclear.

It was unclear whether Nations has an attorney.

CLASSIC CAR-CARJACKED

Jackson police find classic car carjacked Monday

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A classic car stolen from a Jackson gas station has been found, but it's no longer in mint condition.

Danny Tyner, the owner of the 1968 Ford Galaxie 500, tells WAPT-TV the Jackson Police Department recovered the car Monday. He says it has damage to the body, has been stripped and the engine and transmission were removed.

He says investigators are dusting it for fingerprints.

Tyner said he's devastated by the loss of the dream car he spent $25,000 lovingly restoring. He said the engine block was rare and valued at more than $7,000.

Surveillance cameras captured the July 19 carjacking at a gas station in Jackson. Tyner wasn't injured, but says he's traumatized by the incident.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 601-355-TIPS (8477).

ROUND ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE

$50K needed to complete lighthouse restoration

PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) - The historic Round Island Lighthouse is almost ready to shine again.

Preservationists and the city of Pascagoula have spent a decade and $1.4 million to relocate and restore the lighthouse. The Round Island Lighthouse Preservation Society hopes to raise some of the $50,000 still needed to finish the restoration at an Aug. 7 event at Lighthouse Park.

The Sun Herald reports the original lighthouse on Round Island was built in 1833 for $5,900. That lighthouse was destroyed, and another was constructed in 1859.

For years it stood on the island, first as a signal, then as a landmark.

Hurricane Georges toppled the lighthouse in 1998, and Hurricane Katrina in 2005 ended all efforts to rebuild it on the island.

OILFIELD WORKER HOUSING

McComb OKs sewer extension

MCCOMB, Miss. (AP) - The city of McComb will build a 10,000-foot sewer line to the planned Gateway Industrial Park where an oilfield worker camp and other businesses are expected to be located.

The Enterprise-Journal reports the sewer line will connect to the city's west lagoon.

The cost of the project is estimated at $2.2 million. Pike County supervisors have unofficially pledged $1.6 million from bond proceeds to cover 73 percent of the project if McComb pays the remaining $600,000.

Pike County will buy and develop industrial park land, selling part of it for housing for oilfield workers. The site totals 110 acres off Interstate 55.

Officials are expecting an oil boom that will result in a large population increase and more traffic and the city and county need infrastructure to handle it.

GREENWOOD SCHOOLS-TAKEOVER

Board to look at Greenwood schools takeover

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi's Commission on School Accreditation is meeting Thursday to consider if it will recommend that a state of emergency be declared in the Greenwood School District.

Such a recommendation would clear the way for the state Board of Education to ask Gov. Phil Bryant to declare an emergency, leading to a state takeover of the 2,900-student district.

The state would remove Superintendent Montrelle Greene and the school board and appoint a conservator to run the district.

A report issued earlier this month by the Mississippi Department of Education alleges Greenwood is reporting inaccurate information on employee pay and job descriptions.

It accuses school board members of making decisions in illegal closed meetings and interfering in daily school operations. The document also questions $29,000 in federal money spent on parental involvement.

GULFPORT SLAYING-ARRESTS

2 teens arrested in Gulfport slaying

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - Bond has been set at $1 million each for two teenagers charged in a fatal shooting July 22 in Gulfport.

Police Commander Ken Brown says 19-year-old Jalen Shaquille Williams and a 17-year-old man are each charged with murder in the shooting death of 41-year-old Lamont Hayes.

The Sun Herald reports bond was set Tuesday in an initial appearance before Harrison County Justice Court Judge Melvin Ray.

Brown says the investigation is ongoing and declined to discuss any details of the case.

Police say Hayes was shot to death at his home in Gulfport. He died at Garden Park Medical Center on July 23. Coroner Gary Hargrove says Hayes died as a result of blood loss due to the gunshot wound.

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