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Purvis man found guilty of sexual battery, faces life in prison

By HASKEL BURNS,

A Purvis man faces the possibility of life in prison after being found guilty of sexual battery of a child.

Fifteenth Circuit Court District Attorney Hal Kittrell said Jeffery Barnes, 51, was found guilty Wednesday by a Lamar County jury. Barnes will be sentenced on December 3, with a maximum penalty of up to life in prison.





Federal judges should consider alternative sentencing for pain cream fraud defendants

By EDITORIAL,

Before Chris Epps got exposed for being a crook, the former Mississippi corrections commissioner made a lot of sense when he talked about finding the right balance between the crimes committed and the punishments doled out for them.

“We’ve got to decide in this state who we’re afraid of and who we’re mad at,” Epps was fond of saying.


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‘Saving Grace’

By BETH BUNCH,

Hub City residents are known for their kindness, generosity and looking out for one another. It happens all the time under a variety of circumstances. And in true Pine Belt fashion, it’s happened again, but in a way that has extended far beyond the confines of the Pine Belt.



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