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Historic Natchez train depot to be restaurant, music venue

Apr. 15, 2021 12:34 PM EDT

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) — The city of Natchez is giving new life to a historic train depot. The Natchez Mayor and Board of Aldermen voted this week to approve a lease for a train depot on Broadway Street to be renovated into a restaurant and entertainment space, The...

Natchez State Park named for former state Sen. Bob Dearing

Apr. 07, 2021 11:54 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's Natchez State Park has a new name. Gov. Tate Reeves signed a bill renaming the park in recognition of former state Sen. Robert Dearing of Natchez, who died July 30 at the age of 85. The park is now the Bob M. Dearing Natchez State...

Natchez man’s heart stopped twice, lives to tell his story

Apr. 03, 2021 16:02 PM EDT

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) — After 11 p.m. on a Saturday in April 2019, Kay Biglane Taylor of Natchez said she watched her husband John Taylor’s head fall back after his open heart bypass surgery at Baptist Medical Center and yelled for the nurse. He had just coded. ...

Man sentenced in 2018 killing of 17-year-old in Natchez

Apr. 02, 2021 12:46 PM EDT

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for his role in a 2018 killing. Adams County Circuit Judge Debra Blackwell sentenced Carianta Allen on Thursday in the shooting death of 17-year-old Shakeria King, the Natchez Democrat...

Police: Teen arrested after rescue from school ceiling

Mar. 08, 2021 18:52 PM EST

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) — A teenager who called 911 to report that he was stuck in the ceiling of an elementary school was arrested after being rescued by police and firefighters, authorities said. Willie Dobbins, 19, of Hattiesburg telephoned dispatchers on Sunday night to...

With slavery’s impact, how do Black residents find ancestors

Mar. 04, 2021 08:02 AM EST

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — Her tree was incomplete. That’s how it looked to Melissa Evans when she compared her family tree to the ones created by her third-grade classmates. Some of her white classmates had branches stretching back centuries. Evans, one of only a handful...