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Sexual battery charges dismissed against ECCC student

By BRENT MAZE,

An ECCC student has been cleared of sexual battery charges that resulted from a Halloween night incident on campus.

Ladetres Kirkland, 19, of Philadelphia, was arrested Nov. 6 by ECCC Police and originally charged with rape, which was reclassified as sexual battery. The case was dismissed Thursday during a preliminary hearing.





Cougars survive and advance

By ROBBIE ROBERTSON,

The Newton County football team took a huge step forward last week.

The Cougars used a stingy defense and took an 18-14 win over Lanier in the first round of the Class 4A playoffs.

With the win, the Cougars improve to 7-5 on the season and will host Moss Point on Friday night in the second round of the. Class 4A playoffs.






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Vincent to lead state’s SBC

By BRENT MAZE,

Clarke-Venable Baptist Church pastor Mark Vincent has been named the president of the Mississippi Baptist Convention.

Vincent, who has served at Clark-Venable since June 2004, said he wasn’t seeking the position, but after praying and thinking about the opportunity, he agreed to serve if he was elected.





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