Latest DeSoto County, Mississippi Stories

2008-08-05 18:00:19

There's no question that Horn Lake is one of Mississippi's fastest-growing cities. According to U.S. Census estimates, the DeSoto County city had a larger numerical population gain than any other town in the state during the fiscal year that ended July 1, 2007. With that population boost, Horn Lake ranked as Mississippi's 12th largest city, up from 16th largest the year before. That kind of growth apparently hasn't come at the expense of protecting the environment, though. The Urban...

2008-07-18 18:00:35

By Jimmie Covington DeSoto County Supt. Milton Kuykendall has been chosen president- elect of Mississippi's school superintendents' association. Kuykendall, who was elected without opposition last year to his second four-year term as DeSoto's superintendent, will serve a year in the president-elect's post and move up to the association's top position next July. The membership of the Mississippi Association of School Superintendents consists of 150 of the state's 152 public school...

2008-06-30 21:02:35

By Jimmie Covington A 1,200-student enrollment increase, creation of a new school and ballooning school bus fuel costs are major factors behind the proposed budget increase for DeSoto County Schools next year, officials say. An added factor is longevity pay step increases that the state Legislature expanded to cover teachers with 25 and more years experience. DeSoto County school board members are scheduled to vote on the proposed $231.6 million budget during a regular business meeting...

2007-10-01 15:00:20

United Water, one of the nation's largest water service companies, begins a five-year contract today to provide wastewater services to 145,000 residents of DeSoto County, Mississippi. Under the terms of its agreement with the DeSoto County Regional Utility Authority (DCRUA), United Water will be paid approximately $1.8 million during the contract period to operate, manage and maintain three wastewater treatment facilities with a combined average flow of 4.2 million gallons a day (MGD)...

2007-02-19 15:00:57

By Jimmie Covington covington@desotoappealcom DeSoto County school board members Wednesday approved a proposal for an employment service to handle the school district's substitute teacher program. Kelly Services will find, train, do background checks, provide substitutes when requested by schools and pay them, said Ken Reid, assistant superintendent for business and technology. He said the plan will use substitutes who currently fill in at schools. The pay received by substitutes will...

2006-11-08 15:00:30

By Amos Maki, The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, Tenn. Nov. 8--Sharp Electronics Corp. is moving to a new distribution center in Southeast Memphis. Sharp has signed a lease on 400,000 square feet of space at Panattoni Development Co.'s Memphis Oaks Distribution Center, a 325-acre industrial park on Holmes Road. Sharp -- which will be leaving an older 400,000-square-foot facility on Raines Road -- declined to comment. Sharp Electronics, the U.S. subsidiary of Sharp Corp., began...

Word of the Day
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'