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I miss my tree. Correction. I miss my trees. Yes, I decorate every room in my house with a Christmas tree each year; and I’m ... Read more

4 days ago by Staff Reports.

Health care, education, incentives on agenda

JACKSON (AP) — With the Mississippi legislative session just beginning, officials are starting to reveal their public policy wish lists, including proposals to increase teacher ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Staff Reports.

Let Trump’s riot be a lesson to all of us

Hopes for a much calmer 2021 compared to 2020 were quickly dampened by the horrific attack on our nation’s U. S. Capitol Building. Our nation ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Staff Reports.

The Natchez Democrat welcomes new columnist, Jennie Guido

I am pleased to introduce you to a new weekly columnist in The Natchez Democrat. Jennie Guido is certainly no stranger to anyone in Natchez. ... Read more

3 weeks ago by Jan Griffey.

Thank you, Ser Boxley, for Forks of the Road

On Monday night, Congress approved funding for land acquisition for Forks of the Road. Read more

1 month ago by Jan Griffey.

Vaccine cannot get here soon enough for me

We expect by Monday afternoon the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID vaccine will have arrived at Merit Health Natchez and hospital employees and other health care providers will ... Read more

1 month ago by Jan Griffey.

Share stories of Lives We Have Lost to COVID-19

It appears the end of the COVID-19 pandemic is close at hand as vaccines have been approved and are making their way into communities as ... Read more

1 month ago by Scott Hawkins.

Be a good neighbor, wear a mask and distance

COVID-19 is growing at unprecedented rates after Thanksgiving. Read more

2 months ago by Scott Hawkins.

City found workable Christmas parade solution

Saturday night’s Christmas tree lighting in downtown Natchez was a great example the most wonderful time of the year. Read more

2 months ago by Scott Hawkins.

Make wise choices in holidays amid pandemic

The year 2020 has brought with it many challenges, not the least of which have been brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic that began in ... Read more

2 months ago by Scott Hawkins.

Police, dispatch must do better communicating

As has been reported by this newspaper, Natchez has too many shots fired incidents inside the city limits. Read more

3 months ago by Scott Hawkins.

Time to redouble our efforts to fight COVID-19

Just when we thought we were getting out of the woods on the COVID-19 pandemic, the numbers seem to be surging, not only nationwide but ... Read more

3 months ago by Scott Hawkins.

Natchez Balloon Festival was a great, fun event

Natchez came to life last weekend after lying dormant through eight months of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

3 months ago by Scott Hawkins.

Slowly but surely positive change happening here

Creating positive change in a community does not happen overnight. Rather, creating change is like turning a barge in the river — slow and steady. Read more

3 months ago by Jan Griffey.

Counting our blessings in aftermath of Delta

Natchez and Adams County took a pretty good blow from Hurricane Delta when it blew through the Miss-Lou on Friday and Saturday. Read more

4 months ago by Scott Hawkins.

Patten, Blaney need to find common ground

The big news this week out of the Adams County Board of Supervisors’ meeting was that a Natchez man seeks to form a “minuteman” group ... Read more

4 months ago by Jan Griffey.

Time is right to get out and enjoy great outdoors

It is that time of the year again when the days are a bit shorter and cooler and people are getting back outside to enjoy ... Read more

4 months ago by Scott Hawkins.

Prepare for worst, hope for best: Careful what you wish for

I’ve heard more than a few people say they can’t wait for 2020 to be over. Read more

4 months ago by Scott Hawkins.

Loss Prevention Services could be economic catalyst

Natchez got a shot in the arm Monday as Gov. Tate Reeves came to town to announce a new business project that is expected to ... Read more

4 months ago by Scott Hawkins.

Keep your guard up as COVID numbers fall

Mississippi’s COVID-19 numbers seem to be flattening or at least not climbing at as quick a daily pace as they had been in recent weeks ... Read more

4 months ago by Scott Hawkins.

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