David Hamilton, The Natchez Democrat, Author at Magnolia State Live

mississippi river

The Mississippi River’s unsettling flood trend sparks debate on how to control it and fear of what the future might bring

A look at the top five river levels ever, including this year, reveals a disturbing trend: Every flood on the list but one has occurred ... Read more

by David Hamilton, Monday, March 19, 2018 7:52 am

Civil Rights

A black man was killed in a Mississippi jail after not giving up his bus seat, his family says. Now his story is resurfacing 70 years later.

Samuel Bacon’s story is one that will forever be left without concrete answers, as disparate accounts describe him in a variety of ways — ranging ... Read more

by David Hamilton, Friday, March 16, 2018 10:57 am

death row

A Mississippi judge faces one of the most important decisions of his career on whether a death row inmate deserves a new trial

The judge who will decide the fate of a man on death row said Wednesday a decision should come within the next few months. Read more

by David Hamilton, Friday, February 23, 2018 12:12 pm

black panther

Octavia Spencer and Mississippi filmmakers are renting out theaters to show ‘Black Panther’

Octavia Spencer made headlines this week when following up on her promise to rent out a Mississippi movie theater to offer free showings of "Black ... Read more

by David Hamilton, Thursday, February 15, 2018 11:48 am


A Mississippi city repossessed its auditorium after a church allegedly missed years of rent payments

The City of Natchez has retaken possession of the Natchez City Auditorium after reportedly months and months gone by without receiving rent from a church ... Read more

by David Hamilton, Monday, February 12, 2018 10:58 am


This Mississippi B&B remains one of the best in the world

Oak Hill Inn has climbed the ranks of the world’s best bed-and-breakfasts largely through learning one key lesson — the Internet is king. Read more

by David Hamilton, Tuesday, February 6, 2018 1:18 pm

interstate 14

Natchez’s potential economic gains from a new federal highway come at what cost?

Proponents of bringing a new interstate highway through Natchez water at the mouth over the potential economic gains — but what about the cost of ... Read more

by David Hamilton, Monday, January 8, 2018 10:36 am

interstate 14

Could an interstate end up dividing the Natchez community?

Proponents of bringing I-14 through Natchez would say the project is imperative from an economic development standpoint — but could it potentially divide a community. Read more

by David Hamilton, Sunday, December 31, 2017 11:19 am

interstate 14

Is a new interstate proposal a pipe dream or Natchez's saving grace?

Many have called the proposed Interstate-14 coming through Natchez a pipe dream, while others see it as the city’s saving grace — but whether or ... Read more

by David Hamilton, Sunday, December 24, 2017 11:13 am

interstate 14

What impact would a federal highway have on Natchez, Mississippi?

Officials recognize the plan would take years — likely decades — to come to fruition, but with the White House reportedly planning to roll out ... Read more

by David Hamilton, Sunday, December 17, 2017 11:08 am

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