Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith was one of few U.S. senators on Wednesday to object to the certification of the electoral votes in Arizona and Pennsylvania, states that duly elected Democrat Joe Biden as president in November over Republican President Donald Trump. Hyde-Smith, an ardent Trump supporter, backed the effort of a small number of Senate Republicans who aimed to overturn Biden’s victory by pushing disproven theories and inaccuracies about Arizona and Pennsylvania botching the election process. Republican Roger Wicker, Mississippi’s senior U.S. senator, voted to certify all 50 state results.
According to the National Weather Service, this September was the hottest since the turn of the century. Anna Wolverton, who is a meteorologist with the NWS in Jackson, said this has been the hottest September in 120 years, ever since the National Weather Service began tracking weather back in 1898. There will be no relief for folks in Grenada this week because temperatures will be the same as last week with no rain in the forecast.
Murder suspect Brandon Theesfeld pleaded not guilty in the murder of fellow Ole Miss student Ally Kostial in Lafayette County court on Monday. Kostial was found dead on July 20 in the Harmontown community of Lafayette County. Kostial, 21, of St. Louis, Missouri, was working toward completing a bachelor’s degree in marketing at Ole Miss. Theesfeld also attended Ole Miss and was suspended from the university following his arrest. He is being charged with capital murder in Kostial’s death.
Agriculture experts say most of this year’s corn crop in Mississippi is in fair to good condition. The Mississippi State University Extension Service says in a news release that the state’s farmers planted 35% more acres in corn this year compared to 2018. An extension service agricultural economist, Will Maples, said the trade negotiations had a negative effect on soybean prices.
The man arrested for allegedly shooting at Madison County sheriff’s deputies is being held in jail without a bond. Edgar James Egbert appeared in court on Friday afternoon, where he had a preliminary hearing scheduled for Sept. 24 in Madison County. Egbert faces six counts of attempted murder of law enforcement officers, one count of kidnapping and one count of felony fleeing. The shooting happened on Thursday in Canton following a chase that ended with two Madison County sheriff’s deputies wounded, including Brad Sullivan who was shot in the head, and remains hospitalized in critical condition.
U.S. Senators Cindy Hyde-Smith and Roger Wicker announced the approval of $18.6 million in emergency relief to help fix flood-damaged transportation infrastructure in and near the delta. The U.S. Department of Transportation will award the funding to the Mississippi Department of Transportation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to repair flood damage.
A Mississippi man has been sentenced to nearly four years in prison for embezzling union funds. The U.S. Attorney’s Office says U.S. District Judge Sharion Aycock sentenced 66-year-old Danny Woodcock, of Caledonia, on Thursday to serve 46 months in prison and ordered him to pay $519,963 in restitution to the Communication Workers of America Local 83770. Woodcock served as president of the union for about 15 years until his removal in October 2016.
This weekend, we had one up and one down in the SEC. In their season opener, Ole Miss lost on the road to Memphis 15 to 10. While new QB Tommy Stevens led Mississippi State throwing for two and running for one TD as the Bulldogs beat Louisiana-Lafayette 38-28 on Saturday in New Orleans.
Last week, a five-year-old child went missing in Holcomb, and now the little girl’s mother is being charged with child neglect. Cassandra King, 38, the girl’s mother, and Katrina Pounder, 37, who also lives at the home, are both facing charges of “deprivation of necessaries with substantial harm of a child.” County Investigator Deputy Eric Williamson said that this charge is a failure to provide adequate care and nutrition of a child. The two are being held at the Grenada County Jail on a $5,000 bond.
Kosciusko Police Chief Herbert Dew reports that Stephen Adams and Ruben Bell are in custody and have been charged with murder and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon. Last Wednesday, police officers found two shooting victims on North Natchez Street. Attala County Coroner Sam Bell pronounced Rodney Williams, 31 of Kosciusko, dead at the scene.