Lady Bulldogs Advance to Sweet 16!

Victoria Vivians scored 23 points, Teaira McCowan added 21 points and 18 rebounds and Mississippi State earned a hard-fought 71-56 win over Oklahoma State in the second round of the women’s NCAA Tournament on Monday night. State advances to face N.C. State at 6:00 p.m. on Friday in the Sweet 16 in Kansas City.

Governor Signs New Anti-Abortion Bill

House Bill 1510, the abortion bill, has officially been signed by Governor Phil Bryant. The ban is the earliest of its kind in the country and makes it the Nation’s strictest abortion bill. The law imposes a felony charge for a physician who knowingly performs an abortion after 15 weeks with the exception of a medical emergency that puts the mother’s life at risk. Governor Bryant has previously stated that he hopes at some point Mississippi is free of abortion completely before he leaves office.

Referendum Proposed On New Tax Bill

According to Rep. Kevin Horan of District 34, the state Senate has passed Senate Bill 3024, which will come back to the House this week. Horan said the law will call for the tourism tax bill to be a direct referendum that will be placed on a ballot for the citizens of Grenada. The bill would authorize Grenada to levy an additional tax on hotels, motels, bars and restaurants. This new tax would be two percent on restaurants and three on motels.

Meeting of Support Held for Salley

District Three County Supervisor Columbus Hankins moderated a meeting Tuesday night at the Hankins/Willis Community Center that was attended by 60 residents of the Pleasant Grove Community. The meeting was to support Robert Salley, who was treated for gunshot wounds following a pursuit by Webster County Deputies earlier this month. District Attorney Doug Evans said charges on Salley have been remanded in both Grenada and Webster counties as his department looks close into the case.

Saints Owner, Tom Benson Dead at 90.

Finally…New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson died on Thursday after nearly a month-long battle with the flu, the Saints announced. Benson, who owned the Saints since 1985 and the Pelicans since 2012, was 90.

Ole Miss Baseball Wins in Atlanta

No. 8 Ole Miss got its 9th consecutive victory with a 16-2 shellacking of Georgia State in Atlanta yesterday afternoon.

McDaniel Changes His Mind

When the music stops, pick a senate seat. State Senator Chris McDaniel was all set to run against incumbent Senator Roger Wicker in the 2018 election, but Thad Cochran’s retirement has changed things. McDaniel has announced that he will now run for Cochran’s vacated seat. Governor Bryant will appoint a temporary replacement before the election is held. Whoever fills the seat will serve the remainder of Cochran’s term which ends in 2021.

Storm Spotter Program Taught at EOC

The National Weather Service in Jackson and the Grenada County Emergency Management Agency are presenting a Skywarn storm spotter training program on Tuesday, March 27th at 6:30 PM in the Grenada EOC building on Van Dorn. The program discusses thunderstorm formation, severe weather production and features associated with storms. The program is free and open to the public.

Mississippi Jobless Rate

Mississippi’s jobless rate again set a new low in January, while employer payrolls again set a new high. The jobless rate fell to 4.6 percent, a new low since current surveys began in 1976, from 4.8 percent in December. That’s down from January 2017’s 5.4 percent. More people reported having jobs, but the labor force shrank slightly. Unemployed Mississippians fell almost 3,000 to 58,000.

Congressman Gregg Harper Won’t Run

The deadline to qualify for the race in Mississippi’s third congressional district has passed and eight candidates make up the field to replace Congressman Gregg Harper. The longtime congressman announced that he would not seek re-election in 2018 to focus on spending more time with his family. The primaries for both Republicans and Democrats will be held June the 5th.