Archives for September 2011

Panola County scam

The Panola County Sheriff’s Department is warning residents of a scam. Two men in a blue Chevy Impala reportedly gained entrance to the home of an elderly woman on Wednesday and distracted her with conversation while one of the men slipped into the bedroom. The men left when a male relative of the woman arrived. The men are described as being in their 20s or early 30s and of Hispanic or Indian origin. Anyone with information about the case should call the Panola County Sheriff’s Department.

Helicopter crash report

In 2009, a helicopter crashed near Morgan City, killing eight people. Lawyers for the helicopter’s manufacturer, Sikorsky Aircraft, said in court Wednesday that the company did not hide a critical internal report. The owner of the copter, PHI Incorporated, is asking a federal judge to sanction Sikorsky for allegedly hiding a report that faulty design caused the crash.

Seat belt enforcement

Police in Batesville began increasing their enforcement of seat belt laws this week. This was prompted by an officer who directs traffic near South Panola High School noting a high number of teen drivers not wearing seat belts. Violators will be warned before getting a ticket.

Digital literacy

In an effort to increase the adoption of broadband across Mississippi, two organizations are joining forces to begin a digital literacy program. The Mississippi State University Extension Service and Southern Rural Development Center will base their program on the statewide broadband plan now being developed.

Medals of Service awarded

Saying their work has made the state a better place to live, Governor Haley Barbour handed out Mississippi Medals of Service to 11 people at a ceremony in Jackson on Wednesday. The recipients included Reuben Anderson, a Jackson native who grew up during segregation in the 1950s and 60s and became a civil-rights attorney and the first black justice on the Mississippi Supreme Court.

Show Off on the Square

All makes and models of cars will be on display this Saturday at the second annual Show Off on the Square in Batesville’s Downtown Square. The event, organized by the city and the Batesville Main Street program, gets underway at 8 AM and also includes kids’ actitivies, live entertainment and food.

Medals of Service

Governor Haley Barbour will present 11 Medals of Service today. Among those to be honored are U.S. Senator Thad Cochran, Democrat House Speaker Billy McCoy, former Ole Miss Chancellor Robert Khayat; and blues legend B.B. King.

Candidate charges voting irregularities

The man who finished second in the State Senate District 8 Democratic primary on August 2nd isn’t ready to concede. Calhoun City Alderman Marshall Coleman is asking a Grenada County judge to look into alleged voting irregularities in Chickasaw and Grenada counties. Coleman says he should have been in a runoff against the winner, Russell Jolly of Houston.

Postal worker rallies

America’s postal workers are staging rallies across the country this afternoon. The demonstrations come as Congress looks to close thousands of post offices that would leave more than 100-thousand workers without jobs. Rallies are scheduled from four to 5:30 PM at four locations in Mississippi: Columbus, Jackson, Hattiesburg and Pearl. For more information, go to SaveAmericasPostalService-dot-org.

More West Nile virus

State health officials are reporting six new cases of West Nile Virus in Mississippi. The new cases are in Hinds, Madison, Rankin and Washington counties and bring the statewide total to 39 this year. Three deaths have been confirmed in Jasper, Jones and Pearl River counties.