Archives for February 2012

IRS refunds

You or someone you know might have some money coming from Uncle Sam. According to the Internal Revenue Service, almost 10-thousand Mississippians who did not file 2008 tax returns are owed more than eight million dollars in refunds. The median potential refund is 591 dollars, but you have to file by the tax deadline of April 17th.

Parent FAFSA night

Tonight is Parent/FAFSA night at Vardaman High School. This is where parents can get help filling out the necessary paperwork to apply for financial aid for their college-bound children. Representatives from Northwest Mississippi Community College will be assisting. The event starts at 5 in the Vardaman career lab.

Burglary arrest

A Grenada County man is accused of several burglaries in Grenada and Calhoun counties. 24-year-old Justin Presnell was arrested last Thursday for stealing cars from an auto garage on County Road 102 last November. Since then, authorities have connected Presnell to five home burglaries in the Young’s Landing area where several TVs were stolen.

Grenada County Jail suicide

An inmate at the Grenada County Jail apparently committed suicide. According to Sheriff Alton Strider, security guards found 22-year-old Cordaria Ewing hanged in his cell just before 8 o’clock Monday night. Ewing was originally sentenced for aggravated assault and burglary and recently been on a release program with the Mississippi Department of Corrections. The incident is under investigation.

USDA consolidation hits Coffeeville

A Farm Service Agency office in Coffeeville is among 11 offices in Mississippi being consolidated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. More than 250 USDA offices nationwide are affected. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack notified Congress this week that he will proceed with the consolidations within 90 days.

Fatal truck collision

The 88-year-old driver of a pickup truck said he might have been having a heart attack Monday morning when his vehicle veered into the lane of an oncoming log truck on Highway 51 near the Tate/Panola County line. The log truck driver, Elton Jones of Oxford, was killed when his rig rolled off a bridge and into a creek below. The pickup driver was taken to a hospital in critical condition.

Boy found in pond

The body of a young Webster County boy who wandered away from his family Sunday afternoon has been found. Authorities say two-year-old Kye Mitchell drowned in a pond near his home in the Tomnolen community west of Eupora. An autopsy will be performed.

Voting discrepancy

Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann says 16 of Mississippi’s 82 counties have more registered voters than they have residents who are old enough to vote. Leading the way is Humphreys County, which has more than nine-thousand registered voters but less than 68-hundred residents who are 18 or older.

Peanut plant rumor

The chairman of the Greenwood-Leflore-Carroll Economic Development Foundation said last week that the Clint Williams peanut processing company, based in Oklahoma, would be opening facilities, including a shelling plant in Greenwood. But the Greenwood Commonwealth reports that an official with the Williams Company says any talk about a plant outside of Oklahoma is theoretical.

The Help wins Oscar

The Help, the movie filmed in Greenwood, took home as Oscar at last night’s Academy Awards. Octavia Spencer won Best Supporting Actress for her role as a courageous maid willing to disclose the prejudice she and others faced in the Deep South during the 1960s.