Archives for March 2012

Anti-abortion bills protested

About four dozen people carried signs at the state capitol Thursday with slogans such as “Politicians are not doctors.” They were demonstrating against two proposed anti-abortion measures. One requires anyone performing an abortion to be a certified OB-GYN and have admitting privileges to a local hospital.
The other prohibits abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detectable, unless the woman’s health is at risk.

New U.S. marshal

The northern half of Mississippi has a new U.S. marshal. On Thursday, the U.S. Senate confirmed Dennis Erby, who had been nominated by the White House last May. Erby spent most of his law enforcement career with the Mississippi Highway Patrol, retiring as a lieutenant.

Sexual harassment award

A Vardaman woman has won a 100-thousand dollar federal jury verdict for her sexual harassment claim against her employer and supervisor. Toni Dauzat Taylor of Vardaman was employed at Collums Furniture Manufacturing of Houlka. Taylor had claimed that in 2009, her supervisor sexually harassed her, touched her body and offered her money and/or drugs in exchange for sex.

Mississippi most religious

If you are headed to church this week, you are likely not alone. A new Gallup poll shows that Mississippi is the most religious state in the nation and is one of eight states where at least half of the residents call themselves “very religious.” The poll shows eight of the ten most religious states are in the South. The least religious states are Vermont and New Hampshire.

New Ole Miss coach

Ole Miss officially introduced it’s new women’s basketball coach on Wednesday. Adrian Wiggins comes to the Rebels from Fresno State, where his teams made five straight appearances in the NCAA tournament. Wiggins replaces Renee Ladner, who announced earlier this month that she was stepping down as head coach.

Grenada election deadlines

A couple of deadlines to remember regarding the May 7th Grenada city election. You have until Friday, April 6th to register at the Grenada County Circuit Clerk’s office. And absentee ballots must be returned or postmarked by May 5th.

Stronger beer bill passes

The sale of stronger beer in Mississippi would be allowed under a measure that has passed the state legislature. The house gave its approval Tuesday; the Senate okayed it earlier this month. However, Governor Phil Bryant is not saying whether he will sign the bill, which would permit the amount of alcohol by weight in beer to be raised from five percent to eight percent.

Catfish Run Car Show

A Panola County car show that’s usually held in July has been moved up this year to take advantage of cooler weather. The Mississippi Delta Street Rods present the Catfish Run Car Show, opening this Friday at the Factory Stores of Batesville. It will move to Sardis Lake’s Cypress Point recreational area on Saturday. All vehicles are 1948 models and older. Admission is free.

Gas prices

According to Triple-A, the national average price of a gallon of regular gas is just over a dime away from four dollars. It’s currently three dollars-89 cents a gallon, up six cents from a week ago. The statewide average price in Mississippi is three-70 a gallon, an increase of seven cents from last week. A check of gas-buddy-dot-com finds the price of a gallon of regular gas in Grenada ranging from three-67 to three-79.

Out-of-state tuition bill

State universities would have the chance to waive tuition for out-of-state students under a bill being sent to Governor Phil Bryant. According to Terry Burton, chairman of the state Senate University and Colleges Committee, some universities in nearby states already do that for Mississippi residents. Burton says the change could encourage people to earn their degrees in Mississippi and possibly stay here to work.