Archives for April 2012

Gas prices

Triple-A reports that gas prices continue to fall. In the past week, the statewide average price for a gallon of regular dropped another six cents to three-68. According to gas-buddy-dot-com, the price of regular gas in Grenada ranges from three-65 to three-69 a gallon.

Grenada shooting

Grenada police are investigating an apparent murder and attempted suicide. 32-year-old Nathan Myers allegedly shot and killed his girlfriend, 33-year-old Dena Lashea Mason, Wednesday night at her family’s home. Myers was found underneath the house with a gunshot wound to the head and was taken to a hospital in Memphis.

Greenwood shootout

A shootout in a Greenwood attorney’s office Saturday night left an alleged hit man dead and two others wounded. Police say attorney Lee Abraham was talking to agents from the attorney general’s office about a murder plot against him when two men came into his office. The agents shot and killed 23-year-old Keaira Byrd and wounded his alleged accomplice. One of the agents was also injured.

Inmate death investigation

An inmate from Bruce died at the Walnut Grove Youth Correctional Facility and Mississippi corrections officials are investigating. The body of 21-year-old Dario Moore was found Monday. Moore was apparently the victim of a suicide. He was serving 10 years for sexual battery and burglary in Calhoun County.

Congressional debate deal denied

Contrary to earlier reports, there apparently is no deal for a debate between incumbent Democratic Congressman Bennie Thompson and Republican challenger Bill Marcy. That’s according to Thompson’s chief of staff Lanier Avant. In 2010, Thompson defeated Marcy, winning re-election in the 2nd District with 61 percent of the vote.

House passes redistricting plan

The Mississippi House on Thursday passed a redistricting plan drawn up by Republicans that would force five pairs of incumbent representatives to face each other for re-election. That includes Democrats Kevin Horan of Grenada and Linda Whittington of Slaughter going up against each other and Democrat Robert Huddleston of Sumner facing Republican Tommy Taylor of Boyle.

Bryant abortion comments

Governor Phil Bryant has strong words for those who oppose a law he recently signed that restricts abortion. Speaking on an Internet talk show, Bryant characterized the opponents as members of “the left” and said, “their one mission in life is to abort children, is to kill children in the womb.”

MS Hall of Famer dies

Friends and family are mourning the death of former Southern Miss athletic director Roland Dale. Dale served as assistant coach at Ole Miss and two years as the head coach at Southeastern Louisiana before becoming AD at Southern Miss in 1974. Dale was in the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Ole Miss Sports Hall of fame. He was 84.

Mississippi not so peaceful

Mississippi is not a very peaceful place. According to the U.S. Peace Index, Mississippi comes in at number 41 out of 50 states when it comes to peaceful states. The survey took into account issues such as economic opportunity, education and health. Coming in number one on the list as the most peaceful state is Maine while Louisiana ranked as least peaceful.

Free vaccines

A reminder for parents who want to get their children vaccinated: as part of National Infant Immunization Week, county health departments across the state are offering free vaccinations. Shots are offered all week to anyone 18 and younger. You can find out more at m-s-d-h-dot-m-s-dot-gov.