Archives for August 2012

High school football

In high school football tonight, Grenada hosts Kosciusko. The Chargers opened the season two weeks ago with a 28 to 22 loss at Oxford. Kirk Academy will entertain Leake Academy tonight. The Raiders are one and one on the season.

Tropical Storm Isaac

Isaac has weakened to a tropical storm as it moves inland over Louisiana but people all over Mississippi are still dealing with heavy rains and wind. The storm has already flooded homes and highways in low-lying areas and the rain is still falling in much of the Gulf Coast area. The center of Isaac is expected to move farther inland over Louisiana today and then move over southern Arkansas tonight or early Friday.

President Obama has declared federal emergencies in areas of Mississippi and Louisiana hit hard by Isaac. The orders cover 35 parishes in Louisiana and 34 counties in Mississippi and will speed up federal aid and recovery efforts.

The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook for an area including the counties of Grenada, Sunflower, Leflore, Carroll, Montgomery and Webster. As Isaac moves inland, expect locally heavy rains to gradually increase. The heavy rain might eventually result in at least a few ponding of water issues later today. And the potential for brief tornadoes will increase today.

Hazardous weather outlook

The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook for an area including the counties of Grenada, Leflore, Carroll, Montgomery, Webster and Sunflower. Rain bands associated with Hurricane Isaac will be pushing northwest into the region with gradually increasing frequency. The strongest squalls could contain wind gusts up to 30 or 40 miles an hour. There will also be a potential for brief tornadoes.

Isaac update

Tropical Storm Isaac continues to close in on the northern Gulf Coast. Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center say Isaac should become a hurricane today and approach the coast of Louisiana tonight or early tomorrow. A hurricane warning is up from east of Morgan City, Louisiana, to the Alabama-Florida border. As of 4 AM, Isaac was located about 205 miles south-southeast of Biloxi, Mississippi, moving northwest at 12 miles an hour with top winds of 70 miles an hour.

Hospital sale hearing

Greenwood and Leflore County are looking into the possibility of selling Greenwood Leflore Hospital. According to the Greenwood Commonwealth, a public hearing on the idea will be held September 13th at 5 PM at the Leflore County Civic Center.

Gas price update

Oil production in the Gulf was halted as Isaac threatened oil platforms. But prices at the pump were already going up again. The average statewide price for regular in Mississippi is three-54 a gallon, up six cents from last week. A check of gas-buddy-dot-com shows the price of regular in Grenada ranges from three-54 to three-59 a gallon.

More West Nile cases

The number of West Nile virus cases in Mississippi has climbed once again. State health officials report 10 new cases, which brings the total this year to 95 cases and two deaths, which occurred in Lincoln and Smith counties. They say it’s the largest number of cases reported at this time of year since 2002.

State of emergency

With Tropical Storm Isaac on the way, Mississippi is under a state of emergency. Governor Phil Bryant made that declaration last night as National Hurricane Center forecasters told state officials that tropical storm winds could begin along the Mississippi coast tonight and last into Wednesday. They say Isaac could come ashore as a hurricane Wednesday morning. That would be seven years to the day after Hurricane Katrina killed more than 200 people in Mississippi and caused billions of dollars in damage.

Greenwood soldier killed

A soldier from Greenwood has been killed in Afghanistan. The U.S. Army says 20-year-old Private First Class Patricia L. Horne died Friday in Bagram, Afghanistan. Horne was based at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

High school football

In Friday night high school football, Kirk Academy lost to Magnolia Heights at Senatobia, 49 to 20. The Raiders, now one and one, will host Leake Academy Friday night. The Grenada Chargers will be looking for their first victory Friday night as they entertain Kosciusko.