Archives for August 2012

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.

Leflore prison deal

A private company from Utah wants to buy the closed-up Delta Correctional Facility in Greenwood to house federal prisoners. Leflore County officials say if the deal with Management and Training Corporation goes through, the company might also build the county a new jail. That’s because federal rules don’t allow local and federal inmates to be kept in the same facility.

High school football tongiht

The Kirk Academy football team hopes to go two and oh tonight. The Raiders rolled over West Memphis Christian, 35 to 7 at home last week. They’re on the road tonight, taking on Magnolia Heights at Senatobia. Grenada is off tonight; the Chargers will be hosting Kosciusko one week from tonight.

Plant deal still on

Southern Mississippi Electric Power Association confirmed on Thursday that it still plans to buy a natural gas power plant in Batesville. Southern Mississippi will pay a reported 286 million dollars and hopes to close the deal by December 31st. The deal is subject to approval by a federal bankruptcy judge because previous owner LSP Energy filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Ole Miss walk-ons

The Ole Miss football team had some good news late last week for seven former walk-ons: they’ve all been awarded scholarships for the 2012 season. The names were just released and include Terrell Brown, Chris Conley, Louis Covington, Kyle Horine, Josh Lancaster, Jack Nuismer and Robert Ratliff.

FBI consolidation

FBI operations in Northern Mississippi are being moved into one location. Offices in Greenville and Tupelo will be consolidated into Oxford. An FBI spokesperson said the consolidation will not reduce staffing in Mississippi.

July unemployment

Mississippi’s unemployment rate was nine-point-one percent in July, up from eight-point-eight percent in June. The rates were up in 71 of the state’s 82 counties, including Carroll County at nine-point-eight percent, Grenada 10-point-two, Yalabusha 10-point-eight, Panola 11-point-nine, Tallahatchie 11-point-nine, Montgomery 12-point-eight and Leflore County 13-point-eight percent.

West Nile virus spreads

The number of reported cases of the mosquito-borne West Nile virus in Mississippi has increased to 76. The state Department of Health says there are 17 new cases in 10 counties, including two cases in Sunflower County. Residents are advised to take precautions such as removing sources of standing water where mosquitoes breed.

Party school rankings

A new publication ranks Ole Miss among the top 20 party schools in the country. The 2013 edition of “The Best 377 Colleges” goes on sale today. It includes 62 ranking lists based on student surveys. The University of Mississippi came in 14th on the party-school list. West Virginia took the top spot.

Gas price update

Triple-A reports gas prices are up again. The statewide average for regular is now three-50 a gallon, up three cents from a week ago. According to gas-buddy-dot-com, the price of regular in Grenada ranges from three-52 to three-58 a gallon.