Archives for November 2012

Bryant on teen pregnancy

Even though Mississippi already has a statutory rape law, Governor Phil Bryant says he will support legislation that requires the prosecution of adult males who impregnate teenage girls. Speaking at a forum this week on reducing the state’s teenage pregnancy rate, Bryant said he believes most teenagers know about contraception, but don’t care enough to use it.

Oxford break-in arrests

Three men are each charged with six counts of burglary in connection with a series of break-ins in Lafayette County. Oxford police say a search at 145 Twin Gates Drive turned up items believed to have been stolen from several locations in Oxford and elsewhere in the county. Arrested are 25-year-old Emmanuel Wallace of Memphis, 22-year-old Jerry Johnson of Coldwater and 24-year-old Lamarcus Ezell of Vardaman.

Fatal wreck

A Sunflower County resident died Sunday morning when her vehicle flipped on the Bolivar/Sunflower line on Drew-Merigold Road. 65-year-old Linda Bright of Drew was westbound trying to pass another vehicle when she apparently lost control of her car.

Hunting arrest

A Sidon man is charged with 30 counts of violating federal hunting laws in north Mississippi. 73-year-old Pass Taylor Junior allegedly led hunts into wildlife refuges, including a waterfowl sanctuary in Leflore County. Taylor is also accused of baiting dove fields, exceeding game limits and failing to report game kills.

West Nile virus

Even though the weather is cooling off, state health officials say the mosquito-borne West Nile virus can still occur in the late fall and winter. In fact, the health department is reporting two new human cases of the virus, this time in Wayne and Perry counties. That brings the total cases of West Nile virus in Mississippi this year to 244, the most ever in single year. The number of deaths remains at five.

Runoff elections

Runoff elections were held on Tuesday and, in Calhoun County, Romona Tillman of Pittsboro is the unofficial winner for Chancery Clerk. Tillman received 23-hundred-four votes to one-thousand-40 for Susanne Wade. As of late Tuesday, David Parker and Bill Kinkade were leading their opponents in north Mississippi legislative runoff elections.

Acting MVSU president

There’s a new man in charge at Mississippi Valley State University–at least, for now. The state College Board has named Alfred Rankins Jr. acting president. Rankins was on the campus in Itta Bena Tuesday, meeting with students, faculty and staff. He’ll serve until a successor to outgoing president Donna Oliver is found.

Bridge for sale

The state DOT is offering the Mississippi Highway 7 Tallahatchie River Steel Truss Bridge in Lafayette County to the public for relocation, preservation, and maintenance. Built in 1953, the three-span structure has been determined eligible for the National Register of Historic Places.

Holiday fatalities

The Mississippi Highway Patrol investigated two fatal accidents over the Wednesday through Sunday Thanksgiving Holiday. One of them occurred in the Greenwood district, but details were not immediately available. The Bateville troop recorded 40 DUIs over the weekend with Greenwood’s 31 being next-highest.

Gas price update

Tensions in the Middle East are blamed for a jump in retail gas prices just before the Thanksgiving holiday but Triple-A says prices will resume their downward trend following a cease-fire agreement between Israel and Hamas. The current price of regular gas in Mississippi is three-18, up one cent from a week ago. According to gas-buddy-dot-com, the price in Grenada ranges from three-11 to three-39.