Archives for July 2013

Child-care fingerprinting

The state Department of Human Services is going to force child-care centers that get federally-subsidized vouchers to require finger print scans. DHS said the new system that will check kids in and out of the centers will start on October first and providers have until August 30th to register for the program and attend training.

Sales tax holiday begins

Just in time for a new school year, Mississippi’s sales tax holiday is underway. It began at 12:01 this morning and continues until 11:59 tomorrow night. During that period, shoppers in most places in the state can buy clothes and shoes without paying the seven-percent sales tax. While your total bill can exceed one-hundred-dollars, any single item you buy must be under one-hundred-dollars to be eligible. School supplies such as back packs and other items are not exempt.

Entergy scam warning

Entergy officials are warning Mississippi businesses and residential customers to be on the lookout for a scam. Con artists are calling people and telling them their bill is past due and they will cut off power within the hour unless the person pays up. The system the customer is told to use to pay the bill, Money Pak, is not authorized to take funds for Entergy.

Lafayette shooting range

Plans for a shooting range in Lafayette County off Mississippi Highway Seven have taken a step forward. According to the Oxford Eagle, the County Planning Commission voted three-two on Monday to send the proposal to the board of supervisors, which will next meet on August 5th.

Emmitt Till witness dies

A Greenwood native who was a key witness in the 1955 Emmitt Till trial has died. Willie Louis testified that he heard 14-year-old Emmitt screaming as he was lynched. Louis died in a suburb of Chicago, the city to which he fled from Mississippi after the trial. He was 76.

Backup QB won’t miss time

The backup quarterback for Ole Miss is not expected to miss any game time despite being charged with a crime. Barry Brunetti was cited for misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia on May 10th, following an auto accident that involved five current or former Rebel players. In a statement, Coach Hugh Freeze said “We addressed this incident internally.”

Sales tax holiday

Mississippi’s sales tax holiday is coming up this weekend. On Friday and Saturday, shoppers in most cities and towns across the state can buy clothing and shoes without paying the seven percent sales tax. Each individual item purchased must be under 100 dollars to be eligible. Backpacks and school supplies will not be tax-exempt.

Best colleges to work for

Four Mississippi schools have been named on a list of the “Great Colleges to Work For” for 2013. The Chronicle of Higher Education, the major national news source for college and university faculty and administrators, surveyed employee job satisfaction in 12 categories. Ranking high were Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Belhaven University and Mississippi University for Women.

Geeslin Corner break-in

Somebody broke into a hunting camp in Geeslin Corner last week. According to the Grenada Star, the sheriff’s office says items stolen from the Cedar Point Hunting Club included a Honda four-wheeler, a meat tenderizer valued at four-thousand dollars and various tools. There were no immediate suspects.

Food Pantry this Saturday

The Grenada Food Pantry will hold its monthly distribution this Saturday. The doors open at 8:00 a.m. and close at 10:30 a.m. If you wish to receive food, you must have the new blue card and bring a printout or stub showing proof of your income and proof of your residence in Grenada County. The Food Pantry is located by the police department and City Auditorium.