Archives for September 2013

High school football

Under the Friday night lights, the four and oh Grenada Chargers will try to stay undefeated as they host DeSoto Central tonight. Meanwhile, the Kirk Academy Raiders, now one and four on the season, will be on the road in Cleveland to take on Bayou Academy.

Batesville businessman faces questions

The U.S. Department of Justice is looking into whether a Batesville businessman’s nurse-staffing company submitted false or fraudulent claims to federally-funded healthcare programs. Lee Garner’s attorney calls the questions about On-Call Staffing “nothing more than a witch hunt.” Last year, a judge threw out Garner’s conviction in connection with a kickback scheme involving Tri-Lakes Medical Center.

New state education superintendent

Mississippi has its first permanent female state superintendent of education. Carey Wright is founder and CEO of a Maryland consulting firm and a veteran of 36 years as an administrator and teacher. Until March, she was chief academic officer for District of Columbia public schools. Wright was one of five finalists interviewed on Tuesday. She will take over the Mississippi Department of Education on November 1st.

New business in Greenwood

A new business is coming to Greenwood. Coburn Supply Company of Beaumont, Texas, which sells plumbing heating and air conditioning equipment to contractors builders and retail customers, is advertising for workers on its website. According to the Greenwood Commonwealth, the Leflore County Board of Supervisors approved a resolution this week setting out the terms of a lease for a retail and distibution center. It will be lcoated in Greenwood-Leflore Industrial Park in a building that formally housed Balkamp Incorporated.

Aldon Smith being treated

An NFL player who hails from Greenwood has reportedly been admitted to an in-patient treatment facility for alcohol abuse. That’s according to ESPN. 23-year-old Aldon Smith, a linebacker with the San Francisco 49ers, was arrested in San Jose last Friday after police say his truck ran off the road and struck a tree. Smith underwent several field sobriety tests and authorities discovered marijuana and pills.

Fatal DUI crash guilty plea

The man charged with driving under the influence in a crash last October that killed two University of Mississippi students pleaded guilty Monday. A Lafayette County Circuit Judge sentenced John Howard Strickland Junoir to serve 12 years in jail with another 13 years suspended. Prosecutors said Strickland was under the influence of marijuana when the car he was driving crossed a median and struck a car head-on, killing the two siblings inside, John and Sarah Wheat.

Wreck kills NFL father

A man driving to see his son play in an NFL game was killed in a car accident near Grenada. According to a spokesman for the Arizona Cardinals, Thomas Williams was driving from Memphis to New Orleans to watch his son, Cardinals nose tackle Dan Williams, play against the Saints. The MHP says the crash happened Friday afternoon around 2 PM on I-55 South, three miles south of Grenada. Dan Williams’ mother and a sister were also in the car, but they survived.

Gas prices down again

Prices at the pump continue to go down as usual in September as demand weakens and supplies increase. That’s according to Triple-A, which says the statewide average price for regular is three-21, down five cents from a week ago. Gas-buddy-dot-com reports the price in Grenada ranges from three-07 to three-17 a gallon.

Grenada schools test well

Grenada County schools are getting a good report card from the state. According to the Grenada Star, the district earned a B rating, which puts it in the top 20 percent of districts statewide. When it comes to standardized tests, Grenada students scored 18 points higher than the state average. And 30 Grenada students got a perfect score on either the MCT2 or the Subject Areat Test.

High school football

Grenada is four and oh after a 41 to 6 victory at Ridgeland on Friday night. Next up for the Chargers: a trip to Southaven Friday night to take on DeSoto Central. Meanwhile, Kirk Academy dropped to one and four with a 48 to 13 loss at Pillow Academy. This Friday, the Raiders will travel to Bayou Academy in Cleveland.