Archives for November 2013

Hazardous weather outlook

The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook for an area including Grenada, Sunflower and Leflore counties. Rainfall will continue into the afternoon and then a changeover from a rain and snow mix and then all snow is possible tonight into tomorrow morning. Temperatures will drop Wednesday through Friday with lows in the teens and a very hard freeze.

Voter ID next year

Mississippi voters will have o start showing ID next June during party primaries. That’s according to Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, who says the state will start issuing voter ID cards early next year to any voter who doesn’t have a driver’s license or other government-issued photo ID.


Oxford water rate hike

Residents of the city of Oxford could soon be paying higher water and sewer rates. A public hearing will be held next Monday on a proposed five percent increase. The Oxford Eagle reports the money is needed to pay for a new water plant and water tank and the replacement of a seven-mile sewer line to the wastewater treatment plant off Highway Seven South.

Entergy Qualified Site

The Grenada Interstate Business and Technology Park South has been designated as an “Entergy Qualified Site.” According to Entergy Mississippi, that means the proper due diligence has been completed to give prospective companies an accurate assessment of the property, developmental costs and the timeline for a new facility to be constructed. The park is located on Highway 51 near Interstate 55.

Gas prices up

Just ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, Triple-A reports that gas prices in the southeast have risen as production problems at refineries in Louisiana and Texas cut supplies to the Gulf Coast. Statewide, the average price for a gallon of regular gas is three-13, up 11 cents from a week ago. According to gas-buddy-dot-com, the price of regular in Grenada ranges from three-14 to three-19 a gallon.

South Panola advances

South Panola High School will be at Tupelo this Friday to take on the Golden Wave for the Class A North State Championship. The Tigers advanced with a 20 to 6 win over visiting Starkville on Friday, while Tupelo won at Madison Central, 27 to 15.

Leflore student shooting arrest

A student at Mississippi Valley State University has been arrested for last week’s shooting of a Leflore County High School student following a basketball game. According to the Greenwood Commonwealth, 19-year-old Tyler Course of Greenwood is charged with aggravated assault with a dealy weapon and possession of a weapon on school property. The 17-year-old victim was expected to recover.

Greenwood tax abatement

Developers could get a tax break from the city of Greenwood to encourage them to make improvements on their property. According to the Greenwood Commonwealth, the city council is considering a tax abatement program and could vote on it at next month’s meeting.

Universities hike tuition

The cost of higher education in Mississippi is going to get higher. On Thursday, the College Board gave five of the state’s eight public universities the approval to raise tuition for the next two years. It’s going up by five percent or more at Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Southern Miss and by around three percent at Alcorn State and Jackson State.

Sanders marker back up

It was knocked down twice, but thanks to creative repairs, a historical marker honoring the life of Captain Viola Brown Sanders is back on the Greenwood street that bears her name. Sanders retired in 1966 as the highest-ranking female officer in the U.S. Navy. She came back to Leflore County and eventually moved to Greenwood before passing away this past April at the age of 92.