Archives for December 2013

Former state senator dies

Funeral arrangements have been announced for a former state senator from Batesville. Charles Ray Nix died last Saturday at his home at the age of 82. Services for Nix are Saturday at 11 a.m. at Batesville Presbyterian Church. Burial will be in Batesville Magnolia Cemetery.

Musgrove’s new job

A former governor, lieutenant governor and state senator from Panola County has a new job. Ronnie Musgrove has been hired to work as a public policy scholar at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore.

Saturday storm damage

15 counties in the state are reporting damage from Saturday’s storms. Locally, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency says homes or mobile homes were damaged in Panola and Quitman counties. There was also damage in Lafayette County. The death toll remains at two, one each in Coahoma and Jasper counties, .

Ole Miss student funeral

The Ole Miss granduate student who was shot and killed last week was laid to rest Saturday afternoon in his hometown of Gulfport. Hundreds came out to the Pass Road Baptist Church to honor 25-year-old Zacharias Hercules McClendon. The three suspects accused of robbing and murdering McClendon at his duplex in Lafayette County are still behind bars after their bond was denied Thursday.

Preschool grants awarded

Two local groups are among 11 statewide awarded grant money from the Mississippi Board of Education to expand preschool classes for four-year-olds. The Tallahatchie Early Learning Alliance will receive 110-thousand dollars and the Sunflower County Early Learning Collaborative will get 82-thousand dollars.

Three arrested in murder

Three men are accused of killing a University of Mississippi graduate student. 25-year-old Zacharias Herculese McClendon of Gulfport was found dead with a single gunshot wound early Wednesday morning. The Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department has arrested 22-year-old Steven Matthew Wilbanks of North Carolina, 24-year-old Derick Boone of Laurel and 20-year-old Joseph Lyons of Texas. A sheriff’s investigator said the men robbed McClendon before shooting him. Wilbanks and Boone are also Ole Miss students; Lyons dropped out two years ago.

Murder-for-hire trial on hold

The man charged with plotting to have a Greenwood attorney killed and murder in the death of an alleged hit man is not going to trial anytime soon. In a ruling on Tuesday, a circuit judge ruled that 71-year-old Dr. Arnold Smith is unfit to stand trial, unable to understand the charges against him or assist in his defense. Smith was sent back to the Mississippi State Hospital at Whitfield. If he ever does go to trial, Smith’s defense attorneys have already indicated that they intend to plead innocent by reason of insanity.

Saving money and energy

The Grenada City Council has taken action that is expected to save the city more than four-million dollars and generate increased revenue over the next 15 years. According to the Grenada Star, the council accepted a bid from a construction company to replace all 82-hundred water meters and install energy-saving lighting in city buildings. The next step is approval from the Mississippi Development Authortiy, which would loan Grenada three million dollars for the work.

MHP office opening soon

Grenada residents might have less than one more month of having to go out of town to get their drivers licenses renewed. The Grenada Star reports the city’s new office for the Mississippi Highway Patrol is now expected to open sometime in January. The 15-hundred square foot building will be located beside the Grenada County Building on Fairground Street.

Expensive property insurance

Some of the most expensive property insurance in the country can be found in Mississippi. A new report from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners says Mississippi homeowners pay the fourth-highest property insurance rate, behind only Florida, Louisiana and Texas.