Archives for January 2014

Leflore fires collection service

The Leflore County Board of Supervisors has voted to fire the company it hired 14 months ago to collect fines for the justice court. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports that at least two supervisors complained that Judicial Correction Services’ policy of charging monthly fees to defendants who haven’t paid off their fines is an unfair double penalty. However, the board’s decision is not binding on the justice court, which refers defendants to the probation and collection service.

Murder conviction

A Courtland man convicted of capital murder this past week in Panola County will be sentenced next Thursday. A jury found Christopher Thomas guilty of the fatal shooting of Tovell Henderson last May. Thomas is facing both murder and armed robbery charges, as are two other men from Courtland, Ladaron Cortez Taylor and Quendravious Davonta Taylor. A Batesville man, Deshaun Montrell Alexander, has been indicted for helping the other three avoid arrest following the crime.

Rebels lose at Tennessee

In college basketball last night, Mississippi’s four-game winning streak came to an end in Knoxville as Tennessee knocked off the Rebels, 86 to 70. Marshall Henderson scored 26 points for Ole Miss despite being injured in the opening minute. The Rebels fell to 14 and six overall; five and two in the SEC.

Mississippi unemployment

Mississippi’s unemployment rate dropped in December, going from eight-point-three percent the month before to an even eight percent. The number of unemployed Mississippians fell by five-thousand. However, eight-thousand people dropped out of the labor force.

Acting chief accuses mayor

Acting Greenwood Police Chief Johnny Langdon went out with a blast. In his retirement speech at Tuesday’s city council meeting, Langdon accused Mayor Carolyn McAdams of being the Antichrist, as well as a liar and the Devil Incarnate. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports that Langdon, who was planning to step down at the end of the month, was asked to vacate his office Wednesday morning.

Hazardous weather outlook

For the third day in a row, the National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook for an area including Grenada, Leflore, Carroll, Webster and Sunflower counties. Continued dry conditions combining with gusty winds today will increase the fire danger, especially during the late morning and afternoon hours.

Fire danger

The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook for an area including Grenada, Leflore, Carroll, Montgomery, Sunflower and Webster counties. Dry conditions will continue this morning and the fire danger is again a concern, especially in the late morning and afternoon as relative humidity values drop near or below 30 percent.

Grant for Grenada Stamping

A local business has a chance to grow thanks to a grant. The Grenada Star reports Grenada Stamping got 200-thousand dollars from the Mississippi Development Authority’s Job Protection Grant program. The money will be used to refurbish a press that is vital to the manufacturing process.

Hazardous weather outlook

The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook for an area including Grenada, Leflore, Carroll, Montgomery, Webster and Sunflower counties. Northerly winds will increase to 15 to 25 miles an hour with higher gusts behind a cold front today. High winds combined with dry air will raise fire danger concerns, especially in the late morning and afternoon.

MVSU campus reopens

The Itta Bena campus of Mississippi Valley State University was reopened to students as of noon Monday. That followed a multi-agency search of the school’s nearly 20 buildings that turned up no sign of a bomb as was threatened in a letter received last week.