Archives for February 2014

Ole Miss victorious

In college basketball at Oxford last night, Ole Miss snapped a four-game losing streak with a 79 to 67 victory over Alabama. Jarvis Summers scored 20 points for the Rebels, who are now 17 and 11 on the season and eight and seven in the SEC.

Viking bill passes house

The Mississippi House passed a bill Wednesday that would give the company that owns Viking Range 12 million dollars to help expand its kitchen appliance factory in Greenwood. State Representative Linda Whittington says the state’s money would be put up in return for a 20-million dollar investment in new equipment by Middleby Corporation. Viking Range would add 120 employees and maintain a workforce of 600 in exchange for an unspecified amount of money.

An unhappy state

A new Gallop Poll indicates Mississippians aren’t exactly the happiest in the nation. In fact, the Magnolia State ranks third from the bottom, according to Gallop Well-Being Index. Factors considered include residents’ personal relationships, economic stability, community, life outlook and physical health.

Grenada County blues marker

Grenada County’s influence on the blues and popular music was officially recognized on Monday. A marker on the Mississippi Blues Trail was unveiled in the Grenada Town Square.

Gas price update

Winter storms can be blamed for a rise in gas prices. Triple-A says the freezing weather bolstered demand for heating fuels which are derived from crude oil and tightened supplies, placing upward pressure on the price of oil. The statewide average for a gallon of regular is three-18, up three cents from last week. Gas-buddy-dot-com reports the price of regular in Grenada ranges from three-19 to three-25 a gallon.

Rebel football players sued

Seven members of the University of Mississippi football team are being sued over a fight at a frat party. The Ole Miss players are accused of being involved in a fight at the Kappa Alpha fraternity house in Oxford last year. One student had to be taken to the hospital.

No Medicaid expansion

Mississippi’s Medicaid program is not expanding, at least for now. The state House voted Thursday against an expansion based on new poverty level guidelines associated with the Affordable Care Act. It would have extended coverage to more than 200-thousand uninsured working poor in Mississippi.

Grenada County blues marker

Grenada County has a rich musical heritage and is the latest community in the state to be recognized with a marker on the Mississippi Blues Trail. The marker unveiling is scheduled for Monday at 3 p.m. at the Grenada Town Square. Speakers will include Dave Beardsley, co-founder of the National Blues Museum currently under development in St. Louis.

Meredith statue vandalized

The FBI is joining in the investigation of the vandalism of a bronze statue of civil rights icon James Meredith on the campus of Ole Miss, classifying it as a “hate crime.” A noose was played around the statue and it was draped with a Georgia flag. The university’s alumni association is offering a 25-thousand-dollar leading to the arrest of two adult male suspects who were heard shouting racial slurs when the incident occurred on Sunday morning.

Gas prices up again

Gasoline prices rose over the past week as maintenance of Gulf Coast refineries began. Triple-A says a change to a more expensive summer fuel blend and increased demand are also putting pressure on prices at the pump. Mississippi’s statewide average for a gallon of regular is three-14, six cents more than a week ago. In Grenada, gas-buddy-dot-com reports the price of regular ranges from three-07 to three-23 a gallon.