Archives for June 2014

Gas prices declining

Gasoline prices are beginning to decline as the 4th of July holiday weekend approaches. However, Triple-A says motorists are likely to find the highest gasoline prices for Independence Day since 2008 and up about 20 cents a gallon from last year. The current national average price for regular is three-68 a gallon, unchanged from last week. In Mississippi, the statewide average is three-45, down two cents. In Grenada, the price of regular ranges from three-47 to three-53 a gallon.

New Grenada basketball coach

Grenada High School has a new boys basketball coach. The Grenada School Board of Trustees hired Tarrus Metcalf last week. Metcalf is coming off five seasons as head boys coach at Coahoma County High School. He replaces Jaworski Rankin, who left Grenada to take a position at Aberdeen High School.

Cleaning up in Calhoun County

The Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office has been recognized for its trash collection efforts. According to the Calhoun County Journal, the sheriff’s office was awarded first place in District Two of the Mississippi Department of Transportation’s highway cleanup program. The sheriff’s office picked up the most trash, six-thousand-779 bags of it.

May unemployment rates

Unemployment was up in Mississippi last month, going from six-point-eight percent in April to eight percent in May. Local jobless rates include Grenada County at seven-point-seven percent, Carroll at seven-point-nine, Montgomery at nine-point-six, Tallahatchie at 10 and a half, Leflore at 12-point-one and Sunflower County unemployment was at 12-point-eight percent.

New gun range

A new gun range is coming to Lafayette County. According to the Oxford Eagle, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife Fisheries and Parks is planning to develop the range for local residents. The gun range is set to be located on 300 acres off County Road 309.

Cochran takes runoff

Republican Senator Thad Cochran will advance to Mississippi’s general election after a scare from a Tea Party challenger. Chris McDaniel narrowly beat Cochran in the June 3rd primary but didn’t get the necessary 50 percent of the vote to avoid Tuesday’s runoff, which Cochran won in another very close vote, getting 51 percent of the vote. Cochran is a 36-year Senate veteran and a strong favorite to defeat Democrat Travis Childers in November. But McDaniel didn’t concede Tuesday night and in a speech to supporters referenced “dozens of irregularities” in voting Tuesday and indicated he would challenge the results over Democrats voting in the Republican primary.

Favre senate endorsement

NFL legend and Mississippi native Brett Favre has made an endorsement in the state’s Republican U.S. Senate runoff. In a new political ad, Favre backs incumbent Thad Cochran.

Missisippi tops gun-death list

Mississippi has the second highest rate of gun deaths in the country. An analysis by the Washington-based Violence Policy Center is based on 2011, the most recent year for which data is available. Louisiana had the highest per capita gun death rate that year. The center says each state has extremely lax gun violence prevention laws and a higher rate of gun ownership.

Smith judge rejects recusal

For at least the third time, the judge in the murder-for-hire trial of Greenwood oncologist Dr. Arnold Smith has refused to step down from the case. That was the result of a hearing Tuesday. Circuit Judge Breland Hilburn rejected claims by Smith’s attorney that he is biased because he reinstated a capital murder charge against Smith.

Gas prices going up

You can expect to pay more at the pump because of violence in Iraq. Triple-A is forecasting increases of five to 10 cents a gallon. Iraq is OPEC’s second largest crude producer and there is concern that violence will spread to the main oil-producing areas in southern Iraq and threaten supplies. The current average price of a gallon of regular gas nationwide is three-66, up one cent from a month ago. The statewide average is unchanged at three-39. In Grenada, gas-buddy-dot-com reports the price of regular ranges from three-35 to three-38 a gallon.