Archives for August 2014

Latest gas prices

Many Mississippians will be hitting the road this Labor Day weekend. Here’s a check on gas prices: statewide, Triple-A says the average price for regular today is three-19 a gallon, unchanged from a week ago. In Grenada, gas-buddy-dot-com says the price of regular ranges from three-17 to three-21 a gallon.

Teen charged with shooting boy

Greenwood police have charged a teenager in connection with the shooting of a four-year-old boy. According to the Greenwood Commonwealth, the victim, Dwayne Davis Junior, is listed in good condition at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Police say the child was sitting outside his home at a Main Street apartment complex when he was hit by a stray bullet late Saturday night. 14-year-old Toris Jackson Junior of Greenwood is accused of aggravated assault.

Gas prices still dropping

Motorists preparing for a Labor Day road trip will likely see the cheapest gas prices for the holiday since 2010. According to Triple-A, oil and gasoline prices slipped again in the past week and that decline is likely to continue into Labor Day. The auto club projects that 29-point-seven million Americans will take a road trip for the holiday weekend. The current national average price for a gallon of regular is three-44, down two cents from a week ago. In Mississippi, the statewide average is three-21, down one cent. In Grenada, gas-buddy-dot-com says the price of regular is averaging around three-18 a gallon.

Cochran says challenge too late

State Senator Chris McDaniel has filed a lawsuit challenging the results of the June 24th Republican U.S. Senate runoff, but attorneys for incumbent Thad Cochran say it’s too late. They cited a state Supreme Court ruling fom 1959 that a challenge to a statewide election must be filed within 20 days of the results being certified. The attorneys also say Cochran should not be the target of the lawsuit because he did not conduct the election.

Election challenge trial set

The Chris McDaniel election challenge trial will begin September 15th in Jones County. That’s the order filed Thursday by the presiding judge, Hollis McGehee. The trial seeks a legal ruling on whether incumbent Thad Cochran actually defeated McDaniel the June 24th Republican runoff for the U.S. Senate.

Ole Miss WR arrested

An Ole Miss freshman wide receiver from Greenwood was arrested by the Oxford Police Department on Friday night. Sammie Epps was charged with driving without a license and possession of marijuana. Epps was booked into the Lafayette County Detention Center and released on bail Saturday morning. He was at Rebels practice on Monday; Tuesday’s practice was closed. In a statement, Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze said–quote–“we are aware of the matter and will address it once we have gathered more facts.”

Fatal Panola County crash

A woman from Houston, Texas was killed Monday night in a two-car accident in Panola County. It happened at Highway 51 and Hentz Road. The county coroner said that 30-year-old Lataria Robinson was on her way to Courtland to pick up her son. The other vehicle was driven by a Panola County deputy sheriff, whose name and extent of injuries were not immediately released.

MS ACT scores up

Some good news and bad news for Mississippi’s high school graduates. Their ACT scores were up slightly in 2014, with the average score going from 18-point-nine to 19. However, that is still well below the national average. The ACT says only 12 percent of Mississippi students were ready for college courses in English, math, reading and science.

Family reading program

A reading program for families is coming to the Itta Bena Public Library. According to the Greenwood Commonwealth, Family Reading Bonds is a six-week literacy and storytelling program sponsored by the Mississippi Council for the Humanities. It gets underway September 15th. Space is limited and applications are available at the library, the Itta Bena Head Start Center and Leflore County Elementary.

Governor is grandfather

Mississippi’s governor is a new grandfather. Phil Bryant’s daughter gave birth to his first grandchild, Henry Stephen Snell, Monday evening. According to a Facebook post by Bryant, mother and baby are doing well, and Henry weighs seven pounds, 10 ounces. The governor and his wife said—quote–“To see God’s greatest gift on earth given to your children is the best a parent can ask for in this life.”