Archives for September 2014

Mississippi next-to-worst for teachers

A new study indicates Mississippi is one of the worst states for teachers. WalletHub analyzed the 50 states and the District of Columbia to determine the best teaching opportunities in the country and Mississippi came in at number 50 out of 51. Only North Carolina ranked lower. Mississippi also ranked 50th for worst school systems. Wyoming came in 1st as as the best place for teachers, followed by Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Massachusetts and Virginia.

Teens charged with robbery, assault

Seven teenagers spent the weekend in the Leflore County Jail after allegedly holding up a convenience store and assaulting an employee. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports it happened late Saturday night at Shell-Go on U.S. 82 West. Police say three of the suspects waited outside while the other four entered the store, where shots were fired from a .22 caliber handgun. They took an undisclosed amount of money from the cash register and hit the cashier with a rock or a brick. The teenagers, ranging in age from 14 to 18, were being charged as adults with armed robbery and aggravated assault and could face additional charges.

Gas prices level off

The steady decline in gasoline prices came to a halt in the past week, thanks to refinery outages in both Texas and Canada. That’s according to Triple-A, which points out that prices at the pump are still at a seven-month low and should continue trending downwards in the coming months. The national average for a gallon of regular is three-34, about the same as the week before. The statewide average in Mississippi is three-10 a gallon, up one cent. Gas-buddy-dot-com reports the price of regular in Grenada ranges from three-08 to three-12 a gallon.

County unemployment rates

The latest unemployment rates have been released by the Mississippi Department of Employment Security. In August, Grenada County unemployment was at 6.8 percent, Carroll at 7.0, Tallahatchie at 8.6, Yalabusha at 8.7, Montgomery at 9.4, Panola at 9.6 and Leflore County unemployment was at 11.8 percent.

Greenwood murder investigation continues

Greenwood police continue to investigate the city’s first homicide of 2014. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports that the victim was identified as 29-year-old Lakeyla Foreman Broom, who was apparently stabbed to death. It happened Sunday morning at Broom’s home on West President Avenue in North Greenwood. Also found in the house, tied up in a bedroom, was her husband, 32-year-old Edward Broom. There were no immediate arrests.

Gas prices still falling

Gasoline prices have fallen for seven weeks in a row. According to Triple-A, the nationwide average price of a gallon of regular gas fell six cents in the past week. A refinery switch from summer to cheaper winter-blend fuel and increased domestic oil production are keeping downward pressure on gas prices. In Mississippi, the statewide average for regular is three-09, down four cents. In Grenada, gas-buddy-dot-com shows the price of regular ranges from three-08 to three-12 a gallon.

Fugitive returned to Sunflower County

A fugitive wanted in an alleged Ponzi scheme arrived in Sunflower County this week. 52-year-old Gina Palasini was extradited from Palm Springs, California, where US Marshals arrested her last month. Federal investigators say Palasini orchestrated a massive con operation involving bad checks. She pleaded guilty to a felony false pretense charge last year. Palasini was out on bond and a court order to reimburse her victims from that case and never did.

Accident kills Bruce teen

A fatal accident on Mississippi Highway 32 took the life of a teenager from Bruce. The Mississippi Highway Patrol says the body of 15-year-old Britney Benett was found early Wednesday in her car, which had flipped upside-down about half a mile from County Road 151. Apparently, the night before, Benett’s car left the highway and overturned when she over-corrected her steering.

Governor vs same-sex divorce

Governor Phil Bryant is getting involved in the case of a woman who wants the state to recognize her same-sex marriage in order to grant a divorce. The state supreme court said Monday that it would hear the appeal by Lauren Czekala-Chatham. Bryant opposes the appeal and, on Tuesday, the justices approved the governor’s motion to intervene.

Airport agreement

The Greenwood City Council has joined the Leflore County Board of Supervisors in approving a new joint operating agreement for the Greenwood-Leflore Airport Board. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports that the agreement means that the Airport Board doesn’t have to wait for approval from the city and county to conduct routine business, including the approval of leases, contracts and repairs.