Archives for October 2014

Highway 6 drug bust

A man and woman from California are jailed in Oxford following a traffic stop on Highway 6 that led to the seizure of drugs. Able Ruiz Jr. and Joanna Orona were taken into custody Thursday after a Jack, the Oxford police drug dog, alerted officers to the presence of 28 pounds of marijuana and a small quantity of cocaine hidden in several areas of the couple’s vehicle. Ruiz and Orona are each charged with trafficking and possession and being held on 50-thousand dollars bond.

Fired official claims bullying

A high-ranking official of the Greenwood School District claims she is a victim of workplace bullying and harassment. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports that Mary Brown has been dismissed from her position as assistant superintendent for academic education. Brown says she was fired for testifying last spring regarding allegations that Superintendent Montrell Greene attempted to intimidate and coerce witnesses in a nonrenewal hearing.

The governor’s good news

Governor Phil Bryant has positive news regarding economic development in Mississippi. Speaking Tuesday at the University of Southern Mississippi, Bryant said that, for the first time, the state has a gross domestic product of more than 100-billion-dollars. He says Mississippi ranks second internationally for oil and gas development and fifth nationally for women who own growing businesses.

Greenwood awaits auditors

It was back in July that an audit by the Mississippi Department of Education criticized the Greenwood School District for failing to comply with state accreditation standards. The district was given until October 15th to correct the problems and a follow-up audit was ordered. However, the Greenwood Commonwealth says that, as of Monday, no auditors had shown up.

Missing Grenada teen found

A Grenada teenager reported missing Sunday night is apparently okay. Police say 15-year-old Kristen Holloway was found Monday afternoon in Walthall County. They say the vehicle Holloway was driving, a 2008 Chrysler 300, was discovered in Lincoln County. No other details were released.

Batesville on MEC schedule

The Mississippi Economic Council is kicking off a series of Regional Round-Up meetings that will include a stop in Panola County. The MEC will be discussing opportunities for each community and region to help grow the state’s economic competitivenes. A meeting is scheduled in Batesville on November 14th.

Manning takes leave of absence

Ole Miss legend Archie Manning is taking a leave of absence from the College Football Playoff committee for the rest of this season. Manning is scheduled to undergo surgery next month to help relieve discomfort he’s experiencing while walking and moving around and will be unable to travel to the committee’s meetings.

Greenwood oil mill might shut down

Greenwood Mayor Carolyn McAdams is among those trying to keep the city’s Delta Oil Mill open. That’s according to the Greenwood Commonwealth. The company has oil mills in Greenwood and Jonestown and Delta Oil Mill president and general manager Scott Middleton says that one of them might soon be shut down because of a downturn in cotton planting. The Greenwood plant employs 30 workers.

Road signs to honor vet

Road signs will soon be going up in honor of a former Oxford police office and veteran who gave his life for his country. Army 1st Lieutenant Donald Carwile, who was 29, was killed in the line of duty in 2008 in Afghanistan. The Lafayette County supervisors recently approved the location of two memorial signs on College Hill Road, on which Carwile’s widow and two daughters live. There will be a ceremony when the signs are ready to go up.

Ebola response plan expanded

The University of Mississippi Medical Center has expanded its plan for responding to Ebola. According to “The Clarion-Ledger,” the Ebola policy, which was four pages long, is now 11 pages with each department contributing. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been providing the hospital with more information about the potentially- deadly virus.