Archives for March 2015

Rebels post-season basketball

Ole Miss is a three-point underdog going into Thursday’s NCAA tournament game against Xavier. The Rebels and Musketeers tip it off in Jacksonville, Florida, at 3:10 p.m. Wednesday night at Oxford, the Ole Miss women’s basketball team opened up action in the 2015 WNIT with a 80-70 win over Tennessee-Martin.

Hazardous weather outlook

The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook for an area including Grenada, Leflore, Sunflower, Carroll, Montgomery and Webster counties. A flash flood watch is in effect until 7 o’clock tonight. Two to four inches of rainfall will be possible from several rounds of heavy rain. Because of already-saturated soils across the region, flash flooding will be a possibility. It is also possible that a line of storms will bring potentially damaging wind gusts and perhaps a tornado.

Latest health-care sign-up totals

More than 104-thousand Mississippians have signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. That’s according to the state Department of Health and Human Services, which says that 93 percent of Mississippi enrollees qualified for subsidies in the form of tax credits.

Local candidates disqualified

Four people seeking election to offices in Carroll County have been disqualified. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports that the county election commission took the action because of mistakes on election filing forms. Gladys Holmes Hodges, Travis “Bubba” DeLoach and Charles Mims were all independent candidates running for Carroll County supervisor seats; Bill Lord was an independent running for county coroner.

Murder trial jury seated

A jury was seated Monday for he trial of the man accused of killing gay Clarksdale mayoral candidate Marco McMillian two years ago. The trial of Lawrence Reed of Shelby is being held in Quitman County where McMillian was apparently killed. His suffocated, beaten and burned body was dumped in Coahoma County.

Plane crash investigation

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the cause of a deadly plane crash in Attala County. The single-engine aircraft plummeted nose first into the ground Sunday. Pilot Allen Ross and passenger Mark Deason, both of Kosciusko, died at the scene.

Mississippi’s economy worst

Mississippi comes out on the bottom of new rankings of states’ economies. “Business Insider” magazine ranks each of the 50 states on measurements including job growth, unemployment rate and average weekly wage. Mississippi’s economy was rated worst in the nation, followed by Maine and New Mexico.

Winter storm warning

The National Weather Service has an area including Grenada, Leflore, Sunflower, Carroll and Montgomery counties under a winter storm warning until noon today. The forecast calls for up to one inch of sleet and snow and ice accumulation of around a quarter inch. Hazardous driving conditions are likely with power outages possible. Wind chill readings could drop into the upper teens.

Greenwood gunman sought

A Greenwood man was shot and wounded in his front yard Sunday night and police are asking for the public’s help in locating the gunman. The victim, 36-year-old Marckettas Baker, flagged down an officer on Carrollton Avenue and said he’d been shot once in the hip. He described his assailant as a black male with braids in his hair, wearing overalls and a hoodie. Anyone with information on the shooter is asked to contact Greenwood police or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

Winter storm warning

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for an area including Grenada, Leflore, Sunflower, Carroll, and Montgomery counties. It will be in effect from 6 o’clock tonight through noon tomorrow. Ice accumulation of about one-quarter inch, plus another inch of sleet or snow, will be possible, resulting in hazardous driving conditions and the liklihood of power outages.