Archives for August 2015

Authorities find missing ATM machine

A stolen ATM has resurfaced.

The Leflore County sheriff says it has reappeared, but he has not explained where.

Someone stole the machine from Planters Bank & Trust on Medallion Drive in Greenwood last weekend.

The investigation into its theft continues.

The FBI continues helping police with the case.

Barr sues city and officers

Jelani Barr has sued Greenwood.

He has also sued former Lt. Randy Powell and Sgt. Hoskins in the police department.

Barr has accused them of illegally arresting him in April.

He wants a jury trial and unspecified damages for what he calls physical and emotional pain and suffering.

Additionally, Barr wants restitution for legal fees.

The arrest happened as he shot video of a traffic stop near Bowie Lane and Carrollton Avenue.

A judge has dismissed charges against Barr.

Crowd gathers in Money for Till anniversary

A crowd gathered on Friday night to observe the 60th anniversary of Emmett Till’s death.

The Greenwood Commonwealth counted over 50 people there.

The crowd also assembled to deal with the death’s modern signficance.

Most of the crowd came from Devery Anderson’s discussion and book signing at Turnrow Book in Greenwood.

Anderson wrote “Emmett Till: The Murder that Shocked the World and Propelled the Civil Rights Movement.”

Fincher funeral today

The funeral takes place today for Greenwood businessman Gene Fincher.

Fincher died Wednesday following a brief illness.

Wilson & Knight Funeral Home hosts visitation at 12:30 and services at 2 o’clock.

Gray speaks in Greenwood

Gubernatorial candidate Robert Gray has addressed the Greenwood Voters League, but he has not offered that much information on his platform.

The Greenwood Commonwealth reports Gray has only spoken for four minutes.

He has simply made general statements supporting public education, job creation, and health care.

Greenwood city council ready to adopt budget

Greenwood may adopt the city budget on Tuesday.

No one has spoken in favor or against it at a public hearing this week.

The budget does not include a tax increase.

If the city council approves the budget, then it would begin in October.

The state has a Sept. 15 deadline.

Grenada Co. unemployment rate lower than state average

The department of employment security has released new jobless figures.

Grenada County’s unemployment rate sits at 6.3 percent.

Carroll County comes in at 8.2 percent.

In Leflore County, that number stands at 12.2 percent.

Statewide, the unemployment rate comes out to 6.9 percent.

Nationally, the jobless rate computes to 5.6 percent.

Fire departments receiving honors before football game

Fire departments that responded to last month’s fire at Batesville Elementary receive recognition tomorrow night.

This happens during South Panola’s football game against Meridian.

The fire destroyed the kindergarten wing.

The game at South Panola starts at 7 o’clock.

NAACP puts focus on school funding

The Leflore County branch of the NAACP says schools need proper funding.

It has requested people pass Initiative 42, which would mean full funding for public education statewide.

The legislature has offered Initiative 42-A as an alternative. This plan would forbid people from suing the state should funding fall short.

Either idea must earn a majority of total votes in November, and that majority must equal at least 40 percent of the votes cast in the election.

Job fair today at Leflore County Civic Center

The Leflore County Civic Center hosts a job fair today.

The Greenwood Leflore Area Job Fair runs from 9 to 1.

Dozens of employers and community partners plan on participating.

Institutions of higher learning also intend to appear to discuss their educational offerings.

If you show up, then prepare to interview. Some companies plan on interviewing people at today’s job fair.

Additionally, the WIN Job Center has a mobile unit on site to help prepare resumes.