Archives for November 2015

Flash flood watch through this morning

A flash flood watch continues through this morning.

Showers and thunderstorms continue into today, and some of them contain very heavy rainfall.

The National Weather Service predicts rainfall amounts between two and four inches in most cases, although some places may receive more.

The rain may make some roads impassable. Remember to turn around and don’t drown.

Greenwood man accused in shooting

Authorities have charged a Greenwood man with attempted aggravated assault.

They have accused 21-year-old Jamie Jones of shooting a vehicle on Roosevelt Avenue last month.

Jones went to the county jail on $5,000 bond.

AgFest today in LeFlore Co.

The third annual AgFest takes place today at the Leflore County Civic Center.

It begins at 5:30 with a catfish dinner.

The event honors Justin Jefcoat as Young Farmer of the Year, and it offers Gary Jackson from MSU Extension as its keynote speaker.

An Ag Expo includes farm equipment and booths from exhibitors.

AgFest has brought back the Kids Corner for this year. Magnolia Drive provides live music.

Perkins sues Littleton over defamation

Willie Perkins, Sr. has sued fellow Greenwood attorney James Littleton III.

The Greenwood Commonwealth reports Perkins has accused Littleton of defaming him in a radio ad and on social medial leading up to last year’s election.

Perkins claims Littleton falsely accused him of working with Littleton’s family to go public with their dispute over the estate of Littleton’s father.

Two men killed in crash near Itta Bena

A two-vehicle crash near Itta Bena killed two men Friday.

The coroner has identified the deceased as 60-year-old Robert Chandler of Greenwood and 31-year-old Eddie McKinney of Itta Bena.

She says they died when Chandler’s vehicle collided with another.

Chandler and McKinney rode in the same vehicle. They died at the scene.

The highway patrol says Chandler tried turning from Route 82 westbound to Highway 7 southbound.

The other vehicle headed eastbound on 82 when the collision happened.

The coroner has identified the other driver as 35-year-old Shakelia Robinson of Greenwood. She went to Greenwood Leflore Hospital with moderate injuries.

Final touches happening prior to Polar Express

People may notice more activity in Batesville as preparations continue for the Polar Express.

The Panolian reports the Batesville Garden Club and Lehmar Roberts Paving have contributed to the scene at Batesville Square.

The Polar Express begins running out of town on Friday.

Middleby reports drops in earnings and sales

The parent company for Viking Range has reported drops in earnings and sales.

Middleby shows net earnings of $49 million for this quarter, down from $60 million the same time last year.

Sales in Middleby’s residential kitchen equipment group have dropped 18 percent.

The CEO has blamed product changes and a recall for the drops.

Special Olympics roller skating meet today in Sardis

Skatetasia Skating Center in Sardis holds a Special Olympics roller skating meet today at 9 o’clock.

The meet includes between 75 and 125 athletes from Grenada, Panola, Tallahatchie, Yalobusha, Calhoun, and Lafayette counties.

They compete in the 50- and 100-meter races, as well as the scooterboard.

Panola Habitat receives donation from banks

Banks have come together to donate $24,000 to Panola Habitat for Humanity.

The money allows the group to hire additional fundraising staff.

Habitat president Connie Hawkins says the grant has arrived at just the right time.

She claims that without this money, Panola Habitat would have had to merge with an affiliate in another place.

Mississippi among least-visited states

Thrillist has ranked Mississippi among America’s 12 least-visited states.

However, it says people may miss out on 26 miles of white sand beaches and casinos.