Archives for June 2016

Grenada festival continues

The First Grenada Heritage and Music Festival continues this evening at Downtown on the Square from 6 to 10 PM. The festival includes family friendly events focused on the rich culture, heritage, and music from the hills of Grenada. Tickets are 15 dollars in advance, 20 dollars at the gate.

Children’s Americana Parade

As the 4th of July holiday gets underway, the Children’s Americana Parade will take place at the Batesville Public Library today at 10:30 AM. The event is sponsored by the Batesville Junior Woman’s League.

Drug war death

Leflore County authorities say the shooting death of an Itta Bena man on Wednesday night was drug-related. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports that 22-year-old Dalvin Pacley was pronounced dead at Greenwood Leflore Hospital. Sheriff Ricky Banks said Pacley had been shot multiple times with a small-caliber handgun after two rival gangs argued about drugs and territorial rights. Authorities have in custody two males, ages 17 and 26.

Stars & Stripes Festival

You can start off Fourth of July weekend early with fireworks, live music, kids activities, a boat parade and more at Greenwood’s annual Stars and Stripes Festival. It gets underway at 6 o’clock tonight at the Greenwood Arboretum on the north-side riverfront between the Veterans and Keesler bridges.

Local star picks college

A product of South Panola high school has decided where he wants to play college football. Pass-rushing defensive tackle O’Bryan Goodson was choosing between Memphis and Southern Mississippi. At the Southern Elite Top 150 combine in Oxford, Goodson announced his choice: Memphis.

Hospital’s financial problems

Greenwood Leflore Hospital is having financial problems, losing three million dollars over the past eight months. Five employees have been laid off. On Monday, the hospital board held a closed-door meeting to talk about it. And the Leflore County Board of Supervisors wants hospital officials to meet with county officials.

Cell phone registry

On Friday, you will be able to register your cell phones on Mississippi’s do-not-call list. There is already a state registry for land lines. Registrations completed by July 31st will take effect on September 1st. Anybody getting unwanted telemarketer calls after that can file a complaint with the Public Service Commission.

Special session continues

The special legislative session enters its second day today. On Tuesday, the Senate passed a bill that gives Governor Phil Bryant the authority to dip into the state’s rainy day fund to cover a shortfall in fiscal year 2016. But the House was unable to muster the two-thirds majority needed, so they’ll be back at it today.

Teens arrested in shooting

Four teenagers have been arrested in connection with a shooting Friday night east of Greenwood near the Bishop Apartments. 16-year-old Jacobi Mallet, 17-year-old Marquelles Davis, 17-year-old Dakindreius Streater and 18-year-old Lajames Fane are all charged with aggravated assault. Leflore County Sheriff Ricky Banks said Mallet and Davis took turns shooting into a crowd of people. One shot hit a juvenile in the neck; the victim was in good condition Monday.

Hospital layoffs

Some employees of Greenwood Leflore Hospital are losing their jobs. The Greenwood Commonwealth quotes hospital administrator Jim Jackson as acknowledging their have been some layoffs and some positions have been eliminated. The hospital’s Board of Commissioners will hold a special meeting at 6 o’clock this evening to discuss options in the face of a three-million dollar loss in revenue over the last eight months.