Archives for July 2016

Dollar General buys Walmarts

Dollar General has purchased 41 former Walmart Express locations across 11 states and one of them is in Sardis. The company plans to relocate an existing Dollar General store at the property on East Lee Street. It will have a fresh and larger store layout and more offerings, including fresh meat and produce.

Military contract awarded

A Greenwood construction company has won a nine and a half million dollar contract from the Pentagon. R.C. Construction will be expanding the tanker apron at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in North Carolina. The project is scheduled for completion in October 2017.

Grenada star names colleges

A 2017 four-star football recruit from Grenada has cut his list of prospective colleges down to five. Safety C.J. Avery announced Friday that the list now includes Clemson, Florida State, Louisville, Mississippi State and Ole Miss. As a junior at Grenada High School last season, Avery had 69 total tackles, five for a loss, and five interceptions.

June unemployment figures

The unemployment rate in Grenada County went up last month by half a percent. It was at five-point-six percent in May; six-point-one percent in June. Other county unemployment rates include Calhoun, six-point-five percent; Lafayette, six-point-seven percent; Tallahatchie, seven percent; Yalobusha, seven-point-one; Montgomery, seven-point-two; Panola, eight-point-two; Carroll, eight-point-four percent; Sunflower, 10-point-two and Leflore 10-point-four percent unemployment.

No Call Registry

Mississippi cellphone users, aggravated by calls from telemarketing companies, are taking action. More than 62-thousand have signed up for the Mississippi No Call Registry for cellphones in less than a month. The state Public Service Commission began registering cellphones on July 1st. You can sign up online at psc-dot-state-dot-ms-dot-us.

Murder case help sought

Grenada police are asking for the public’s help in finding those responsible for the city’s fourth homicide of the year. 23-year-old Demarcus Cousins was shot in the head multiple times as he sat in his duplex on Adams Street last week.

New Batesville street lights

New, decorative street light fixtures are coming to Batesville. The Panolian reports that Batesville aldermen voted to authorize Tallahatchie Valley Electric Power Association to add the light fixtures on Eureka Street between Highway 6 and the Square and on Panola Avenue from the Square past the First Methodist Church.

Rebels recruit jailed

A four-star University of Mississippi football recruit spent Monday night in jail. 18-year-old Charles Wiley, a true freshman defensive end, was arrested on a domestic violence charge. A 21-year-old female was also arrested at the same time on the same charge. In a statement, Rebels head coach Hugh Freeze said Charles is being withheld from team activities while the process moves forward.

Greenwood plant opening

A ribbon-cutting is scheduled for four o’clock this afternoon to officially open the new wastewater treatment plant in Greenwood. The ceremony will be held inside the plant’s offices and will include remarks by U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, among others. The new plant took more than five years and some 33-million dollars to build.

Two new MS Zika cases

Two new cases of the Zika virus have shown up in Mississippi, which brings the total number of Zika cases found in the state this year up to 11. The Mississippi Department of Health says both patients had recently traveled to the Caribbean. An Oktibbeha County resident had visited St. Lucia, and a resident of Neshoba County had gone to Jamaica.