Archives for December 2016

Football Coach Honored

A local high school football coach has been recognized for a decade of service. Lance Pogue has headed up the football program at South Panola for 10 years. On Tuesday, Pogue was presented with a proclamation by Batesville Mayor Jerry Autrey.

Hospital Passes Audit

Greenwood Leflore Hospital is getting a clean bill of financial health. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports that an annual audit by a Jackson accounting firm turned up no problems. The report was presented at Tuesday’s Board of Commissioners meeting.

Hot Car Death Trial Set

The Grenada man accused of leaving his baby in a hot car will go on trial next month. A trial date of January 30th has been set for the case to be heard in Grenada County Court. Joshua Blunt is charged with manslaughter in the May death of his daughter, 8-month-old Shania Caradine. Blunt is accused of leaving the infant in his car while he went to work.

Longtime Greenwood Attorney Dies

The attorney who founded what would become Upshaw, Williams, Biggers and Beckham, the largest law firm in Greenwood, died Sunday. James Edwin “Jim” Upshaw was 85 when he passed away at Riverview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports that graveside services for Upshaw will be held next Tuesday at Waynesboro Cemetery.

Trump Gets MS Votes

After getting 58 percent of the popular vote in Mississippi, Republican Donald Trump has received all six of the state’s votes in the Electoral College. Electors met Monday in Jackson and at state capitols across the nation, plus Washington, DC to formally elect the next president.

Batesville Juveniles Re-arrested

It was a case of deja vu for Batesville police, who arrested some of the same juveniles they had already arrested several days earlier. The juveniles were orginally charged for vehicle burglaries on Kyle Street on Monday, December 5th, and were caught on Friday for a burglary at the Corner Store at Van Voris and Pearson Street. Police tell the Panolian that youth detention laws allow for juveniles to be held for no more than 72 hours.

Electoral College Votes Monday

Electors in the electoral college are getting thousands of calls and emails from people urging them to vote for someone other than Donald Trump. The electors will meet in the capitals of all 50 states, including Jackson, and in Washington, DC today to cast their votes. There are six electors from Mississippi, where Trump took 58 percent of the popular vote, and they are expected to stick with the President-elect.

MSU St. Pete Bowl-bound

Mississippi State only won five games this football season, but the Bulldogs are bowl-bound, nonetheless. They wrapped up practices for the St. Petersburg Bowl on Saturday and are taking a break before heading to Florida on Wednesday. MSU plays Miami of Ohio next Monday with kickoff at 10 AM Central time on ESPN.

No Continuance for Blunt

The Grenada DA says he doesn’t expect to a agree to a continuance in the manslaughter trial of Joshua Blunt, who’s accused of leaving his infant daughter in a hot car. The girl’s mother, Shania Caradine, is pregnant with twins and defense attorneys said the stress of the trial could be too much for her.

Murder Conviction Reversed

Finding that the judge issued improper instructions to the jury, the Mississippi Supreme Court has reversed and sent back to Panola County Circuit Court a 2014 murder conviction. That means that James D. Willie will be retried for the murder of Thomas Schlender on Interstate 55 near Courtland in 2012.