Archives for September 2012

Gas price update

According to Triple-A, reports last week of increased crude-oil inventories in the U.S. combined with decreased fuel demand sent oil prices lower. That, in turn, meant lower prices at the pump. The average price of regular unleaded gasoline in Mississippi is three-58 a gallon, four cents less than last week. Gas-buddy-dot-com reports that the price of regular in Grenada ranges from three-60 to three-69 a gallon.

High school football

In high school football Friday night, Grenada went on the road and blanked DeSoto Central, 30 to nothing. The Chargers improved to three and two and will host Tupelo this Friday night. Kirk Academy won big at Strider Academy, 52 to 16. The Raiders are now three and three and, on Friday night, will entertain DeSoto from West Helena, Arkansas.

Grenada murder jury selection

A murder trial will be held in Pike County but jury selection begins today in Grenada County. 26-year-old Kendrick Cowart is charged with murder, armed robbery and conspiracy to commit armed robbery in the July 2009 killing of Peggy Sue Wilkinson Carter. Two co-defendants have already pleaded guilty in the case.

Oxford parking change

If you park in downtown Oxford, get ready for some new regulations. The board of alderman voted this week to change the hours of the two-hour parking limit around premium spots on the Square. Instead of eight to five, the limit will now be from eight am to eight pm and could be enforced on Saturday as well.

Medicaid estimates vary

There are widely different estimates as to how much an expansion of Medicaid would cost Mississippi under the federal health care law. State Medicaid Director Dr. David Dzielak told lawmakers Thursday it would cost one-point-six billion dollars over 10 years. But the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation puts the estimate at a radically-lower figure of 429 million dollars.

High school football tonight

In high school football, Grenada is on the road tonight, traveling to Southaven to take on the four-and-oh Jaguars of DeSoto Central High. The Chargers evened their record at two and two last week with a 42 to 24 victory over Winona. Kirk Academy is also on the road; the two and three Raiders will be in Charleston to face winless Strider Academy.

Higher education funding

Mississippi’s colleges and universities are asking lawmakers for another 72 million dollars for the fiscal year that begins next July 1st. This week, higher education commissioner Hank Bounds told members of the Joint Legislative Budget Committee–quote–“We’ve made a lot of cuts. We have consolidated programs. Now we have hit a wall.”

Voter ID law

Mississippi’s Secretary of State told state lawmakers on Wednesday that he expects the U.S. Justice Department to reject Mississippi’s voter ID law after reviewing it under the Voting Rights Act. But Delbert Hosemann says the law might ultimately stand up in court because the state has made plans to provide free identifications in many locations.

The fattest state

By the year 2030, about two-thirds of adults in Mississippi will be obese if obesity rates continue to climb as they are now. That’s according to a study by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Currently, Mississippi has the highest obesity rate in the nation with almost 35 percent of the state’s adults being 30 pounds or more over a healthy weight.

Shooting suspect sought

Authorities are seeking your help in identifying the person who shot and killed the owner of a Sardis convenience store owner late Monday night. Turiq Abu Atea was shot in the back of the head as he was closing the Sama Quick Stop on Highway 51. An employee was shot twice and is hospitalized in stable condition. If you know anything about the crime, call Crimestoppers at 800-729-2169.