Archives for January 2013

Local sales tax proposals

Mississippi mayors are hoping that the state legislature will give cities the option of setting a one-percent local sales tax to pay for specific projects like parks or road repairs. Under bills in the House and Senate, the local tax could be set only if there’s a city election and at least 60 percent of voters approve.

Storm hits North Mississippi

A large storm system packing high winds and rain hit North Mississippi late Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning. No injuries were reported, but the storms knocked down trees and power lines and caused damage, including a roof being blown off an apartment complex two miles east of Grenada on Mississippi Highway 8.

Greenwood shooting and arrest

A shooting last weekend in Greenwood left one man dead, another man wounded and a third man charged with murder and aggravated assault. According to the Greenwood Commonwealth, police say that 23-year-old Warren “Sam” Gideon surrendered at the scene. Jared Jherrod Moore was killed and Kendrick Deon Smith is hospitalized in stable condition.

Bullet hits school bus

A bullet struck a Panola County school bus on Monday, grazing a 10-year-old student in the back. District Attorney John Champion says the boy was transported by helicopter to a hospital in Memphis and is going to be OK. Champion says investigators think the bullet might have been fired accidentally by a hunter.

Photo ID plan submitted

Mississippi has submitted a new set of rules for a photo ID requirement to the U.S. Department of Justice for approval. Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann says the plan that he sent in Tuesday includes procedures to ensure that eligible voters without acceptable photo ID would be able to get one easily and free of charge.

Ole Miss loses

It was a block party at Oxford last night, but the Ole Miss Rebels weren’t celebrating. Kentucky freshman Nerlens Noel blocked a school-record 12 shots to help the Wildcats upset 16th-ranked Mississippi, 87 to 74. It’s the Rebels’ first loss in the Southeastern Conference this season after six consecutive wins.

Ole Misss #16

Ole Miss has moved up seven notches in the latest AP men’s college basketball poll. Following wins last week over Tennessee and Auburn, the Rebels jumped from number-23 to number-16. Their next game is tonight at home against Kentucky.

Temporary Webster County offices

A number of Webster County government offices opened Monday with limited services at 16 East Fox Avenue in Eupora. The offices were displaced by a fire that recently gutted the old courthouse building that dated back to 1915. Moving to the new location were the Webster County Chancery Clerk, Circuit Clerk, Tax Assessor-Collector, Forestry Commission and Purchasing Clerk.

Ole Miss election protest

A review committee has referred three Ole Miss students to the university’s Office of Student Conduct for further investigation of their actions in an election-night protest following the re-election of President Obama. The panel’s report says the incident involved as many as 400 people, some of whom shouted racial slurs as rumors of a “riot” spread across social media.

Pastor shooting suspect

Grenada police were looking for a suspect in last week’s shooting of Reverend Perry Montgomery at the pastor’s home on Harvey Street. According to the Grenada Star, 19-year-old Joe Albert Holloway Junior is accused of shooting Montgomery after an unsuccessful robbery attempt. At last report, the pastor was hospitalized in stablec condition.