Archives for August 2016

Carroll County pot bust

A Carroll County man has been busted for allegedly manufacturing marijuana. 60-year-old Simon Jones was arrested after an investigation that followed the discovery of marijuana plants near Mississippi 17 South.

No 2017 Balloon Fest

There will not be a 2017 edition of the Greenwood Balloon and Music Fest. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports that announcement comes from Mayor Carolyn McAdams, who says organizers of this year’s event in June failed to pay vendors and wrote bad checks.

Drought disaster declaration

A number of local counties are among 29 in North Mississippi that have been declared drought disaster areas by the U.S.D.A. The declaration includes the counties of Grenada, Leflore, Carroll, Panola, Tallahatchie and Yalubusha. Farmers and farm-related businesses in those counties are eligible for low-interest loans and other aid.

MS unemployment July

The latest Mississippi unemployment rates are out. For July, Grenada was at five-point-seven percent, Lafayette six-point-one, Calhoun six-point-seven, Montgomery seven-point-oh, Yalobusha seven-point-one, Tallahatchie seven-point-two, Panola seven-point-nine and Leflore County at 10-point-one percent unemployment.

Islamic State wannabe sentenced

At Oxford, the sentence is eight years in prison for the Mississippi man who wanted to go to Syria to join the Islamic State. Muhammad Dakhlalla faces up to 20 years. His fiancé was given a 12-year sentence on August 11th. The two were arrested last August as they tried to board a flight at the Columbus airport, with an ultimate destination of Istanbul.

Dr. Smith legal setback

The man accused of masterminding a murder-for-hire scheme against a Greenwood attorney has been dealt a setback by the Mississippi Supreme Court. The court denied Dr. Arnold Smith’s petitions to recuse Justice James Kitchens and to review his case for errors in prosecution. Two years ago, the 74-year-old ex-oncologist was declared mentally unfit to stand trial and was committed to the state mental hospital at Whitfield.

Rebels QB All-SEC

Last season, Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly led the Southeastern Conference in passing yards, total yards and passing touchdowns. And ESPN is looking for more of the same this year, naming Kelly to its All-SEC team. He was also named to the preseason All-SEC team at media days earlier this summer.

Gator hunting season near

The state of Mississippi is ready to open alligator season to hunters later this week. After receiving more than six-thousand requests, the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries issued 920 alligator hunting permits in July. The season will open at noon Friday and last through noon on Labor Day.

Grenada job draws eight applicants

Applicants for the post of Grenada City Manager come from far and wide. The Grenada Star reports there have been eight applications so far and the come from Tennessee, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Louisiana; New Mexico, Maryland, Greenwood and Grenada. The deadline to apply for the city manager position is September 1st.

Ole Miss #11

Following up a 10-win season and the Sugar Bowl, Ole Miss is ranked at number 11 in the AP Top 25 preseason poll. The top five are Alabama, Clemson, Oklahoma, Florida State and LSU. The Rebels open the season against 4th-ranked Florida State in Orlando September 5th.