Archives for October 2016

Soybean Farmers Overcome Stinkbug

The MSU Extension Service says the management of a stinkbug that attacked soybean fields this year has resulted in a bumper crop. AgFax reports Mississippi farmers planted two million acres of soy and as of last week, they were getting 48 bushels an acre.

Halloween Safety Tips

If you’re going to be on the road this evening, watch out for Trick-or-Treaters. State Farm says kids are twice as likely to be hit by a car on Halloween. Adults are advised to use crosswalks and have kids hold hands when crossing the street. Bring a flashlight, put reflective tape on the kids’ costumes, and face paint is better than a mask, which can restrict vision.

Rebels Lose, Bulldogs Win

Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly threw for 465 yards against Auburn, but the Rebels came up short, losing at home 40-29. Next up, Ole Miss hosts Georgia Southern. Mississippi State is 3-and-5 after holding off Samford 56-41 in Starkville. The Bulldogs next play a home game against Texas

School Grades Released

School districts are rated on a scale from A to f under the Mississippi Assessment Program. According to the 2016 Final Accountability Results, local districts range from B to D. A “B” grade went to Lafeyette, getting “C’s” were Calhoun and Grenada, while “D’s” were handed out to North Panola and South Panola, Carroll, Leflore and Greenwood.

Panola Flag Suit Dismissed

A lawsuit to get the South Panola School District to fly the state flag is being dismissed. The “Clarion Ledger” reports a Panola County judge ruled that the parent of a student did not have legal standing. But the judge said the district did have a legal obligation to provide for the flag’s display.

MS Not Energy Efficient

When it comes to energy efficiency, Mississippi is not doing very well. The financial website Wallet-Hub-dot-com ranks the state 44th in the country. For home energy efficiency, Mississippi is 41st. And it’s 38th for cars, measured in miles per gallon of gasoline.

Child Sex Traffickers Busted

The FBI says 28 people in Mississippi are under arrest in a nationwide crackdown on child sex trafficking. 22 are accused of prostitution, five are charged with pimping and one is facing drug charges. Nationwide, 82 children were rescued in Operation Cross Country.

Free Credit Reports

The three main credit reporting agencies will provide Mississippians with unlimited free credit reports. Attorney General Jim Hood said Experian, Transunion and Equifax will pay the state seven-million dollars. They were accused of failing to verify debts and failing to delete paid or expired debts from credit reports.

MS #9 in Voter Turnout

A review of states with the highest voter turnout finds that Mississippi is ninth. “24-7 Wall Street” averaged out participation over the last four presidential elections and in Mississippi it was 67-percent.

Chambers Murder Court Date

A trial date has been set for the man accused in the December 2014 burning death of Courtland teenager Jessica Chambers. 28-year-old Quentin Tellis will stand trial in Panola County court for capital murder starting June 19th, 2017. Authorities say Tellis set the 19-year-old Chambers on fire on Herron Road in Courtland. She was found by first responders with burns over 98 percent of her body.