Last week more than five inches of rain fell in the area, and more is on the way today and tomorrow. Right now, Grenada Lake is 17 feet above the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers target of 198. Waters have covered much of the spillway, picnic areas and campgrounds. Keep your fingers crossed and a life vest nearby.
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On Monday, two Mississippi State students, Bailey McDaniel, and Emily Turner, filed a federal lawsuit against the city of Starkville over its denial of a permit for a gay pride parade. In their suit they claim the city had denied their constitutional rights to free expression and equal protection, and asked a judge to overrule the city and grant a parade permit to Starkville Pride. Mayor Lynn Spruill said the city will study the lawsuit and respond.
The Mississippi State Lady Bulldogs ran the table finishing (30-0, 16-0 SEC) and matched Tennessee’s milestone from the 1997-98 season. Up next…they’ll play in Friday’s quarterfinals of the SEC tournament in Nashville.
The C Spire annual basketball awards will have quite a few residents from Starkville. The finalists for the Gillom Trophy, awarded to the best women’s college basketball player in the state, are MSU’s three-time winner Victoria Vivians and her teammates Teaira McCowen and Blair Schaefer. The finalists for the Howell Trophy, given to the state’s best male college player, are brothers Quinndary and Nick Weatherspoon from Mississippi State and Southern Miss’ Cortez Edwards.
State Senator Chris McDaniel will hold a press conference at noon tomorrow at Jones County Community College. He is expected to announced his Republican primary challenge to U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, according to sources close to the campaign.
The University of Mississippi Medical Center hospitals have a new head man. William “Bill” Buck, who is a veteran senior health system leader, has been appointed as interim CEO of the units until a permanent successor can be chosen for Don Hutson, who accepted another position. Apparently Buck is a shepherd, having served as interim leader for more than two dozen hospitals.
Gasoline prices across Mississippi are still falling. Triple-A reports the statewide average price of regular has dropped to two-26 a gallon, down only a penny from last Monday, but eight cents lower compared to a month ago. Drivers are paying almost 20 cents more for a gallon of regular than at this same time last year.
Pediatric deaths in Mississippi, are continuing to climb because of the flu. State health officials say, that as of Friday, at least two children have died this season due to flu-related causes. The entire U.S. has recorded at least 84 deaths. Health officials say there’s still time to get a flu shot.
With rains this month, lake levels are up at Grenada lake, and natural resource managers continue to keep an eye on that. More than ten inches of rain fell in a short amount of time two weeks ago, and even though we’re well past that now as tributaries trickle in the lake levels can still rise. That has put some road projects on hold too, like the f Old Highway 8 elevation project.
Saturday 78-year-old Representative, and Civil Rights Activist, John Lewis, stood before a room-full of national and state leaders gathered for the christening of the newly opened Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. Lewis was joined onstage by fellow Congressman Bennie Thompson, Derrick Johnson, Head of the NAACP, and Senator Cory Booker. Booker, just the 4th African-American elected to the US Senate, gave a lengthy speech on modern-day civil rights issues.