Well if you’re wondering why state offices are closed today…Mississippi is shut down for Confederate Memorial Day, one week after the same holiday in Alabama. Critics say it’s wrong to honor people who fought to preserve slavery. The Mississippi Division of Sons of Confederate Veterans says the South fought for “the preservation of liberty and freedom.”
Archives for April 2018
If you grew up in the delta during the 60’s, there’s a good chance you danced to the music of the Gants. Mississippi’s answer to the Beatles. The Gants get their own Music Marker in Greenwood provided by the city. The unveiling was this past Friday at the American Legion Post 29 – where the band often performed.
Four errors helped seal their fate this past weekend. Mississippi State lost to Texas A&M, 7-4, in the rubber game of a three-game series at Dudy Noble Field. The Bulldogs (24-21, 9-12 SEC) are now 12th in the conference standings with three more SEC series left.
Grenada has seen on average an inch of rain each week since the start of spring. The effects are obvious…the Main Beach is closed due to high water, and it could stay that way for some time. Beaches were supposed to open at the beginning of April, but they never did. At the marina, water has almost covered the boat ramp so Corps officials blocked its entrance. Right now the lake is 7 and a half feet above the Corps of Engineers mid-April target of around 205.
This weekend the DEA will partner with local law enforcement for another “National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Initiative.” This is a free and anonymous system for those who want to dispose of unused prescription drugs. You pull up, you drop your unused and unwanted prescription medications in the box, and you drive off. The DEA cannot accept “liquids, needles or sharps” as a part of the take-back initiative. This Saturday, from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm you can drop off yours at Winona City Hall.
Much of North Mississippi continues to be strong when it comes to having low unemployment. Every month, the Mississippi Department of Employment Security releases a detailed map of each county’s unemployment rate. The lowest unemployment rate for March was in Union County at 3.1 per cent followed by Lee County at 3.3. Grenada fared well at just 3.8 per cent.
A gubernatorial race may be more than a year away and no official campaigns have been announced, but that hasn’t stopped polls from beginning to trickle out. In the most recent poll by Mason-Dixon Polling and Strategy, 44% of Mississippi voters said that they would support Attorney General Jim Hood (D), while 37% of voters would back Lt. Governor Tate Reeves (R) and 17% were left undecided. While the election may not be this year, the rhetoric appears to be ramping up for a long campaign cycle.
Over the weekend, eighteen homes got some much-need repairs because of Grenada’s annual Christmas In April. This year’s homes got renovation upgrades like painting, roof repairs and handicap accessible ramps. Sue Gregory, the longtime Christmas in April Chairwoman, said local professionals such as plumbers, electricians, construction workers and amateur hammer swingers have all contributed to the success of the annual event.
Ole Miss campus police asked students to behave at future baseball games following a recent incident involving Ole Miss students reportedly throwing rocks at Georgia baseball players during last weekend’s series with the Bulldogs. The students were sitting in the terrace section, which overlooks the visiting team’s bullpen. Security had to clear and shut down that section after the students ignored warnings. Athletic Director Ross Bjork said that if another incident occurs the school and even the SEC could get involved.
Mississippi State infielder Luke Alexander hit a game-winning double to give MSU its fourth straight win. The Bulldogs beat No. 6 ranked Ole Miss 7-6 in Trustmark Park last night. It was their 7th victory in their last 8 games against Ole Miss. The Rebels tangle with the Tigers of LSU tonight at 7.