The Mississippi State Department of Health is reporting the second human case of West Nile virus for 2013. The case was reported in Forrest County. In April of this year, one case was reported in Madison County. The MSDH only reports laboratory-confirmed cases to the public. In 2012, Mississippi had 247 WNV cases and five deaths. MSDH State Epidemiologist Dr. Thomas Dobbs says Mississippi is entering into the high-risk West Nile season and the state typically sees more human cases in July, August and September than in other months. Health officials say Mississippians should take precautions to protect themselves from mosquitoes.
Tuesday night the Philadelphia Mayor and Board of Aldermen passed an ordinance that will allow for the sale of wine and liquor in the city. The ordinance will allow for the sale of wine and liquor of more than 5 percent alcohol by weight in restaurants and package stores. The board will petition the State Department of Revenue to allow liquor and wine to be sold in restaurants and other such establishments from 10 a.m. to midnight on Sundays. The ordinance will take effect in 30 days after a certified copy is received by the state Department of Revenue. The department, which oversees the ABC, will begin accepting applications for permits after the 30 days.
Even after a new Mississippi gun law takes effect July 1, federal law will still prohibit people from openly carrying weapons on property run by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The Corps says in a news release that violating the federal law is punishable by up to six months in prison and a $5,000 fine. The Corps operates the Lower Mississippi River Museum in Vicksburg, and it has offices in the city. It also operates four lakes in Mississippi , Arkbutla, Enid, Sardis and Grenada. The new state law will allow people to carry unconcealed guns in many places, although Attorney General Jim Hood has said guns can still be banned in schools and courthouses. He also says business owners can restrict guns on their private property.
Here are the contestants for the Third Round of the Texaco County Showdown at the Beach Club at Clearwater Key in Choctaw tomorrow night at 7 pm.
Rachel McCool of Ackerman
Brooklyn Stewart of Carthage
Channing Myers of McCool
Leslie Myers of McCool
Emily Ray of Carthage
Betty Beamon of Camden
Rachel Boswell of Ackerman
Jacob King of Water Valley
Chase Samsing of Macon
Southern Grunch of Philadelphia
The Walnut Grove Public Library will be having a puppet show and story time as part of the annual Summer Library Program this Friday at 2:00 p.m. This hour-long event will also include free prizes. Children and adults of all ages are invited to attend at no cost.
Lauderdale County supervisors will borrow $14 million for local recreation programs as well as courthouse renovations. The Meridian Star reports that the 3-2 vote on the bond issue came Monday after opponents fell short of their goal to gather enough signatures to force a countywide election on the proposal. Opponents argued program left many youngsters without proper playing fields and didn't include a county-wide sports complex that could bring in large tournaments. The county will spend $3.8 million on four-court gymnasium with bleachers at Highland Park. Also, $3.5 million will go to the county-owned fields of the West Lauderdale Youth Association; $2.5 million for Clarkdale Community Recreation Association park construction, and the remainder, $4.2 million, will go to fund the beginning of renovations at the Lauderdale County Courthouse.
The East Mississippi Correctional Facility has named a new warden. Management and Training Corporation, which operates the facility, says Jerry Buscher will become the new warden, effective today. Buscher replaces Frank Shaw, who became warden when MTC took over running the facility last year. The prison in western Lauderdale County has seen many problems over the years. Earlier this month, the ACLU filed a lawsuit over what it called deplorable conditions there.
Last Friday, Officers of the Leake County Sheriff’s Office and The Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics executed a search warrant at 7320 Highway 488 in the Freetrade Community. Recovered in the search were a flat-screen television and a welder that are believed to be stolen. They also found Methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, and firearms. James David Freeny, age 34 and Mellissa Ann Thornton, age 38, were arrested at the scene.
Freeny was charged with:
1. Possession of Methamphetamine while in Possession of a Firearm
2. Receiving Stolen Property
3 Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Thornton was charged with:
1. Possession of Methamphetamine
2. Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon
3. Receiving Stolen Property
4. Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Lena’s 36th annual Independence Day Celebration is set for Thursday, July 4, Festivities are scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. and continue until the conclusion with one of Central Mississippi’s largest Fireworks displays at dusk. For information concerning entertainment or political speakers, please contact Sarah Langford at 601-654-3343 or for any other information, contact Amy Langford at 601-654-9347 or Stephanie Parker at 601-654-3456.
She hails from the small town of Okolona, Mississippi where there is population of only 3,000.Jordyn has made the move to Nashville where she is fast becoming known for her powerful voice and songwriting skills.Jordyn has had the honor of opening concerts for Loretta Lynn, Crystal Gayle, Jake Owen, Eric Church, Emerson Drive, Ashton Shephard, Colt Ford and many more.You can also look for her in Jason Aldean's music video for his hit song "Dirt Road Anthem".In 2010, Jordyn won a Myspace contest to be a guest cast member on Simon Fuller's "If I Can Dream" show that aired on Hulu.com.Later, she auditioned for American Idol Season 11 and was shown on national television getting 3 yeses from Steven Tyler, Randy Jackson and Jennifer Lopez to go to Hollywood. She went on to make the top 98 on the show. Recently, Jordyn signed her first major publishing deal with BMG Chrysalis.Her passion is her music and that is evident in each of her performances. Kicks96 will present Jordyn Mallory live June 27th at the Beach Club at Clearwater Key for the Texaco Country Showdown Finals.For more on Jordyn click here
The Mississippi Department of Transportation will begin overlay of a portion of Highway 80 tomorrow. The 16-mile section involved will be from Brandon to the Scott County line. The work is expected to completed by Oct. 16. Motorists wishing to avoid delays may want to take an alternate route.
The Kemper County Cattleman's Association will hold its regular meeting on Tuesday, June 18 at 7 p.m. in the Farmer's Market Building in DeKalb. All members and beef producers are invited to attend. Neshoba County Gin is the meeting sponsor; the program will be presented by MSU personnel. For more information or if you would like to attend this meeting call 601-742-2837 no later than noon on Monday, June 17.