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Officer who caused murder case mistrial may return to post

A Mississippi police officer who caused a mistrial by texting prosecutors from the witness stand may soon have her detective status restored. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports Jeri Bankston’s possible promotion has angered the mother of the victim whose case was trashed. Trevia Foreman, now of Memphis, Tennessee, tells the newspaper that “no justice is being done.” Her daughter, 29-year-old Lakeyla Broom, was ...

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Mississippi board OKs 1 new charter school to open in 2020

A state board in Mississippi has approved a new charter school to open next year in the Delta city of Greenwood. Leflore Legacy Academy is scheduled to open for the 2020-21 school year. For the first year, the school will only have sixth grade. Plans call for later expansion to grades six through eight. Charter schools receive tax money but ...

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Greenwood getting higher tax rate and smaller city budget

A city in the Mississippi Delta is increasing its tax rate by 4% for 2019-2020 fiscal year, beginning Oct. 1. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports the Greenwood City Council approved the increase Tuesday. The rate will rise from 50.26 mills to 52.25 mills. A mill in Greenwood is worth $109,000. A 2-mill increase would generate about $218,000 in revenue Greenwood’s general-fund ...

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‘Heart Attack’ is enjoying his retirement

Buford Bernard Jones recalled getting “whoopings” from his mother when he was a boy. “When I messed up, you had to pay up. Paying up was getting a whooping,” Jones recalled. He also suffered from a heart complication as the result of rheumatic fever, which damaged the valves of his heart. Because of this health condition, Jones said his heart ...

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In Mississippi Delta, Catholic abuse cases settled on cheap (with video)

GREENWOOD — The IHOP in Southhaven, Mississippi, was an unlikely place to settle a sex abuse claim against the Catholic Church. But in January a white official from the Franciscan religious order slid into a booth across from a 35-year-old black man and offered to pay him $15,000 to keep years of alleged abuse by another Franciscan secret. The Rev. ...

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Life Help building manager loves her work, helps others

GREENWOOD — Janity Callicut says she knew little about mental illness when she became an apartment manager for Life Help six years ago, but the job has worked out well for her. She oversees a total of 20 units, including East Haven Apartments, Denton Center and some townhouses on U.S. 82. She deals with residents who have mild to moderate ...

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Respected engineer killed in weekend bike accident

A bicyclist was killed in a weekend accident in Mississippi. It happened Saturday morning near Itta Bena. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports that the cyclist apparently failed to hear the warnings of state troopers, who were directing traffic at the scene during a cycling event. Fifty-year-old Jim O’Daniel of Clinton was one of about 1,000 cyclists participating in the 12th annual ...

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Music aims to bring ambiance to downtown Greenwood

A city in the Mississippi Delta is installing speakers to play the blues or other types of regional music near downtown shops and restaurants. Greenwood Mayor Carolyn McAdams tells the Greenwood Commonwealth the music will bring another mood, or ambience, to downtown. The city is installing 38 speakers that should be ready in time for the Bikes, Blues & Bayous ...

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A time to shine — moonshine, that is

By GAVIN MALISKA / Greenwood Commonwealth Leflore County’s bootlegging history will play a role in a new museum exhibit highlighting prohibition, moonshine and illegal distilleries in Mississippi. A team from the state Department of Archives and History’s Two Mississippi Museums (the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, side-by-side along North Street in Jackson) visited the Museum ...

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Greenwood Utilities a good fit for longtime employee

By DAVID MONROE / Greenwood Commonwealth GREENWOOD — Mike Nix says the most used app on his phone is The Weather Channel — for good reason. On Thursday (July 11), with rain and wind in the forecast for the weekend and beyond, Greenwood Utilities’ vice president of electric operations had already met with his team that morning to discuss their ...

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