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Missionary priests help Hispanics in Mississippi Delta

Catholic priests known as Redemptorists have spent five years expanding outreach to the Hispanic community in the Mississippi Delta. The missionary priests are moving away for other assignments, the Greenwood Commonwealth reported. “I think we made great strides,” said the Rev. Scott Katzenberger, leader of the group, which now consists of two others, the Rev. Mike McAndrew and the Rev. Kevin Zubel. ...

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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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Crash kills 1 Mississippi Valley State student, injures 2

Mississippi Valley State University says a student government leader has been killed and two other students have been injured in a single-vehicle crash. Mississippi Highway Patrol officers are investigating what caused the SUV crash that happened about 6 a.m. Sunday near Belzoni, Mississippi, where one of the injured students lives. The university says Jevonte Curtis of Chicago died. He 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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Mississippi woman ordered to pay $2M in wrongful death

A Mississippi woman whose loose donkey caused a fatal car crash has been ordered to pay more than $2 million in a wrongful death lawsuit. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports K.K. Henderson Kent was sued by Sandra Santos, whose 19-year-old son, Jose Escudero, died last year in the crash involving Kent’s donkey. Escudero was driving on an unlit road when he ...

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Mississippi man gets 110 years in U-Haul robbery, stabbing

A Mississippi man has been sentenced to 100 years in prison for robbing a U-Haul store and attempting to kill two women inside of it. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports 32-year-old Corey Taylor also was sentenced this month to an additional 10 years in prison for being a convicted felon in possession of a weapon. Court documents say Taylor and codefendant ...

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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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