Itta Bena in serious trouble, mayor says

July 25, 2013 in News, Statewide News, The Buzz

) Thelma Collins become mayor of the town of Itta Bena on July 1. Along with the job, she inherited a $500,000 debt.

“The city of Itta Bena is in serious trouble,” Collins told the Greenwood Commonwealth.

If the issues are not resolved, she said, “all of us will be shut down.”

MVSU unveils plans to renovate HPER Complex

May 28, 2013 in Local Sports, News, Sports, Statewide News, Top Stories

Mississippi Valley State University is planning $17.5 million in renovations and expansion the R.W. Harrison HPER Complex.

MVSU officials say the work will include exterior repairs, life safety upgrades and accessibility upgrades. It will have 2,700 seats for athletic events and 2,800 seats for other programs, such as commencement.

The HPER Complex is the home for MVSU volleyball and basketball games. It has not been renovated or upgraded since its construction in 1977.

MVSU football player killed in accident, 3 others injured

April 29, 2013 in News, Statewide News

A Mississippi Valley State football player was killed late Thursday night and three of his fellow athletes injured in a single vehicle accident in Leflore County.

Nineteen-year-old Kevin Monzon of Crystal Springs was pronounced dead at the scene, said Sgt. Ben Williams of the highway patrol. Monzon was reportedly driving on U.S. Highway 82 just east of Itta Bena around 8 p.m. April 25, when he ran off the roadway and rolled over.

A second passenger, Marcus Thompson, a junior from Houston, Texas was air-lifted to University Medical Center (UMC) in Jackson.

No contract renewal for MVSU president Donna Oliver

November 5, 2012 in Education, News, Statewide News

The state College Board has decided against renewing the contract of Mississippi Valley State University President Donna Oliver.

No reasons were given for the decision.