Bullet hits school bus, 1 student in Panola Co.

Panola County authorities said a bullet that struck a Panola County school bus, grazing a student in the back, may have been a hunting accident.

District Attorney John Champion said a 10-year-old male student was transported by helicopter on Jan. 25 to Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center in Memphis with non-life-threatening injuries.

Champion said the bullet went through a side window of the South Panola bus, which was carrying about 15 students when the incident occurred. Surveillance video onboard the bus captured the incident.


Pike County convict escapes from jail

An inmate serving seven years for a series of burglaries and identity theft walked away from the McComb facility where he was being held and remains at large, authorities said.

Richard Glen Maples, 22, reportedly left the Pike County Community Work Center around 10:30 p.m. Saturday night wearing his state-issued MDOC green and white striped pants and white MDOC shirt. His shirt has “MDOC Convict” printed on the back.

Prison officials are investigating how Maples escaped from facility and whether or not he had assistance. […]


Proud to be Mississippian, Evers-Williams says

Myrlie Evers-Williams says people praised her poise after her husband, Mississippi NAACP field secretary Medgar Evers, was assassinated 50 years ago in the state. But she says she struggled with wanting revenge.

Evers-Williams, 79, said at a prayer luncheon Thursday in Jackson that her faith helped her find peace, and her daughter once reminded her that Medgar Evers had taught people not to hate.

Now, Evers-Williams said: “I am proud to be a Mississippian. And I dare anyone to challenge me on that point.” […]

Local Sports

‘Blind Side’ family relishes Big Easy Super Bowl

A knowing grin spread across Sean Tuohy’s face as he considered the uncanny connections between the hit film that changed his family’s life and the fact that Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman Michael Oher played in and won his first Super Bowl in the Big Easy. (The Ravens beat the San Francisco 49ers 34-31)

New Orleans is where Tuohy grew up and went to high school with author Michael Lewis, who wrote “The Blind Side.”

The book led to the movie, which depicted the Tuohys’ rewarding experience as Oher’s adoptive family. Actress Sandra Bullock, who starred as Sean Tuohy’s wife, Leigh Anne, owns a home in New Orleans. […]


1 dead after vast storm rakes South, Midwest

A large storm system packing high winds and rain caused some building damaged and knocked down trees and power lines in North Mississippi.
No injuries have been reported.

The death was reported when a large tree blew down on a shed in Nashville, Tenn., where a man was sheltering, police told Nashville broadcaster WTVF-TV.

Another person was reported injured by lightning in Arkansas during the storm’s eastward trek. Two people suffered minor injuries when a mobile home was blown off its foundation in Kentucky. The severe weather system ushered in a cold front as it raced toward the Eastern seaboard, dumping rain over the region and creating a tornado risk in the South. […]


Four Decades Later, Image Awards Still Entertain and Inspire

By Joi Ridley & Jessica Neal

Special to The Mississippi Link

For people who love to celebrate the arts, there seems to be no end to the number of televised award programs. But even in the now, dense field of entertainment award shows, the NAACP’s Image Awards still manages to entertain and inspire.

Last month, the organization announced its nominees for the 44th annual show set to air February 1st on NBC…. […]


Columbus man jailed for 2 cases of beer

A Columbus man is behind bars after being charged with burglary of a commercial building.

According to authorities, 33-year-old Tamarcus Thomas was seen on the video surveillance of the Military Quick Stop convenience store breaking in through the glass front door. He then allegedly took two 18-packs of Bud Light and left. […]


Hospice services to expand in NE Miss.

North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo plans to open a dedicated inpatient hospice wing this month.

Hospital officials tell the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal that the new 10-bed hospice which will serve terminally ill patients who need a higher level of care to remain comfortable. […]