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Pharmacy burglary case continued
by Reggie Ross, Staff Writer
Nov 20, 2014 | 130 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
CARROLLTON -- The trial of a man facing burglary charges for a local pharmacy has been continued to the next circuit court term. Willie Taylor, facing burglary of a business charges, appeared before Fifth Circuit Judge Joseph Loper alongside his attorney Ray Baum of Winona this week. Loper accepted a motion from the attorney general’s office to continue the trial until the next court session. Stanley Alexander, the attorney from the Mississippi Attorney General’s office, asked Loper for the continuance due to the absence of an agent with the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, a key witness in the case. In rebuttal to Alexander’s request, Baum asked Loper for a speedy trial for Taylor, who is being housed at Central Mississippi Correctional Facility. Loper granted Alexander’s motion by continuing the case to the next court session this spring. “I don’t want to have a trial on the week of Thanksgiving,” Loper said. “I want everyone focused on this case, and with Thanksgiving being next week, that wouldn’t be the case.” Willie Taylor and three others face burglary of a business charges in their alleged connection to the break in of Anderson’s Pharmacy in North Carrollton last year. Twins Maurice and Marcus Taylor entered a plea of not guilty last week in Vaiden on burglary of a business charges. The Taylors, along with Lebrian Myers, were arrest last December by agents with the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics after a six month long investigation of a series of pharmacy burglaries dubbed the “Trash Bag Gang.” • In the State of Mississippi vs. Christopher Nester, Nester pleaded guilty to burglary of dwelling and was sentenced to 20 years in the Mississippi Department of Corrections. After serving 12 years, Nester will be released and will serve the remaining eight years on probation. • In the State of Mississippi vs. Deonte Peeples, Peeples pleaded guilty to robbery and was sentenced to 15 years in the Mississippi Department of Corrections. After serving seven years, Peeples will serve the remaining eight years on probation. Peeples was charged with a May robbery of a man he approached at a Carrollton gas station. • In the State of Mississippi vs. Willie Smith, Smith pleaded guilty to felony DUI and was sentenced to five years in the Mississippi Department of Correction. After serving one year, Smith will serve the remaining years on probation. • In the State of Mississippi vs. Cassandra Lacey, Lacey pleaded guilty to burglary of dwelling and was sentenced to 15 years in the Mississippi Department of Corrections. After serving seven years, she will serve the remaining eight years on probation. • In the State of Mississippi vs. Atavius Horton, Horton pled guilty to burglary of a dwelling and was sentenced to five years probation.
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Lady Tigers soccer season begins
by Reggie Ross, Sports Editor
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The Winona Lady Tigers are two years removed from their district championship season and will look to push for another as the season got underway last weekend. Third year head coach James Colbert starts the season with 15 players and will look to better their 7-8 record from last season. He said this year’s team is young, but there are experienced players out there for the Lady Tigers. “We’re rebuilding right now,” Colbert said. “We lost some key spots from last year in two defenders and in midfield. We still have veterans that are working with younger players. We are playing young players.” Colbert will rely on return players like senior Lexie Flowers, sophomore Sara Glen Stevenson, Mary Ashton Thornburg and freshman Sidney Mastriciano for quality minutes. Colbert said Madeline Boone and Rachael Van Horn will also play key roles. The Lady Tigers are currently 1-1 on the season with a win over West Point and a Tuesday night loss to Senatobia. “We’re getting better,” Colbert said. “We only play three months out of the year, so we’re trying to push them to play as much as possible.”
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Austin returns to Winona to lead soccer team
by Reggie Ross, Sports Editor
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Back in 1997, Mark Austin was a standout soccer player for the young Winona program. Now 17 years later, Austin returns to Winona to lead that same soccer team. “I think we’re a pretty good team,” Austin said. “I’m excited to see how far we can go.” Austin has 28 players on this year’s team, with nine seniors that he feels bring experience to the squad. So far this season, the Tigers have started out with a 1-1 start. In game one, the Tigers knocked off West Point 3-1 and lost to Senatobia Tuesday 5-1. “We’ve got a lot of experience on this year’s team,” Austin said. “That’s one of the things that stand out. In years past there might have been one or two players that were good, but this year there are four or five.” Ryan Parkerson, Reed Rushing, Dee Armstead and Marlo Hill return for the Tigers as seniors and underclassmen Stephan Gant and Johnny Yang will play big roles, according to Austin. Austin said since returning to the soccer field, he’s done his research on the sport and is getting back into the swing of things. In Region 2 of 1A/2A/3A play, the Tigers will go against South Pontotoc, Greenville St. Joe, Tupelo Christian and North Pontotoc in league competition. Last season South Pontotoc won the district title, and Austin feels they’re the team to beat this season. “I’m enjoying it all,” Austin said. “I’m trying to push kids’ involvement in the rec program, because experience is the key. I want a lot of seventh graders to play, so when it’s their time they’re ready to get on the field.”
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Jags fall to Bruce in second round
by Reggie Ross, Sports Editor
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As the last area team standing, the J.Z. George Jaguars fell to Bruce in the second round of the 2A playoffs – a 39-6 road loss. The Jags’ senior quarterback Toby Brown suffered a broken leg on a frigid night in Bruce and underwent surgery over the weekend. The Jaguars went into the matchup the number two team from 2A’s Region 3, and Bruce came in as the number four team out of Region 4. The Jaguars end their season with a record of 7-6. Brown finished the game throwing 3 of 6 passes for 47 yards. LeJarvis Jenkins also saw action at quarterback and completed three passes for 26 yards. On the ground, Marcus Woods was held under 100 yards for the first time in four weeks as he ran the ball 18 times for 68 yards. Brown had 14 carries for 50 yards, and Jenkins had seven carries. Caleb Hunt and Issac Hodges each had two catches on the night, and Julius Cook caught a pass. Westly Ross and Jamar Brown for Bruce both had impressive nights. Ross, the senior quarterback completed 9 of 15 passes for 120 yards, and Brown had 14 carries for 205 yards. The Jaguars got their lone score from Toby Brown in the second quarter. The Jags trailed only 3-0 after the first quarter and trailed 17-6 after the second. Bruce tacked on eight more points in the third quarter and two scores in the fourth. Bruce will host Calhoun City in a 2A playoff matchup where both teams are only separated by ten miles. In the other North 2A semis, East Webster will take on Hollandale Simmons, which means with an East Webster win, the North 2A title game will consist of two 4-2A teams.
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Governor Bryant offers his tax cut plan
by By Charles Dunagin Enterprise-Journal
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Gov. Phil Bryant got the first lick in, so to speak, in detailing a proposal for a state tax decrease next year. It’s not a bad plan. We’re not sure there should be a tax decrease, given the needs in the state, but it’s coming in one way or another, we suspect. The Republican leadership, including Bryant, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and House Speaker Philip Gunn, have been talking about it for months, and 2015, of course, is an election year. So it’s fairly certain that something in the form of a tax reduction will pass, although the Legislature seldom adopts the governor’s proposed budget in its entirety. Reeves is certain to want some input, as probably will Gunn. But something akin to Bryant’s plan is likely to pass. It’s tied to the federal Earned Income Tax Credit. Married people with three or more children making up to $52,427 a year could get relief under the proposal. A single childless person would benefit if making less than $14,590 a year. The tax cut, based on the governor’s figures, would amount to about $250 a year on average. Bryant’s plan differs from the federal credit in that it’s nonrefundable. You only get back as much as you pay in state taxes. Under the federal credit, filers get the whole amount, meaning the credit acts as an income supplement for people who work but earn little. Under Bryant’s plan, those who have no state tax liability would not get the break. His plan also contains the caveat that it would only apply in years when state revenue grew by at least 3 percent and when the state’s main savings account is full. That means that taxes, in effect, would go up for some during a recession (when individuals would need the help the most) and go down when times are flusher (when they theoretically should need the least help). That’s illogical, but whoever said tax policy is logical. We believe that the best place to cut taxes, if they are to be cut, is the sales tax, not the income tax. It’s Mississippi’s high sales tax which hits hardest on those who have the least ability to pay. However, at least Bryant’s proposal targets many in this same demographic — the working poor and lower-middle class. That makes it more palatable than it otherwise might have been.
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