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Carroll students get pink for a cure
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Schools in the Carroll County School District showed their support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month by going pink all over. Starting with Marshall Elementary School, Alisa Archie, instructor for Carroll County Gems, a group of gifted second through fifth graders, held “Walk for a Cure,” where several students picked classes that would participate in the event. Archie said students and teachers lined up along the fence and walked the entire pavement chanting “cure for cancer.” “My second grade GEMS selected six classes to walk for a cure,” Archie said. “I chose Mrs. Powell and Mrs. Amos’ class. Amy Mitchell, Kalie Cordell and Bryan Galvan selected Mrs. Kiker’s class. Markee Jordan chose Mrs. King’s class and Miley Guerra chose Mrs. McCrory’s class. At George Middle School, over 500 students participated in their annual Breast Cancer Awareness ceremony and walk on the school’s grounds. George Middle School’s event is Relay for Life-like program, with speeches and recognition of those who know someone with cancer. During the ceremony, middle school students read important information about this disease, while fellow students flooded the school’s gymnasium with pink clothing. “We all know someone that has been affected by cancer one way or another, and this awareness we do at the middle school shows that we support them,” Principal Coretta Green said. Following the ceremony, middle school students and teachers walked around the high school band and football practice field seven times.
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Man pleads not guilty to burglary
by Reggie Ross, Staff Writer
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CARROLLTON -- One of three men facing charges in a statewide pharmacy burglary ring stood before a judge in Carroll County Tuesday morning. Willie Taylor entered a plea of not guilty, before Fifth Circuit Judge Joseph Loper. Winona attorney Raymond Baum was appointed defense counsel. Taylor informed Loper that he is currently a state inmate in the custody of the Yazoo County Regional Correctional Facility, and bond was denied. Bond for Taylor was originally set at $1 million following his December arrest by agents with the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics (NBN). Following Willie Taylor’s appearance before Loper, Marcus Taylor was called, but the wrong inmate was transported to the Carrollton Courthouse. Two men, each named Marcus Taylor, are being held at Central Mississippi Correctional Facility in Pearl, and there was an apparent mix up, according to Stanley Alexander, attorney with the Mississippi Attorney General’s office. A trial date for Willie Taylor was set for November 17 in Carrollton. Marcus Taylor is expected to make his initial appearance next week in Vaiden at the start of circuit court in the Southern District. The Taylors, and another man, were arrested and charged in connection with a ring of drug store burglaries in several area towns. On December 7, Willie Taylor, brother Marcus Taylor, and Leabrian Myers were arrested following an MBN investigation of an Ackerman drug store burglary. According to Carroll County Sheriff Jerry Carver, it appears that the MBN investigation connected the three with a June 2013 burglary of Anderson’s Pharmacy in North Carrollton. The arrest by agents was the culmination of a six-month investigation into a series of pharmacy burglaries by a group investigators dubbed the “The Trash Bag Gang.” Locally, investigators discovered that during the North Carrollton burglary and the Fred’s Pharmacy break-in at Kilmichael, telephone lines were cut, and the drugs were dumped into a large garbage can. Montgomery County Sheriff Bubba Nix said so far the burglaries of Fred’s Pharmacy in Kilmichael and Hammond’s Pharmacy in Winona have not yet been connected to the ring. Both Taylors were arrested at a residence in South Jackson, and Myers was arrested during a traffic stop on Gluckstadt Road in Madison County. Agents seized nearly 6,500 dosage units of narcotics, six marijuana plants, 30 grams of processed marijuana and a THC-laced popsicles. Carver said Myers is making a court appearance in another county, but he expects him to make his Carroll County appearance soon. “A lot of areas were hit by these guys,” Carver said.
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Jags dominate Riverside
by Reggie Ross, Sports Editor
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NORTH CARROLLTON -- The message is simple for the J.Z. George Jaguars: Win Friday night at West Bolivar and earn a playoff spot. Making it even sweeter for the Jaguars, if Hollandale-Simmons knocks off South Delta Friday night, the Jags will get a second place finish in 3-2A standings and a home playoff game for the first round. Last Friday night, the Jaguars defeated Riverside 42-8 and will travel to 3-7 West Bolivar tomorrow. The Eagles lost to Hollandale-Simmons 25-0 last week. Head coach Ben Burton said his team realizes what’s at stake. “They know what we have to do,” Burton said. “It’s been on their minds all week, so they know we need to take care of business.” The Jaguars dominated the entire game against Riverside. They jumped out to 14-0 lead after the first quarter and took a 42-0 lead into halftime. “This was the best we’ve played offensively all year,” Burton said. “It appears things are clicking with our offense. That’s what we’ve worked on all this week at practice. We’ve put the ball at the 35, and we’ve tried to score. That’s been one of our problems over the past few games; we’ve moved the ball from the 30 to the 30, and we couldn’t score. That didn’t happen Friday night as the Jaguars made a balanced offensive attack. Toby Brown completed 4 of 4 passes for 124 yards, and leading rusher Marcus Woods carried the ball 17 times for 184 yards. Isaac Hodges caught three balls for 72 yards, and Caleb Hunt caught two balls for 42 yards. Defensively Ben Goodman and Deangelo Quarles led with six tackles. Joe Russell had five stops. If things go their way and they earn a first round playoff home game, it will be the first for the Jaguars since 2003. “Our players know what’s at stake; they want that second place finish,” Burton said.
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Rebs fall to CHCS
by Reggie Ross, Sports Editor
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CARROLLTON -- The Carroll Academy Rebels closed out their 2014 season with a home loss to rival Central Holmes Christian School. The Rebels fell 47-14 and finished their 2014 campaign 0-10. The Trojans improve to 3-7 on the season and finish out their year. The Rebels trailed 41-8 at halftime, their lone score of the half coming from a Cole Lake Streater, a 55-yard touchdown. Streater also scored on a 40 yard run in the third quarter and finished the game with over 100 yards rushing. Jake Liddell rushed the ball for over 60 yards. According to head coach Ted Feretti, Streater was an All-District selection at linebacker, while Liddell and Bailey Howard received honorable mentions at running back. Austin Jennings was an honorable mention selection at linebacker.
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Stars to host River Oaks in AA playoff game
by Reggie Ross, Sports Editor
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It’s playoff time for the Winona Christian Stars as they host River Oaks Friday night in hopes of a Class AA championship. In their season finale, the Stars knocked off Bayou Academy 36-20 in a gritty matchup against two similar teams. The Stars improve to 7-3 on the year and will host the Mustangs, a 6-4 team from 3-AA play from Monroe, Louisiana. The Stars got a huge game from senior back Stuart Dickerson, who rushed the ball 25 times for 197 yards. Dickerson scored three times for the Stars. As a team the Stars rushed for 348 yards on 53 carries. Morgan Mills had 10 carries for 71 yards, and Waye Watkins had 42 yards on 10 carries. Watkins completed 1 of 2 passes for 23 yards. Watkins had a rushing score for the Stars. That pass was completed to Evan Wood, who scored a touchdown. Defensively, Watkins pounded the Colts with 12 tackles. Zack Castille had seven stops for the Stars, while Tyler Giles, Luke Pittman and Morgan Mills had six tackles. The Stars will face a Mustang team that finished second in their district behind Riverfield Academy. River Oaks will be led offensively by quarterback Brendan McGregor and running back Drake Porter. Game time is slated for 7 p.m. at Winona Christian.
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