Latest Greenwood News

Remains of long-missing soldier coming home to Mississippi

Nov. 16, 2019 1:54 PM EST

GREENWOOD, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi family will hold a funeral next month for a soldier who died during the Korean War. The remains of U.S. Army Cpl. Joe T. Avant were identified in September. The Greenwood Commonwealth reported a funeral is set for Dec. 13 in Avant’s hometown of Greenwood....

Animal shelter hasn't taken in public's animals for months

Nov. 13, 2019 7:06 AM EST

GREENWOOD, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi animal shelter has been over capacity for months, forcing it to stop taking in any animals brought in by the public. The Leflore County Humane Society's volunteer interim director, Janice McCurdy, tells The Greenwood Commonwealth that the shelter turns away at least 10...

Bank robbery charges dismissed against man jailed for months

Nov. 11, 2019 7:37 AM EST

GREENWOOD, Miss. (AP) — Bank robbery charges have been dismissed against a Mississippi man who was jailed for months without any noticeable progress in the case. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports 29-year-old Brandon Lancaster was released from custody this month after a judge determined the FBI had failed...

Officer who caused murder case mistrial may return to post

Nov. 5, 2019 9:10 AM EST

GREENWOOD, Miss. (AP) — 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...

The Latest: Democrat seeks bipartisan support in Mississippi

Nov. 4, 2019 4:06 PM EST

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on the Mississippi governor's race (all times local): 3 p.m. The Democratic nominee for Mississippi governor says he thinks he will receive bipartisan support from voters. Jim Hood spoke to reporters Monday as he campaigned in the Mississippi Delta, a region that's important...

Man convicted in double slaying paroled

Oct. 24, 2019 6:02 PM EDT

GREENWOOD, Miss. (AP) — At 17, Paul Murrell Stewart pleaded guilty to capital murder and was sentenced to life in prison without parole for his role in a grisly shooting spree that left two men dead at convenience stores east of Greenwood. Now, at age 41, Stewart is being paroled. The Greenwood...

From Luckenbach to Rocky Top, country is an American roadmap

Sep. 23, 2019 9:48 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country music is a uniquely American art form, with its roots in the fiddle from European immigrants and the African banjo all the way through its explosion as a commercial art form that has reflected the social, economic and cultural changes within our country. Ken Burns took on...

Greenwood trying to increase collection of overdue fines

Sep. 21, 2019 11:08 AM EDT

GREENWOOD, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi city will revive its efforts to collect about $2.8 million that people owe in overdue fines. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports that Greenwood officials are canceling a contract with a collection firm that the city has been using. Mayor Carolyn McAdams says the firm,...