By The Associated Press
PASCAGOULA – Mississippi officials are celebrating a newly announced $1.5 billion contract awarded to Huntington Ingalls Industries for design and construction of an amphibious transport dock LPD 27 ship, to be built at the company’s Ingalls Shipbuilding division.
Navy Secretary Ray Mabus informed members of the Mississippi congressional delegation Friday afternoon of the new contact.
Work is expected to be completed by June 2017, according to the Department of Defense.
Sen. Thad Cochran said he’s pleased that shipbuilders in Mississippi are getting the work. Sen. Roger Wicker, as the ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Seapower subcommittee, said the amphibious ships give a decisive advantage to U.S. sailors and Marines.
Black couple says racism forced wedding relocation
JACKSON – A Jackson couple says the church where they planned to get married turned them away because they are black.
Charles and Te’Andrea Wilson said they had set the date and mailed invitations, but the day before their wedding they got bad news from the pastor of predominantly white First Baptist Church of Crystal Springs: Some members of the church complained about the black couple having a wedding there. Pastor Stan Weatherford said he was surprised when a small number of church members opposed holding the wedding at the church. Weatherford performed the wedding at another church to avoid controversy affecting the church or the wedding.
Church officials now say they welcome any race. They plan to hold internal meetings on how to move forward.
Man killed in ATV
crash on Friday
NEW ALBANY – A Pleasant Ridge man died in a four-wheeler accident Friday morning.
Jimmy D. Cobb, 78, of the Pleasant Ridge community in Union County was pronounced dead at Baptist Memorial Hospital-New Albany at 8:04 a.m.
Union County Coroner Mark Golding said Cobb was apparently loading or unloading his four-wheeler on a trailer when it overturned on him.
Cobb was found early Friday morning by his son, according to Golding.
More rain needed
for state’s soybeans
STARKVILLE – Agriculture experts at Mississippi State University said Mississippi’s soybean crop needs more moisture to complete what has at times been a dry season.
Mississippi State’s University Extension Service said recent rains, along with irrigation, have helped after a dry spell in June.
“We are thankful for the rain that we’ve received this growing season, and we all know it is a blessing,” Trent Irby, Mississippi State University Extension Service soybean specialist, said in a news release. “But we still have several weeks to go in many areas, and additional moisture certainly will be needed to finish making the crop.”
Planting began in late March this year and continued through early July. Mississippi has 2.13 million soybean acres this year.
Daily Journal, wire reports