Forrest CountyLloyd Gray 3/1/09 for monday
Wave Connection wins
top honors in Petal show
n PETAL – Tupelo High School’s Wave Connection took top honors Saturday night in the 9th annual Petal Show Choir Invitational.
Wave Connection won the award for best group in the competition that featured 19 show choirs from several states. The THS group also received the top awards in choreography, vocals, costumes, effect and female soloist.
Soundwave, THS’s all-girls show choir, placed second in its division.
Both groups are directed by Calvin Ellis.
Seabees return from Iraq and Afghanistan
n GULFPORT- Friends and family greeted members of the Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 7 on their return from Iraq and Afghanistan.
A plane carrying 310 Seabees arrived in Mississippi on Saturday.
A unit spokesman said no casualties occurred among the Gulfport-based Seabees during their battle-zone tour. They were part of 600 Seabees deployed to the Middle East. The remainder are expected to return in mid-March.
The Seabees had originally deployed to Iraq, but were later moved in a major U.S. buildup in Afghanistan. In Iraq, they had supported the First Marine Expeditionary Force. In Afghanistan, the Seabees served in Hellman Province in the country’s southern region.
Leaders still waiting on Hurricane Katrina funds
n PURVIS – Lamar County supervisors say they are still waiting for the Federal Emergency Management Agency to reimburse the county about $300,000 in road repairs related to Hurricane Katrina.
The county was informed by FEMA that it was eligible for federal funds to assist with the cleanup effort after Katrina lashed the region in August 2005.
County Administrator Chuck Bennett said the county had decided to move forward with the repairs when FEMA stepped in with its offer. The repairs were completed in 2007 and following a review by FEMA, the agency told the county it would be able to provide funds.
Bennett says he turned in all requested documents last May, but there have been delays with misplaced paperwork and an auditor change.
Daily Journal, wire reports