LOCAL BRIEFING: Girl Scout cookies ordering begins

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Girl Scout cookies are now available for pre-order.

Scouts in the Heart of the South Council, which covers much of north Mississippi, will take pre-orders through Jan. 27.

Cookie booth sales will begin Feb. 21 and last through March 16.

The flavors will stay the same as the past few years: Dulce de Leche, Savannah Smiles, Thin Mint, Samoas, Tagalongs, Trefoils, Do-Si-Dos and Thank You Berry Munch.

Cookies are $3.50 per box.

MDOT names Dunn maintenance engineer

TUPELO – The Mississippi Department of Transportation has named Matt Dunn as district maintenance engineer.

Dunn will oversee all state highway and building maintenance operations in MDOT’s 16-county Northeast Mississippi region.

Dunn, a Gulfport native and Mississippi State University graduate, has worked at MDOT for 16 years as a structures engineer, project engineer and assistant maintenance engineer.

Reward offered for information on break-in

TUPELO – Police are looking for the suspect responsible for breaking into the EZ Car Wash on East Main Street.

A television, DirectTV cable box, box of laundry detergent, box of air-fresheners, four cases of drinks, security monitoring equipment and a box of keys were taken from the business’ office Thursday.

Anyone with information about the burglary is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 773-8477.

Lafayette County to require parking lots

OXFORD – Lafayette County supervisors voted to require paved customer parking for new commercial developments.

County Engineer Larry Britt said the issue had arisen after complaints about businesses outside of city limits with gravel parking lots from which mud is tracked by vehicles onto public roads.

Supervisor Mike Pickens at first questioned the proposal, citing costs that could discourage small businesses from opening in Lafayette County. When the wording was changed to specify that only customer parking must be paved – not all the land on which a farm equipment dealer might park tractors, in Pickens’ example – he joined other supervisors in supporting the measure.