Mantachie goes over top in 1959 Red Cross campaign – The Mantachie Community went over the top in its Red Cross fund drive for the first time in several years. On Tuesday, the funds raised amounted to $232.42. The group’s goal had been set at $200.
The community drive was kicked off with a breakfast at Mantachie High School. This event alone netted $115.
More money was raised by public subscription throughout the community and in the Mantachie Manufacturing Company to swell the total above the goal.
The breakfast was held between the hours of 5:30 and 8:30 Tuesday morning. School buses ran early so the children could eat breakfast at the school. Citizens on their way to work came by for breakfast and to chat with friends for a few minutes.
Pancakes, sausage, bacon and eggs were served to more than 200 people who participated in the event.
Employees and management of Mantachie Manufacturing contributed $92.42 to the total.
Centralization recommended – Representatives from the State Lunchroom Program advised Itawamba County school officials to centralize the six county lunchrooms.
John Walker of State Child Nutrition, a branch of the State Department of Education, and Dorothy Scheuer, who supervises school lunchroom programs in 21 Mississippi counties, told board members that six northeast Mississippi school systems had centralized their lunchroom programs with success. Both recommended that someone with training in food services be hired to coordinate food plans at all the county schools.
“The State Auditor is pushing for this centralization,” said Superintendent of Education George E. “Jack” Brown. “It’s not law, just a suggestion Mabus feels would help.”
Brown said that during the 1982-83 school year, Itawamba County was reimbursed more than $600,000 in federal funds for free, reduced and full-price meals sold in the cafeterias; the school system also received more than $82,000 in commodities.
“Obviously, our lunch program has become a big business,” Brown said.
Scheuer and Walker said if a coordinator were hired, a menu would be established, and each county school would follow the same menu plan.
Board members took Walker and Scheuer’s recommendations under advisement.
Firemen dike gasoline leak – An environmental disaster was averted Sunday night through the quick action of a handful of volunteer firemen.
At 9:20 p.m., Tremont Fire Department personnel were called to a gasoline leak at the Tremont Amoco station on Highway 178 East. The leak was reported by station manager Sandra White and was apparently caused by a corrosion rupture in a storage tank.
Once the wheels of communication were set in motion, firemen telephoned the Itawamba County Sheriff’s Department dispatcher who called Itawamba County Emergency Management Coordinator Richard Wright.
In accordance with their HAZMAT training, firemen used a county-owned backhoe to dike the leak. Through traffic between Highway 23 North and Clay was redirected by firemen and members of the state highway patrol until 6 a.m. Monday morning while the spill was contained and environmental safety precautions were taken.
Once DEQ representatives arrived they spread mats to soak up the spill and transferred gasoline above the rupture to another tank. Then the HAZMAT cleanup contractor picked up the liquid gas and contaminated soil.
Trucks bypassing scales ruin roads – Trucks are about to get the message that Itawamba County and the City of Fulton will not longer be the bypass of choice for illegal truckers.
As tougher demands are enforced on truck cargo weight and permits, an increasing number of trucks have been exiting off 78 into Fulton and then turning right at the stop-light on main and cutting through Old Highway 25 or the Clay community to miss the scales.
The Itawamba County Board of Supervisors took action to stop the illegal truck traffic on the 5.2 miles off Hwy. 25 turned over the board by the state.
The board put a 57,670 weight limit on trucks, passed through truck limitation and changed the speed limit to 45 miles an hour. The weight limit does not pertain to trucks with a harvest permit.
It will take approximately 30 days for the ordinance to go into effect. Supervisors are depending upon MDOT to help enforce the regulations once they are in place.