Wildlife Tasting Supper
planned for Tuesday
n CORINTH – A taste of the wild awaits anyone who attends the 24th annual Alcorn County Wildlife Tasting Supper at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
Admission at the Crossroads Arena is a wildlife dish, or $6 for adults and $3 for children age 12 and younger.
Categories of dishes include water critter, feathered, antlered, land critter, hunting club, desserts and chili or stew.
In addition to entertainment by the Courthouse Pickers, there is a gun raffle and door prizes.
Residents better prepared
for tornadoes, storms
n HICKORY FLAT – Storm shelters and a severe weather siren are now in place for Hickory Flat residents.
After a six-month process to receive a grant from the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, the storm shelters have been built and a siren is ready.
The two community storm shelters are on Maple Street behind the fire department and each can house 33 standing people and are handicap-accessible.
MDOT, others heighten
awareness of curve
n CALHOUN CITY – The dangerous curve on Highway 9 north of the Square has gotten some much-needed attention from the Mississippi Department of Transportation.
“They took down trees … and they’re going to slope and grass” the hill on the west side of the curve, Mayor J.R. Denton said, “and they may put in a barrier of some kind.”
Just north of the curve, MDOT also placed a mechanical speed limit sign that measures the speed of southbound traffic.
Okolona seeks Chamber
of Commerce nominations
n OKOLONA – The 75 annual Okolona Area Chamber of Commerce Awards banquet will be March 19 at the National Guard Armory.
Nominations are now being solicited for citizen of the Year, Business of the Year, Industry of the Year, Main Street award, Philanthropist award and Golden Heart award.
Nominations may be e-mailed to Executive Director Linda Carnathan at firstname.lastname@example.org, faxed to (662) 447-2054 or dropped at the Chamber office on Main Street.
Banquet tickets are available from any Chamber member.
County cancels collection
contract for garbage
n WEST POINT – The Board of Supervisors canceled its contract with Northeast Mississippi Recovery Inc., which collected delinquent garbage bills in Clay County since 2002.
The Daily Times Leader reports supervisors said the company wasn’t collecting enough money, and the new process could have delinquent bills resolved in justice court.
According to County Comptroller Amy Berry, $503,406 is owed in bills that are four or more years past due.
Mantachie gets new
n MANTACHIE – Danny Crum, a Mantachie resident and state-certified officer with more than 11 years law enforcement experience, recently joined the Mantachie Police Department as a full-time officer.
He replaces Tim “Red” Spradlin, who left the department late last year.
Crum joins Chief Terry Jones, and part-time officer Nelson McMillen to round out the town’s police department. The department’s other full-time officer, Wilton Cooper, will be on military leave for 12-15 months. Jones, however, said the department will be able to maintain operations.
Crum has worked as law enforcement in both Nettleton and Lee County. He previously worked with Jones in Lee County under Sheriff Earl Ray Presley.
at center today
n OXFORD – The Family-Friendly Series at the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts presents “The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley” today at 3 p.m.
Stanley Lambchop is a normal kid until one night when the bulletin board above his bed comes loose and falls – right on top of Stanley. The next morning, Stanley wakes up flat! So one day, Stanley puts himself in a big envelope and starts an around-the-world adventure as a human letter.
In a whirlwind musical travelogue, Stanley scours the globe for a solution to his unusual problem. He’s stamped, posted and canceled from Washington, D.C., to France to Honolulu and beyond.
General admission tickets are available for $15 at the Ford Center Box Office.
Harlem Globetrotter to visit
school, library on Monday
n TUPELO – A member of the Harlem Globetrotters, an exhibition basketball team known for its comedy on the court, will read to children at the Lee County Library on Monday.
A player will read during a special children’s storytime at 10 a.m. in the upstairs auditorium.
A Harlem Globetrotter also is scheduled to visit Thomas Street Elementary School that day. First-grade teacher Susan Hankins said a student at the Tupelo school won a “Globetrotter visit” in a contest his grandmother entered. As a result, Stephen Lake and his classmates in Andrea Curtis’ second-grade class have won tickets to see the Globetrotters when they play in Tupelo on March 16.
Holly Springs’ first
black policeman dies
n HOLLY SPRINGS – Elmo McKinney Sr., believed to be the first African-American hired on the Holly Springs police force, died Feb. 26 at age 85.
McKinney was born into a large farming family in the Marshall County community of Lake Center. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II in Germany, where he earned a Purple Heart. After the war he studied building trades before becoming a security guard at Rust College.
Eventually McKinney went to work for the Holly Springs Police Department, where he reached the rank of captain before his retirement.
Resident to organize
emergency prep. group
n ABERDEEN – After losing a battle with Aberdeen and Monroe County officials over an emergency management plan for the city of Aberdeen, Ed Rayfield has decided to take his plan in another direction – a grassroots group that will directly involve the city’s residents.
“John Finn and I have decided to organize a citizens group to address emergency preparedness,” Rayfield said. “This will be a way to get the community involved in case there is a disaster in Aberdeen.”
Rayfield is a five-year veteran of the Department of Homeland Security in the Virginia/Washington DC area, and Finn is a past flotilla commander of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. For information, call (662) 369-3529.
MSU alum adds Pike County
property to Bulldog Forest
n STARKVILLE – A Mississippi State alumnus now residing in coastal Texas is making a very personal gift to the university: South Mississippi farmland that has been in his family since 1900.
Wayne O’Quin of Galveston owns the 127-acre Pike County farm located five miles east of Osyka. The property is becoming part of MSU’s Bulldog Forest Program to be managed as a wildlife habitat by the College of Forest Resources.
mobile park regulations
n PONTOTOC – The Pontotoc County Board of Supervisors will implement regulations on mobile home parks beginning May 2.
The regulation, patterned after Union County’s ordinance, limits the number of mobile homes allowed on an individual’s property.
The board feared someone could take advantage of a loose or lax ordinance and decided to create an ordinance. A complete set of regulations is available for review in the chancery clerk’s office.
County dismisses property
n BOONEVILLE – As much as $370,000 in homestead funds from the state to Prentiss County are in jeopardy if the county does not complete countywide reappraisals on time, the Banner Independent reported.
The state has extended the county’s deadline to complete the reappraisal to Sept. 1 from its original July 1 due date, said Tax Assessor Steve Eaton.
Eaton said he may not be able to use any of the work performed by a consultant hired by the county due to preliminary errors, and may need to begin the process from scratch.
n DUMAS – Seth Cappleman, a 13-year-old eighth-grader at Ripley Middle School, is leading construction of a walking trail in the Kids Kingdom play area in Dumas.
The Ripley Boy Scout Troop No. 38 member is leading the project as a requirement for earning the rank of Eagle Scout.
The Dumas mayor and Board of Aldermen have approved the work, which is expected to be complete by spring or early summer.
County toughens stand
on illegal dumping
n IUKA – Supervisors and county road crews will begin vigorously monitoring illegal dumping, and those responsible will face fines of $200 to $250, the Tishomingo County News reported.
Among the items frequently dumped, and which road crews have taken to the free county landfill, are mattresses, recliners, other furniture and general waste.
People identified as owners of the refuse will be notified, and fined if they do not pick it up.
Supervisors approve land
purchase near fairgrounds
n NEW ALBANY – Union County supervisors have approved the purchase of 35.7 acres of land adjoining the east side of the Union County Fairgrounds at a price of $250,000. Board President Danny Jordan said there are no specific plans for the land yet, but it could possibly be the location for county offices.
The fairgrounds lie just off Glenfield Road near New Albany’s west end. They contain livestock barns, exhibit buildings, Extension Service offices and an arena that serves purposes from livestock shows to a farmers’ market.
Compiled by Regional Editor Stephanie Rebman from JPC newspapers and other NeMiss sources.