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Wednesday, January 27, 2010 St0n( Co, Wiggins, Vol. 95, No. 04 75 USPS 522-300 Your Hometown Newspaper Since 1916 City revisits no smoking ordinance By Jody O'Hara Staff Writer The Wiggins Board of Aldermen authorized City Attorney Rebecca Taylor to move forward with the drafting of an ordinance which would ban smoking in all city parks last Tuesday. Pam Faidey, of the Mississippi Tobacco Coalition, informed the aldermen and Mayor Jerry Alexander that she had funds set aside for the drafting of an ordi- nance as well as funds for no- smoking signs to be placed in the parks and to pay for a public hearing on the ordinance. The no-smoking ordinance will likely be patterned after one in place in Ocean Springs. There are currently signs in place in the parks which forbid smoking, but the new signs should be more visible, according to Fairley. In other action: The aldermen heard from Land Code Administrator John Prickett on a preliminary plat for Long leaf Place, a proposed subdivision on Pine Burr Drive. The aldermen approved that plat. The board also approved Article 8 of the Land Development Code. Article 8 deals with zoning districts and it has been reduced from 39 pages to 19 pages. The issue of signs once again came up and Ward 2 Alderman Gene Alexander made a motion to hold a meeting with the Planning Commission after the Feb. 2 regular meeting of the aldermen. That meeting was originally scheduled to take place two weeks ago, but emergency situa- tions forced cancellation of the meeting when a quorum of the board was not available. This time around, the meeting~ will cover all aspects of the Land Development Code. "I would like to have a meeting with the planning commissioners on all aspects of the Land Code office," Alexander said. Prickett also proposed an accel- eration of the Land Code revi- sion. He said at the rate things were going, the Planning Commission would be working far too long on the revision. The board approved the accel- erated plan Pricket proposed. At the request of City Engineer Pete Williams, the board decided to hold off on approving a pro- posed new street between Hall Street and Magnolia Drive. Williams also reported to the board on his progress in attempt- ing to secure property on the south side of the airport. The FAA has said the airport must be brought up to specifica- tions if it is to continue receiving FAA funding. Williams told the board he had made it to step two of a nine-step process. "It looks promising," he told the board. "We'll be able to secure enough land on the south side that we won't have to secure the bus barn." The airport needs additional land in order to secure its run- way safety zones. Please see, CITY page 2A Defendants in violent crimes arraigned JODY O'HARA / ENTERPRISE A semi truck our of Columbia caught fire at the corner of Stapp St. and Central Ave. Monday afternoon. Wiggins Fire Department quickly brought the blaze until control but the truck was a total loss. There were no injuries and the cause of the fire is still under investigation. By Jody O'Hara Staff Writer A pair of defendants in unrelat- ed violent crimes were arraigned in Circuit Court last week. Donnie Magee was arraigned on a charge of murder in the death of Hernandus Breland, a 31-year- old resident of Wiggins. Breland was found bleeding from three stab wounds in the early morning hours of March 15 on Iowa Street near Second Avenue. Magee was arrested about 90 minutes later when police fol- lowed up on tips. They also found what they believed to be the murder weapon. "He was a person of interest right from the start," said Wiggins Police Department Investigator Paul Brown. Witnesses told police at the time that Magee and Breland had been arguing about a common love interest since the day previ- ous to the murder. The court appointed Phil Whitman to represent Magee and set a trial date of July 19. Magee could face up to life in prison if convicted of the charge. Please see, CRIME, page 2A General Dynamics gets Easterling pleads to $33 million order reduced charges By Jody O'Hara Circuit Court Judge Roger T. By Jody O'Hara Staff Writer The General Dynamics plant in McHenry will benefit from a $33 million order the company has received from U.S. Army Contracting Command. The order is an extension of a contract awarded to the company in 2006. Delivery of the product is to commence in June and the order is expected to be filled in November. Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd., of Haifa, Israel will share in the produc- tion of the armor. District 4 Supervisor Wendell Patton said the order was great news for Stone County. "They employ a good number of people down there and we want to keep every job we can in the county," he said. The McHenry plant employs between 40 and 50 people at any given time. General Dynamics reactive armor system is composed of tiles which fasten to the exterior of the Bradley Fighting Vehicle, allowing it to withstand direct hits from a variety of anti-armor munitions. "Our reactive armor package is a light-weight solution that can defeat full-scale, shape-charge threats of modern, long-range anti-tank missiles," said Russ Klein, vice president and general manager of weapon systems for General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products. "Our team in McHenry is proud to produce reactive armor tiles that save lives and prevent severe damage to combat vehicles in Iraq." General Dynamics, headquar- tered in Falls Church, Va., employs approximately 92,300 people worldwide. The compa- ny is a market leader in business aviation; land and expeditionary combat systems, armaments and munitions; shipbuilding and marine systems; and information systems and technologies. More information about General Dynamics is available online at, Staff Writer Some llth hour negotiating last Tuesday resulted in Lorrie Easterling pleading guilty to a charge of misdemeanor driving under the influence - first offense and reckless driving. Easterling had been charged with felony driving under the influence - liquor causing death or disfigurement and felony driv- ing under the influence - cocaine causing death or disfigurement. The charges stemmed from a 2o07 rollover accident in which Easteding's 9-year-old son, Evan MaKae Easterling, was killed. The prosecution had asked for a continuation on Jan. 14, but Clark had denied that motion, ordering the trial to begin last Tuesday. Jury selection was underway with opening arguments set to begin last Wednesday morning when the two sides came to an agreement on the plea bargain. As a result of the plea, Lorrie Easterling will serve 3o days in the Stone County Regional Correctional Facility, with her sentence to begin no later than Feb. 8. She will also have to pay a fine of $750 and court costs and her license will be suspended for 90 days. Please see, EASTERLING, page 2A Hometown newspaper of Brenda Stewart of Pottsville, Arkansas . 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