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March 28, 2012

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012 Stone High ....... Page 9A Wiggins, Miss. Vol. 97, No. 13 USPS 522-300 Your Hometown Newspaper Since 1916 SCUA unveils treatment facility Electrical glitch cau By Jody O'Hara Excitement over the ribbon cut- ting at the Stone County Utility Authority's new S-8 wastewater treatment facility Friday quickly turned to concern over an over- flow situation on Monday. Plant operator James Busby told the authority at its Monday meeting that power had some- how been lost to the pumps which circulate and discharge treated material to a drip field and the final-stage pond had overflowed. "The pumps didn't run all weekend and we experienced a hydraulic overload with the set- tling pond," Busby told authority members. Damian McKay quickly asked if the flow should be stopped but various estimates as to how bad the discharge was stopped the authority short of shutting down the fality. Engineers familiar with the plant said the discharge had not been a major one, prompting authority member Randy concern STONE UTILITY AUTHORITY HELD RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONIES FOR THE NEW S-8 WASTEWATER TREATMENT FACILITY ON COBB ROAD FRIDAY. PICTURED ARE WENDELL PATRON, NELL MURRAY, CONSULTANT; JAY PAUL GUMM, SCEDP DIRECTOR; JOSEPH DAVENPORT, SC BOARD OF SUPERVISOR DISTRICT ONE; SCOTT STRICKLAND, SC BOARD OF SUPERVISORS PRESIDENT; DOUG MCLEOD, STATE REPRESENTATIVE; JOEL MILES, WIGGINS ALDERMAN AT LARGE; DAMIAN MCKAY, SCUA BOARD MEMBER; TRUDY FISHER, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR MDEQ; MIKE ESSARY, NEEL SCHAFFER ENGINEERING; DICK O'NEAL, PRESIDENT SCUA BOARD; SF..AN COURTNEY, SCUA ATTORNEY; BETTY COLVIN, SCUA BOARD MEMBER; JON BOND, STONE COUNTY ENGINEER; JERRY ALEXANDER, WIGGINS MAYOR; JACOB SMITH, O'NEAL BOND ENGINEERING; JOHN HARRIS, MDEO; AND JAMES BUSBY, FACILITY OPERATOR. JODY O'HARA / ENTERPRISE Williams to suggest the meeting move to the facility so the exact magnitude of the problem could be determined. The fact Stone County experi- enced nearly lO inches of rain in a short period of time did noth- ing to help matters. On Friday, representatives from Wiggins, Stone County and the Mississippi Department of MDEQ Executive Director Environmental Quality had gath- Trudy Fisher said foresight had ered at the plant for the purpose been instrumental in the facility's of celebrating the facility's com- ing online. ,- Please seell page 2A Five taken down for illicit drugs By Jody O'Hara Three people are still in custody and two have posted bond in connection with a pair of drug busts last week. After obtaining a search war- rant, members of the Stone/Wiggins Narcotics Task Force, the Wiggins Police Department and the Stone County Sheriff Department con- ducted a raid at 630 Second Ave E. in  Wiggins last Tuesday.  [ll yl We,o00ato00 Ride 'Em Cowbo andseizeda half-cookie of   THIS ADVENTUROUS YOUNG MAN TOOK TIME FROM THE FESTIVITIES FRIDAY EVENING AT PINE HILL FESTIVAL TO TRY HIS HAND AT BULL RIDING. SIMULATED BULL RIDING WAS ONE OF SEVERAL ACTIVITIES AVAILABLE FOR KIDS AT THE FESTIVAL. MORE PHOTOS AND STORY ON FRONT OF B SECTION. JODY O'HARA / ENTERPRISE City revisits water issue By dody O'Hara At its meeting of last Tuesday, the Wiggins Board of Aldermen once again addressed water serv- ice in the city. The previous week, the board had questioned testing and main- tenance procedures related to municipal water. Ward 2 Alderman Gene Alexander had requested inde- pendent testing of the city's water as several board members had been told fluoridation and ehlorinat)on may not have taken place on a regularly scheduled - and mandated - basis. "I would like to have something from a disinterested party to determine where we're actually at," Alexander had said at the time. One point of contention was whether or not previous water operators had had sufficient time and equipment to do their assigned tasks. Alderman-at-Large Joel Miles asked Director of Public Works Keith Cooper if new water opera- tor Mike Gill would be given suf- ficient time to do the job satisfac- torily and have access to the equipment necessary to perform the job. "Absolutely," Cooper replied. "He just has to let me know what he needs and we'll see to it that he has it." There had been reports that the fluoridation equipment had sat unused and actually had mold growing on it. In other matters: The board voted to have city lawnmowers retrofitted to burn propane. - Please see,Ofllf, page 2A crack cocaine weighing approximately four grams," said Capt. Jay Green of the task force. "We also recovered an ounce of marijuana and a gram of powder cocaine." Leonard Taylor, a 4o-year-old resident of Wiggins, formerly of Ohio, was arrested and charged with possession of cocaine and marijuana and given a $30,00o bond. Lorraine County placed a hold on Taylor and he remains in cus- tody at the Stone County Regional Correctional Facility. His girlfriend, Myra Hernandez, 35, was also charged with the same crimes and posted a $3o,ooo bond. Adrian Ray Harris, a a6-year- old Wiggins resident was also arrested and charged with mis- demeanor possession of marijua- na. Harris posted a $1,ooo bond. Four children under the age of lO were taken into custody by the Mississippi Department of Human Services as a result of the arrests. On Thursday, the task force received a tip from a concerned citizen who had witnessed 29- year-old Benjamin Whittington and 19-year-old Kasey MaUett traveling from store to store purchasing precursors for making metham- phetamine. Members of the task force fol- lowed the pair and actually stood in line with them while they pur- chased precursors. "They were pulled over in the parking lot of a fast-food restau- rant, arrested and charged with possession of two-or-more pre- cursors," Green said. In the course of the investigation, Whittington admitted he had more precursors at his house and after obtaining consent to search, the officers discovered he had all the necessary chemicals for the manufacture of meth." Police seized a 9mm pistol and a 1994 Ford Mustang in connec- tion with the arrests. ,. Please seeSANllm, page 2A Bank of Wiggins 601-928-4484 Contact Us Telephone ................ 601.928.4802 Tollfree .................... 866.231.672; Fax ....................... 6Ol.928.2191 General email .......................... ...... editor@stonecountyenterprise.eom Newsroom email ....................... ....... Classified email ......................... .. 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