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Wednesday, April 25, 2012 INSIDE A look into Stone (000unt00 [ g t  yo Hometowln N:S:s:aUSrS':: 1916 Out of t i  . ., By Jody O'Hara Another SNAFU has arisen with the S-8 waste water treatment facility. At Monday's meeting of the authority, board members heard of drainage pipe which had not been laid to engi- neering specifications. This information fol- lows problems with breaking saddles on drainage pipe and a breaker which blew, allowing holding-pond levels to rise to unac- ceptable levels. Gerr0d Kilpatrick, the facility!s engineer, said a couple of the drains had been found at the speci- fied depth. Just a couple out of miles and miles of drain tubing. The rest were at vari- ous depths, most shallow- er than the 18 inches speci- fied. "I would recommend getting a concession from the design engi- neer that things were not done to the original specifications," he told the board. There seemed to be as many opinions as to what impact the shal- lower drains may have as there were varying measurements. Soil density, com- paction, whether trac- Damian McKay. The facility was designed, and is permit- ted, as a zero-discharge facility. "If the original design '7 am not going to vote to accept the work unless it's done to specifications," - Damian MeKay SCUA Board Member tors would drive over the pipes and how deep aerobic soil goes all came into the conversa- tion. "Before we accept it, we have to make sure there's no surface flow," said authority member was for the pipe to be laid at a depth of 18 inches, why wasn't the contract followed?" asked authority member Randy Williams. Authority chairman Dick O'Neal said drains too close to the surface would hamper mainte- nance of the facility. "We do not need prob- lems with surface water when we're trying to get in there with a tractor to cut grass," he said. Williams seemed disgust- ed with the idea the contractor, Hemphill Construction, had exe- cuted the contract with- out enough oversight. "We're just throwing our hands up and say- ing, 'Build it like you want to,'" he said. McKay said anyone expecting him to approve work done not in accordance with design specifications was going to be in for a surprise. "To the best of my knowledge, you conduct soil tests in order to establish holding capaci- ties and that tells you how deep, or how shal- low, your lines should be," he said. "Apparently, the health department says they should be 6-12 inches and now we're finding out it's all at 6-8 inches when the engineer spec- ified 18 inches. Please see,  page 2A LUMINARIA FOR THE OUT OF THE DARKNESS CAMPUS WALK, HELD LAST TUESDAY AT A. L. MAY MEMORIAL STADIUM ON THE PERKINSTON CAMPUS OF MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST COMMUNITY COLLEGE. MORE THAN 50 PEOPLE BRAVED THE BAD WEATH- ER TO TAKE PART IN THE WALK AND RAISED MORE THAN ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR SUICIDE PREVENTION AWARENESS. ENTERPRISE PHOTOS BY JODY O'HARA. Rain can't dampen spirit of walkers By dody O'Hara Suicide became a glar- ing presence in her life when her son, Austin, took his own life Jan. 14, 2007. "Suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students and the third leading cause of death among people 15- to 23-years- old," she said. Sheffield has lost sev- eral friends to suicide and, like Somers, hoped to make a difference. ' Please see, WALK, page 2A Organizers of the first Out of the Darkness Campus Walk held in . Mississippi were pleas- antly surprised by the turnout last Tuesday. "This was great," said Dawn Somers. "We hoped to have 50 people if the weather was good and we had more than 50 people and the rain was pouring down." Somers and Sherry Sheffield, a campus police officer at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, organized the event under the auspices of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. "I want to bring aware- ness to and prevention of suicide," Somers said. National Day of Prayer next Thursday By Jody O'Hara believes the only way we The Stone County Ministerial Association will once again host the National Day of Pras'er in Stone County. Next Thursday, those desiring will congregate at noon in the court- room of the Stone County Courthouse where individuals will offer up prayer for chil- dren, schools, the mili- tary services, govern- mental bodies and the nation as a whole. "The association can have a bright future in Stone County is to honor and follow God's leadership, so we offer up prayer on this day along with the rest of the nation," said Rev. Mike Dobbs of Word Alive Revival Center, the president of the ministe- rial association. In addition, students from Vardaman Street Christian Acadely will sing the National Anthem. , Please see,  page 3A Annual fishing event set By Jody O'Hara Children 14-and-under will have an opportunity to fish for free Saturday, May 5 as the DeSoto Ranger District once again hosts its Kids' Fishing Event. Taking place at Airey Lake near the Airey Work Center at 211 City Rd. in McHenry. Catfish will have been stocked and participants need to bring their own fishing poles, tackle, bait, snacks, drinks and chairs. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and fishing takes place from 8- lO"3O a.m. All children must be accompanied by a par- ent or guardian. More information can be obtained by calling 6ox-528-616o. b. t OpenN(:,w [ GrandOpeninq Apri121',t Roll-00bur-Own Smokes 200 Pure Premium J Quality Tobacco tll3 for only 524.95 +Tax T)bacc0 Mort Sat. lOam 8 pm 601-928-9001 in front of 1049 E. 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