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U Wednesday, May 2, 2012 MDOT outlines Your INSIDE SMS Banner, Honor Roils .r. 10 .8 By Jody O'Hara New Southern District Transportation Commissioner Tom King made a stopover in Stone County last week and spent several hours visiting with city and county officials and oth- ers. Tom King, who was elected to the position last November, spoke at a special meeting of the Wiggins Board of Aldermen before being recognized at a recep- tion hosted by the Stone County Economic Development Partnership. King was joined by assistant-to-the-com- missioner Tim Ryan, District 6 Engineer Kelly Castleberry and assis- tant engineer Red Stringfellow. Addressing the Board of Aldermen, King stressed the impor- tance of road building and road maintenance to the economy of any commu- nity. He also stressed the importance of commu- nication between MDOT and those communities. He turned the conver- sation over to Castleberry, who informed the board of MDOT's decision to install a traffic signal at the Hwy. 49 and South Hwy. 49 and Hall Street intersection," he said. "We also plan to close the median crossover at the Hall Street intersec- tion with Hwy. 49." 'We believe a signal at that intersection will do the most good in controlling traffic and alleviating the issues you've been experiencirgl..." Magnolia Drive inter- change. "We believe a signal at that intersection will do the most good in con- trolling traffic and alle- viating the issues you've been experiencing at the MDOT had devised plans without consulting city officials beforehand. 'ou say communica- tion is the key to suc- cess, yet you come in and tell us this is what you plan to do, it's cut- and-dried, take it or leave it," he -Ke//lj  said. MDOOr   E Stringfellow spoke up at that Castleberry also revealed plans for a tapered exit lane and a tapered entrance lane at that intersection. Ward a Alderman Gene Alexander seemed to take exception that time and said the plans were not, as Alexander suggested, cut-and- dried. "We had talked about dosing the Hall Street entrance to Hwy. 49 entirely and, after con- sultation with the city, we chose to dose the median instead," he said. "We take an awful lot of information into consideration and attempt to make the best decisions possible, not 0nly in the interest of the department, but also in the interest of the communities which will be affected by those decisions." Castleberry also informed the board of the fact there would be no project to widen Hwy. 26 in the near future. *Please see, EIl4B page2 DISTRICT 47 SENATOR TONY SMITH, DISTRICT 43 SENATOR PHILLIP A. GANDY AND DISTRICT 45 SENATOR BILLY HUDSON WEL- COMED OFFICIALS FROM STONE COUNTY TO THE CAPITOL ON TUES., MAY 1, 2012, WHERE THEY WERE HONORED WITH PRES- ENTATION OF SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 643, COMMEMORATING STONE COUNTY AS THE "MURAL COUNTY OF MISSISSIPPI." PICTURED FROM LEFT TO RIGHT ARE DALE BOND, STONE COUNTY DISTRICT 5 SUPERVISOR, SENATOR PHILLIP A, GANDY, JAY ALLEN, VP OF MGCCC, PERKINSTON CAMPUS, JAY PAUL GUMM, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE SSCEDP, KATHRYN LEWIS: DIRECTOR OF TELLING TREES PROJECT, JERRY ALEXANDER, MAYOR OF THE CITY OF WIGGINS, SENATOR TONY SMITH AND SCOTT STRICKLAND, PRESIDENT OF STONE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS. Stone named "Mural County," of Mississippi By Jody O'Hara Senator Tony Smith. of Supervisors President with which to market The Mississippi State legislature has given Stone County a new moniker. With the passage of Senate Concurrent Resolution 643, the county will now be known as ."The Mural County of Mississippi." The resolution was adopted by the senate April 25 and is signed by Lt. Gov. and President of the Senate Tate Reeves, Speaker of the House of Representatives Philip Gunn and District 47 Smith introduced the resolution at the urging of Stone County Economic Development Partnership Executive Director Jay Paul Gumm. The senator also said Kathryn Lewis of the Telling Trees Project had been instrumental in his having taken up the resolution. Several Stone County dignitaries planned to attend Tuesday's session of the legislature for the formal reading of the resolution. Gumm, Lewis, Board Scott Striddand, Mayor Jerry Alexander and Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College arts instructor Sandra Cassibry all said they would be present. "This is an honor and a privilege for our coun- ty," Strickland said. "It is with great pride that I go to Jackson for this event." Gumm pointed out the economic advantage of having the new label. "Stone County being designated -the 'Mural County of Mississippi' gives us another tool our county as a tourism destination," he said. "Much like the series of "rold You So' tours, this designation will reach tourists that otherwise might just pass through i:: Stone County. "Travelers interested ii both the arts and history i! will have another reason i! to stop in Stone County, and if they stop, they ' will spend money buy- !! ing gas, food and lodg- i] ing. The amazing murals  all over Stone County i! Plse see,  pe 2 i Committee appointed for grants By do@ O'Hara ed to someone other The City of Wiggins Board of Aldermen voted at a special meet- ing Monday to appoint a eommiee to select a grant administrator, engineer and attorney for a proposed Community Development Block Grant which would help with payment for sewer rehabilitation projects.. Things proceeded along the usual lines until Ward 2 Alderman Gene Alexander object- than an alderman taking a seat on the committee. "I think it should be aldermen making the recommendation," he said. Mayor Jerry Alexander had recommended Alderman-at-Large Joel Miles and Ward 4 Alderman Tommy Hall, along with Land Code Administrator Misha Parker for the commit- tee before Gene Alexander's objectionl o Please see,  page 2 Guard practices real Homeland Security By dody O'Hara Members of two National Guard units got the opportunity to practice their Military Occupational Specialties (MOS) locally last week. Soldiers from the 857th Horizontal Co. in Wiggins and the 25xst Quarry in Lumberton took part in a project to clear land near the armory on Old Hwy. 49. The Guard was informed overgrown land on the corner of [nda Road and Old Hwy. 49 caused security concerns as it blocked views and provided cover. Rather than ask Stone County officials to clear the offending over- growth, members of the two units brought in heavy equipment and did the job themselves. - Please see, GUARD, page 14 r-- 'C:) I C) '0 C ,4" Lrl U'l Hometown newspaper of Gabe Porter of Wigg, ins, Missi%sippi O Bank of Wiggins Wiggins, MS. 6OI-928-5233 Time & Temperature $ " 601-928-4484 per N:,,, i Grand Openm 9 April 2!st 7 Roll-00our-Own Smokes 200 Pure Premium ){ i Quality Tobacco for only S24.95 +Ta T00bacc0 Mort -Sat. t0 am 8 pm 601-928-9001 in front of t049 E. Frontage Dr. Wai-Mart gas station COME I BEFORE MAY i5TH ; TO TAKE ; ADVANTAGE OF THIS SPECIAL ,!: .OER. I SPECIA