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12A STONE COUNTY ENTERPRISE ...ARRESTS "After talking to [Warden], he gave the offi- cers consent to search the property," Green said. "They discovered 31 shake bottles containing precur- sor chemicals used to pro- duce meth." Averaging out what each bottle had the potential to produce, Green estimated his agency had kept as many as 64 grams of the drug from reaching the street. Warden was charged with possession of two or more precursors and generation of hazardous waste. It was not the first time Warden has been in trou- ble in connection with methamphetamine. "He had been charged several years ago with manufacture of a con- trolled substance and pos- session with intent to dis- tribute meth," Green said. Because he was on proba- Gas prices fall Mississippi, May.23- Average retail gasoline prices in Mississippi have fallen 9.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.65/g yesterday. This compares with the national average that has fallen 8.8 c6nts per gallon in the last week to $3.83/g, according to gasoline price website MississippiGasPrices.com. Including the change in gas prices in Mississippi during the past week, prices yesterday were $1.o2/g higher than the same day one year ago and are 1.1 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has increased o.1 cents per gal- lon during the last month and stands $1.o4/g higher than this day one year ago. NEED TO SEND A FAX? Stop by the Stone County Enterprise 143 First St. Wiggins will do it for you! mmn LOCAL I www.stonecountyenterprise.com tion, the Mississippi Department of Corrections placed a hold on Warden pending probation revoca- tion. "I've said it before and I'll say it again," said Stone County Sheriff Mike Farmer. "If you're going to mess with that junk in this county, sooner or later, you're going to jail. "We are not going to put up with people of that nature poisoning our chil- dren." WARDEN the city's permit to dis- charge from the west lagoon. The MDEQ requires per- mits of that nature to be surrendered when a regional system becomes available. Ward 2 Alderman Gene Alexander also took offense when former authority engineer Ryan Tice brought up the per- mit-surrender issue. With the new offer, the aldermen seem to be ready to enter into a new agree- ment, with a couple of pro- visos. "This couldn't work with- out the east lagoon being mmm "under both the Democratic and Republican-backed plans that were proposed this past year, Stone County would have been split among four House dis- tricts." Yet the advantage of a single senator has been lost. "The bad news is the Senate's plan - which placed Stone County whol- ly into one Senate district - also was shelved by the judges' decision. As a result, Stone County is condemned to being sliced up among three Senate dis- tricts for yet another elec- tion," Gumm said. The biggest question remaining is what will hap- pen next year. Essentially the same play- ers will likely be fighting over the reapportionment. If once again deadlocked, a special five-member DISTRICTS panel would draw plans. Since legislators are elect- ed for four years, lawmak- ers elected in 9o21 should sit until 2015. It's more likely someone will file a lawsuit based on the fact that the districts are not balanced according to population, calling for new elections in 201a. That's a likely scenario in Gumm's viewpoint. "Either of those House redistricting plans would have diminished the politi- cal voice of the county so badly as to deny our citi- zens the equal protection under the law they are guaranteed by th Constitution," he said. "The EDP will continue our effort to protect Stone County's political and eco- nomic strength when law- makers try to draw new districts after the 2Oll elections. As our popula- tion has grown, so should ...SEWER... tied in because that gets the flow rate up to a point which brings down the cost to an acceptable level," said Alderman-at-Large Joel Miles. "No matter what, there's going to be a rate increase for sewer and that increase will be borne by the citizens of Wiggins. "Tying in both lagoons will reduce the amount of that increase." Miles pointed out the fact the Board of Aldermen would like the agreement to be for more than one year and would also like to see caps set on the amount the rate can increase over a year's time. "With those in place, I would be willing to enter into a service agreement and, I believe, that holds true for the other alder- men." That said, Miles does not wish to see the city subsi- dizing the authority's other projects; the S-9 Wastewater Treatment Facility and the W-lo Water Facility. "We were elected to look out for the interests of the citizens of the city," he said. Authority Chairman Dick O'Neal is pleased to see things moving forward and said all involved had May 25, 2011 mmm our political strength. Carving up our county among several districts would counteract the polit- ical strength that naturally follows extraordinary pop- ulation growth like that Stone County has enjoyed over the past decade." The public will have opportunities to air their concerns over redistricting at several public forums. Those closest to Stone County will be held at 6 p.m. Aug. 25 in Hattiesburg at the University of Southern Mississippi's Thad Cochran Center in Ballroom I and 6 p.m. Aug. 26 in Gulfport at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College's Jefferson Davis Campus in the Fine Arts Auditorium. worked hard to make the project a success. "My whole thing is [MDEQ] is wanting us to succeed," he said. "Ray Eaton, John Harris and even Trudy Fisher have worked diligently to see that happen." 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