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I LOCAL I www, stonecountyenterprise.com STONE COUNTY ENTERPRISE 15 mmm mmm By Jody O'Hara Law enforcement officers from around the state gathered once again in George County Monday to say goodbye to one of their own. Sheriff Garry Welford was laid to rest in a cemetery across the street from the Shady Grove Baptist Church, where his memori- al service was conducted. Stone County Sheriff Mike Farmer said Welford would be sorely missed. "Garry Welford was a good friend of mine," he week as inmates at the Stone County Regional Correctional Facility, where they are being housed pend- ing trial. Each has been charged with capital murder in con- nection with Welford's Baxter death. mmm Williams mm Officials of Piney Woods project would provide The Wiggins ordinance regulates a list of chemicals associated with the prod- ucts. Wiggins Police Chief Matt Barnett had requested the ordinance and said it was in keeping with the actions of communities around the state. "A lot of the chemicals in it, we don't know what's being put in it, or where it's being made," he said. "There have been people who have gone into comas and there have been deaths reported." A recent USA Today arti- cle seems to confirm Barnett's assertions. The article said emer- August 2 meeting and ask that they enact an ordi- nance similar to the city's. Board President Dale Bond said he has had dis- cussions with the other supervisors about the drug, but they hadn't taken any official action. "We will certainly wel- come Capt. Green to come and fill us in on the mat- ter," he said. Bond said while he could- n't speak for the other members of the board, he personally supported such legislation. The city's ordinance makes violation a misde- meanor punishable by up to six months in jail, a maximum $1,ooo fine or both. We Carry Uniforms said. "I respected him Pellets, a manufacturer of much-needed jobs in the because he didn't let the wood pellets used as a fuel county. authority go to his head. in wood-burning applica-"We're grateful to get it," He treated everybody the tions, are excited about a he said. same, it didn't matter who foreseeable end to the dust Regina Melton of South you were." raised by trucks on the Mississippi Planning and It was the second time in gravel-covered road. Development will adminis- a week that officers con- "We're extremely pleasedter the grant and Bond said verged on George County; that the grant was they would soon advertise last week they came approved," said plant man- for engineering bids for the together to track down and ager Terry Dunlap. "It'sproject. apprehend 19-year-old going to dramatically "There's a water line and Brandy Williams and 24- improve our product and a gas line in the existing year-old Christopher improve the dust situation road and I would imagine Baxter, the pair that for residents south of us on some work will need to be allegedly struck and killed Hwy. 49." done concerning power Welford as he put out spike Stone County Board of poles," he said. "We're strips to stop their vehicle. Supervisors President Dale going to build this thing to ~oth suspects celebrated Bond said the resurfacing their birthdays this past state-aid specifications." gency room visits by users of the drug have seen a marked increase. Seven states have made the substance illegal while five other states have pro- posed legislation regulating it. Missouri and Louisiana have passed legislation which will go into effect in August banning the sub- stance while Iowa has enacted a temporary ban. Capt. Jay Green of the Stone/Wiggins Narcotics Task Force intends to go before the Stone County Board of Supervisors at its mmm mmm At 6-feet, 7-inches tall and just lie and, in this have committed after being sentence and weighing approximate- case, they weren't even ly 240 pounds, it was hard very good lies, he just for Expose to make that made them up as he went claim convincingly, along. Assistant District "I suggest you discount Attorneys for Stone, everything he said." Harrison and Hancock McFadden said the state counties Mark Ward and was pleased with the ver- Beth McFadden prosecuted dict and, because it was a the case and Ward picked conviction for a sex crime, _.-apart Expose' testimony. Expose would have to Ward pointed out that the serve the entire sentence victim had only lived in with no chance for a reduc- Stone County four days tion. and Expose admitted not "He has to serve the sen- knowing her before thattence day-for-day," she time. said. Ward told the jury in his Expose now faces trial in closing arguments, "Every Pike County in connection defendant can get up here with a rape he is alleged to BackPacks Purses Computer Bags I 601-528-4260 106 Second St. S. (Ne to Fred's) STORE HOURS: MON.-SAT. 9AM - 8PM Accutane, a dr-_g used to treat ache, has been linked to serious abdominal illnesses, even months or yeats later, including Iaflammato~ Bowel Disease ~), UleemUve Colitis, and Crolm's Disease. If you have suffered from any of these condit/ons after taking Acc~tane., call us now about monetary compensation at I*800-TI-IE-EAGLE (toll.free). We practice law only in Arizona, but associate with lawyers throughout the U,S. ~ ,., GOLDBERG & OSBORNE ~ ! -800-THE-EAGLE '~' ~ **~ 1 800 [ ( - -843-32~45) WW W. ! 80Otlaeeagle.com mii "I was excited (a policy was adopted) because it did take so long," he said. "I think my inexperience caused it to take as long as it did." City Attorney Rebecca Taylor had advised the board repeatedly to exer- cise caution in the imple- mentation of a policy. "I want to be sure any policy put into place will pass constitutional muster," she said at past meetings. Berry had spoken of warnings he received at recent Mississippi Municipal League about who could, and could not, be tested while Taylor said she had heard from an attorney specializing in the matter who warned of the need for probable cause before testing. Gates fnally contacted the state Attorney General's office for guid- ance. He said that office had directed him to the Mississippi Code of 1972 and its section 71-7, which deals specifically with drug and alcohol testing of employees. "After talking to the AG's office, they pointed me in the direction I needed to go," he said. Police Chief Matt Barnett and Fire Chief Jody Hatten had each supported the implementation of a drug- testing policy for employ- ees in their departments. "I want to protect my frefighters and the citi- mmm zens," Hatten had said in the past. Barnett had gone so far as to ask the board to implement a policy exclu- sively for the police depart- ment until such a time as a city-wide policy was put into effect. Gates said his desire for a drug-testing policy'had a simple goal; a goal which he believes will now be met. "You're going to have a drug- and alcohol-free workplace," he said. "It's going to be that much safer for city employees as well as citizens who come into contact with those employ- ees." While not wanting to point fingers at current city employees, Gates believed the city need to protect itself against any future concerns with drug or alco- hol abuse. "You never know what you might get in the future," he said. released on $40,000 after his Stone County arrest. In that case, the victim was abducted in her own truck, raped and then ran over twice with her own vehicle. She is now a paraplegic. Pike County prosecutors have said they will seek a iim Large burns on construc- tion sites would be allowed only for materials generat- ed on the site and would require a 4o-foot cleared area around the burn. There would also be time restrictions with no fires started within two hours of sunset and any fire burn- ing overnight required to have the 4o-foot dearance. The board had considered guidelines, but Hatten would rather have an ordi- nance which would give the WFD some teeth to Ain't it Nifty Lis is 50! Elizabeth G. Cunningham Brown Fishing Rodeo Queen 1979 We make it easy to get eve hing you need with friendly, fast, helpful service and a wide o. u ./ for EZ I n, p Diabetic Supplies Dollar Items Local Delivery Quick Pay - Pay most of your bills here White's to run consecu- tively with the Stone County sentence, meaning Expose would have to serve the 35 years before the Pike County sentence began. mmm deal with situations which may arise. 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