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.PAGE 2A STONE COUNTY ENTERPRISE August 12, 2015 By Jody O'Hara Noted children's author Hester Bass will visit Stone County next week. Bass, the author of, "rhe Secret World of Walter Anderson,' will sign copies of the book at 6:3o p.m. next Thursday at the Wiggins Library. The public is invited to the event. She will speak to ele- mentary students Friday morning at Malone Hall On the campus of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. That afternoon, she will conduct a profes- sional training work- shop for local educators. Bass became fascinat- ed with artist Walter Anderson while residing in Ocean Springs. Her book about the eccentric artist won the NCTE Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children, the SIBA Book Award for Best Children's Book by the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance, and was named Best Children's Book of the Year by Kirkus Reviews. Her latest book is, 'Seeds of Freedom: The Peaceful Integration of Huntsville, Alabama.' Monday the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) reported four new human cases of West Nile virus (WNV), bringing the total for 2015 to seven. The reported cases are in Covington, Forrest, Hinds and Rankin coun- ties. Cases have been previ- ously reported in Adams, Hinds and Simpson counties. The MSDH only reports laboratory-con- firmed cases to the pub- lic. In 2o14, Mississippi had 43 WNV cases and seven deaths. Symptoms of WNV infection are often mild and may include fever, headache, nausea, vom- iting, a rash, muscle weakness or swollen lymph nodes. In a small number of cases, infec- tion can result in encephalitis or meningi- tis, which can lead to paralysis, coma and pos- siblydeath. State Epidemiologist Dr. Thomas Dobbs reminds Mississippians that the majority of WNV cases are reported in August and September, so it is important to protect yourself. Use a recommended mosquito repellent that contains DEET while you are outdoors. Remove all sources of standing water around your home and yard to prevent mosquito breed- ing. Avoid areas where mosquitoes are preva- lent. continued from front Ji tlbmmJklm,WW t(102S, Mm Smm 14M- (,Jbot,a C111k our covnpl ,le /int. Bass continued from front The board voted to have estimates per- formed to determine the cost of correcting viola- tions at the other three properties. Should the city move forward with the work, the costs will be charged to the ad valorem taxes on the properties, along with fines and adminis- trative fees. Mayor Joel Miles said property owners were responsible for making sure their property was in compliance with the city's land code. "Property ownership is a right and a privilege," he said. "Along with that privilege comes a responsibility to main- tain a property in a safe condition so as not to present a danger to other members of the community." raft of charges once he of $81,5OO in bail got to the Stone County money. Regional Correctional That's if he can get a Facility. bondsman to take a In addition to the two chance on him. new charges, he had a Hoffman is also a sus- bond surrender from the pect in a burglary which city, a bond surrender remains under investi- from the county and a gation as well as credit couple more bond sur- card fraud investigation. renders from Stone "He's apparently been County Circuit Court. busy," Freeman said. He must now come up with his share of a total continued from front Residential customers ment and will hold a could see rates rise as public meeting on high as $181 a month. Thursday when we hope Mississippi Power's a decision oii our 186,ooo customers from request will be made." Meridian to the Gulf Ike Harbuck, Coast would pay $273 Mississippi Power's million more in the first District Manager for year and $395 million in Stone George and the second year under Greene counties, said one scenario, customers should expect "Mississippi Power the same service they've also presented its inter- become accustomed to. im rate recovery plan "We look forward to because the company is continuing to provide facing an impending safe, reliable and afford- cash shortfall, has an able power for our cus- inability to access out- tomers," he said. "We side financing and faces are committed to help the potential for further our customers through degraded credit ratings," this process and contin- Shepard said in the ue our long standing statement received by tradition of excellent the Enterprise Monday. customer service and "The Commission has community steward- taken the company's ship." request under advise- continued from front "Nobody seems to have a problem, outside of this boardroom, with how this is being run," she said. "I don't want us left holding an empty bag at the end of a year." O'Neal said questions regarding the financial situation should be addressed to Bettye Oliver, Rural Community Programs Director for the USDA. "I am not in a position to answer questions or address that matter," Oliver said. She referred questions to Trina George, State Director, USDA Rural Development. George was out of the office Tuesday morning and had not returned a phone call before this week's deadline. In other matters: sev- eral SCUA customers in the McHenry area are about to lose sewer serv- ices for non-payment. Tindel got an Attorney General's opinion and the Mississippi State Department of Health gave the go ahead for the authority to shut off grinder pumps at houses where customers were too far in arrears. Pansy Maddox, District IX Supervising Environmentalist, informed the authority her department would cite those customers who lost service until they paid up and recon- nected. The MSDH fines indi- viduals $5oo per day for not being in compliance. "Some of those houses do not have tenants and I understand that," said SCUA Manager Angie Meadows. "We won't turn off those houses but I would ask land- lords to please inform our office when a prop- erty becomes vacant so we can reflect that in our records."