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PAGE 8A STONE COUNTY ENTERPRISE LOCAL August 12, 2015 By Jody O'Hara The Stone County Economic Development Partnership Board of Directors were given a presentation Monday concerning a new tourism promotion effort. Day Barlow and Dr. Bill Smith, Chair of the Economic Development and Tourism depart- ment of the University of Southern Mississippi outlined efforts to attract tourism to Stone County. "We would like to get people to think twice and stop and enjoy some of what Stone Emily Compston Brad Calco~e Scptcmbcr 19o 2015 Amanda Rouse Bobby I)alazey , September 19..2015 County has to offer," Barlow told the board. She told the board of a grant from the Mississippi Development Authority Tourism Division ear- marked specifically for the promotion of agri- cultural and ecological tourism. The grant will help pay for print and online advertising. "We intend to have direct mail, press releas- es and newspaper advertising," Barlow said. "Once we get their attention with our ads, we'll direct them to our landing page." She also intends to Tara Farmer Kristophcr Robbins. Octobc]" I 0, 2(115 Blake Baucum ~i No:vcmbe~' 14, 2015 employ social media to last year alone, has to offer. Chairperson of the get the word out about "It's happening with- He said those who do SCEDP Board of Stone County. out a strategy; it's just stop must be treated Directors. Smith told the board it happening," he said ofwith attention and hos- Ladd Taylor, Vice- needed to recognize tourism in the county,pitality; as guests, not President of Mississippi what was already in "You should develop strangers. Gulf Coast Community place as tourist draws in strategies to take advan- Also at Monday's College, was nominated Stone County. tage of things you maymeeting: The SCEDP as Vice-Chairperson and "We tend to ignore not even be aware of."announced its annual Monica Marlowe was some of the things we Smith said the whole meeting will be held nominated as have going for us," he idea was simply to getSept. 29. Secretary/Treasurer. said before pointing out people to stop in yourSherrill Mayton, Plant the fact the county was community so they Manager at Dunn Paper, the beneficiary of $m might become aware of was nominated to million of tourist money what that community replace Ike Harbuck as By Leslie Burger Ast Extension Professor MSU DWFA Myths abound in every culture. Stories of fairies, snow monsters and mermaids are great entertainment, but it is important to be able to separate fact from fic- tion. Wildlife animals are the topics of many myths. While these myths often just cause confusion and misun- derstanding in people, they can sometimes result in undeserved harm to animals. So let's use the facts to bust some common wildlife myths. Snakes probably suffer more than any other animal group because of the myths that surround them. Only a handful of the many snake species in the Southeast are venomous. Even if they are venomous, no snake here will chase you down to eat you! With the exception of som .... exotic snakes, such as pythons released into the wild, native snakes prefer smaller, easier.-. to-swallow foods like rats, mice, birds, insects and lizards. People are too big and dangerous to be of any interest to snakes, so these reptiles would prefer to simply avoid humans altogeth- er. Here are some fun, but false, myths about snakes: snakes do not have bones (they actual- ly have a lot of them); snakes can roll like a hoop (they can't, but some can climb up a tree trunk); snakes hunt down those who kill their partners (they don't pair for life, and they aren't smart enough to plot revenge). Bats are also the vic- tims of many myths. Contrary to the stories, bats do not fly into hair, they are not blind, and they don't all have rabies. Most bats in the US. are insect eaters, or insectivores. Some eat nectar and pollen. So, unless you have mosqui- toes, moths or flowers living in your hair, there is nothing to worry about. Bats are probably thought to be blind because they are active at night and they. use sound rather than sight to track and catch flying insects. But bats are also able to see. Finally, rabies is found in less than 1 percent of bats. Raccoons, skunks, foxes, and household cats and dogs also carry the dis- S ....... i i? ....... ease. To be safe, avoid into a coma-like state close contact with all when very stressed, wild animals and unfa- although they are not i mfliar pets, especially if truly "playing dead." ! they are behaving Perhaps it started with strangely. Bambi, but deer families Some wildlife myths -- a buck, a doe and a i don't cause persecution couple of fawns -- are of their "star" species, common in movies and but they are still worth lawn statues. But this is busting. The nine-band- another myth. Bucks ed armadillo, most often and does come together seen as a victim of high- to mate and then part way death, is thought to ways. A doe raises its be able to roll up like a fawns without help from ball. In fact, only one of the male. the 20 armadillo species Finally, the lowly toad in the world uses this gets a bad rap because strategy to deter preda- people think toads cause tots, and it is not the warts. In truth, a toad nine-banded armadillo simply has bumpy skin commonly found in that helps it camouflage Mississippi itself with the soil and The Virginia Opossum, shady places it calls or possum, is famously hom Warts on human shown sleeping while skin are caused by the hanging upside down by herpes virus. its tail. An opossum's Myths, fables and sto- tail is prehensile and ties can be fun. Knowing capable of gripping the truth about the won-- branches to help the derful complexity of animal keep its balance nature can be just as when climbing, fun. However, the tail can't For more information hold the animal's weight on wildlife, go to for very long, especially http://msucares.com/wi if it is asleep. It is true ldflsh. that opossums will instinctively fall down The following individuals were arrested by local law enforcement between August 3 and August lo, 2m5, and booked into the Stone County Regional Correctional Facility. Appearance in the arrest report is not indicative of guilt, merely a record that an arrest has been made. the I Get the most in-depth coverage of things that are important to you and the community around you every week in the Stone County Enterprise and you'll know who's building what and why the road was closed. You'll meet local heroes, know who won the game, who earned recognition in school and what events are happening around the county. Don't miss out on the things that make a .difference in your life. Bringing you news that you to~ dor~a~ te~ week... that's what we do! ............... t0ne Countp ltterprige .... ~,' ~,,.~'"~ ,.,,,, "Your hometown Newspaper Since 19t67' ~,~,~,, ; ..... 143 S. First Sto, Wiggins, MS 39577 60~ 928.4802 wwwstonecountyenterprise,com l l i m i m m m m m m m mm m m m m m n m m m m $30/In-County $42/Out.of.Oounty $50 Out.of.State Six and Three Month Rates Available. l want to subscribe to the Enterprise Eddie G Bell - driving with sus- Yusuf A. Bryant Jr - disturbing pended license, no proof of the peace, $500 bond insurance, $1,O00 bond I Jyra T Cooper - trespassing, David Allen Hoffman - simple .... Shoplifting, $1,000 bond assault, bond surrender x 2, $81,000 bond NAME ADDRESS CITY/STATE/ZI P L DAYTIME PHONE Derrick LaGrange Pearl James Lee Scruggs- petit lar- domestic violence, simple ceny, $1,000 bond assault, $2,000 bond