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December 15, 2010 [] :: )-" k Mi .Vol. 95, No. 49 75 * 522-300 Your Hometown Newspaper Since 1916 JODY O'HARA Red Stringfetlow, MDOT District widening Hwy. 26. approximately 22,000 cars that Hwy. 49 had been scaled back. 6 engineers. "MDOT brought that up more come through Wiggins, we're the "We shortened the study on 6Ol The entire Wiggins Board ofMayor Jerry Alexander told the than 20 years ago," he said,primary route to the Gulf Coast." from I-lo to 57 on 49," he said. Aldermen, the mayor, membersMDOT representatives Castleberry"That's what we're concentrating of the Stone County Board ofof the city's desire to told those on now, then, we'll have to come Supervisors, representatives of see Hwy. 26 widened, "Sometimes it seems like you've assembled back and redo the study north of the Stone County Economic Magnolia Drive that the there. Development Partnership andimproved and overlaid got tobeborn on the other sideto intent of "That'll take another environ- representatives of the Mississippi and to have the inter- MDOT was mental impact study and we're Department of Transportation sections at Hwy. 49get there." to convert kind of held hostage on widening met for an informal information anci Magnolia and Hall - Joel Miles Hwy. 49 to aHwy. 25 right now because of exchange Friday at City Hall. Street and Hwy. 49 Wiggins Alderman At-Large limited- that." Michael Pol, an assistant to reengineered for safety access high-Alderman-at-Large Joel Miles Wayne Brown, the Mississippi reasons, way with asked if there was any chance of Transportation Commissioner Alexander told the MDOT per-"We're asking y'all to help us interchanges as opposed to inter- for the Southern District, was sonnel the city wasn't just with these projects, sections. joined by Kelly Casfleberry and whistling in the dark in regard to "As you all know, we have Pol said the original plans for P ase see, MOOT, page 7 l l" JODY O'HARA Cynthia Johnson may want to consider drinking less. Johnson, a 39- year-old Wiggins resident, was arrested and charged with felony aggravat- ed assault last week after allegedly cutting g. Johnson another woman. Johnson told police she had been drinking all day and the vic- tim had bothered her, so she cut her with a broken gin bottle. She is free on a $m,ooo bond. Melvin Stokes, a 53-year-old Wiggins resident, was arrested Monday and charged with bur- g!ary of a dwelling after allegedly break- ing into a home on Simpson Street. Heads-up observation by STOKES Wiggins police officer Charlie Smith led to the arrest. Stokes showed up at municipal court on an unrelated matter and Smith took note of the shoes he was wearing. "He told me I might want to match them against shoe prints found at the crime scene," Chief Investigator Tom Roan said. "Sure enough, they were a match." Roan said Stokes confessed to the crime and said he'd broken in * Please see, ARRESTS page 7 JODY O'HARA] ENTERPRISE While winter storms battered the mid west and moved toward the eastern seaboard, freezing temperatures crept into south Mississippi JODY O'HARA The Wiggins Board of Aldermen voted last week to move ahead with a second cleanup of the former Wag-a-Bag property on Hwy. 26. Mayor Jerry Alexander said the city had no luck in attempts to contact the owner of the property and that the bank which holds the mortgage does not want to foreclose because of underground diesel storage tanks. The city cleaned the property last year and the cost is added to the ad valorem taxes. The board also voted to grant a conditional permitted use permit this week causing ice formations on pole stock at Hood Industries. By 'for a used-car lot near the inter- section of Hwy. 26 and Hwy. 49- Thursday, temperatures are expected to climb back into the 70s during Located between the Pizza Hut the day and the low 50s at night. Freezing temperatures: are 'and a gas station/convenience expected again Saturday night. store, the property formerly housed a Dizzy Dean museum and adjoins no residential prop- erty and Land Code Administrator John Prickett said it was an anomaly in the com- mercial district it is in. City Attorney Rebecca Taylor also provided the Aldermen with an attorney general's opinion which said the Aldermen could not meet informally and discuss city business then continue the discussion with another board member at a later time. The fact sheet she distributed i also said Aldermen could not direct day-to-day operations of i city employees, meaning work orders will no longer be filled out i by the Aldermen. i Instead, they will submit ! requests to the mayor detailing needed projects within the city. JODY O'HARA To be known as The Lightered told the EDP. "We also want to Knot: A Kindling Kitchen for offer classes in nutrition and A new commercial Entrepreneurs and Educators, cooking and the tables and chairs kitchen/classroom is set to open the facility is located at 4Ol E. are the missing link." in Wiggins under the direction of Pine Ave. and is certified by the Organizers hope to offer 14 6- the Mississippi Coastal Plains Health Department, meaning foot rectangular banquet tables, i RC&D Council, goods made in the kitchen can be lo 5-foot round tables and 75 Coordinator Patty Rogers went sold in retail establishments: stackable banquet chairs and that i before the Stone County "A new Country Store has was what Rogers requested of the Economic Development opened in Forrest County and EDP. i Partnership Monday to ask for they said they'll take all the The EDP referred the request to assistance with tables and chairs baked goods, jams and jellies we a committee and told Rogers they for the facility, can produce out of there," Rogers - Please see. to'reH , page 7 Wiggins, MS 60!-928-5233 Index Area Briefs ............... 5 Classifieds .............. 12 Community .............. 6 Devotion ................ 8 Food .................... 9 Legal Notices ............ 13 Obituaries ............... 3 Opinion ................. 4 Contact Us Telephone ................ 601.928.4802 Tollfree .............. ...... 866.231.6721 Fax .................. , .... 6Ol.928.2191 General email .......................... ...... 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