County applying for Homeland Security grant

By Russell Hood

The Webster Progress-Times


Webster County will seek a grant that would provide a new vehicle for the Sheriff’s Department and radios capable of communicating statewide in emergency situations.

On Monday, the Board of Supervisors authorized Emergency Management Director/Fire Coordinator Barry Rushing to apply for the 100 percent grant from the Mississippi Office of Homeland Security.

Rushing said he the grant application will be for a sheriff’s office vehicle and some Mississippi Wireless Integrated Network radios.

Officials have reported that, six years after initial work began in 2007, the statewide wireless communications system known as MSWIN is completed. The network provides emergency officials and first responders with statewide, interoperable radio communications coverage.

EWHS resolutions

Also Monday, supervisors passed a resolution commending East Webster High School’s fast-pitch softball team, which claimed its fifth state title Saturday, and East Webster tennis players who won state championships last week.

The Lady Wolverines, which finished the season 22-7, defeated Enterprise-Clarke in Ridgeland to claim the Class 2A fast-pitch state championship.

At the MHSAA Class 2A State Tennis Tournament in Jackson, Hayden Hill won the girls singles championship, while John Taylor Champion and Samuel Butler won the boys doubles state title.

CCS update

Webster County Administrator Ray Evins and county Commissioner Tommie Vance of Region VII Community Counseling Services appeared before the Board of Supervisors.

Evins gave an annual update and thanked the board for its support. He said a psychiatrist is now at the Community Counseling office in Eupora every Monday to provide services to adult patients.

“We have committed to continue providing mental health services to this community,” Evins said. The board passed a resolution recognizing May as Mental Health Awareness Month at his request.

In other action Monday, the supervisors voted to:

• accept the resignations of Richard Stuckey as a part-time jailer and Richard Love as county fire investigator, and to appoint Casey Henderson as fire investigator. Love is still a part-time deputy.

• allow Constable Jeff McMinn to attend an associational conference in Natchez from June 3-8.

• allow Tax Collector-Assessor Barbara Gore and Deputy Tax Assessor Bonnie Fulgham to attend an associational conference in Bay St. Louis from June 24-27.

• allow county election commissioners to attend an associational workshop June 25 in Grenada.

• accept Constable David Murphy’s annual report for 2012.

The board recessed until 8:30 a.m. May 31.