Webster County website now up

By Russell Hood
The Webster Progress-Times

Webster County now has a website to provide residents, businesses and those looking for a new home with easily accessible information about the county.

The website was created by the Golden Triangle Planning and Development District. Hutson Ford, information technology annex technician with the agency, told the Board of Supervisors on Monday that the website is now up and running. The address is www.webstercountyms.org.

Ford and GIS Director Toby Sanford, also of the GTPDD, previously met with the board on March 31 to discuss the CodeRED emergency weather warning service and creation of the county website.

The site was created primarily for county residents to sign up for CodeRED, a service that tracks severe weather and warns people in its path with a recorded phone message. In addition to a link to CodeRED, it also includes a list of county officials and contact information, a county map and a list of water associations with contact information.

The website can host additional information as provided, according to Hutson, such as office closings and voter information.

Kelly’s field rep meets with board
Additionally, Brent Thompson, field representative for Congressman Trent Kelly, appeared before the board to offer his assistance in any way needed. Kelly, who was elected June 2 to fill the late Alan Nunnelee’s vacant seat, was sworn in June 9 as a member of the U.S House of Representatives.

Thompson spent the last year as the field representative for Nunnelee, and Kelly hired Thompson to continue in that role. His office is in Columbus.

Board President Pat Cummings asked Thompson to familiarize Kelly with the Mississippi Delta Headwaters bank stabilization/erosion control project along Sabougla Creek. Cummings noted that it involves 16th Section land on both sides of Shaw Road, which is a state-aid road.

Other business
Also Monday, supervisors approved motions to:
• accept the new grand jury report and spread it upon the minutes.
• engage the state auditor’s office to conduct the county audit for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2014, appoint Chancery Clerk Russ Turner as audit representative, and direct Turner and Cummings to sign documents concerning the audit.
• pay a bill for $640 from Data Systems Management even though the purchase order was for $600.
• pay a bill for $350 from Paul Lanthrip Jr. No requisition was approved for professional services when he was hired in May to be in charge of checking and maintaining county radio repeaters as needed, and for maintenance and repair at the 911 Center as he is called upon and is qualified.
• hire Glen Crowley as a summer worker for District 5.

In other county news, Harrison Dozer Service of Mathiston began clearing and grubbing the site for the new courthouse site in Walthall last week. The board recessed until 8:30 a.m. next Tuesday.