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Engineers give water analysis report to city

Calvert-Spradling Engineers presented a water analysis report to the Eupora Board of Aldermen last week..

Stanley Spradling and Katie Reams of Calvert-Spradling presented the report on recommended water system improvements during a special-called meeting Nov. 17.

“After many hours of research they have found that the city’s current system is operating at 64.9 percent design capacity,” the unofficial minutes state. “The city has significant water loss, aging infrastructure and financial loss.”

According to the minutes, some of the alternatives are to replace water lines in the Tomnolen, Whites Creek Lake and Walthall areas; drill a new well; relocate LaGrange pump station; remove the existing 200,000-gallon elevated water tank and relocate new one with estimated cost to be over $3 million.

Spradling also expressed the critical need of immediate water rate increase, the minutes reflect. No board action was taken.

In another one-item special-called meeting immediately preceding, the board approved a $300 Eupora Christmas Parade donation to the Rotary Club that will be taken out of the economic development fund. The parade is 5 p.m. Dec. 5.

Robert Gibbs (Ward 4) was absent. The board’s next regular meeting is at 6 p.m. Dec. 7.

Federal judge revokes man’s probation

A federal judge has revoked the probation for a man arrested on a drug charge last month in Webster County.

Webster County sheriff’s deputies arrested Garrett D. “Pacman” Birmingham, 33, on Oct. 18 after a traffic stop on the Natchez Trace Parkway.

He and Michael Owens, 32, both of Tupelo, were charged with possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance. They were arrested after deputies and the Sheriff’s Department’s narcotics canine discovered about 2 pounds of marijuana hidden in their car.

The men were traveling north on the parkway when they were stopped because of a seatbelt violation. A deputy smelled marijuana in the vehicle, and the K-9 was brought in to search and located the drugs.



Birmingham was released from the Webster County Jail on Oct. 20 after posting a $40,000 bond.

Birmingham, who had been released from federal prison Sept. 23, was picked up by U.S. marshals on Oct. 28 for violation of terms of his supervised release. He was on probation after serving 30 months of a 63-month sentence for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, according to U.S. District Court records.

Court records show in addition to the drug arrest, he had tested positive for drugs (marijuana, Xanax and Lortab) on Sept. 24, and on Oct. 16, admitted to his probation officer to using marijuana again on Sept. 26 or 27.

U.S. District Judge Mike Mills, following a revocation hearing Nov. 17, ordered Birmingham to serve an additional 18 months in prison followed by 18 months’ probation. As of last week, he was in the custody of U.S. marshals awaiting transfer to prison.

Owens, who had a “hold” from the Mississippi Department of Corrections, was released to MDOC on Oct. 28.

September sales tax collections
Sales tax revenue numbers that reflect September sales are in from the Mississippi Department of Revenue for area municipalities.

MDR collects 81.5 percent of the 7 percent sales tax from municipalities and distributes the remaining 18.5 percent back to the municipalities over a three-month cycle.

These figures reflect municipal sales taxes collected on September sales with 2014 figures in parentheses, followed by fiscal year-to-date collections (since July 1) and 2014 YTD figures in parentheses:
• Eupora: $36,033 ($34,796); $144,735 ($142,235)
• Maben: $7,588 ($7,606); $30,883 ($25,555)
• Mantee: $2,642 ($3,993); $11,353 ($11,628)
• Mathiston: $13,817 ($14,881); $58,188 (451,585)
• Walthall: $1,674 ($1,594); 7,591 ($6,700)

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