News Briefs From Across The State

By Monica Land

Boy’s 7-foot “Puppy”  found crossing road

A young boy's pet snake, a 7-foot boa constrictor named "Puppy" was found after it was missing for about a week. (file photo)

After missing for a week, a pet boa constrictor has been found in the same city where it disappeared.

The Clarion-Ledger reports that the snake was found Friday night by two Madison residents who saw a large snake crossing a road.

Madison police officers pulled the 7-foot snake from the bushes. Mississippi lawyer John Arthur Eaves confirmed the snake, a Colombian Red Tail constrictor, was indeed his son’s pet, “Puppy.”

“So many people volunteered their time to help us look for Puppy and so many forgave us and prayed us through this scare, we really saw what a wonderful community we live in.” Eaves said.

Greenville pushes ahead for historic status

Greenville is one step closer to being on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Delta Democrat Times reports that the Mississippi Department of Archives and History approved the nomination for Greenville’s downtown historic district on Thursday.

Al Brock, chairman of Main Street Greenville, said he hopes the National Parks Service will approve within months to put Greenville on the historic register to enable developers to take advantage of federal tax credits.

If that happens, property owners may be eligible for federal grants for preservation projects and tax incentives.

“I’m sure this will really be beneficial to downtown and Greenville, Mississippi,” said Commissioner Rebecca Goodman.

However, some legal hurdles remain and there is an opt-out clause of the local historic district that might create problems, Washington County commissioners said.

Former garbage hauler appealing county boot

A garbage company is suing Warren County over the board of supervisors’ decision to revoke its trash collection permit.

The Vicksburg Post reports that Billy Drake had about 400 customers in the southeastern part of the county outside Vicksburg but whose permit was revoked for the third time in four years.

Supervisors say Drake failed to update his customer list and pay surcharges that keep the county compliant with state law on garbage disposal.

In his lawsuit, Drake argues the county had no evidence to support the revoking his permit. Drake seeks unspecified damages. The county has asked a judge to dismiss the lawsuit.

Outside Vicksburg, residents and businesses must contract for their own garbage pickup. A $1.25 surcharge added to the approximately 6,200 such customers goes the county.

Funeral held for missing Long Beach man found dead in car

Funeral services were recently week for a 77-year-old man found dead in his car after he was reported missing.

Anton “Toni” Wagner was discovered at 11:38 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5 about a quarter of a mile west of mile marker 41 on the eastbound side of Interstate 10, officials said.

Wagner had been missing from his home in Long Beach since Tuesday, Sept. 4.

Harrison County Coroner said Wagner died of natural causes. Services for were held for him on Sept. 11.

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