News Briefs From Across The State
By Monica Land
Another student missing
One Pascagoula High School student is dead and another missing after an incident on the Pascagoula River Sunday. Caleb Sweeten was killed in a water skiing accident while his teammate Brandon Rich remains missing.
According to Jackson County Sheriff Mike Byrd, the accident occurred about 3:30 p.m. on the Pascagoula River, just north of the U.S. 90 bridge. Byrd says the teens were boogie boarding when one teen fell off and the other went into the water, WCBI reported.
Sweeten was a sophomore, a part-time starter at linebacker and was expected to start next football season, WCBI said.
Rich overcame a heart ailment during his junior year to earn all-state honors as a senior and was set to play at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in the fall. He was set to graduate in two weeks.
The search for Rich continued Monday.
Trial set in case of Ecstasy mailed from China
A June 3 trail has been set for a man suspected of picking up packages of Ecstasy mailed from China to a D’Iberville home.
Authorities say 48-year-old Phung Nguyen is accused of picking up the packages. The amount reportedly seized from four shipments was about 2 kilos, or 4.4 pounds.
Court records say Nguyen has been held with no bond since his arrest March 7, when he told federal agents the substance is “Chinese medicine” intended for human consumption.
Nguyen was indicted April 16. He has pleaded not guilty.
Greenwood Main St. to get $1.12M facelift
Transportation funds will help the City of Greenwood continue its beautification of downtown.
The city is planning new sidewalks and street lamps for Main Street to produce a cohesive look and feel among city blocks.
Mayor Carolyn McAdams tells the Greenwood Commonwealth that the city will get $1.12 million from the Mississippi Department of Transportation.
McAdams says Main Street will have washed concrete sidewalks and old-fashioned lamps that currently light other streets where beautification has been completed with MDOT funding.
McAdams says the city has 90 days to write a letter to activate the project.
Several steps must be taken before construction can begin, and McAdams said the city will be lucky if it can start renovation by January or February of next year.
Forrest Co. board accepts proposal for jail
The Forrest County Board of Supervisors has accepted $325,000 for the old county jail from a company that plans a mixed-use development.
The Hattiesburg American reports that supervisors had rejected two earlier proposals for less money.
On April 26, the board accepted a $325,000 offer from CDC Development – a group of local businessmen – for the law enforcement complex and an adjacent building.
Supervisors David Hogan says the developers plan to locate some retail and residential units in the buildings, similar to two previous proposals.
The proposal does not include the Carpenter Building, which houses administrative offices for the Forrest County School District.
Hogan says the agreement depends on the developers reaching an agreement over letting school district employees park on the property during business hours.