MONROE COUNTY

Counties to seek regional

approach to four-laning

n AMORY - Officials from Monroe, Itawamba and Tishomingo counties plan to seek support throughout the state to urge the Legislature to fund four-laning of Highway 25 during the 2008 session.

In Amory last week, officials from the three counties gathered to decide whether to form an alliance similar to the PUL Alliance of Pontotoc, Union and Lee counties, which was instrumental in recruiting Toyota to establish an auto plant near Blue Springs.

They took the advice of Randy Kelley, associated with PUL through Three Rivers Planning and Development District, who told the group that unless they planned on issuing their own bonds or if they shared revenues with one another, they really didn't need a legally structured alliance. But he said a partnership of counties is still a valuable idea to get some action going on four-laning Highways 25 and 15.

CHICKASAW COUNTY

Dexter waives hearing

in city mayor's race case

n HOUSTON- Andrew L. "Toby" Dexter of Houston, charged with intimidating a witness in the recent hearings on the controversial mayoral election, has waived a preliminary hearing and his case will go directly to the grand jury.

The 2005 Democratic primary results were challenged by Stacey Parker after incumbent mayor John A. "Pap" Moore was certified the winner. A special tribunal agreed Moore narrowly missed winning and set a special election. Parker won that vote, but recently the State Supreme Court said only the governor has the authority to call special elections.

Houston voters will return to the polls Sept. 25 to try again - Moore or Parker.

OKTIBBEHA COUNTY

Ag experts say rains

helped sweet potatoes

n MISSISSIPPI STATE - Timely rains in July and this week during sweet potato harvest are the keys to any success Mississippi's growers have had during this second dry summer.

Bill Burdine, sweet potato specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said rains that passed through the state in early July were essential for the early sweet potato crop. Yields and quality have been slightly lower for the midseason potatoes.

Amory Advertiser, Chickasaw Journal and wire reports

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