Lady Hornets recognized
by Paisley Boston
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Bolivar County Board of Supervisors presented John F. Kennedy Memorial High School track and field team with certificates of recognition for their undefeated season. "We are so proud of these ladies and gentlemen. They did a wonderful job this year and I am truly honored to be a representative for this district," said Supervisor Preston Billings.
Bolivar County Board of Supervisors presented John F. Kennedy Memorial High School track and field team with certificates of recognition for their undefeated season. "We are so proud of these ladies and gentlemen. They did a wonderful job this year and I am truly honored to be a representative for this district," said Supervisor Preston Billings.
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Bolivar County Board of Supervisors presented John F. Kennedy Memorial High School Lady Hornets track and field team with certificates of recognition on Monday.

Coach Linda Allen stood proudly alongside members of the board as the names of her track and field team were called in acknowledgement of their successful season.

The team won the North Central Athletic Conference Tournament, the Annual Bolivar County Tournament, the Region 3-1A Tournament, the 1A North Half Tournament and the 1A State Championship, which was the first in school history.

"These young ladies have gone above and beyond this year. They have had a undefeated season and I am so proud of them," said Supervisor Preston Billings.

The team was also treated to lunch at a local restaurant.

Before the excitement began, departmental reports were presented to members of the board.

Warden Ora Starks presented an order for the approval of full time and part time employment for officers at the Bolivar County Correctional Facility.

Road Manager James Pritchett presented a long list of requests from municipalities.

"The town of Renova is requesting a few loads of gravel at driveway entrances. I have an order for the city of Shelby to spray a lagoon on Second Street and we were asked to cut grass near a ditch. They also requested pothole repair," said Pritchett.

"The town of Duncan is requesting that we clear a ditch and repair potholes. Beulah is asking that we clear a lagoon and place a speed bump on one of the streets. The city of Mound Bayou has a long list of requests such as sewage repair and gravel," he added.

During Pritchett's report, Supervisor Donny Whitten interjected and said, " I think it is time to set city requests to the side until we can get caught up on work that needs to be completed in the county. There are about 1,000 roads in the county," said Whitten.

"I have been receiving a lot of phone calls about road conditions. I just want everyone to know that the weather is starting to fair off and we will do as much road repair as we can," he added.

After Pritchett presented his report to members of the board, Billings voiced his concern about a manhole located in Mound Bayou.

"It is almost time for children to get out of school for the summer and the manhole has not been covered yet. I do not want to be held liable for anything that happens to someone's child due to the manhole," said Billings."

"This situation needs to be taken care of immediately because it is dangerous and it is a hazard. I would like for the county engineer to visit Mound Bayou and see what the county and do to remedy this situation," he added.

According to Whitten, the county is not liable for covering the manhole.

"We cannot go into this municipality and tamper with their things, this is an issue that has to be solved by Mound Bayou. If they ask for our assistance, then we will intervene," said Whitten.

After much debate about manhole ownership, county engineer Bob Eley presented his report to members of the board.

"The bridge in the community of Hushpuckena is underwater and we have been working with the road department to begin work on it. The old bridge will be the first thing to go – it will be salvaged and saved for the road department's use," said Eley.

Eley also announced that the SAFETEA-LU project is complete.

"We are just waiting on the paperwork to close it out. We are just about complete with the Noblin project; right now it is just a matter of the clean up. We are in the process of placing fences in the right place – these are just minor issues," he added.

Emergency Management Director Bill Quinton requested permission from members of the board to apply for a much needed grant.

"I was advised by Mississippi Emergency Management Agency about some available funds that are about to run out. I would like to get permission from members of the board to apply for a grant for a generator for the police department," said Quinton.

"The last time they purchased a generator was when I was employed there and at that time, there was a manual generator. We have two 9-1-1 centers, one at the sheriff department and the other is at the police department. These generators are used at the centers," he added.

Starks reserved an executive session to discuss matters of personnel, there was no decision announced.