Board honors outgoing members

Published 12:03 am Tuesday, December 6, 2011

NATCHEZ — The Adams County Board of Supervisors took a trip down memory lane Monday when they presented Thomas “Boo” Campbell with a term of service plaque to honor his 24-year dedication to the county.

Campbell chose not to run for re-election as District 3 supervisor and said he enjoyed his time serving Adams County and is looking forward to his future plans.

“I may miss it a little bit, but I usually don’t miss anything,” Campbell said. “I felt like I served my time, and it’s time for someone else to take my time.”

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Current board secretary Angela Hutchins, who defeated two opponents in the primary, will replace Campbell In January.

Also receiving term of service plaques were S.E. “Spanky” Felter of District 5 and Henry Watts of District 2.

In other news from the supervisors meeting:

• County Engineer Jim Marlow requested approval from the board to apply for a grant to replace three bridges.

The grant, which is part of the Public Lands Highway Discretionary Program, is offered for roads that are located in forest areas, according to Marlow.

Marlow said the main bridge for the project goes across Sandy Creek, while the other two bridges are east of those and are smaller, less known bridges.

Marlow said the grant would pay for 100 percent of the construction cost, but he wasn’t sure whether the grant covers engineering costs.

The application is due Jan. 3.

• Stephen Dicke, head of the Central Mississippi Research and Extension Center, announced the decision to allow incoming District 2 Supervisor David Carter to keep his post as director of the Adams County Extension Service.

The only stipulation was that Carter no longer receive a portion of his salary paid by the county.

Carter said he agreed with the board’s decision and looks forward to continue serving as director of the extension service.

• District 1 Supervisor Mike Lazarus requested that a petition signed by 279 people be admitted to existing petitions and paperwork to protest the closing of the Sibley post office.

The Sibley branch was on a July list of 3,653 post office locations that were flagged for possible closure, with 60 offices located in Mississippi.

Chancery Clerk Thomas O’Beirne said he would add the petition to other documents that would be sent to argue the possible closing.