Wesson News

Wesson News PO Box 1028 Wesson, MS 39191 Volume 7, Number 6 “Good News You Can Use” June 11, 2019 PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID WESSON, MS PERMIT NO. 3 INSIDE: Community Calnedar .......................... 4 Police Blotter ....................................... 4 News Nuggets...................................... 5 Living Healthy ...................................... 8 Area Arts............................................. 11 Sports Shorts..................................... 12 Economic Opportunities Highlighted Page 2 601-835-2661 750 Hwy. 51 SE, Brookhaven MS (next to Bobby's Alternator & Starter) Family owned and operated: Ryan, Candice, Josh and Sissy Strange. GUNS · AMMO · ACCESSORIES · ELECTRONICS · JEWELRY · PET SUPPLIES · TOOLS · APPLIANCES & LOTS MORE Open Monday-Friday 8 am-5pm Sat 8 am -12 noon. Come see us! Like us on Facebook! $700,000 supporting new public facilities Wesson News More than $700,000 in government and private grant funds are supporting new and improved public facilities in Wesson. Work is expected to begin within three to six months on renovations to the Wesson Public Library that will be financed by $314,000 in Commu- nity Development Block Grant funds awarded to Wesson by the Mississippi Development Authority, based on an application under the Americans with Disabilities Act. "The site survey is complete, and Aldermen reviewed architectural plans at their June meeting," Wesson May- or Alton Shaw reported. The library renovations encompass 1,000 square feet, including a handicap accessible entrance at the rear of the library, new book shelving, upgraded restroom fa- cilities, carpeting and facilities expan- sion related to improving accessibility By Bob Arnold A metal fabricator that sells con- sumer products and serves industrial customers mostly outside the area has started production in the building on Highway 51 that API Technologies left two years ago. Steel Outdoors and Alpha Machine & Welding, which have been operat- ed by Dwayne McLemore in a 10,000 square foot facility in his Hazlehurst backyard since 2005, is planning a mid-July grand opening at the 55,000 square foot facility. In addition to expanding space for his metal fabricating companies, Mc- Lemore will use the building for new retail businesses, an indoor archery range and hosting community-orient- ed events. Steel Outdoors sells more than thirty products throughout the United States, including varied types of deer feeders, deer blinds, fire pits and cookers and metal art. Alpha Machine & Welding engineers, builds and installs custom for disabled persons. A year down the road, the town should be close to starting construc- tion on a new police station funded by a $300,000 appropriation in the bond bill approved in the 2019 state legisla- tive session. "Renovating the existing police station is impractical," Shaw said. "So we will build a new facility either on the current site or a new site yet to be determined. Another $100,000 allocated from monies paid by British Petroleum to compensate the state for an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico will fund road re- pairs in Wesson. "We're hoping to leverage these funds and receive a loan to finance a larger road works project," Shaw said. Finally, paving the roadway and parking lot at the municipal park should start within the next thirty days under a $30,000 Blue Cross/Blue Shield Healthy Heroes grant, Shaw reported. None of the projects supported by the various funds will require addi- tional taxpayer contributions, Shaw said. "These are not part of matching grant programs," he explained. metal products for saw mills, food plants and other industrial customers located predominantly in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee. "The new space allows us to move into retail businesses, which have been part of our business plan," Mc- Lemore says. Initially on the retail side, McLem- ore, an amateur archer, will focus on bows and archery supplies with big Businesses give API building new life Wesson News Dwayne McLemore Wesson News Wesson Police Department will get a new building. cont. on page 6

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