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Wesson teens face curfew

BY JOE B. COATES

A new curfew in for those age 16 and under takes effect immediately following action by the Wesson board of aldermen in last Tuesday’s monthly meeting.

The ordinance outlays the curfew as 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., Sunday through Thursday, and midnight to 6 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.  Wesson officials warned that enforcement of the curfew will be strict, as several cases of vandalism and destruction of private property have been investigated by Wesson police in recent weeks where teens have allegedly been involved.  For more information on possible punishment and fines, residents should contact town hall or Wesson Police Department.

Cable One has signed a franchise agreement with Wesson and has begun constructing lines for subscribers in Wesson.  Over the next few weeks several areas will be ‘hot’, and crews will be working through weekends to bring the town online.

The town has approved redistricting of the voting wards, which have changed since annexation last year.  The plan will now be forwarded to the U. S. Justice Department for final approval. Wesson had contracted with Central Mississippi Planning and Development District for the redistricting.

The town opened bids on the lagoon work with Delta Construction winning the contract at $67,442.  Work will begin soon.  Financing for the project will come out of a recent $70,000 emergency grant from Mississippi Development Authority.

The St. Ambrose Leadership College project at Old Wesson School is turning a corner.  The architects have submitted plans to the Department of Archives and History for work on the interior of the 100+ year old facility.  The town has been approved for the funding, but work has been stalled by actual transfer of funds, mayor Alton Shaw said recently.

Spectrum Control, the town’s sole manufacturing facility, has been included the Fortune Small Business Maganize’s annual FSB 100 Fastest Growing Companies, according to a press release on the company’s website (http://www.spectrumcontrol.com/pr/read.asp?newsID=274).  “Spectrum Control, Inc. designs and manufacturers a wide range of components used to condition, regulate, transmit, receive, or govern electronic performance. The Company’s largest individual markets are military/defense and communications equipment, with applications in secure communications, smart weapons and munitions, countermeasures for improvised explosive devices, missile defense systems, wireless base stations, broadband switching gear, and global positioning systems.”

Mayor Shaw also announced that police officer Chad Sills has been promoted to assistant police chief by Chad O’Quinn, Wesson police chief.

Several other routine items were addressed by the board before the members recessed until Tuesday evening, November 4 at 7:00.  That meeting will be held in the library because of the election.

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