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June 30, 2014 

Utility Authority to expand water supply

JACKSON COUNTY -- The Jackson County Utility Authority announced the beginning of a project to offer water south of Graveline Bayou between Ocean Springs and Gautier.

The idea is to provide a wholesale water alternative for franchises operating in the area, the Utility Authority said. It will offer a clean supply of water for drinking and fire protection.

The project will include a new water well, a new 500,000-gallon elevated water tank and extension of the Western Regional Water Supply line south.

The cost of Phase I is about $9.1 million. Project engineer is Neel-Schaffer, Inc.

The Corps of Engineers is assisting by reimbursing approximately $5.3 million through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Program and the U.S. Department of Agriculture is providing long-term financing. The debt is to be repaid with user fees.

Construction is scheduled to begin this month and be completed in a year.

-- Sun Herald

Grand opening set for USM Long Beach playground

Dr Pepper Snapple Group and national non-profit KaBOOM! awarded The Institute for Disability Studies at The University of Southern Mississippi a $9,000 grant toward the purchase of an Imagination Playground in a Cart™ play system.

An Imagination Playground Play System will be housed at the Technology Learning Center at the Southern Miss Long Beach campus.

A grand opening will be held at the Technology Learning Center on the USM Gulf Coast Campus in Long Beach from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. July 11. Children with and without special needs ages three to five years and their parents or teachers are invited to attend and engage in the Blastoff for Summer imagination play session.

The grant is part of Let's Play, a community partnership led by Dr. Pepper Snapple Group to get kids and families active nationwide. Let's Play will build or fix up 2,000 playgrounds by the end of the year.

Dr Pepper and Snapple are distributed in the Gulf Park area by Gulfport Coca Cola.

Call: Dr. Alicia Westbrook at 601-266-6425 to RSVP if you plan to bring five or more children.

-- Sun Herald

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