Mississippi Briefs for July 3.

July 2, 2014 

Hattiesburg mail processing will move to Mobile

HATTIESBURG -- The Hattiesburg Post Office's Customer Service Mail Processing Center will be moving to Mobile in 2015.

Enola Rice, U.S. Postal Service spokeswoman, said Hattiesburg, Grenada and Gulfport mail processing will be part of Planned Phase 2 of consolidating up to 82 processing centers beginning in January.

Rice said the consolidations will be completed by fall.

The consolidation was not welcomed news for some employees at the Hattiesburg facility.

Timothy Eaton said he doesn't think any employees will lose their jobs.

He said postal employees are unionized and can't be laid off.

In 2012 and 2013, Rice said, the postal service consolidated 141 mail-processing centers but no employees lost their jobs, and the move saved about $865 million.

-- Hattiesburg American

Lee County School Board OKs $78.8M budget

TUPELO -- The Lee County School Board has approved a $78.8 million budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year.

Officials said the budget is not expected to require a tax increase.

Included in the budget is $400,000 for technology needs, including networking upgrades, wireless access and computers.

The district also spent an additional $235,000 to give all non-teaching personnel a 2 percent pay raise. That is for all positions except teachers -- including custodians, teacher assistants, bus drivers, administrators and central office personnel, among others.

Teachers will receive a $1,500 pay raise from a new state law.

To cut costs, the district will not fill five positions throughout the district that were vacated after the past school year. That includes four classroom teachers and one academic coach.

-- Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal

Olive Branch hires trapper to control beavers

OLIVE BRANCH -- Olive Branch city officials acted swiftly to do something about their beaver overpopulation, which could lead to a flooding problem if left unchecked.

The Board of Aldermen voted unanimously Tuesday to hire DFT Wildlife Control to trap beavers and remove them from city drains and drainage right of ways.

The city took a similar measure in 2008 and hired a different company to remove beavers. They also were suspect in flooding problems in the Maywood area years earlier when a flash flood was thought to have prompted a beaver dam to break.

-- The Commercial Appeal

Hattiesburg school district eyes extra $100,000

HATTIESBURG -- Hattiesburg Public School District will ask for $100,000 in taxes associated with new property to help balance its budget for 2014-15.

The district's chief financial officer, Terry Stennis, made the announcement during a school board budget hearing Tuesday.

Stennis said he couldn't say whether that request would raise the millage for all property owners because the school district doesn't set millage.

Stennis says the assessed value for new property was $7.5 million last year.

The district's proposed budget for 2014-15 is about $57 million. It has 800 employees and 4,600 students.

-- Hattiesburg American

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