Mississippi briefs

July 13, 2014 

Board suggests adding tennis court at park

EUDORA -- A DeSoto County parks board is asking the Board of Supervisors to put a tennis court at Eudora Community Park.

Supervisor Lee Caldwell said the Eudora park already has a busy playground and ball field.

DeSoto Recreational District Commission member Wayne Spell recommended this week a master plan that includes one tennis court with options for more, and a pavilion with dressing areas and restroom facilities.

The supervisors are expected to consider the proposal July 21.

Officials say a tennis court will cost $20,000 to $25,000.

Parks board member Ray Laughter said if a court goes through, "everyone will want to practice on it" and he urged supervisors to be thinking of a use policy.

-- Commercial Appeal

Doctor seeks to delay prescription fraud trial

VICKSBURG -- A Louisiana physician who faces prescription drug fraud charges after his home was raided by narcotics agents in 2011 is asking a judge to delay his trial.

Dr. Lawrence Francis Chenier III said in court papers he has hired a new attorney who needs time to prepare for trial.

Trial is set for July 21 before Warren County Circuit Judge M. James Chaney.

Chaney has scheduled a hearing for Monday on the request.

Chenier, 61, lives in Vicksburg and has a medical practice in Tallulah, La. He is charged with 74 counts of prescription forgery and a count of conspiracy.

-- Vicksburg Post

August vote scheduled on school bond issue

COLUMBUS -- The Lowndes County School District will put a $47 million bond issue before voters in August.

Voting will be people who live outside the Columbus school district.

The county school board voted Friday to have the election Aug. 26.

Superintendent Lynn Wright said $20 million is planned for a new New Hope High School, $10 million for centralized career technical center, major athletic and school upgrades at all three campuses, and computers for every student during the next two years.

Wright said the career-technical center will combine scattered programs at three different campuses into one high-tech center.

At New Hope, the existing high school will become a middle school.

The bond issue must be approved by 60 percent of those voting.

-- WCBI-TV

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