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Medical helicopter crash kills three â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Page 3A Wednesday Oct. 23, 2013 50 cents Taste Home & Garden 9 spooky ways to decorate your Halloween table. Introduce color with Cool Wave pansies. Page 1B Page 14A Daily Corinthian Vol. 117, No. 253 Mostly sunny Today Tonight 57 37 0% chance of rain â&#x20AC;˘ Corinth, Mississippi â&#x20AC;˘ 20 pages â&#x20AC;˘ 2 sections Panel comes down hard on property BY JEBB JOHNSTON The Corinth Historic Preservation Commission wants a Cruise Street property owner to fix a failing building or face a fine. In its meeting Monday, the commission passed a motion to request that the city issue a demolition by neglect letter on 509 Cruise Street. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It could fall down tomorrow,â&#x20AC;? commission member Van Hedges said of the circa 1875 to 1880 buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s condition. If the city issues the letter as recommended by the commission, the owner is directed to fix the building or face a fine of up to $1,000 for each day that the building is left in the same condition. The commission also acted on several certificate of appropriateness requests for work to be done on downtown buildings. With some more detailed plans on the table for the property at 800 Cruise Street, the commission revisited and ap- BY JEBB JOHNSTON said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I thought it would be a great way to get involved with an important event in the community, and a good way for us to build some camaraderie. The only time we usually see each other is on calls at work, so his gave us something fun to do outside of normal working hours.â&#x20AC;? Although none of the officers finished among the front runners, they all finished, and that was something they all agreed was the most important goal for the group. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was important we all finished, and we all did,â&#x20AC;? added Tucker. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Aaron (Hill) was the first runner to cross the finish line and Fred (Gooch) was the last one across the finish Another individual who is among a group indicted for their roles in an alleged drug trafficking operation has pleaded guilty in federal court. Jay Hill of Corinth, who was 29 at the time of the indictment, pleaded guilty last week as part of a plea agreement to one count of conspiracy to distribute drugs before U.S. District Court Judge Sharion Aycock. He has not been sentenced on the charge, which carries a penalty of up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1 million. The plea agreement states that from about Oct. 1, 2011, through May 31, 2012, Hill conspired with others to possess with the intent to distribute drugs in the northern district of Mississippi and elsewhere. He is among 10 individuals, including five from Corinth, who were indicted on conspiracy charges. Officials said the group arranged the purchase and shipment of drugs into the region, stored the drugs at â&#x20AC;&#x153;stash housesâ&#x20AC;? and transported and distributed them to local buyers. Another of the 10, Eric Mills of Rienzi, has a sentencing hearing set for Nov. 4 in Aberdeen before Judge Aycock. In addition to the conspiracy Please see OFFICERS | 2A Please see PLEA | 2A BY HEATHER SMITH Please see FESTIVAL | 2A Please see PROPERTY | 2A Guilty plea entered in drug case Post 6 hosting festival Now that fall has drifted upon the area, there are many organizations hosting fairs and festivals in order to celebrate the changing of the leaves. Unit 6 of the American Legion Auxiliary is going to throw a special Fall Festival for the children ages two to eight of active duty military personnel and veterans. Proof of military service required. The event will be held from 1-5 p.m. on Saturday, October 26 in the Unit 6 American Legion building at 511 South Tate Street in Corinth. It will include exciting games, food, refreshments and snacks for the veterans and their families. The American Legion Auxiliary is throwing this festival for the veterans and their families because of their recent financial struggles. Military families and veterans have recently been hit hard by the recent government shutdown. After realizing that it was effecting their families, the American Legion Auxiliary decided to do something for their children. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were trying to give them an event that wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t cost them anything. Our goal is to support and strengthen veterans and proved Pizza Groceryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposed changes. While keeping the existing arch facade, the building will get a continuous canopy rather than awnings. The transparent canopy will Runners for the Corinth Police Department help Fred Gooch (middle) cross the finish line at the Fifth Annual Austinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Shoes Run with Rotary 5K fundraiser. CPD officers compete in 5K BY JOSEPH MILLER The Corinth Police Department (CPD) does more for their community than protect and serve. Last month, some members of the CPD participated in the Fifth Annual Austinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Shoes Run with Rotary 5K fundraiser to show their support for a good cause. CPD Chief David Lancaster said he was very proud of the group of police officers that took the time to get involved in the event this year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had several of our guys run this year, and I am glad they decided to get on board with such a wonderful event â&#x20AC;&#x201D; like the rotary run,â&#x20AC;? said Lancaster. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For years ... we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have anyone run the race because no one was physically fit enough to do it. However, this go around it was a different story and we have officers who are fit enough to do this now. We had a few of them run a 10K this year, so we are very proud of all of them for this accomplishment.â&#x20AC;? Runners for the CPD included; Landon Tucker, Heather Glass, Fred Gooch, Brad Wallace, Bo Swindle, Steve Rose, Dale Green, Aaron Hill and Danny Neisler. Tucker said he was very excited about this opportunity to get together with his peers outside of work. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Well, I passed the idea around at work to see whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s interest I could pique and I got a great response,â&#x20AC;? Tucker Grant will help school district pay law enforcement BY JOSEPH MILLER The Tishomingo County School District is slated to receive a grant to help with the cost of paying for a certified law enforcement officer at public schools. It is just one school district out of the 50 school districts to have funds allocated to them as part of the Mississippi Commu- nity Oriented Policing Servicing Grant (MCOPS) program. The program, proposed by Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, provides up to $10,000 to pay for a certified law enforcement officer at a public school. The local community will fund the remaining costs. Tishomingo County School Superintendent Benny McClung said he welcomes the as- sistance. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are certainly proud to be a part of getting these funds for this program, and we do hope this will be a continued funding and not just a one time funding deal,â&#x20AC;? said McClung. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Of course, this money is for all our schools in our district at $10,000 a piece.â&#x20AC;? A total of $70,000 was allocated to the Tishomingo County Index Stocks......8A Classified......3B Comics......9A State......5A school district to allow for seven officers to be funded with this particular grant. Law enforcement officers will be required to train in the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training program, which is used by law enforcement nationwide to train officers on responding to shooting incidents. â&#x20AC;&#x153;From my understanding, the money is not for salaries but for security issues that may need to be addressed,â&#x20AC;? McClung added. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are supposed to have a meeting and discuss this in further details later this month.â&#x20AC;? The Board of Education approved to allocate $1.57 million to place 157 trained officers in public schools in 50 districts around the state. The grant pePlease see GRANT | 2A On this day in history 150 years ago Weather....10A Obituaries......6A Opinion......4A Sports....12A President Davis relieves Gen. Leonidas Polk from command of his corps and sends him to lead the Department of Alabama, Mississippi and East Louisiana. The change in command comes after Polkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vocal criticism of Army commander Braxton Bragg. 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