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Wednesday, May 4, 2016 6:00 PM
Range Avenue may be closed until Friday

A section of Range Avenue from Weyerhaeuser Street to Line Street will be closed Thursday morning starting at 7 a.m. while a box culvert is being replaced, officials announced.
  • Four people have qualified so far as candidates in the May 24 special election for Ward 1 alderman.
  • Peggy’s, a Philadelphia institution that has served a family-style, meat-and-three lunch weekdays for 54 years, plans to re-open next week after closing in July because the longtime manager was suffering from health issues, The Neshoba Democrat has learned.
  • The state will allocate $750,000 for the Williamsville connector as part of an overall borrowing bill, far short of the total $130 million needed for construction of the road that is deemed essential to future Weyerhaeuser expansions.

    House Bill 1729, which had previously become entangled in negotiations over a $415 million tax cut, includes the monies for the Philadelphia bypass.

    The state has in recent years allocated $5.3 million for right-of-way purchases, paving the way to eventual construction of the bypass that’s been discussed for decades.
  • City officials hope putting a cell phone policy in place which prohibits employees from initiating calls while driving city-owned vehicles will lead to discounts on the city’s insurance policy with Travelers Insurance.

    The Board of Aldermen approved the policy unanimously and without changes last week despite emergency personnel expressing concerns that it may interfere with the regular operation of their jobs.
  • Two trucks collided in the vicinity of 202 Lewis Ave. Wednesday morning blocking traffic for a short period.
  • Sections of Gum and Rea streets were closed to motorists Tuesday night because of flooding.
  • Water rescues necessary after flash flooding in NW Philadelphia
    The Philadelphia Fire Department performing water rescues this evening on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive and Hopson Avenue in the northwest part of town, areas chronically prone to flash flooding.
  • Classes will dismiss early today at  Neshoba Central, Philadelphia and Choctaw Tribal schools because of potential severe weather which is forecast to move in between 3 p.m. and midnight.
  • Dirt is being brought in and spread this week at the site of the new Neshoba Central High School as part of an overall $23.4 million project that will also include a new football stadium and other significant additions to the campus.
  • Money seized in seven drug-related arrests recently was returned to the Sheriff’s office, following action by the Board of Supervisors.
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