Posts Tagged ‘DeSoto County’

DeSoto County joins traffic congestion-mitigation project

HERNANDO — DeSoto County has agreed to participate in a major $9.5 million traffic congestion-mitigation project. The Commercial Appeal reports that the roadway project aims largely at busy Goodman Road (Mississippi Highway 302), Interstate 55 and U.S. Highway 51 affecting Horn Lake, Southaven and Olive Branch and Hernando. Projects include installation of 37 miles of […] [...]

County sees most building permits since recession

DESOTO COUNTY — Single-family building permits across DeSoto County recorded for October put the county over the 730 total for all of 2012, which was the highest year for such permits since pre-recession years. Tom Haysley, deputy planning director for the county, says 82 single-family permits in October 2013 brought the year-to-date total to 733. […] [...]

School district building new vo-tech center; old center to be renovated

HORN LAKE — The DeSoto County school system will build a new vocational-technical education center in Horn Lake. School Superintendent Milton Kuykendall told The Commercial Appeal that the old vo-tech center will be renovated to provide more classrooms at Southaven high and middle schools. The new center site is 70 acres at U.S. Highway 51 […] [...]

Another financial plan for proposed mall earns approval

SOUTHAVEN — A new financing plan has surfaced to pay for roads, water and sewer for a proposed outlet mall to be built in Southaven. The Commercial Appeal reports Southaven Board of Aldermen and the DeSoto County Board of Supervisors agreed last year to a $15-million tax increment financing plan to offset the costs of […] [...]

Utility Authority gives nod to nearly $7M budget

HERNANDO — The DeSoto County Regional Utility Authority board has approved a $6.68 million budget for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1. Under the blueprint, Olive Branch, Southaven, Horn Lake, Hernando and Walls will be charged $3.19 per 1,000 gallons of treated wastewater, a 34-cent increase from the fiscal 2013 rate of 2.85. The […] [...]

Ex-mayor’s embezzlement trial rescheduled again

SOUTHAVEN — Former Southaven Mayor Greg Davis’ trial on charges of embezzlement and false pretense has been rescheduled for a second time. DeSoto County District Attorney John Champion tells The Commercial Appeal Davis’ trial was scheduled for Aug. 19 but has been continued until Dec. 9. Davis, 47, was indicted by a DeSoto County grand […] [...]

I-69 draft plan done; consultant to meet with supervisors, commissioners

HERNANDO — Planning officials in DeSoto County say a draft plan for development of the future Interstate 69 international trade corridor has been completed. Planning director Ted Garrod tells The Commercial Appeal that the plan, almost three years in the making, is designed to guide development along the traffic corridor through the county. Project consultants […] [...]

County sees building permits soar; up 41 percent compared to last year

OLIVE BRANCH — Planners in DeSoto County say July’s brisk pace for building permits is a hopeful sign for the local economy. County deputy planning director Tom Haysley tells The Commercial Appeal that the housing industry is cautious about identifying the spurt as a trend but records show more permits are being issued for subdivision […] [...]

Real estate developer gets 10 days in prison for bank fraud

OXFORD — DeSoto County developer Chuck Roberts will serve 10 days in a federal prison in September for his role in a bank fraud scheme involving a Southaven subdivision his company was planning to build. The Commercial Appeal reports the 46-year-old Roberts said during yesterday’s sentencing hearing in U.S. District Court in Oxford that his […] [...]

MBJ EDITORIAL: With redistricting, the Delta now more isolated than ever

District 28 belonged for many years to “the Chairman” Charlie Capps, a Democrat in name who often voted with Republicans. Certainly he put his district’s interests above party. David Norquist held the seat for a term and a half after Chairman Charlie. While Norquist was more than a Democrat in name, he, too, often crossed […] [...]

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