January 10, 2008
Local News Briefs
Appropriation boosts library, math annex at Rust College
Two projects for Rust College were included in the omnibus appropriation bill passed by both houses of Congress, according to Mississippi Sen. Roger Wicker.
About $286,899 will be used to enhance services at the Leontyne Price Library, said college president David Beckley.
“The library grant will be used to safeguard and preserve historical documents,” he said.
Three collections will benefit the African Mask Art Collection, the International Collection and the Rust College Archives which contains the historical documents of the college and church.
“We put together a plan to house all the collection in one facility,” he said.
About $486,492 will be given to the college to equip the new science and mathematics annex, expected to be ready to open in April or May this year, Beckley said.
The monies will be used to equip animal research, computer science, physics, chemistry and biology laboratories, he said.
Rust College spent $1.5 million beginning in 2003 to renovate the McDonald Science Building.
The new annex is priced at $4.7 million, funded through private donations from churches, alumni, friends and the Rust College Foundation.
“Both projects will enhance our academic programs,” Beckley said.
Wicker noted the efforts of Sen. Thad Cochran in helping secure the funding.
“These projects will enhance library services and boost the quality of science and math education at Rust College,” Wicker said.
Highway Patrol issues report for New Year’s weekend
In a statewide effort to keep highways safe over the New Year’s holiday weekend, patrolling officers wrote 8,946 tickets, according Sgt. Leslie White with the Batesville office of the Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol.
The ticket count last year was 7,087.
The weekend began December 28 at 6 p.m. and ended January 1 at 12 p.m., he said. Officers worked extra hours in order to set up checkpoints and extra patrols.
Statewide there were four fatalities including one in Lafayette County and one in Yalobusha County. Last year only three died in holiday accidents over the state over the New Year’s holiday weekend.
Officers made 160 DUI arrests and wrote 204 seatbelt citations and 87 citations for failure to implement child restraints, he said.
Officers also investigated 158 car crashes statewide, as compared to 194 investigations last year during the weekend.
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