Supers pledge aid to county in need
By Dwayne Bremer
Jan 29, 2013, 17:34
The Hancock County Board of Supervisors and several other county leaders have reached out to Webster County; and offered help and equipment after the 97-year-old Webster County Courthouse was gutted by fire last week.
Webster County is located in north central Mississippi. Its cities include Eupora, Maben, Mathison, and Walthall. The rural county has about 10,000 residents and most of its records were on paper rather than digital, officials said.
"They are in a mess and we know what it's like to be in a mess," Tax Assessor/Collector Jimmie Ladner said last week.
In the past two weeks, Webster County's county offices have begun the move to Eupora, about eight miles away.
Ladner asked supervisors to surplus several computers from his department and send them to Webster County, and send one of the county's computer technicians to help.
The board approved Ladner's request and then agreed to send more equipment and manpower to help. District Five Supervisor Tony Wayne Ladner suggested that the board send its old phone system that was used in the Longfellow trailer complex. Ladner said the phone system is not compatible with the county's current system. Chancery Clerk Tim Kellar has already made two trips to Webster County and said he will be returning today.
"It's an opportunity to go back and help those in need like we were after Katrina," Kellar said Tuesday. "We have experience in what they are dealing with."