Legal technicality almost cost a bundle

Since Hurricane Katrina, members of Calvary Baptist Church in Petal have been waiting to find out when they can start building their new sanctuary. In the meantime they've been using the multipurpose center behind the church for worship.

But here's the problem, and it's a potentially expensive one: City officials noticed that the building codes automatically changed when the congregation started using the structure for worship. The new codes would require the center to include sprinklers — a costly upgrade.

The city and the church have reached a compromise. The church will not renovate the multipurpose building, and the city will allow its continued use for worship until a new sanctuary is built.