New Pike County deputies to patrol waterways

Pike County will hire two new sheriff's

deputies and buy a patrol boat to enforce alcohol and nuisance laws

along two popular waterways - the Bogue Chitto River and Topisaw


Supervisors took that action this week rather than issue an

alcohol ban on the county's public waterways as some people had


"We already have laws on the books," said Supervisor Carroll

Fortenberry, citing disturbing the peace, public nudity, public

drunkenness, public profanity, litter, drug abuse, underage

drinking and disorderly conduct.

"We have all the laws on the book that we don't enforce - and

I'm not blaming the sheriff, because we don't have the manpower,"

Fortenberry said.

Supervisors approved Fortenberry's proposal to hire more

officers instead of banning alcohol.

McComb attorney Norman Gillis Jr. had asked supervisors for a

single alcohol ban, which he said would be easier to enforce and

would address most problems.

Gillis said he appreciated the supervisors' decision.

"It's not what we asked for now, but it's a big step forward,"

he said.

Neighboring Walthall County has hired a part-time officer to

patrol its portion of the Bogue Chitto River.


Information from: Enterprise-Journal,