By BARRY BURLESON
It was a busy Sunday afternoon for firefighters.
The Holly Springs Fire Department got a call shortly after noon to a structure fire on Highway 7 North, next door to the old KFC location. While working there, a grass fire was reported in the industrial park area across from Lund.
Chief Kenny Holbrook said firemen spent about three and a half hours at the structure blaze. He said the building was remodeled for use as a rental facility and skating rink but it had not been occupied for a few months.Read more...
Photo by Sue Watson
Workers with Steel-Con Inc. begin the stabilization process of the Carnegie Auditorium on the old Mississippi Industrial College campus. Rust College, the recipient of a $400,000 grant from the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, plans to stabilize the historic treasure in Holly Springs, plus replace the roof and windows in the building. Rust is providing a $100,000 match for a total of $500,000 available to launch the project. Clencie Cotton, who is leading the community economic development project, said Rust hopes to eventually restore Carnegie Auditorium and use it as a regional auditorium and conference center. He and David Beckley, president of Rust, said the college hopes to partner with other entities, like the city and county, to make the restoration become a reality. Cotton said architects and engineers have evaluated the building and believe it is structurally sound and restorable. Preliminary indications put the cost of restoration and renovation at approximately $9 million.
By SUE WATSON
The Holly Springs Main Street Chamber held its quarterly membership meeting at Annie’s Restaurant last week, and it was an evening of positive talk.
Close to 40 people attended to hear encouraging words from board president David Beckley, executive director Christy Owens and Holly Springs Mayor Kelvin Buck, who covered the state of the city/region.
Owens encouraged the membership to enjoy the first newsletter, browse the new website, www.hollyspringsms.org, and up the level of participation. The Chamber has grown under Owens’ leadership. Traditional silver and gold memberships are still available, but more platinum levels are needed, she said.Read more...
By SUE WATSON
Marshall County Coroner James Richard Anderson met with the board of supervisors recently to ask for equipment. He said he needs a fax line and a walk-in cooler.
Anderson said he has been using the phone line and fax lines at the funeral homes to conduct county business and that it was somewhat of an intrusion on their time to take messages for him.
He asked supervisors for two lines to his office, which is housed in the old police station across from the Holly Springs Fire Department. He needs a phone line and a fax line, he said.
By SUE WATSON
In a keynote speech before the Holly Springs Main Street Chamber membership last week, Mayor Kelvin Buck praised the community for how it rallied behind the recovery efforts following the December 23, 2015, tornado that swept through Marshall County, barely missing the city.
He said individuals from outside Holly Springs were impressed about how well the community rallied. The city is still in the middle of recovery of its utility system, with 30 miles of electric lines damaged.
He hopes when all is done, the city-owned utility will recoup between 80 to 85 percent of its losses.
By BARRY BURLESON
Byhalia basketball teams have put themselves in the best possible positions come district tournament time.
Both the Lady Indians and Indians beat Lafayette on the road last week to finish unbeaten in District 2-4A play. They will be the top seeds in the post-season tourney week after next at Ripley High School.
And their overall records are almost identical – (16-4 girls) and (17-4 boys).
“It’s really become a competition between them, the girls and the boys, to see who can do better,” coach James Sales said.Read more...
By KENN FALKNER
It was domination by Byhalia when the Lady Indians and Indians hosted county rival H.W. Byers last week.
The Lady Indians, in the midst of a memorable season, came in as the favorite over a rebuilding Byers basketball team and coasted to the 54-22 win.
In the first quarter, it wouldn’t take long for the Lady Indians to run up a huge lead. They struggled from three territory in the opening minutes but then guard Tyneria Moore would find her stroke from downtown.Read more...
Congratulations to both Marshall Academy junior high basketball teams on their District wins Saturday in Marianna, Ark. It was a fun season following the teams of amazing young people from town to town.
The freshmen players - Mary Neely Jones, Erin Lomenick, Julia Nicholson, Savanah Woods, Drayton Potts, Kyler Moncrief, Wyle McMillan, Everett Jones, Zach Sorrell and Thomas Stewart will be sorely missed next year on the team.
The varsity Patriots begin their quest for district champions this week. The tournament will be held in Marks at Delta Academy. Good luck to both teams!
McCroskys visit from Kentucky
Well, the 2016 blizzard was less than disappointing, to say the least, for our area. Luckily, we got just enough of a dusting for several boys to head to the cemetery first thing Friday morning to do some sledding! What a tradition it has been for families to meet up on “the hill” when it has been laden with plenty of snow. Grady Brooks, Zack Sorrell and Thomas Stewart took to the elements and gave it a shot anyway!
AnnYager and Alex McCrosky of Danville, Ky., were seen out and about over the weekend. While here, they visited with friends and tried Southern Eatery.
Congratulations to the Marshall Academy Patriots basketball team for defeating West Memphis Christian Monday night in a nail-biter game. The boys finally came together as a team and defeated their district foe by four points, putting them as the #1 seed going into the district tournament.
Good luck to the Junior High Patriots basketball teams as they head to Lee-Marianna this week for their quest to be district champions.