Thursday, January 6, 2005

Fielder's Choice
By Barry Burleson

Looking back

This week the look back at 2004 pick ups in June.

A weekend thunderstorm wreaked some of the worst tree damage across Marshall County in 12 years.

Marshall County Historical Museum curator Lois Swanee was recognized as “Mississippi’s Outstanding Older Worker of the Year.”

Brian Pope of Oxford won the Killer Kudzu 5K Run for the third straight year.

The 16th Annual Kudzu Festival was held in Holly Springs at Thomas Arena with activities enjoyed by young and old alike.

Holly Springs Police Chief Robert Burby resigned after almost two years on the job. He accepted the same position in Texas City, Texas, population 43,000.

Patricia Selman took over as acting chief, on appointment by the Holly Springs Board of Aldermen.

A Marshall County bank was robbed at gunpoint by a suspect who traveled to and from the bank on a bicycle. A suspect was arrested.

The first annual Byhalia Clydesdale Festival was held despite steady rain and overcast skies.

Holly Springs was added to the Sabers and Saddles Tour circuit put on by the Blue and Gray Educational Society.

A hearing at Byhalia High School on the proposed routes of I-69 was attended by more than 400 people.

A second suspect in the recent bank robbery surrendered to authorities.

Mississippi First Lady Marsha Barbour toured Strawberry Plains and was invited back to launch the annual Hummingbird Migration Celebration later in the year.

Kenny Dawkins scored 11 points in the North’s win over the South in the annual Mississippi High School All-Star Basketball Game.

A new Pop Warner Football League was organizing in Marshall County.

The community, guests and family members participated in the annual Ida B. Wells Celebration in Holly Springs.

Mike and Jorja Lynn were busy getting ready to open stage one of a three-part garden and historic home tour in Holly Springs.

Wade Griffin held his first practice as head coach of the Marshall Academy football Patriots.

A Troop commander Doug Ferguson encouraged the community to give soldiers a good sendoff. The troop had been mobilized for deployment to Iraq.

Two new coaches were hired for the Holly Springs Lady Hawks basketball team – head coach Wilbert Beard and assistant Errine Malone.

Holly Springs was the setting for the opening scenes of “Oh, Mr. Faulkner, Do You Write?” starring John Maxwell. Film crews were in town.

One of Holly Springs’ loved historic mansions, Airliewood, survived an almost devastating fire, thanks to the efforts of firefighters.

The Marshall County Sheriff’s Department made three arrests in a dogfighting case.

The Byhalia Family Health Center held the grand opening of its expanded facility with Congressman Roger Wicker on hand.

A flyover of various areas in Marshall County led to the discovery of a small field of marijuana plants, and an arrest followed. Local and state authorities were involved in the case.

National Guardsmen packed their bags for Camp Shelby for advanced training before going to Iraq.

That carries the “look back” through August. I will wrap it up there. The past four months should still be fresh on everyone’s mind. Next week it’s back to the regular column - I hope.

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