Local News Briefs

Fair Association schedules annual meeting for Jan. 22

The Marshall County Fair Association will hold its Annual Membership Meeting on Saturday, Jan. 22.

The afternoon will begin with an open house from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., and then the meeting will be held from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

All interested in the fairgrounds are urged to attend. Come out and meet your district representative.

All members are encouraged to attend. Many important decisions for the upcoming year are made at this meeting.

Unemployment rate remains 11.4 percent in Marshall

Mississippi’s unemployment rate dropped by six-tenths of a percentage point to 5.9 percent, the Mississippi Department of Employment Security (MDES) announced last week.

The 5.9 percent rate was down from October’s rate of 6.5 percent but still higher than November’s rate of 5.1 percent a year ago.

Seventy-four counties reported a decrease in the unemployment rate. Benton County’s decreased from 13.8 percent to 12.3.

Three counties showed no change at all, including Marshall at 11.4 percent.

Sixteen counties posted double-digit unemployment rates, with Jefferson County at 16.5 percent. Noxubee County had the second highest rate of 13.6 percent.

Thirty counties posted rates equal or lower than Mississippi’s rate of 5.9 percent with Lamar County holding the lowest rate of 2.7 percent for the second month in a row. Rankin County had the second lowest unemployment rate of 3.0.

Fewer short-term layoffs and increased hiring at wholesale and retail trade entities were the key factors in November’s unemployment decline.

Holly Springs School Board delays Grass Roots Session

Due to the vast amount of business to be conducted at the January 11 meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Holly Springs School District, the Grass Roots Session will not be placed on the agenda. The Grass Roots Session will be placed back on the agenda for the regular meeting in February.

Buck featured speaker for Golden Triangle UNCF event

The annual Golden Triangle United Negro College Fund Banquet will be held on Friday, Jan. 14, at Mississippi University for Women in Columbus.

The Honorable Kelvin O. Buck, District 5 state representative from Holly Springs, will be the featured speaker.

The event, which begins at 6:30 p.m., is being held in the Nancy Hogarth Dining Center on the MUW campus, according to Emma Miller, director of Alumni Affairs at Rust College. Tickets are $20 and may be purchased from Christine Erby at 328-2257 or Doris Bankhead at 328-3960.

All proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit the college and the other 37 UNCF institutions.

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