Thursday, March 17, 2005

Local News Briefs

Community celebration will honor state champions
Mayor Andre’ DeBerry will host a community-wide celebration to recognize the Class 3A (two-time champs) Holly Springs High School Hawks. The celebration will be Thursday, March 17, at 5 p.m. at the Multi-Purpose Building on Memphis Street.

Charity Walking Horse Classic this Saturday at Fairgrounds
The third annual Holly Springs Charity Walking Horse Classic arrives this Saturday.

The big event gets underway at 5 p.m. at the Marshall County Fairgrounds Arena.

Tickets are $5 per person.

For more information, call the Holly Springs Chamber of Commerce, 252-2943.

Public hearing Thursday for input on grant application
The Rust College Community Development Corp. is considering applying to the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) for HOME Investment Partnerships Program Grants of up to $450,000.

The activities for which these funds may be used are in the area of affordable housing for low and very-low income persons. More specific details regarding eligible activities, program requirements and the rating system will be provided at a public hearing. It will be held at Beckley Conference Center (directly across from the entrance to Rust College) on Thursday, March 17 at 7 p.m. The purpose of the hearing is to obtain citizen input into the development of the application.

Board of supervisors shifts next meeting to March 21
The Marshall County Board of Supervisors will hold the meeting regularly scheduled for March 28 on Monday, March 21, at 5 p.m.

The meeting will be held in the Board Room, 103 B Market Street, Holly Springs.

Holly Springs School District announces Easter vacation
The Holly Springs School District is on Spring Break this week, March 14-18. Classes will resume on Monday, March 21.

School will be closed for Easter vacation on Good Friday, March 25, and the following Monday, March 28. Classes will resume after the Easter vacation on Tuesday, March 29.

Retail job less pushes state unemployment rate up
A drop in retail jobs and weather conditions helped to send the state’s unemployment rate up to 7.7 percent for the month of January, the Mississippi Department of Employment Security (MDES) announced.

Some 4,400 jobs were lost in retail trade alone as employers laid off workers hired during the holiday season.

January’s rate was up 1.4 percentage points from December’s rate of 6.3 percent.

Marshall County’s unemployment rate for January 2005 was 11.8, and Benton’s was 12.3.

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