Thursday, March 24, 2005

Markers to be dedicated April 16

Staff Writer

The dedication of eight Van Dorn’s Raid markers, commemorating the raid of the Confederate General in December of 1862, has been scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, April 16, on the southwest corner of the courthouse lawn in Holly Springs.

The dedication coincides with the Holly Springs Pilgrimage weekend set for April 15-17, said Jimmy Thomas, director of the Tourism Bureau.

In conjunction with the Pilgrimage, the Holly Springs Board of Aldermen approved a request by Thomas to close off Gholson Street from Craft Street to Memphis Street to vehicle traffic during the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 16, and the hours of 8 a.m. through 4 p.m. Sunday, April 17. The street will be open to pedestrian traffic.

Thomas said he wanted the street closed for reenactments.

The eight historical markers were designed and produced from private donations at a total cost of $25,000, Thomas said. All will be installed on private property except the courthouse lawn.

Two markers will be installed on the courthouse lawn, and other markers will be placed at Airliewood on Salem Avenue, American Pacific Plywood (site of the Holly Springs Foundry), the Railroad Depot, Tyson’s Corner, and at the Hugh Craft House and Walter Place.

In other business, the Holly Springs Board of Aldermen:

  • approved a recommendation to accept a settlement in a lawsuit.
  • hired two entry level employees in the Holly Springs water department and in the electric department.
  • discussed a request from Acme Brick for a board resolution stating that all previous matters between the company and the city were settled. A draft resolution is expected to be ready for the April 5 board meeting.
  • approved a recommendation from Don Hollingsworth to pay the interest, $34,908, on a gas note. Hollingsworth said Johnny Shell with USDA-Rural Development, recommended the interest be paid so the Holly Springs Utility Department can proceed on some $3.5 million in gas projects. He said the city has to provide USDA-Rural development with a gas project plan in 90 days in order to apply for the funds.

Hollingsworth said Shell’s main concern was to get a Phase II gas project to extend service to some 274 potential customers living in the Red Banks and Mt. Pleasant areas.

He advised the board that a water project involving 125 new meters is ready to be bid in 90 days.

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