Thursday, December 22, 2005

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South Reporter announces early deadlines for holidays

The South Reporter announces early deadlines for its Thursday, Dec. 29, edition due to the Christmas holiday.

Deadline for all classified advertising will be Friday, Dec. 23, at 12 noon. Deadline for news and all other advertising will be Friday, Dec. 23, at 5 p.m.

The South Reporter office will be closed Monday, Dec. 26.

“We appreciate our many readers and advertisers,” said publisher Barry Burleson. “Have a Merry Christmas.”

The same early deadlines on Friday, Dec. 30, will be in place for the first paper of the new year, too. The South Reporter office will be closed Monday, Jan. 2, for the New Year’s holiday.

Businesses, homeowners win in holiday lighting contest

The Holly Springs Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the winners of the 2005 Christmas Lighting Contest.

Judges canvassed the entire city recently and presented the following list of winners:

Commercial – first place, Liddy’s Health Mart, 575 Craft St.; second, Buford’s Furniture, 111 S. Market St.; third, Linwood’s, 125 S. Market St.

Best Home – first place, James and Barbara Alexander, 155 E. Stafford; second, Mary Garrard, 255 E. College Ave.; third, Luther and Irene Harris, 165 Honduras.

Best Door – first place, Jimmy McIntosh, 148 E. Stafford; second, Carol Jean Taylor, 325 W. Chulahoma Ave.; third, Bobby and Kathy Clanton, 105 Mason.

Most Original – first place, Bobby and Martha Fant, 800 E. Salem; second, Greg and Laney Gresham, 195 Briarwood Dr.; third, Ann Fitts, 405 Craft St.

Winners can be identified around town by the signs in their yards. The only requirements to be entered in the contest were to have the lights burning on Wednesday evening, Dec. 14, and be located within the city limits of Holly Springs.

“We would like to thank our judges, who wish to remain anonymous, and all of the residents of Holly Springs for sharing their holiday spirit and making Holly Springs look so festive for the Christmas season,” said Susan Jordan, executive director of the Chamber. “Congratulations to all of our winners.”

Cayce Fire Department receives $84,768 grant

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently announced 169 grants to fire departments through the United States, including one in Marshall County, in the 15th round of the Fiscal Year 2005 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG).

A grant award to the Cayce Volunteer Fire Department near Byhalia is for $84,768.

“We recognize the importance of the Fire Act Grants to our nation’s fire departments, and we will continue to work closely with the fire service community to meet their needs,” said Matt Mayer, acting executive director of the Office of Grants and Training.

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