Thursday, June 16, 2005

Local News Briefs

Presentation Thursday on Hills Heritage Area
A presentation on “Building the Mississippi Hills Heritage Area: Strategies for Success” will be made in Holly Springs at City Hall Thursday, June 16, at 6 p.m.

Phil Walker of The Walker Collaborative in Nashville is making six presentations at various locations during Mississippi Hill Heritage Week 2005, June 13-17.

The meetings, which are being funded by the Appalachian Regional Commission and the CREATE Foundation, are designed to educate elected officials, community organizations, the business sector and the public about the Mississippi Hills Heritage Area initiative. The presentations will provide an overview, cover key findings from a study examining the potential economic benefits of the heritage area and highlight strategies for developing the area.

There is no cost to attend, but reservations are requested. Contact Ken Bain at 662-287-4006. Visit www.mshills.org.

Benton County towns select mayors and aldermen
Hickory Flat, Ashland and Snow Lake voters went to the polls Tuesday, June 7, and elected government leaders for the next four years.

Here are the unofficial results which were released last week. The top five vote-getters in alderman races are elected.

  • Hickory Flat
    • Mayor – Allen Gray - 144; Robert Dickerson, 35.
    • Aldermen – Carol Taylor - 147; Keith Heaton - 143; David Thompson - 138; Margie Gray - 136; Chris Simpson - 133; Allen Shelton - 56; Roger Lollar - 53.
  • Ashland
    • Mayor – Bill Stone - 181; Mitch Carroll - 150.
    • Aldermen – Sandra Gresham - 200; Shannon Wilburn - 170; Fort Knighton - 165; Bobby Miller - 163; Billy J. Taylor - 156; Brian Jeanes - 152; Mike Carroll - 147; Bobby Huddleston - 120; Keith Thompson - 118; Don Daniel - 103; Bob Plunkett - 57; Scott Mason - 33.
  • Snow Lake Shores
    • Mayor – Morris Blake - 86; Walter F. Walls Jr. - 85.
    • Aldermen – Francis J. Simpson - 97; Bobbie Lott - 90; Billy F. Morton - 87; Richard Roser - 84; Emily Koen - 79; Steve Foster - 77; Fred Wires - 68; Faye Hutson - 64; Maurice L. Snow - 62; Russell D. Fox - 56; Sheila Spencer - 18

Doxey, Woods, Minor hosting Byhalia Chamber luncheon
The Byhalia Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its Quarterly Membership Luncheon this Thursday, June 16, at Northcentral Electric Power Association.

Networking starts at 11:15; the buffet at 11:45; and the program at 12:10. Hosts are Sen. Ralph Doxey, Rep. Tommy Woods and Bill Minor, Mississippi Department of Transportation Northern District commissioner.

There is no charge for members and $5 donation at the door for prospective members.

Call the Chamber of Commerce, 662-838-8127, for additional information.


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