Thursday, July 21, 2005

Local News Briefs

Police set National Night Out kick-off party and parade
National Night Out will be celebrated in Holly Springs with a Thursday, July 28, kick-off party on the lawn of the Holly Springs Police Department.

Free refreshments, fun and games and music begins at 6:30 p.m. and ends at 8:30 p.m.

A National Night Out parade is set for Tuesday, Aug. 2, from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. starting at the Police Department. The event helps raise community awareness about safety and crime prevention, build support for local anti-crime programs, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police community programs and to send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

Residents are encouraged to go outside, turn on their outdoor lights and hold front porch vigils with neighbors.

This year’s celebration marks the 22nd annual National Night Out campaign sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch.

Byhalia Police Department responds to 39 calls
The Byhalia Police Department responded to 39 calls during the past week.

Chief Mike Novay released the following report – five alarm calls, 21 miscellaneous, six escorts, one motor vehicle accident, two disturbances, two assists and two thefts.

Police officers wrote 11 citations.

Chief Novay also said Byhalia officers made four arrests on the following charges:

  • careless driving, DUI 1st offense;
  • DUI, disregard for traffic device, reckless driving;
  • public drunk;
  • expired tag, expired driver’s license, simple possession of marijuana, no insurance.

R.E.S. asks for rate increase; supervisors table request
Charles Braddock, president of Resourceful Environmental Services, has asked the Marshall County Board of Supervisors for a fuel surcharge of $3 to be added to residential garbage pickup fees.

The surcharge, which he said is to offset rising diesel fuel costs, would bring customers’ bills from $9.75 per month to $12.75 monthly.

The board of supervisors tabled Braddock's request, saying it will take the matter under advisement.

Braddock said his company has no control over fuel costs.

“Folks, I’m at the road’s end,” he told supervisors at Monday night’s meeting. “I can no longer service Marshall County at the current price.”

Braddock said R.E.S. would make an adjustment to the fuel surcharge if the price of fuel goes down. He promised to work with supervisors to solve the problem.

Supervisors said after a closed meeting with Braddock that the requested increase was for rising fuel costs and maintenance. The fuel surcharge would not be lumped together with the maintenance costs, they said.

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