Thursday, August 18, 2005

Local News Briefs

Holly Springs Chamber sets luncheon for Thursday
The Holly Springs Chamber of Commerce will hosts its summer luncheon Thursday, Aug. 18, at 12 noon at Annie’s Restaurant.

Guest speaker will be Don Fischer, director of the Small Business Development Center at the University of Mississippi. He will be speaking on the Ten Important Points for the Success of a Small Business. Call 252-2943 for more information.

Wall Doxey Park hosting Southern National disc golf
Wall Doxey State Park will host the McDonald’s 2005 Southern National Professional Disc Golf Championship September 3-4, according to the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks.

The tournament, sponsored by McDonald’s, will feature four categories of events. Disc golfers will compete in the pro open, pro women, pro master and pro grand master categories.

“We have held a few big disc golf events here in the past, but this is the biggest,” Park Manager Lyle Richardson said. “We are allowing 180 competitors from 11 different states, including the two people tied for second place in the world, Matt Orum and Barry Shultz.”

There will be three courses set up inside the park, and one temporary course will be set up at Kirkwood National Golf Course in nearby Holly Springs.

“The courses at Wall Doxey are situated within wooded areas,” Richardson said. “We added the course at Kirkwood to offer some wide open playing conditions for the competitors.”

Advanced registration is required, according to tournament director Zack Hudson.

“We want everyone to come watch this event,” Richardson said. “Galleries are welcome, needed and appreciated.”

Opening ceremonies begin at 8 a.m. September 3, and tee-off for the first round is at 10 a.m.

For entry forms, contact Wall Doxey at 662-252-4231, or log on to the Southern National Disc Golf website at

Interviews August 24-25 for superintendent candidates
The field of candidates for the next superintendent of the Holly Springs School District has been narrowed to five, according to board of trustees’ president Martha Thomas. Interviewing will take place August 24-25, she said.

“These are the five we felt would be viable candidates for this position,” Thomas said.

The names of the candidates are John Chase, Dr. Nannette Reed, Dr. Charles Kevin Dodson, Michael E. Hamblin, and Dr. Cynthia Gentry. Four are from Mississippi, and one is from Tennessee.

Thomas said none of the interviews are open to the public due to the confidential nature of the proceedings.

She noted that the board is excited about the qualifications of the final five candidates.

“The candidates are also extremely excited about the opportunity to interview for the position,” Thomas said.

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