Thursday, August 25, 2005

Local News Briefs

Southern National disc golf coming to Wall Doxey Park
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 want everyone to come watch this event. Galleries are welcome.”

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.

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

Back to School Night set for August 30 at Holly High
Holly Springs High School (grades 7-12) will host its Back to School Night next Tuesday, Aug. 30, from 6 to 8 p.m.

The program will begin in the auditorium where the choir will perform, and refreshments will be served. Parents will then have the opportunity to meet individual teachers and visit classrooms.

Byhalia Chamber hosting luncheon this Thursday
The Byhalia Area Chamber of Commerce will host a membership luncheon meeting Thursday, Aug. 25, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Northcentral EPA, Hwy, 309 S.

Speaker will be Steve McManus, vice president of 1st Tennessee Brokerage, a business analyst and 2005 graduate of Leadership Memphis.

Call 662-838-8127 for more information. Hosts are 1st Tennessee Home Loans of Olive Branch and The Whistle Stop Cafe of Byhalia.

Watson Fire Department receives $27,075 grant
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has approved fire safety grants for 15 communities in north Mississippi, including Watson in Marshall County, federal lawmakers said last week.

U. S. Rep. Roger Wicker and Sens. Thad Cochran and Trent Lott said the funding will assist efforts to enhance fire operations and strengthen firefighter safety procedures and purchase new vehicles.

The award comes from the Assistance to Firefighters Program approved by Congress to directly assist the nation's firefighters and the services they deliver. It is administered by FEMA and the Emergency Preparedness and Response Directorate at DHS. The program provides funds to increase the effectiveness of firefighting operations, health and safety programs, purchase of new firefighting equipment, and improve emergency medical service response capabilities.

Watson VFD, Marshall County (Byhalia), gets $27,075 for operations and safety improvements.

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