Thursday, September 15, 2005

Local News Briefs

County unemployment rate drops to 7.6 for July
The state’s unemployment rate dropped to 6.7 for July, down from June’s 7.9 percent, the Mississippi Department of Employment Security (MDES) announced last week.

The number of employed Mississippians rose by 14,300 while the number of unemployed Mississippians fell by 16,400.

Thirty counties reported unemployment rates equal to or less than Mississippi’s 6.7 percentage rate. DeSoto County holds the lowest rate at 3.5 percent, while Rankin County posted the second lowest of 4.3.

Only 10 out of 82 counties posted double-digit unemployment rates for July, with Jefferson County reporting the highest rate of 15.3 percent, down from last month’s rate of 16.7.

Marshall County’s rate was 7.6, down from June’s 8.2, while Benton’s was 10.0, down from June’s 11.2.

“Historically, labor force conditions in August have not shown much change from the month of July,” said Wayne Gasson, chief of Labor Market Information.

Byhalia’s White Oak Festival slated for Oct. 8 downtown
The 24th annual Byhalia White Oak Festival is set for Saturday, Oct. 8, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Church Street, from the corner of Highway 309 to Senter Street.

It is sponsored by the Byhalia Sports Association and the Byhalia Lions Club.

Activities will include arts and crafts, food booths, games, coloring contest, baby photo contest, displays, motorcycle show, kids’ area, raffles, entertainment and prizes.

Booths are available on a first come, first served basis and cannot be reserved without payment. Concession booths have been filled. All other booth spaces are available for $25.

Call 838-2806 or 838-8147 or stop by the Byhalia Area Chamber of Commerce office to get booth space.

Festival sponsorship packages are also available.

Harvest Fest scheduled for October 29 in Holly Springs
Plans are underway for the third annual Harvest Fest on the square in Holly Springs. It will be held Saturday, Oct. 29.

Kevin Thomas is making arrangements for a daylong list of entertainment, both groups and soloists. Lisa Cole is working on the arts and crafts show on the courthouse lawn. Several vendors have already registered.

All businesses surrounding and near the square are urged to participate by decorating windows with a fall or Halloween theme, having sidewalk sales, giving away a prize that will require customers to come in and register, contributing toward a grand prize to be given away in a special 5 p.m. drawing.

The purpose of the Harvest Fest is to increase weekend business on the square and provide wholesome, fun activities for the entire family to enjoy.

For more information, contact Cole at 252-8855 or the Chamber at 252-2943.


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