Thursday, September 29, 2005

Local News Briefs

Byhalia’s White Oak Festival just week and half away
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.

Portion of Hwy. 309 to be dedicated in honor of Woods
Dedication of the J.P. Woods Memorial Highway is set for Thursday, Sept. 29, at 11 a.m. in Watson. Highway 309 from Watson to the Tennessee state line will afterward be named after the late J.P. Woods, father of Mississippi Rep. Tommy Woods of Byhalia.

The section of Highway 309 from Watson to Highway 4 is named for the late Osborne Bell, sheriff of Marshall County.

Woods, who died Feb. 18, 2004, served as president of the Marshall County Board of Supervisors 12 years during terms extending from 1952-72.

J.M. “Flick” Ash, who served as chancery clerk when J.P. Woods was a member of the board of supervisors, will offer comments.

Other dignitaries invited to the dedication are Jimmy Woods, Commissioner Bill Minor, Byhalia Mayor Scooter Dempsey and Bill Renick, master of ceremonies.

Rep. Woods said Wall Doxey was board attorney during J.P. Woods’ tenure on the board.

Tommy Woods’ barbecue team will serve free barbecue sandwiches at the event.

Harvest Fest set for Oct. 29 in downtown Holly Springs
The third annual Harvest Fest on the square in Holly Springs will be held Saturday, Oct. 29.

There will be gospel singing, arts and crafts, food vendors, pony rides, merchant open houses and more.

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 on the Harvest Fest, contact Lisa Cole at 252-8855 or the Holly Springs Chamber of Commerce at 252-2943.

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