Thursday, December 8, 2005

Local News Briefs

Celebration of Friends slated for December 16 in Byhalia

A Celebration of Friends is set for Friday, Dec. 16, from 7 p.m. until in historic downtown Byhalia.

Everyone is invited to enjoy the evening of music and friendship. There will be live music, strolling carolers, special guest singers, refreshments and late night shopping while the Byhalia Garden Club presents this year’s holiday lighting awards.

A Celebration of Friends is presented by the Byhalia Garden Club, the Byhalia By Choice Action Group and the Byhalia Chamber of Commerce.

For more information, call Jean Burrow, 838-2516.

Holly Springs Chamber hosts Christmas luncheon Thursday

The Holly Springs Chamber of Commerce Christmas Luncheon will be held Thursday, Dec. 8, at 12 noon at Dreamland.

The luncheon will feature special Christmas entertainment by the Holly Springs High School Choir and brief comments from Don Fischer, director of Small Business Development Center at the University of Mississippi, concerning “Disaster Preparedness for Small Businesses.”

Tickets are $10 for Chamber members and $12 for potential members. Call the Chamber office or any Chamber board member to make reservations.

In other Chamber news, judging for the Holiday Lighting Contest will be Wednesday, Dec. 14. Call the chamber office to make sure your home or business is included. Winners will be announced in the newspaper the following week and will have signs placed in their yards. Categories include Best Home, Best Door, Most Original and Commercial.

VFW, community help during holidays; toys requested

Local business and individual donations raised over $100 in cash and canned goods for New Hope Village homeless shelter on Thanksgiving day.

The dinner was provided free to the community at the VFW. Over 100 dinners were served to the public, according to John Boyuka, a director for the shelter and VFW member.

Leftovers were given to the shelter, he said.

“It was to try to bring the community base together,” he said. “We want to thank our corporate sponsors - Bank of Holly Springs, First State Bank and Piggly Wiggly - and to all who gave donations who are too numerous to mention.

“I was amazed at the number who volunteered to serve. I also thank the Ladies’ Auxiliary, Suzie Sexton, Donna Boyuka and Linda Tate and all who donated desserts and Judy Holshouser who cooked the turkey and dressing.

“There were so many people who wanted to help, I can’t mention them all.”

Current efforts are directed toward obtaining donations of Christmas toys for the children who live at the shelter, Boyuka said.

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