Thursday, February 3, 2005

Local News Briefs

Public forum Feb. 3 focuses on superintendent search
The Board of Trustees of the Holly Springs School District will hold a public forum on Thursday, Feb. 3, at 6 p.m. at the Holly Springs Multi-Purpose Building, 235 North Memphis Street.

The purpose of the meeting is to solicit information from the community as the school board initiates the search for a new school superintendent.

Those not able to attend the forum are invited to send comments in a sealed envelope to their children’s school. Comments will be picked up and consolidated with those from the forum. Write “Holly Springs School Board Input” on the envelope.

More candidates sigun up for municipal elections
Election qualifying continues in Marshall County’s municipalities.

The deadline for candidates to sign up for this year’s elections is 5 p.m. on Friday, March 4.

In Holly Springs, since the publication of last week’s newspaper, Dorothy Buck has qualified to run for alderman Ward 1.

In Byhalia, incumbent Mayor O.R. “Scooter” Dempsey has qualified to run for the position again.

There are no new candidates in Potts Camp.

Primaries will be held Tuesday, May 3, with runoffs, if needed, set two weeks later, on Tuesday, May 17. The municipal general elections are Tuesday, June 7.

Gov. Haley Barbour coming to Holly Springs for luncheon
Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour will be the guest speaker at the quarterly luncheon of the Holly Springs Chamber of Commerce.

The lunch will be held at Dreamland on Tuesday, Feb. 22, at noon. Tickets can be obtained from the Chamber office or at Lavora’s Personal Grooming and Boutique. Members may purchase tickets for $12 and prospective members for $15.

City school board meeting changed to February 10
The next regular meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Holly Springs School District, usually held on the second Tuesday of each month, has been scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 10.

The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. and will be held in the Central Office Boardroom, 840 Highway 178 East, Holly Springs.

Unemployment rate rises in Marshall, Benton counties
Mississippi’s unemployment rate for December remains unchanged at 5.9 percent, the Mississippi Department of Employment Security (MDES) announced last week.

The new rate was the same as November’s rate but .8 percent higher than the December 2003 rate of 5.1 percent a year earlier.

Forty-nine counties reported a decrease in the unemployment rate, four counties showed no change at all, and 29 counties showed an increase.

Marshall County’s rate was 13.9, up from 11.4. Benton’s was 13.8, up from 12.3 percent.

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