Thursday, December 15, 2005

Local News Briefs

Celebration of Friends set for Friday 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.

South Reporter announces early deadlines for holidays

The South Reporter announces early deadlines for its Thursday, Dec. 29, edition due to the Christmas holiday.

Deadline for all classified advertising will be Friday, Dec. 23, at 12 noon. Deadline for news and all other advertising will be Friday, Dec. 23, at 5 p.m.

The South Reporter office will be closed Monday, Dec. 26.

“We appreciate our many readers and advertisers,” said publisher Barry Burleson. “Have a Merry Christmas.”

The same early deadlines on Friday, Dec. 30 will be in place for the first paper of the new year, too.

The South Reporter office will be closed Monday, Jan. 2, for the New Year’s holiday.

Man jailed in county on sexual battery charges

A Holly Springs man is being held in Marshall County Jail on half-a-million dollar bond and charged with two counts of the sexual battery of a teenager, according to Sheriff Kenny Dickerson.

“Brian Lloyd Steele, 37, also faces possible additional counts in Marshall County and in Southaven in connection with this investigation,” Dickerson said.

A family in the Red Banks community reported the run-away of a teenager in the household on November 21 and investigators initially were treating the case as a routine run-away.

“However, after extensive investigation by officers of the sheriff’s department and myself, the case turned into a sexual battery case,” Dickerson said.

The teenager is now back at home, he said.

Dickerson said the case will be presented in Marshall County Justice Court and then will likely be presented to a grand jury in Marshall County Circuit Court next term and possibly before a grand jury in DeSoto County on charges of violations in the Southaven area.

In other matters, the sheriff said the concrete slab of the county’s new dog pound has been poured. The pound has been placed near the sheriff’s department so vicious dog problems can be addressed around the clock. He praised the cooperation among animal activists groups and the county in addressing the animal control problem.

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