Thursday, December 29, 2005

Local News Briefs

South Reporter announces early deadlines for next week

The South Reporter announces early deadlines for its Thursday, Jan. 5, edition due to the Christmas holiday.

Deadline for all classified advertising will be Friday, Dec. 30, at 12 noon. Deadline for news and all other advertising will be Friday, Dec. 30, at 5 p.m.

The South Reporter office will be closed Monday, Jan. 2.

“We appreciate our many readers and advertisers,” said publisher Barry Burleson. “Happy New Year to everyone.”

Speed limit 15 MPH during arrival, dismissal of students

The Holly Springs Police Department reminds drivers that during the school year, at arrival and dismissal times, the speed limit in school zones is 15 miles per hour.

At Holly Springs Intermediate, arrival time is 7 a.m. to 7:55 a.m., and dismissal is 2:40 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. The school zone in this area is from the driveway of ICS Head Start to the driveway of Holly Springs Valley Street Apartments.

At Holy Family Elementary, arrival time is 6:30 a.m. to 7:55 a.m., and dismissal is 2:40 p.m. to 3 p.m. The school zone is from the driveway of Southern Villas Apartments to Magnolia Cove Apartments.

“Please be mindful of your speed in these areas and around all schools during arrival and dismissal times,” said police chief Patricia Selman.

The penalty for speeding in these areas is enhanced due to the fact they are school zones.

State unemployment high due to Katrina’s devastation

The state’s unemployment of 8.8 percent for November is up only a tenth of a point from October’s revised 8.7 percentage rate, the Mississippi Department of Employment Security (MDES) announced last week.

Preliminary data at the time the October unemployment rate was released caused it to appear that the jobless rate had risen to 9.6 percent.

Fifty-three counties reported unemployment rates equal to or less than Mississippi’s 8.8 percent, with Rankin County and DeSoto County holding the lowest rate of 4.4 percent, followed by Lafayette County at 4.7 percent.

The unemployment rates in Marshall and Benton counties dropped slightly. Marshall’s is 7.4, down from 7.8 in October, and Benton’s 9.5, down from 9.7 the month before.

Nineteen counties posted double-digit unemployment rates for November, with the highest concentration in Harrison and Hancock counties, reporting 20.2 percent and 20.6 percent.

“Recovery from the devastation brought on by Hurricane Katrina, especially in the coastal counties, is progressing slowly and although there has been an increase in non-farm employment, unemployment levels are expected to remain high in the next calendar year,” said Wayne Gasson, chief of Labor Market Information.

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