Thursday, February 10, 2005

Local News Briefs

One qualifies in Potts Camp; dealine three weeks away
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 Potts Camp, incumbent alderman Joan Cox has signed up to seek reelection.

There are no new candidates in Byhalia or Holly Springs since the publishing of last week’s newspaper.

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.

Tickets available for luncheon featuring Governor Barbour
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 baord meeting rescheduled for Feb. 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.

Homeland Security awards firefighting grant to Watson
Federal lawmakers say the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has awarded fire safety grants to three area volunteer fire departments.

U. S. Rep. Roger Wicker and Sens. Thad Cochran and Trent Lott said the funding will be used to enhance fire operations and improve firefighter safety. The Toccopola VFD in Pontotoc County will get $32,400; Watson VFD in Byhalia will receive $27,585; and Lafayette County VFD is slated to get $97,475.

The program provides funds to increase the effectiveness of firefighting operations, health and safety programs, purchase of new firefighting equipment, and improve emergency medical service response capabilities.

Roger Wicker appointed to U.S. House Budget Committee
Rep. Roger Wicker has again been named to the House Budget Committee.

Under House rules, three members of the Appropriations Committee are designated to serve on the Budget panel. Rep. Wicker was tabbed for the position by newly selected Appropriations Committee Chairman Jerry Lewis of California. This will mark Rep. Wicker's second term on the Budget Committee.

Wicker is beginning his sixth term in the United States House of Representatives.

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