Thursday, January 5, 2006

Fielder’s Choice
By Barry Burleson

Headlines from 2005

It’s a new year, 2006, and that will mean new headlines for The South Reporter.

What will they be?

Your guess is as good as mine.

More economic development at Chickasaw Trails?

Grand openings in the new Holly Springs Commons?

A third straight state basketball championship for the Holly Springs High School Hawks?

Progress on planned interstate highways through our county?

Meanwhile, as we anticipate some of the new year’s headlines, let’s look back at some from 2005 – January through June.

Eddie Dixon was elected president of the board of supervisors.

Local Guardsmen from the Holly Springs area received a send-off for their duty in Iraq.

City superintendent of education Judy Smith announced her retirement.

Qualifying was underway for city elections.

Terry Rodgers and Harvey Garrison were sworn in as new members of the Marshall County School Board.

Renovations to Polk Place and Featherston Place in Holly Springs were set to boost tourism.

Jack Reed of Tupelo was the guest speaker for the annual Marshall County Awards Luncheon.

Four new 71-passenger buses were received by the county school district.

Preston Farley won the Marshall County Spelling Bee.

Chulahoma Bridge in Holly Springs was to be replaced.

Gov. Haley Barbour visited for the Holly Springs Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

The board of supervisors decided to restore the eternal flame at the Veterans Memorial on the courtsquare.

LeadershipPlenty kicked off its initial class with a retreat.

The Marshall/Benton Job Fair was a success with 374 resumes accepted.

Circuit Clerk Lucy Carpenter was going to India to help test a record management system being developed for potential use in Mississippi.

The Hawks won their second straight Class 3A state crown.

Friends of Betsy Kent planted a tree in her memory at the Marshall County Library.

Dr. Kenneth Williams was named Business Person of the Year for Mississippi.

The Industrial Development Authority was looking for a new director with Mike Thornton’s retirement.

More than 1,000 visited for the Holly Springs Pilgrimage.

The Holly Springs mayor and board of aldermen were re-elected.

Approximately 240 seniors attended the first-ever Education and Jobs Summit.

Exel, the global leader in supply chain management, broke ground for a huge distribution facility at Chickasaw Trails Economic Development Area. It was the first development for the industrial park.

The May Day Celebration, in honor of Mama Lessye (Lessye Lee Davis) was again a big success.

Adam Andrews was named the new principal at Holly High, to replace a retiring Dorsey Patterson.

A grand re-opening was held at the Ida B. Wells-Barnett Museum and Art Gallery.

The LeadershipPlenty class decided to focus its efforts on a cleaner, safer community that would enhance the quality of life for all citizens of the county.

Young and old alike enjoyed annual events, the Kudzu Festival, Relay for Life and the Clydesdale Festival.

A $1.5 million sewer project was OK’d for Chickasaw Trails.

The Bank of Holly Springs announced an expansion, with a new south branch.

Longtime employees in the city clerk’s office, Sandra Young and Lisa Liddy, retired.


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