Thursday, January 5, 2006

Local News Briefs

Leadership class forming; retreat scheduled Jan. 19-20

The second class for LeadershipPlenty will begin soon. The future of Marshall County is tied to the quality of its leadership.

Applications are being accepted and must be in by January 13. Stop by or call the Byhalia Area Chamber at 838-8127 or Holly Springs Chamber at 252-2943 for an application.

The following is a schedule of the classes for LeadershipPlenty. Meals and materials are included. Scholarships are available.

January 19 and 20

  • Retreat at Kirkwood National in Holly Springs
    • Finding Leaders from Within, Linda Mitchell, MSU
    • FISH Philosophy, Susan Seal, MSU
    • Building Strategic Partnerships, Jack Russell
    • Identifying Community Assets, Lisa Stevens, NMPPD

February 21

  • Myers Briggs Personality Profile, Ronnie White, MSU
  • Managing Groups for Results, Jo Ann Howell, TVA

March 21

  • Making Meetings Work Better, Chance McDavid, MSU
  • Managing Conflict, JoAnn Howell, TVA

April 18

  • Facing the Challenge of Race Relations, Dr. Susan Glissen, UM
  • Moving from Talk to Action, Martha Ray Sorter, MSU

May 16

  • Valuing Evaluation, Paula Threadgill, MSU
  • Communicating for Change, Chance McDavid, MSU

June 20 - Graduation.

Postage rates changing; increases begin January 8

Most postal rates and fees will increase by approximately 5.4 percent across-the-board effective January 8.

The Governors of the U.S. Postal Service recently voted to accept the Postal Rate Commission’s recommendations for changes in postage rates.

This rate increase - the first since 2002 - is needed to fulfill the requirement of a federal law passed in 2003. That law requires the Postal Service to establish a $3.1 billion escrow account, with use of the funds to be determined by Congress at a later date. Without this federal mandate, it would not have been necessary to raise rates in 2006.

Among the rate adjustments, the single-piece rate for First-Class Mail will increase from 37 cents to 39 cents, and the postcard rate will increase by one cent to 24 cents.

The new rates are as follows:

  • First-Class Letter (1 oz.) 39¢
  • First-Class Letter (2 oz.) 63¢
  • Postcard 24¢
  • Priority Mail (1 lb.) $4.05
  • Express Mail (1/2 lb.) $14.40
  • Express Mail (2 lb.) $18.80.

Fee and Service Changes

  • Certified Mail – $2.40
  • Delivery Confirmation (Priority) 50 cents
  • Delivery Confirmation (First Class Parcels) 60 cents
  • Return Receipt (Original Signature) $1.85
  • Return Receipt (Electronic) $1.35
  • Money Orders (up to $500) 95 cents.

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