Thursday, March 16, 2006

Local News Briefs

Holly Springs Horse Classic is Saturday at Fairgrounds

The Holly Springs Charity Walking Horse Classic, sponsored by the Holly Springs Chamber of Commerce, will be held this Saturday, March 18.

The horse show will begin at 5 p.m. at the Marshall County Fairgrounds, Highway 7 North, Holly Springs.

Leading the fourth annual Charity Walking Horse Classic are Susan Jordan, show manager; judge, Chris Bobo; announcer, Perry Thomas; photographer, Sid Abernathy; show secretary, Shirley Cato; veterinarian, Willow Bend Animal Clinic; ringmaster, Mike Farley; organist, Charles Ritchie; farrier, Mike “Red” Umberger; advertising/promotions, Lisa Cole.

The show benefits the Holly Springs Chamber of Commerce and the American Cancer Society.

Unemployment rate drops in Marshall, Benton counties

January’s unemployment rate of 9.1 percent showed almost no change from December 2005’s rate of 9.3, the Mississippi Department of Employment Security announced last week.

The January rate was considerably higher than the 7.8 percent jobless rate recorded one year ago, confirming that damage from Hurricane Katrina continues to wreak havoc with the economy.

Twenty-eight counties posted double-digit rates of joblessness. Sharkey and Harrison counties logged the highest rate at 18.5 percent, while DeSoto registered the lowest percentage at 4.6.

Marshall’ rate was 8.4, down from 11.3 in December. Benton’s rate was 10.4, down from 13.1.

Governor Barbour names Lomenick to state committee

Gov. Haley Barbour announces the appointment of Robert “Bob” Lomenick of Holly Springs to the Mississippi Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee of the Division of Medicaid.

The committee conducts in-depth evaluation of available drugs and recommends appropriate drugs for preferred status, as well as evaluates drugs and drug classes for safety and overall therapeutic and cost value.

“Bob will do an excellent job serving the people of Mississippi,” Governor Barbour said. “His medical and pharmaceutical experience will prove valuable to this committee, and I am confident he is a good choice to fill this position.”

Lomenick is the owner of Tyson Drug Co. Inc. He was appointed to the Health Care Commission by former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove in 2001 and the Medicaid Technical Advisory Group by Governor Barbour in 2004. Lomenick is a member of the National Community Pharmacy Association, Mississippi Pharmacy and Independent Pharmacy Association, American Diabetes Association and American Association of Diabetes Educators.

Lomenick graduated from the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy in 1977. He and his wife, Penny, have three children – Robert, John Travis and Erin.

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