Thursday, January 12, 2006

Fielder’s Choice
By Barry Burleson

Wrapping up 2005

The headlines for the second half of 2005 were just as plentiful and varied as January-June.

Here’s a quick look back at a few from July-December, which wraps up the year-in-review.

The Holly Springs mayor and board of aldermen took the oath of office for a new four-year term.

Brandon Ayers, Clevin Hannah and coach Naylond Hayes led the North basketball all-stars to a win.

The Holly Springs Multi-Purpose Building was named in honor of the late Mayor Eddie Lee Smith Jr.

The first LeadershipPlenty Class wrapped up with high marks.

Burdett’s Cleaners, longtime family business, entered a new era. Garrie Colhoun sold the business to B.J. Thomas Jr.

The city school board was reviewing 11 applications for superintendent of education.

A severe thunderstorm hit Holly Springs, with lightning, strong winds and downed trees.

Citizens protested a proposed hike in the garbage collection fee before the board of supervisors.

The sheriff’s department nabbed burglary suspects and recovered lawn equipment and more.

Two Highway 78 accidents occurred just over an hour apart and a few hundreds yards from one another. Four ambulances, four helicopters and other emergency personnel responded.

Byhalia received a $100,000 grant to renovate a city-owned building, the old high school gym.

Holly Springs aldermen approved a water and sewer rate increase.

Annie Govan, a Holly High student, scored a perfect 500 on biology in the Mississippi Subject Area Tests.

Damage was minimal in Marshall County due to Hurricane Katrina.

Holly Springs aldermen upped the electric rate after a financial study by TVA.

New fencing and bleachers upgraded the football stadium at Sam Coopwood Park.

Marshall County welcomed and assisted hurricane evacuees.

Approximately 4,000 attended the annual Hummingbird Festival at Strawberry Plains.

County students scored the highest yet on state tests.

Cynthia Gentry was chosen as the new superintendent of the Holly Springs School District.

Groups continued to emphasize the need for animal control before the board of supervisors.

Local, state and federal officials continued to work together to boost Chickasaw Trails. Marshall County was getting more and more looks from developers as Exel’s new building at the new industrial park was taking shape.

A portion of 309 was named J.P. Woods Memorial Highway.

The “Hacks Cross Creeper” suspect was arrested in Marshall County.

It was perfect weather for the well-attended White Oak Festival in downtown Byhalia.

Construction was set to begin soon on a new 35,000 square feet shopping center at the Holly Springs Commons.

Belinda McDonald was named the new Holly Springs city clerk.

The 139th Rust College Founders Parade included a big parade and lots of other activities.

A TVA consultant called Marshall County “a diamond in the rough” in regards to growth.

Charles Thomas was named grand marshal of the Christmas parade.

A Marshall County jury was selected and transported to Yazoo County to serve in a highly-publicized murder trial.

A morning fire totaled BizMedia in downtown Holly Springs.

Donna Olita qualified for the prestigious Boston Marathon.

Don Wilson was named Leader of the Year and Bill Kinkade Board Member of the Year at the Byhalia Area Chamber of Commerce celebration.

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