Thursday, July 6, 2006
Local News Briefs
Ida B. Wells-Barnett festival just week and half away
The Ida B. Wells-Barnett Museum is hosting its annual Ida B. Wells Birthday Celebration/Arts and Crafts Family Festival July 14-16.
The theme for this celebration is “Building on the Past: Focusing on the Future.” Guest speaker for the banquet July 15 will be Dr. David Beckley, president of Rust College.
On each day of the celebration, a member of the Wells family will share the legacy of Ida B. Wells.
The Ida B. Wells-Barnett Celebration will serve as the primary fund-raiser for the museum; and area churches, businesses and organizations are urged to serve as co-sponsors for the event. The museum showcases artwork of local and nationally renowned artists and offers cultural activities for citizens of all ages.
For more information, call the museum at 252-3232.
State’s, county’s jobless rate rises slightly during May
The state’s unadjusted unemployment rate for May rose by one-tenth of a point to 7.4, the Mississippi Department of Employment Security (MDES) announced last week.
The number of employed Mississippians rose by 2,500 while the number of unemployed Mississippians rose by 12,700.
Job gains were reported in the retail trade with a net gain of 1,000 jobs. Other sectors reporting job significant gains included amusements, gambling, recreation and construction. Sectors reporting losses were in professional and business services and state government.
Thirty-seven counties reported unemployment rates equal to or less than Mississippi’s rate with Rankin, Lafayette and Lamar counties holding the lowest rates of 4.2, followed by DeSoto County with a 4.6 percent.
Noxubee County had the highest unemployment rate of 82 counties with a rate of 14.7 percent followed by Jefferson, Hancock and Harrison counties with 13.7, 13.1 and 13.0 percent.
Marshall County’s unemployment rate for May was 8.8, up from 7.3 in April. Benton County’s was 9.1, up from 8.9 the previous month.
National Night Out Kick-Off scheduled for July 28
The Holly Springs Police Department announces its National Night Out Kick-Off Friday, July 28, from 6 until 9 p.m.
This year’s festivities will be held at Spring Hollow Walking Trail (behind the Multi-Purpose Building).
There will be fun, food, games, prizes and entertainment.
Those attending should bring their lawn chairs.
For more information on National Night Out, contact the Holly Springs Police Department, 252-2122.
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