Thursday, October 19, 2006
Local News Briefs
Harvest Fest October 28 in downtown Holly Springs
The Holly Springs Chamber of Commerce presents the 2006 Harvest Fest on the historic downtown square Saturday, Oct. 28, from 10 a.m. until dark.
Activities will include arts and crafts, gospel singing, pony rides, food vendors, merchant open houses and door prizes.
Call 662-252-2943 for more information.
AG unveils school violence prevention initiative
Attorney General Jim Hood kicked off Mississippi’s Safe School week Monday by launching a school violence prevention initiative.
The current phase of the initiative is the printing and distribution of the “School Violence Prevention Guide.”
“This guide is designed to help teachers identify the warning signs of a potentially violent child and to help school administrators establish a protocol for students and teachers to report these signs before a violent act occurs,” Hood said. “Our children deserve to go to school in a safe environment, and it is my goal to make sure that happens.”
The Mississippi Association of Educators (MAE) is joining the effort by printing copies of the guide and distributing them to every school in the state.
“MAE urges every school and school employee to actively make use of the information in this guide,” said Beverly Brahan, MAE president. “We know it is vital for all school employees who have daily contact with students and the community to have an awareness and knowledge of laws, policies, procedures, resources and skills concerning school violence.”
Snow Lake sets special vote for mayor, one alderman
A special election to select a mayor and an alderman for the incorporated Snow Lake community has been set for Tuesday, December 12, according to town clerk Janet Jones.
The election follows the resignations of Snow Lake Mayor Morris Blake and Alderman Emily Koen recently over a conflict of the alleged release of the chief of police Joy Cocke and her replacement by part-time police officer Flake Farmer.
In a story published in the Southern Advocate October 12, Mayor Blake was quoted as saying he resigned in protest of the board’s decision to release Cocke without cause. Alderman Koen cited her reason for resignation as a reaction to decisions by some members of the board of aldermen to allegedly oblige a certain individual.
The resignations were accepted by the board of aldermen Tuesday, October 17, at a 10 a.m. special meeting of the board of aldermen.
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