Pages from the Past
10 Years Ago - February 8, 1996
Area paralyzed in frigid winter grip
Although Marshall and Benton Counties remained blanketed in ice and snow for five days, residents escaped the devastating property damage like the ice storm of 1994. Record and near record low temperatures over an extended period of time kept the ice and snow frozen, closing schools for several days.
H & H Farms wins 1995 MACD Outstanding Cropland Award
H & H Farms of Slayden has been presented the Mississippi Association of Conservation District’s top accolade, the Outstanding Cropland Award. Paul Hurdle accepted the award on behalf of H & H Farms and brothers Alan Hurdle and Byron Hurdle Jr. at the annual meeting in Jackson on Jan. 11.
Feb. 10 deadline to vote in Super Tuesday
Sat., Feb. 10 is the final day to register to vote in the March 12 “Super Tuesday” primary election. Precinct caucuses are set for Sat., Feb. 17. The county convention will be on Sat., March 2.
25 Years Ago - February 5, 1981
First black priest ordained here
Rev. Deacon Rosalind Russell of Holly Springs will be ordained a priest of the Catholic Church Sat., Feb. 7. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Russell of Holly Springs. Russell will be the first black priest to be ordained in north Mississippi. He is a product of St. Joseph Catholic Church.
Ellen Briscoe, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Briscoe of Red Banks and Debbie Rodgers, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Rodgers of Victoria, received their nursing caps in a recent capping ceremony held at Christ United Methodist Church in Memphis, Tenn. Miss Briscoe and Miss Rodgers are enrolled at Methodist Hospital School of Nursing in Memphis.
Expect high utility bill
The arctic cold air which has brought record temperatures and fuel shortages is bringing sharply higher bills to electric customers in north Mississippi. Three factors affecting bills are a 25 percent rate increase by TVA, the cold weather and the holiday season.
50 Years Ago - February 9, 1956
Heavy rains wash out Red Banks Creek bridge
Heavy rains Sunday morning washed out the big bridge across Red Banks Creek between Byhalia and Watson, making a long detour necessary for the school bus and mail route. Damage was estimated at between $30,000 and $40,000.
DAR Good Citizen
Billie Sue Newsom, a senior at Potts Camp School, has been chosen good citizenship girl by the Daughters of the American Revolution. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Newsom.
Collins Tidwell elected president of Rotary
The Holly Springs Rotary Club elected Collins Tidwell president, to succeed Mahon Jones. Other officers elected are Dr. Rhea L. Wyatt, vice president; Olin Smith, secretary; Harris Gholson, treasurer; and Lanier Robison and Edward Rather, directors.
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