Thursday, March 15, 2007
Local News Briefs
Potts Camp sets election; qualifying deadline March 29
A special election is set for Tuesday, April 17, in the Town of Potts Camp to fill a seat on the board of aldermen.
Alderman Al Beard died February 24, almost halfway through his four-year term and leaving a vacancy on the five-member board.
Qualifying for the at-large position continues until 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 29. Candidates can sign up at town hall from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Voting on April 17 will take place at town hall. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The term will run through June 2009.
Habitat taking applications March 22 in Byhalia
On Thursday, March 22, Marshall County Habitat for Humanity will be taking applications for those wishing to qualify for a home.
First Presbyterian Church, 2532 Church St., in Byhalia is the location; time is 6 p.m. From the stoplight at Hwy. 178 (old 78) and Byhalia Road turn left, go to the first stop sign, which is Church St., and turn right. The church is a block along on Church St.
Applicants should bring with them their most recent pay stub, as proof of income.
Marshall, Benton counties see drop in unemployment
The Mississippi Department of Employment Security (MDES) announced last week the unemployment rate for Mississippi was 6.7 percent for the month of January.
DeSoto County recorded the lowest rate at 3.3 percent, followed by Rankin and Lamar counties at 4.2 and 4.3 percent, respectively. Jefferson and Sharkey counties posted the highest rates at 14.9 and 14.3, respectively.
Marshall County’s rate for January was 6.5 percent, down from 9.2 the previous month. Benton’s was 10.9, down from 11.4 in December 2006.
Pittman guest speaker for Byhalia luncheon Thursday
The Byhalia Area Chamber of Commerce will host its quarterly membership luncheon Thursday, March 15, at Byhalia United Methodist Church fellowship hall.
Networking begins and the buffet opens at 11:30 a.m.
The program starts at noon with guest speaker Tom Pittman. The director of the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi will talk on “How To Live in a Better Place Without Moving.”
The luncheon sponsor is Merchants & Farmers Bank.
A special invitation is extended to Marshall County LeadershipPlenty class (2005, 2006, 2007) participants and to anyone interested in building a Community Foundation for Marshall County.
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