Thursday, July 5, 2007
Local News Briefs
Deadline this week for those not yet registered to vote
The last day to register to vote in the August 7 Democratic and Republican party primary elections (if not already a registered voter) is July 6 at 5 p.m. in the circuit clerk’s office at the Marshall County courthouse.
Anyone registering to vote by mail must have their registration envelope postmarked no later than 5 p.m. July 7, a Saturday.
Absentee voting began June 25 and ends August 4. Voters who qualify to cast an absentee ballot by mail include those in the military, students enrolled out of the county and those with physical disabilities. Other registered voters who want to vote by absentee ballot because they will not be in the county on election day may vote in person at the circuit clerk’s office.
The circuit clerk’s office is open from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. on Monday through Friday except for state approved holidays. The office will also be open for the convenience of absentee voters on Saturday, July 28, and Saturday, August 4, from 8 a.m. until noon.
Youth camp July 23-27; sign-up deadline July 13
The Marshall County Sheriff’s Department will conduct a summer camp July 23-27 for youth grades 5-9 at the Eddie Lee Smith Jr. Multi-Purpose Building in Holly Springs.
Camp begins at 8 a.m. and is out at noon each day. The camp will accept 20 students, according to deputy Tamara Jeffries.
The camp is free but because of limited space, only one child per family may participate, Jeffries said. Parents are responsible for their child’s transportation to and from camp. Snacks will be provided.
“It is imperative that parents arrive with the child on time and pick them up promptly each day,” Jeffries said.
Camp topics include Responsibility, Esteem, Ambition, Leadership (R.E.A.L.). The fifth day of camp will be given to fun, a cookout and free T-shirts.
Applications for camp can be picked up at the sheriff’s department located at 819 West Street, Holly Springs. Deadline for application is July 13.
For further information, call Jeffries or deputy Cathy Elliott at 662-252-1311.
State unemployment sees slight drop; Marshall at 7.9
The state unemployment rate lowered to 6.0 percent for May, according to the Mississippi Department of Employment Security, down from 6.4 in April.
Most local areas across the state saw a slight drop in rates. Major layoffs in a few counties send those rates sharply upward.
Clay County, the site of a major plant closure, stood at 17.9.
The lowest was Rankin County at 3.8 percent, followed by Lafayette at 3.9.
Marshall’s rate for May was 7.9, while Benton’s was 7.8.
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