Thursday, September 6, 2007
Local News Briefs
Hummingbird celebration Sept. 7-9 at Strawberry Plains
The Hummingbird Migration Celebration is scheduled for September 7-9 at Strawberry Plains Audubon Center in Holly Springs.
The annual event features fun for all ages – such as wildlife demonstrations, hummingbird banding and release, and nature programs and guided walks.
Each fall, thousands of ruby-throated hummingbirds migrate through Mississippi to their winter homes in Central America.
Like a “river,” they are on the move daily through the woods of Strawberry Plains Audubon Center. By maintaining habitats, gardens and sugar-water feeders, the center has become a magnet for hummingbirds.
Renowned hummingbird experts Bob and Martha Sargent are real showstoppers. Guests can get a close-up view as they band hummingbirds.
Terry Vandeventer will explore the world of snakes and reptiles – complete with live specimens to touch.
Call 662-252-1155 for more information on this year’s hummingbird celebration.
Town of Potts Camp gets grant to extend water system
The Town of Potts Camp has been awarded a $293,932 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) to improve its water system, federal lawmakers said Friday.
U.S. Rep. Roger Wicker and Sens. Thad Cochran and Trent Lott said the project will help the town extend its water distribution system and provide first-time water service to 229 new households.
The work involves installing 17 miles of water mains along Highway 178 and surrounding roads as well as constructing a 100,000-gallon elevated water tank and supply well. The action is in response to a county-wide water feasibility study for Marshall County and its municipalities which showed the town has water supply and storage deficiencies. The system improvements will support future residential, commercial, and industrial growth.
Rural Development is providing a $1.3 million grant and $595,400 loan, making the total project cost $2.2 million.
Another arrest announced in voter fraud investigation
Attorney General Jim Hood has confirmed another arrest in the Benton County voter fraud investigation.
Jerry Huck Childers (age 47), 1304 Bankhead Highway, Hickory Flat, was arrested on Wednesday, August 29. He is charged with one count of conspiracy to commit voter fraud, one count bribery, and one count voter fraud.
Childers was taken to the Tippah County Jail. His bond was set at $60,000 and he is scheduled to appear in Benton County Justice Court on September 24, at 9 a.m.
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