Thursday, November 29, 2007
Murder suspect returned to county
A Lexington, Tenn., man wanted on capital murder charges in a death that took place in Marshall County was extradited back to the county last week, according to Sheriff Kenny Dickerson.
Fitch Farms welcomes hunters, stars
Fitch Farms entertained around a hundred celebrities and guests at the 2007 National Championship Hunt that took place over the November 8-10 weekend.
Board discusses holiday lighting
By SUE WATSON
Mayor Andre’ DeBerry and the Holly Springs Board of Aldermen discussed the city’s Christmas lighting at the meeting last week.
DeBerry said he will discontinue the lighting on buildings in the business district, try to fix the lights on court square and put up fixtures on light poles.
Carter new principal
By BARRY BURLESON
Potts Camp School gets a new principal next week, but he’s no stranger to the faculty and students there.
Northcentral proud of service record
By SUE WATSON
Kevin Doddridge, general manager of Northcentral Electric Power Association, was guest speaker at last week’s chamber of commerce luncheon in Byhalia. He said the association has a good record on safety and reliability of uninterrupted service.
Holly Springs police make drug arrests
Officers with the Holly Springs Police Department made an arrest for uttering forgery and three arrests for possession of a controlled substance last week, according to chief Robert Pearson.
Ronnie LaShawn Boyd, 19, of Holly Springs, was arrested Tuesday, November 20, and charged with two counts of uttering forgery, he said.
Three were arrested on possession charges on Wednesday, November 21.
Kelvin L. Hubbard, 37, of Holly Springs, was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance, he said.
Oliver P. White Jr., 34, and April Lashon McGowan, 31, both of Holly Springs, were arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance and simple assault, Pearson said.
Officers also responded to the following incidents over the week ending October 26: driving while license suspended (7); no proof of insurance (4); improper equipment (1); careless driving (2); reckless driving (1); improper passing (1); expired tag (1); disregard for traffic device (2); simple assault domestic violence (3); trespassing (1); and disorderly conduct/failure to comply (2).
Anyone having information regarding any crime committed in the Holly Springs or Marshall County area is asked to please contact the Holly Springs Police Department at 662-252-2122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-729-2169. Callers do not have to give their name to leave tips or information with police.
The caller may be entitled to a reward of up to $1,000.
Unemployment rate drops in October
Mississippi’s unemployment rate dropped two tenths of a percent in October, down from September’s rate of 6.1 percent to 5.9 percent, according to the Mississippi Department of Employment Security (MDES).
Mississippi’s labor force showed slight strengthening over the month as residence based employment posted a gain of 7,400 and the jobless count declined by approximately 1,800. The employment increases were validated by an increase of 2,300 jobs in the place-of-work non-farm employment estimates when compared to September.
Job gains were reported in construction, retail trade, and public education.
Most Mississippi counties posted unemployment figures at or slightly below September’s level with Rankin and Lafayette counties holding the lowest rates at 3.9 and 4.1 percent, respectively.
Clay County posted the highest unemployment rate at 12.7 percent, but was down from the previous month’s rate of 16.2 percent. Jefferson County held the second highest rate, falling from last month’s rate of 12.5 to 11.4 percent.
No significant change is expected statewide in November, according to a spokesperson for MDES.
Marshall County posted a rate of 8.3 percent unemployment and ranked 73rd as the county with the highest rate of unemployment out of the state’s 82 counties.
Benton County’s rate was 10.8 (79th in the state).
VFW Post alerts public of holiday scam
Several individuals or businesses were presented with a ruse over the Thanksgiving holiday by an unknown person soliciting donations for Christmas baskets under the name of the Collins-Hurdle VFW. Commander Bill Janssen with Post 5697 said the letter being passed out, along with a request for donations alleged to be used to purchase Christmas baskets for veterans, is a scam.
Janssen’s name, which was signed by the perpetrator(s) and also misspelled, was being used to make the request for money look official, he said.
The Holly Springs Police Department has been alerted.
Janssen urged the populace to ask for credentials anytime they are asked by anyone for a donation on behalf of the VFW. All members of Post 5697 in Holly Springs have and carry identification cards showing they are members of the post.
“If they don’t show their credentials, don’t give them a nickel,” Janssen said.
The scam was learned about Wednesday November 21.
He said VFW Post 5697 will be coordinating Christmas drives for the needy and he doesn’t want this recent incident to discourage people from giving.
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