December 6, 2007
By Barry Burleson
This state championship football game had an interesting twist.
Close to Nowhere
Gloom, despair and agony on me
If you’ve seen me the last couple of weeks, you know I’m limping, moaning, whimpering and whining.
Why, you might ask, if you haven’t seen me in a while?
Let me tell you all about it. The longer I talk, the longer I can stay away from the source of my pain and agony.
The Preacher’s Corner
A blasted cell phone breaks ‘Into Great Silence’
Last Saturday morning I did something truly new and different—which is saying something for a fairly conventional person like me who has reached the age when one seldom does anything new.
Letter to the Editor
Response to letter:
In response to W.A. McMillan Sr., coordinator of the Concerned Citizens Coalition of Marshall County, to #3 of your concerns:
I have not always been in agreement with the Marshall County Fair Association. With that said:
In your letter to the editor, you are either misinformed or you left out a few “truths.” I will try to inform you and your organization.
Yes, Marshall County Fair Association is a private association (not “Marshall County Fair Grounds”) who is leasing the property for the county.
You also didn’t mention they are a nonprofit organization, board members receive no pay, and are always in need of volunteers. To my knowledge, the association has no county employees working at the facility, and its provides a place where all citizens of Marshall County are welcome to the facility.
All citizens are welcome to join the organization, and can be elected to the board. (14 positions are on this board and are elected annually).
Tax dollars are used for the upkeep, maintenance, insurance and all other costs associated to promote this facility. The 200+ acres, and buildings are the property of the county, (check with the tax assessor’s office.)
As a former board member, the 200+ acres was paid for in full in 2005 I believe, and are owned by Marshall County. (This was accomplished by all current and previous members of the Marshall County Fair Association).
The buildings are still being paid for though a multiple combined local loans at local banks that the tax dollars help pay for. There are aproximately 12-14 more years before the loan will be paid and the lease with the county will be up. The tax that you say is “taken” from the citizens, was approved by the Mississippi State Legislature in 1995. The only way those tax dollars could/can be used is for the Marshall County Fair Grounds. If you wish the tax burden to be removed I suggest you petition your local state representative, instead of the county supervisors.
So the question of “repaving the entrance” to the Marshall County Fair Grounds was to enhance a county owned facility, and make it more appealing in its use.
As a former board member, this was one of the most complained about problems (the gravel driveway), and kept the facility from being used by promoters wishing a place to rent/use, to bring events to the county.
The lack of participation by the citizens of Marshall County is the main reason why the Marshall County Fair Grounds is not used to its fullest.
Lott says time is right to retire from Senate, spend more time with family
By TRENT LOTT
A Time for Everything
Last week, I announced I’d be retiring from the Senate when the Senate ends its current session. That’ll be sometime in late December depending on when we finish appropriations bills and other pending Senate business.
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