Thursday, February 1, 2007
Local News Briefs
Another candidate qualifies; deadline for signup March 1
One local candidate has signed up for a political race since the publication of last week’s newspaper.
Incumbent Ralph Doxey qualified in Jackson to seek the Senate, District 2, seat.
The deadline to qualify is Thursday, March 1. Candidates for county races should go to the circuit clerk’s office in Holly Springs to qualify.
The first primary is Tuesday, Aug. 7, with the runoff set for Tuesday, Aug. 28. The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 8.
For more information on the 2007 elections, contact the circuit clerk’s office, 252-3434, or log on to the Mississippi Secretary of State’s website at www.sos.state.ms.us.
Marshall, Benton see decreases in unemployment
Mississippi’s unemployment rate inched up from November’s rate of 6.9 percent to 7.0 percent in December, the Mississippi Department of Employment Security announced last week.
Thirty counties reported unemployment rates equal to or less than Mississippi’s rate, with DeSoto County recording the lowest at 4.0 percent, followed by Lamar and Rankin counties at 4.3. Jefferson and Noxubee counties posted the highest rates at 14.7 and 14.4 percent.
Marshall’s unemployment rate in December was 9.2 percent, down from 11.5 the previous month. Benton’s was 11.4, down from 12.2.
City school district gets grant for technology upgrades
The Holly Springs School District was notified recently it is receiving a rural utilities service grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, according to Jones Mays.
The grant, totalling $430,000, will provide equipment for telecommunications and distance learning for students in the Holly Springs and Quitman County school districts, he said.
“Videoconferencing is a main component of the grant, but also the grant provides computers and network upgrades for the classrooms.” Mays said.
The equipment will also be available for staff development in information technology at both school districts through a partnership with Rust College, he said.
This grant, coupled with a previous grant last year, brings total funding for technology at the Holly Springs School District to over $1 million, he said.
There are about 1,800 students in the Holly Springs district and about 1,600 in the Quitman County district.
“I’d like to thank Senators Cochran and Lott and Rep. Wicker for their letters of support,” Mays said. “The letters were included in the grant application to HUD.”
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