March 27, 2008
City rehashing zoning amendments
The City of Holly Springs’ zoning ordinance amendments were put back on the drawing board at last week’s board of aldermen meeting.
Fleeing suspect captured
A second suspect was arrested Thursday, March 20, in Lee County in a March 8 case involving several pounds of marijuana seized from a vehicle.
Arbor Day program honors contributors
Last week’s Arbor Day celebration at Montrose Arboretum took the unusual step of planting a redbud tree in front of the mansion in honor of Ruth Kloha, who has served as Arboretum chairman every year since the inception of the program.
Heaton new leader of Holly Springs chamber
The board of directors of the Holly Springs Chamber of Commerce appointed Amy S. Heaton of Hickory Flat as its new executive director Friday.
Reece – hero, friend, warrior
By SUE WATSON
There could not have been many dry eyes Friday, as friends and family said goodbye to Bradley Keith Reece with a memorial service befitting a hero.
The life of Reece, 16, a junior at Marshall Academy who lost his battle with cancer last week, was celebrated in a non-traditional farewell service. Some of his favorite songs were played, many of his friends gathered around, photos depicted his short life with loved ones and friends, and precious testimonials to his fighting spirit were said.
Byhalia Lions Club hosts first annual domino tournament
The Byhalia Lions Club hosted their first annual “Luck of the Irish” Domino Tournament on Saturday, the 15th of March. Domino players came from as far away as Kansas City, Mo. to play for the $300 grand prize. Local players from Olive Branch, Byhalia and Holly Springs played very well and were able to advance to the semi-final round.
Mayor DeBerry presents proclamation
A flurry of red and white balloons nestled on tables and against a red brick wall which served as the backdrop for Mary Walls-Smith’s 100th birthday celebration in Holly Springs on March 15; her actual birthday was March 17, St. Patrick’s Day. Mrs. Walls-Smith was surrounded by family and friends who came from as far away as Georgia and Michigan.
Tiana Ferrell accepts award in honor of Ida B. Wells-Barnett at Black History Awards BanquetMarshall County’s second annual Black History Awards Banquet was held on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. The theme was “Our History Speaks Truth to Power.”
Minor sentenced in aggravated DUI case
A Waterford man pleaded guilty last week to aggravated DUI.
Under the plea agreement, Darron Lee Minor was sentenced to 20 years, with 18 years suspended. He will serve two years of house arrest and five years of post-release supervision.
Two witnesses had testified in the trial at the Marshall County Courthouse when his attorneys reached a plea bargain with prosecutors.
District attorney Ben Creekmore said Minor was under the influence of methamphetamine – “a terrible drug” – when Joe South of Abbeville was killed in the Feb. 4, 2005, crash.
Prosecutors were concerned that their strongest evidence – a blood test they said proved Minor was on methamphetamine – might have been disallowed because it was collected under a statute that had been declared unconstitutional for not requiring probable cause.
Judge Andrew Howorth warned Minor, who will be under Mississippi Department of Corrections supervision for seven years, of further offenses.
“Don’t test the court on its willingness to send you to the penitentiary,” Howorth said.
Holly Springs police officers make forgery arrest
The Holly Springs Police Department reported 62 citations for the week ending March 24 and one arrest.
Officers arrested Candy Lynne Bleecker, 35, of Olive Branch, March 22 on outstanding warrants for uttering forgery, according to chief Robert Pearson.
Officers responded to the following: driving while license suspended (7); no driver’s license/expired license (8); no proof of insurance (24); seat belt violation (1); child restraint (5); no tag/expired tag (4); leaving the scene of an accident (1); reckless driving (1); violation of dog ordinance (1); simple assault (3); trespassing (1); malicious mischief (1); loud music (2); petit larceny (1); and shoplifting (1).
Call police at 662-252-2122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-729-2169 to report any crime.
Byhalia police respond to variety of calls
The Byhalia Police Department responded to 49 calls during the past week.
Chief Gary Looney released the following report – 10 alarm calls, four motor vehicle accidents, two burglaries, six escorts, two animal-related calls, one juvenile-related call, nine assists, four medical assistance calls, 10 miscellaneous calls and one damaged property call.
Byhalia police also made 12 arrests on the following charges:
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