March 27, 2008
News BriefsCongressional runoff vote slated for Tuesday, April 1
The primary election runoff for the U.S. House 1st Congressional District seat will be Tuesday, April 1.
On the Republican ballot, Greg Davis of Southaven faces Glenn McCullough Jr. of Tupelo. Candidates on the Democratic Party ticket are Travis Childers of Booneville and Steve Holland of Plantersville.
Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. next Tuesday. Voters who voted in the March 11 election will have to vote the same party ticket in the April 1 run-off election.
Absentee voting is available in the Marshall County circuit clerk’s office during regular weekday working hours and on Saturday, March 29, between 8 a.m. and 12 noon.
Beauty and The Beast on stage April 3, 4 at MA
Disney’s Beauty and The Beast will be presented Thursday and Friday, April 3 and 4, at Marshall Academy.
The musical will begin at 7 p.m. each night. Admission is $5.
Beauty and The Beast will feature the MA Patriot Performers and MA elementary students.
Mystery writer guest for Friends of Library meeting
The Friends of the Library will meet at 12 noon on Tuesday, April 1, at the Marshall County Library.
This month’s speaker will be author Dr. J. John Portera of West Point. Dr. Portera, a writer of murder mysteries and thrillers, is a retired cosmetic dental surgeon and father of three girls.
In addition to writing, Portera carves exotic hardwood and now does bronze sculptures.
Refreshments will be served and the public is invited to the April 1 meeting.
Unemployment rates stay close to previous month
Due to winter cutbacks, the state’s unemployment rate, for the second month in a row, remained at 6.4 percent, according to the Mississippi Department of Employment Security (MDES).
Most local area rates of unemployment were relatively close to previously published numbers for December 2007.
Rankin County once again posted the lowest jobless rate for the month at 4.1 percent, with DeSoto and Lamar next at 4.4 percent. Thirteen counties logged unemployment rates of 10 percent or higher, led by Jefferson at 12.7 percent.
Marshall County’s unemployment rate for January was 8.2, down slightly from 8.4 in December 2007. Benton’s was 10.2, down from 11.0 in December 2007.
Historically, rates for February are very near those posted in January, so little change is expected when the next month’s rates are published.
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