August 21, 2008
Special election Sept. 16; qualifying deadline Aug. 27
A special election for alderman has been set for Tuesday, Sept. 16, in the Town of Byhalia. The mayor and board declared the vacancy due to the recent death of Terry Sawyer.
Qualifying deadline for candidates is Wednesday, Aug. 27, according to town clerk Teresa Turner. Those interested can pick up qualifying papers from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at town hall.
The special election on September 16 will be conducted from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at one voting precinct, Byhalia Town Hall, located at 161 Highway 309 South.
The winner will fill the remainder of Sawyer’s term, which expires June 30, 2009.
Next year is an election year for municipal officials.
Cooler catches fire, causes smoke damage to gym
An early morning fire Friday in the Potts Camp School gymnasium caused a large amount of smoke damage.
Robert Campbell, Potts Camp fire chief, said a cooler in the concession stand area caught on fire. It was discovered prior to the start of the school day, about 7:15 a.m.
“It was good that no one was there at the time, and we were blessed that there was no more damage than that,” Campbell said.
The Potts Camp Fire Department received assistance from the Holly Springs Fire Department.
Kenny Holbrook, Holly Springs fire chief, said the fire likely started due to a “malfunction in the electrical components” of the cooler used to store drinks.
“The gym was filled with smoke,” Holbrook said.
Principal Leigh Anne Sanderson said there is a considerable amount of smoke damage to the concession stand area and inside the gym.
“We are very thankful for the quick response of the Potts Camp and Holly Springs fire departments,” Sanderson said.
Also last week, Holbrook said his department responded to a kitchen fire at a residence on Rolfing Road.
One person, who was cooking, received burns from the fire and was transported to the hospital, he said.
“We got the fire knocked out quickly,” Holbrook said. “There was minimal damage to the structure.”
Chamber, VFW helping bring Memorial Wall to city
The Holly Springs Chamber of Commerce and the VFW are raffling a motor scooter with proceeds helping to bring the Veterans Memorial Wall to Holly Springs in November.
Tickets, $20 each, are available from chamber board members or any VFW member. Only 500 will be sold.
A poker run, September 13 at the VFW, will also raise money for the Memorial Wall.
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