Thursday, August 28, 2009
Rust acquires MI College property
Like Siamese twins, Rust College and the former Mississippi Industrial College will now be forever linked together. The second Wednesday in August marks a significant day for the alumni of these two historical black colleges.
“I want to officially announce to you that Rust College is the owner of the old Mississippi Industrial College property,” said president David L. Beckley during his opening remarks at the college’s pre-planning conference for faculty and staff. “The property will be known from this day forth as the Rust College property on the site of the former Mississippi Industrial College in Holly Springs.”
‘Dogs Days of Summer’ big hit
• Humane Society fund-raiser includes auction, food, music
By SUE WATSON
The Marshall County Humane Society held its second annual fund-raiser for the society at the Collins-Hurdle VFW Post 5697 and it was a big success by all accounts.
Foresters say bond on loggers hurts industry
By SUE WATSON
Three members of the Marshall County Forestry Association expressed concerns of tree farmers about new resolutions requiring loggers post bonds for any damage that may be done to county roads.
City supports Traveling Wall
By SUE WATSON
The Holly Springs mayor and board of aldermen considered several requests for funding at last week’s meeting, including a donation to support the Vietnam Traveling Wall. It’s a project initiated by the Collins-Hurdle VFW Post and supported by the Holly Springs Chamber of Commerce.
Amy Heaton, chamber of commerce executive director, asked for $2,839 to get ready for the November event and for the involvement of the entire community in supporting and turning out for the event, scheduled for Thanksgiving week.
Byhalia police respond to various calls
The Byhalia Police Department responded to 25 calls during the past week.
Chief Gary Looney released the following report – three alarm calls, three disturbances, three escorts, one juvenile-related call, three assists, three medical assists, eight miscellaneous calls and one report of damaged property.
Byhalia police also made 10 arrests on the following charges:
State Highway Patrol launches crackdown on impaired driving
America is facing an impaired driving crisis and the problem is especially acute during the summer months.
That’s why the Mississippi Department of Public Safety is joining other police agencies throughout the country in suppport of an intensive crackdown on impaired driving through the Labor Day holiday September 1. It’s headlined “Drunk Driving – Over the Limit, Under Arrest.”
“Impaired driving is a deadly crime,” said Sgt. Leslie White with the Batesville District of the Mississippi Highway Patrol.
In all 50 states, 0.08 grams per deciliter or higher is impaired driving. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics show that as many as 13,500 in one year were killed involving impaired drivers.
“Impaired driving is not an accident,” White said. “It is an epidemic of careless disregard for human life. All too often, innocent law-abiding people suffer tragic consequences and the loss of loved ones.”
He said the Highway Patrol is committed to intensifying the crackdown, especially during the night-time and weekend hours.
“No one should ever get that late-night phone call from the police telling them that their loved one has died due to an impaired driver,” White said.
Consider the possible consequences, he said – jail time, loss of driving privileges, financial complications to include increase in insurance costs, attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work or loss of job or job prospects – not to mention seeing your name in print in the local newspaper.
“Driving impaired is simply not worth the consequences,” White said. “So remember, if you are over the limit, you are under arrest – no exceptions!”
White also warned that extra troopers will be on the highways during the Labor Day weekend, and they will also be looking for seatbelt violators, speeders and other erratic drivers.
Activities on tap for Kudzu Festival
Plans are set for the 20th annual Kudzu Festival on the square in Holly Springs, October 22 through October 25. The many aspects of the festival are aimed at providing something for everyone, so make plans to attend and enjoy the festivities.
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