Thursday, November 20, 2008
Plenty of good things are happening on the local front as the holiday season approaches.
Monday, Holly Springs welcomed some visitors to town. They’re here to develop a plan and a vision for the city. The planning charrette is hosted by the Mississippi Main Street Association. The project is part of a program funded by a grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission. Charrette is a French word that signifies work being done in front of the public and is an appropriate name for a community-driven initiative.
A community meeting Monday night was upbeat and positive with the public providing input about the community’s assets and aspirations. Too often those living here take the many positives for granted.
But more than once Monday night, residents talked about how much tourists and other guests love Holly Springs’ Southern, small-town charm.
Holly Springs is one of the newest Main Street communities. This week’s work by charrette personnel and community members will go a long way toward shaping the future of Holly Springs. Thanks to Rust College, city leaders and others who are leading the Main Street charge.
A final presentation will be made Wednesday night of this week at 6 p.m. at the Eddie L. Smith Multi-Purpose Building, 235 North Memphis.
And just up the road in Byhalia, the chamber of commerce will host a 20th anniversary celebration Thursday night at 6:30 p.m. at The Flame.
An important part of the program will include the unveiling of the town’s 20-year plan.
Byhalia awaits great growth. It will be dissected by two interstates in the near future. It adjoins DeSoto County, busting at the seams, and big city Memphis is just a short distance away.
This plan is about controlling that growth and working a plan that will best serve Byhalia, its citizens and Marshall County as a whole.
Byhalia’s mayor and board are to be commended for their leadership and guidance in formulating the plan. Byhalia’s citizens need to contribute to and buy into the plan.
Just like the plan for Holly Springs Main Street, its success will depend on things like determination, teamwork and hard work. These strategies are all about improving our communities and the quality of life.
Next week some more guests roll into Marshall County and we will roll out the welcome mat with great pride.
The Holly Springs Chamber of Commerce and the Collins-Hurdle VFW Post #5697 will host the American Veterans Traveling Tribute.
Veterans Day was November 11. Hopefully, we all paused to remember our heroes.
We look forward to continuing that honor and respect when the “Cost of Freedom Tribute” decorates the courthouse square next week.
The centerpiece of the tribute is an 80 percent replica of the Vietnam Memorial Wall. But that’s just a portion of this touching exhibit.
The traveling tribute will be escorted into town by law enforcement personnel, a helicopter and motorcyclists.
It’s a once-in-a-lifetime event for our community. Thousands are expected to visit November 25-December 1, to see the memorials and show respect.
The success of this event depends largely on community involvement. That volunteerism has been great to this point in organizing and raising funds for the traveling tribute.
No doubt, our county will be a better place, thanks to these good things - Main Street, Byhalia’s 20-year plan, the American Veterans Traveling Tribute.
But that’s just a few of the reasons for us to all be upbeat.
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