Thursday, November 27, 2008
Charrette stirs optimism
By SUE WATSON
The Holly Springs community seemed to beat with one heart last week as it met with the Main Street Charrette Team, a group of experts who studied the town.
The positives the team found outweighed the negatives by a large margin.
One thing the Main Street Mississippi team members said they found on a three-day romp around Holly Springs is the city has all kinds of character, both historic character and most of all the people kind.
Wall Doxey hosts bluegrass group
By SUE WATSON
Forty-nine musicians and singers of bluegrass music gathered at Wall Doxey State Park November 2 for its fall festival, which included playing and singing, eating, talking, and walking the five dogs in attendance.
People of all occupations are members of the association - pilots, policemen, financial advisors, doctors, preachers and salesmen, said enthusiast Charlotte Albright. She plays harmonica, violin, and guitar and leads singing when called on. Albright and her husband Clift, are members of the “Gone South” bluegrass band. Other members of the band are Bob Barnett, Wayne Walker and Chuck Clark. “Gone South” plays the tri-state area - Tennessee, Arkansas and Alabama - but have played as far away as Colorado.
Hathorne grand marshal for parade
By SUE WATSON
The Holly Springs Christmas Parade committee has selected Frances Hathorne to be grand marshal for this year’s big event Saturday, Dec. 6.
Christmas is a special season for Hathorne, who said she has celebrated many with her children and now grandchildren.
This year will be more special because her three grandchildren, who are young adults, are likely to be present during her first time ride at the front of the line through the festively decorated and celebrated City of Holly Springs. The parade is set for December 6 at 5 p.m.
‘Cost of Freedom’ arrives this week
Holly Springs and Marshall County welcome the American Veterans Traveling Tribute “Cost of Freedom” exhibit this week.
The various memorials, which pay honor to all servicemen and women, will be on display 24 hours a day on the courtsquare. The entire exhibit is free of charge, but donations are accepted.
Sam McClatchy named president of First State Bank, Holly Springs
J.K. Hurdle Jr., chairman of the board of directors at First State Bank, announces the appointment of veteran banker Sam P. McClatchy Jr. as president of the Holly Springs-based bank.
The hiring followed a unanimous vote of the board at its regularly-scheduled November meeting.
McClatchy brings to First State Bank more than 28 years of banking experience, most recently serving as executive vice president of Paragon National Bank in Memphis, Tenn.
Mayor defends dog ordinance
By SUE WATSON
Hoyt Johnson appealed to the mayor last week for permission to vaccinate his own dogs.
Mayor Andre’ DeBerry refused to grant permission for Johnson to sidestep a portion of the ordinance that requires owners to have their animals vaccinated by a veterinarian.
Police probe theft, charge one with assault
Holly Springs police reported one arrest and a residential theft for the week ending November 21.
A homeowner reported a property theft at a residence in the 500 block of Robbindale Lane Monday, Nov. 17, according to chief Robert Pearson. Stolen were a black Murray Select/Twin 42-inch riding lawn mower, a red Poulan 44S Pro limb trimmer, a blue Echo SRM 210 weedeater and one red Honda Peace ATV.
Library gets grant
By SUE WATSON
Potts Camp Library received a private grant of $1,000 from Dollar General.
The money is expected to be used to enlarge the children’s book section, said Patricia Westmoreland, librarian for 10 years and substitute librarian for eight or nine years.
Troopers step up enforcement
The Thanksgiving holidays bring more danger to the roads.
The Mississippi Highway Patrol will again step up its enforcement beginning at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 26, through 12 midnight, Sunday, Nov. 30.
“You will see a marked increase in the number of troopers on the roads,” said Sgt. Leslie White. “They will especially be targeting high crash areas and will be implementing checkpoints for sobriety, drivers’ licenses and insurance, as well as seatbelt usage. Not wearing your seatbelt is a primary offense which gives any law enforcement officer the right to pull a motorist over.”
In addition, White said some motorists need to be reminded of the “Move Over” law instituted last July. This law requires drivers to move at least one lane away when they approach emergency and law enforcement vehicles that are parked on the roadside with lights flashing. This includes tow trucks and highway maintenance vehicles. If a lane change is impossible, the driver must slow and be prepared to stop.
“The troopers will be observing traffic behaviors, including speeding and careless driving and especially the impaired driver,” White said. “We encourage all motorists to observe all traffic laws, do not drink and drive, to buckle up and to have a safe holiday.”
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