March 19, 2009
Chamber of commerce gala scheduled for March 31
The Holly Springs Chamber of Commerce will host a “Recognition Gala” honoring business and community leaders Tuesday, March 31.
The chamber recently compiled nominations, and ballots were mailed to members. The ballot deadline is March 20.
Amy Heaton, executive director of the chamber, said the awards have been created to honor community efforts that reflect the mission of the chamber of commerce.
Awards will be presented at the gala, which starts at 6 p.m. March 31 at the Oak Palace. They will include community champion, large business of the year, small business of the year, businesswoman of the year and businessman of the year. Tickets are on sale at First State Bank, Bank of Holly Springs, Merchants and Farmers Bank, at the chamber office, or from chamber board members.
Childers announces grant for N. Benton Health Care
The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration has awarded a $627,883 competitive continuation grant to North Benton County Health Care, according to Congressman Travis Childers.
“It is essential that Mississippians in rural areas have access to quality health care,” said Congressman Childers. “Currently, 18 of the First District’s 24 counties are designated nursing-shortage areas. These funds represent an important and necessary investment in providing North Mississippians with the quality care they need.”
NBCHC operates a main site and four satellite clinics in rural north central and east Mississippi counties near the Tennessee line. Its service area consists of Benton, Marshall, Tippah, Prentiss, Union and Alcorn counties. This grant represents roughly half of the funds HRSA will allocate to NBCHC this fiscal year. During FY 2008, NBCHC received $1,255,765. Contingent on the budget, the corporation will receive roughly the same amount during each budget period through March 31, 2014, when the project period ends.
Pilgrimage April 17-19; 5K added to activities
Everyone is reminded to spruce up their yards and neighborhoods in preparation for the 71st Annual Pilgrimage.
The Holly Springs Tour of Historic Homes is set for April 17-19, and the city will be welcoming lots of guests.
A new addition this year is the Pilgrimage 5K Walk/Run at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 18.
Pilgrimage queens this year are Olivia Childers and Lauren Poteet. Their escorts are Will Thomas and Harris Gholson.
The newspaper will publish its Pilgrimage edition April 16.
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