April 16, 2009
It’s Pilgrimage weekend
Holly Springs’ beauty is at its best – just in time once again for Pilgrimage weekend.
The 71st annual event, sponsored by the Holly Springs Garden Club, will be held this Friday-Sunday, April 17-19.
Activities also include a cemetery tour, carriage rides, Civil War re-enactors, luncheons, arts and crafts, plus the newest addition – the Pilgrimage 5K Walk/Run.
Several charged with crimes
Two adults have been charged with grand larceny and five individuals have been charged with armed robbery in a separate incident, according to Sheriff Kenny Dickerson.
Chamber kicks off Child Abuse Awareness
The Holly Springs Chamber of Commerce released 275 balloons from the courtsquare April 1, all representing a victim of child abuse in Marshall County.
“Each blue one represents a case investigated in Marshall County,” said Amy Heaton, executive director of the chamber. “And the bundle of white ones is in memory of the one child who lost her life because of child abuse (in 2007).”
of different drum
A Byhalia couple are proud parents after their son, Wesley Clayton Smithey, graduated divers school at the young age of 18. He is already employed with a diving company.
Wesley and Vickie Smithey are pleased with their son Clayton because he made educational decisions that put him in a job almost right out of high school.
Show us the jobs, supervisors say
With ad valorem tax exemption applications for industry up for review and approval by June, the Marshall County Board of Supervisors took a harder look than usual at industries that say they have added jobs, one requirement for exemptions.
The board questioned the tax assessor and Bill Mobley, executive director of the county Industrial Development Authority, on each application that was reviewed by the tax assessor’s office, stopping after reading five applications to table the review until supervisors have time to make closer inquiries. The tax assessor verifies real property purchases and the IDA collects the applications from industries and makes recommendations to the board of supervisors.
Main Street schedules training for volunteers
Holly Springs Main Street Association will be conducting training for its volunteers.
Dates of the training will be Tuesday, April 28, and Thursday, April 30. Training sessions will be conducted by Sam Agnew of the Mississippi Main Street Association and Cynthia Brewer, executive director of the Holly Springs Main Street Association.
Byhalia police respond to burglaries, harassment
The Byhalia Police Department responded to 30 calls during the past week.
Chief Gary Looney released the following report – alarm calls, 5; burglaries, 2; disturbances, 1; domestic calls, 2; robberies, 1; thefts, 1; vehicle thefts, 1; medical assistance calls, 3; harassment, 1; miscellaneous, 12; damaged property, 1.
Byhalia police officers also made four arrests during the past week.
First mural going up soon in Holly Springs
By BARRY BURLESON
A tourism project in the works for about a year could be visible this week for Pilgrimage.
Stephanie Movre, executive director of the Holly Springs Tourism Bureau, updated the mayor and board of aldermen on the downtown mural project during their April 7 meeting.
Police investigate purse snatching, burglaries
Holly Springs police responded to a purse snatching call in the 100 block of West College, Monday, April 6, according to chief Robert Pearson.
Hills rolling in strawberries
By SUE WATSON
Brownlee Farms, known for its fall pumpkin crop and its tree and shrub (nursery and landscaping) business, has added a new wrinkle to its retail mix this year.
Owner Brooks Brownlee and his workers are producing about two acres of sweet and delicious Chandler variety strawberries, developed in California in 1982.
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