January 8, 2009
Candidate qualifying starts for municipal elections
The new year, 2009, brings with it municipal elections.
Qualifying is open for those who want to seek mayor and board of aldermen positions in Holly Springs, Byhalia and Potts Camp. The deadline for signing up to run is Friday, March 6, at 5 p.m.
Each candidate must be a qualified voter and resident of the city or ward for which he or she is seeking office.
Candidates who qualify as members of a political party must pay a $10 filing fee and submit a written statement of intent to the city clerk’s office. Independent candidates pay no fee but must file a petition with the signatures of at least 50 voters from their ward – or from the city if running for mayor or at-large alderman.
The primary elections will be held Tuesday, May 5, with a runoff date of Tuesday, May 19. Municipal general elections are slated for Tuesday, June 2.
The new four-year term for city elected officials will begin Monday, July 6.
City of Holly Springs voters will choose a mayor, an alderman at-large, and aldermen for Wards 1, 2, 3 and 4.
Voters in the towns of Byhalia and Potts Camp will pick a mayor and five aldermen at-large.
For more information on the municipal elections, call the respective city halls – Holly Springs, 252-4652; Byhalia, 838-4512; and Potts Camp, 333-7285.
County school board to meet next week at Galena School
The Marshall County Board of Education will have the January meeting at Galena School, 4202 Highway 4 West, Holly Springs. The board will meet on Tuesday, Jan. 13, at 6 p.m.
Bird Watching Program available at Audubon Center
Strawberry Plains Audubon Center is offering a “Beginning Bird Watching Program” on two Saturdays in January.
The program is scheduled for this Saturday, Jan. 10, at 10 a.m. and Saturday, Jan. 31, at 10 a.m. Strawberry Plains is located at 285 Plains Road, Holly Springs.
Birding is a pastime enjoyed by millions, and you can join the excitement and get started today. Learn the basics of backyard bird identification, how to use binoculars and field guides and which feeders and seeds attract the widest variety of birds. Also, learn how you can participate in citizen science programs such as the Great Backyard Bird Count and Project Feeder Watch. Participants can also meet “Rashi,” Strawberry Plains’ resident red-shouldered hawk.
Space is limited and advance reservations are required. A $5 donation is optional.
For more information or to make a reservation, call 662-252-1155.
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