Thursday, July 2, 2009
The South Reporter office will be closed Friday, July 3, for the 4th of July. Deadlines will remain the same.
‘A wonderful experience’
By BARRY BURLESON
Scooter Dempsey is leaving his mayor’s seat in Byhalia and turning it over to a good friend.
Dempsey, after two years as alderman and the past eight as mayor, did not seek reelection. Phil Malone ran unopposed for the town’s top spot. He will be sworn in July 6.
Petition pushes voter ID
By SUE WATSON
One Mississippi senator and the secretary of state want to amend the Mississippi Constitution to require voter photo identification.
Initiative #27, sponsored by Sen. Joey Fillingane and supported by Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, would require government issued photo identification cards to be presented at the polls before a person is allowed to vote.
Jury reaches verdicts in voter fraud cases
A seven-day jury trial has ended with a guilty verdict in two Benton County voter fraud cases, announced Attorney General Jim Hood.
The decision came Monday against Clinton Moffitt, age 30, of 232 Leard Street in Hickory Flat, and Ada Moore Tucker, age 50, of 14 John L. Skelton Road in Ashland, before Judge Andrew K. Howorth in Benton County Circuit Court. The jury found both defendants guilty of one count conspiracy to commit voter fraud and not guilty of one count each of voter fraud.
Summer reading attendance triples
By SUE WATSON
Attendance at library summer reading programs is up all over the country this year, a byproduct of the recession, said Marshall County Librarian Diane Schule.
Attendance at the Marshall County libraries’ summer reading program is triple what it usually is, she said.
Leadership program fosters communication, diversity
By SUE WATSON
A happy group of 22 county citizens revisited what they learned the last six months in Leadership Marshall 2009, the fifth class to graduate from this novel program to develop new talents and ideas.
The program is novel because it is basically “home grown” - put together locally by the Chamber of Commerce offices in Holly Springs and Byhalia, the Marshall County Board of Supervisors and the Marshall County Extension Service.
Gibson Auto Parts moves off square
By SUE WATSON
The auto parts business started by Jerry Gibson has moved close to its original home off the square.
Johnny Lafever, current owner of Gibson Auto Parts, sold the building on the downtown Holly Springs square and has moved his parts store into the old Kenneth Smith’s Service Station, a property he has owned about five years.
Police make two arrests
Holly Springs police investigated a burglary and made two arrests last week, according to chief Robert Pearson.
Officers responded to a burglary report in the 400 block of Craft Street Friday, June 26. Owners reported a 26-inch Savannah flat-screen television, a 26-inch Visco flat-screen television, a Play-Station 3 with two games, 100 DVDs and 150 CDs, an MP3 Player, HD card and an RCA theater system missing, Pearson said.
Byhalia officers go to 31 calls
The Byhalia Police Department responded to 31 calls during the past week.
Chief Gary Looney released the following report – alarm calls, 10; motor vehicle accidents, 1; disturbances, 2; vehicle thefts, 1; escorts, 2; medical assistance, 5; miscellaneous calls, 10.
Byhalia police officers also made six arrests during the past week.
Area clinics receive grant funds
Mississippi’s First Congressional District will receive $2 million in Capital Improvement Program (CIP) grants under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to support the construction, repair, and renovation of health center sites.
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