August 6, 2009
Town takes small step to paid firemen
Byhalia had an all-volunteer fire department up until June 15 this year. For all intents and purposes the department is still all volunteer, but the town’s leadership hopes to eventually pay firefighters.
Chief Leland Reed, who served many years as volunteer chief of the department, is now the town’s first paid firefighter with about one-quarter of his salary going for heading the department, said Byhalia Mayor Phil Malone. The rest of his duties in the position that was created this year consists of serving as building and code enforcer, overseeing the cemetery burial plot arrangements, and helping enforce all changes involved in the town’s new 20-year plan for growth that was adopted this year.
Loose horse roams runway
A fence knocked down by a falling tree during last week’s thunderstorms, combined with a loose horse, wreaked havoc at the Holly Springs Airport Friday morning during heavy air traffic, according to Bill Mobley, executive director of the Marshall County Industrial Development Authority.
Main Street short on funds
The Holly Springs Main Street Association’s executive board has laid off executive director Cynthia Brewer as of July 15, due to lack of funding, she said.
Brewer said she was told by board chairman David Beckley that the association had insufficient operating funds and she was also told the association will not pay a full-time director until it has eight months’ operating funds in the bank.
City schools prepare for opening
Holly Springs School District personnel were very active last week at all campuses, helping orient new teachers to the system, getting classrooms decorated, sprucing up the floors and working out students in the football and band programs. School starts Thursday.
Second year high school principal Cedric Richardson is off to a fresh start this year.
County school district shifts administrators
Some students returning to classes this week in the Marshall County School District will see administrative changes.
Several leaders were reassigned within in the district, while some are stepping into administrative roles, according to superintendent of education Don Randolph.
Sounds of Summer Aug. 15 in Byhalia
The Byhalia Area Chamber of Commerce plans lots of fun downtown on Saturday evening, Aug. 15.
Sounds of Summer will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Admission is free. Bring a lawn chair.
The event will feature a street dance, grilled hamburgers and hot dogs, a cake walk, snow cones and shaved ice, karaoke by Rockin’ Robert, children’s and adults’ games, door prizes and more.
Car tag program helps ‘care for animals’; city asks county for help with water project
By SUE WATSON
The Marshall County Humane Society was able to subsidize over 100 spay/neuter operations last year by participating in the Mississippi Car Tag’s Spay/Neuter program.
Storms cause damage
The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency received reports of damage from severe weather that moved through parts of the state Thursday.
Biedenharns renew vows
By SUE WATSON
It was the last Wednesday in July of 1976 when Jim Biedenharn II was picked up by his wife to be, Clare, in a New Orleans restaurant. Thirty-two years later the Biedenharns, married and the parents of two sons, renewed their marriage vows with a blessing of the rings.
The occasion was made urgent and more special as Clare, a Methodist minister, will spend the next year in New Orleans training to be a chaplain. Her most recent assignment was pastor of the United Methodist Churches in Independence and Hebron.
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