Thursday, September 10, 2009
Group wants better cemetery upkeep
By SUE WATSON
A group of 16 interested citizens asked Holly Springs’ mayor for better maintenance at the city’s historic cemetery - Hill Crest.
Spokeswoman Lois Swaney Shipp, a local historian, made a pitch for better upkeep, following some concerns in July and early August when the buildings and grounds workers got behind on grass clipping at the cemetery and elsewhere due to heavy July rains.
Teach for America
By SUE WATSON
A group of five new teachers have brought new life to Walthall Street in Holly Springs.
The new teachers are all with Teach For America, an AmeriCorps Program, and they have rented one house opposite Holly Springs High School as their headquarters in this beautiful antebellum city.
The five are all from communities outside the South and they are here to be the best teachers they can be while serving Teach For America.
Officials focus on WIN Center
By SUE WATSON
Twenty individuals gathered last week at Annie’s Restaurant to get the facts on what it takes to establish a WIN Job Center locally and find out if the citizens of Marshall and Benton counties want to work to establish one.
Present at the meeting were representatives of both counties, members of the local delegation and officials from towns and city governments.
Tax sale draws about $1.4 million
By SUE WATSON
Bidders at the real property tax sale August 31 turned speculators making extra money for the county, according to tax collector Betty Byrd.
The overbidding slowed the sale of the delinquent taxes unpaid from 2008 and bidding ran over a half day longer than usual, she said.
Dixie Divas features Holly Springs flavor
By BARRY BURLESON
The 12 women in The Divas, a group of friends who get together monthly in the Holly Springs area, share loads of laughs.
Author Virginia Brown of Southaven, a member of the group, decided to share that fun - in make believe fashion - with her readers. Thus she decided to write the Diva Series, filled with lots of Holly Springs flavor.
One dies in wreck on U.S. 78
Sgt. Leslie White, with the Mississippi Highway Patrol office in Batesville, reported a fatality on U.S. 78 at the 11-mile marker near Olive Branch and Byhalia - a three-vehicle wreck. The accident took place at 7:39 a.m., September 2.
A driver, Abinadi A. Ortiz, 27, of Walls, in the westbound lane crossed over the median into the eastbound lane and his vehicle collided with two other vehicles, White said. Ortiz received moderate injuries.
Cornelius Stewart, 25, of Memphis, was killed and Takenya Stewart, 28, of Memphis, was injured, White said.
Cheryl K. Blanton, 49, of Olive Branch, was in a third vehicle and received moderate injuries, he said.
Man killed in one-vehicle accident
A Marshall County man was killed Friday night in a one-car accident about a half mile from his house.
Coroner James Richard Anderson said Robert B. “R.B.” Moffitt, 61, of 3576 Highway 311, apparently lost control of the vehicle he was driving. He said Moffitt was traveling southbound on Highway 311 where it appeared the vehicle left the road, hit a ditch and landed in the driveway of a residence.
Anderson said Moffitt was wearing a seatbelt.
The 911 call came in at 10:01 p.m. September 4, and Anderson was notified at 10:10 p.m. Moffitt was pronounced dead on the scene at 10:30 p.m.
Byhalia police officers respond to 38 calls
The Byhalia Police Department responded to 38 calls during the past week.
Chief Gary Looney released the following report – alarm calls, 4; motor vehicle accidents, 3; escorts, 1; medical assistance, 9; fires, 2; and miscellaneous calls, 19.
Byhalia police officers made five arrests during the past week.
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