November 12, 2009
Investigators seek rape suspect
Marshall County Sheriff’s Department investigators are looking for a suspect who raped a Byhalia area woman Wednesday, Nov. 4, about 10 p.m. on Highway 309 North near Coldwater Bottom, according to sheriff Kenny Dickerson.
The victim, a 32-year-old mother of three, was attempting to change a flat front tire on her vehicle when the suspect stopped, offered help, was told help was not needed, and then attacked the victim. The suspect struck the victim in the face, sexually assaulted her on the side of the road, then left, the sheriff said.
North bypass on hold
Work on paving the North Holly Springs bypass has hit a snag and the contractor will cease hauling topping until next year, according to county engineer Larry Britt.
He advised the board of supervisors that two of three borrow-pit sites must be surveyed for Indian artifacts if they are found to be Indian grounds. The borrow pit on the west end of the bypass does not have to be reviewed, but one pit in the middle and one on the east end will be examined by an archeologist with Ole Miss for a cultural resources assessment, Britt said. The results will be put before the Tribal Council and they have 45 days to respond. If the council does not respond in 45 days, the contractor can use the two pits in question. If the council does not release the sites, the contractor will pick new sites for fill material.
City’s pledge to Main Street questioned
Sam Agnew with the Mississippi Main Street Program sat with Clencie Cotton, member of the Holly Springs Main Street board of directors, to ask if the city is committed to the financial backing of the project.
Agnew reviewed the project briefly, hoping business people in the area will understand more fully what Main Street is about.
Former teacher sentenced
A former music teacher at Marshall Academy was sentenced Thursday to two years in prison, two years house arrest and five years probation by circuit court judge Henry L. Lackey.
Chris Mirante of Red Banks had entered an open plea to four counts of touching a child for lustful purposes on September 1 of this year.
The Bell Ringing Ceremony to kick off the 143rd annual Rust College Founders’ Week Celebration occurred Sunday, Nov. 1, at the location where the institution first began, the Asbury United Methodist Church in Holly Springs.
A beautiful donation
A beautiful Parian marble buttermilk pitcher has been given to the Marshall County Historical Museum by the Billups-Garth Foundation. Carriers were Chip Billups and Rufus Ward from Columbus, who are cousins descended from beautiful Sally Govan Mott Billups of Holly Springs.
Marshall plans Farmer’s Market
Why cook for Thanksgiving dinner when you can buy all your goodies at the Marshall Academy PTC Farmer’s Market? There will be an array of items from casseroles to breads to desserts donated by Friends of Marshall.
The farmers market will be held Tuesday, November 24 in the school cafeteria from 4-7 p.m.
Raffle tickets are available for a dinner for 12 to be delivered within a 15-mile- radius of Holly Springs.
The PTC will also have donuts with Santa on Dec. 12, 9-11 a.m. in the school cafeteria. Make your reservations today!
Call Anita Barnett for tickets and reservations, 662-252-4508.
Early deadlines for Nov. 26 paper
The South Reporter announces early deadlines for its Thursday, Nov. 26, edition due to the Thanksgiving holiday.
Deadline for classifield advertising will be Friday, Nov. 20, at 12 noon. Deadline for all news and advertising (including legal notices) is Friday, Nov. 20 at 5 p.m.
The newspaper will be available one day earlier than the normal publication schedule.
Byhalia police respond to 31 calls
The Byhalia Police Department responded to 31 calls during the past week.
Chief Gary Looney released the following report – alarm calls, 5; domestic, 1; assists, 2; medical assistance, 3; fires, 1; harassment, 1; miscellaneous, 18.
Byhalia police officers also made four arrests during the past week.
City police officers investigate burglaries
There were burglaries reported on Van Dorn, Hurdle Circle, Highway 178 and Park Avenue last week.
Holly Springs police officers answered a burglary call in the 500 block of Van Dorn, but nothing was found missing.
ACT Workshop planned
By Brittany Greer
Northwest Community College is offering an ACT Preparation Workshop on Monday, Nov. 30 and Tuesday, Dec. 1 from 6-9 p.m. Deadline to register for the workshop is Friday, Nov. 27 by noon.
This workshop provides an overview of the ACT format, followed by a review of verbal and mathematics fundamentals for solving typical test questions.
Also to be discussed are management and test-taking strategies. Previous students of this workshop have raised their scores significantly. Students will need to bring a calculator, notebook and pen or pencil to the workshop.
The workshop will be taught by Marcus Perkins and Beth Bunce, costs $105 with the textbook included. It will be held in the new Physical Science Addition, Room 105 on the Senatobia campus.
The workshop will also be offered on Monday, Jan. 25 and Tuesday, Jan. 26.
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