Thursday, December 10, 2009
School ratings vary; two successful
By SUE WATSON
Some schools in the Marshall County and Holly Springs districts are successful, but most are on academic watch, low performing, at risk of failing, or failing.
That’s according to recently released 2009-2010 accountability ratings by the Mississippi Department of Education.
Two schools scoring the highest in the two districts were H.W. Byers High School and Potts Camp Attendance Center, both rated as Successful schools.
Equipment recovered, drugs seized
By SUE WATSON
Investigators recovered approximately a quarter million dollars worth of large equipment and seized about 16 pounds of marijuana at a residence near Waterford last week, sheriff Kenny Dickerson said.
HSUD manager search in works
By SUE WATSON
Mayor Andre’ DeBerry laid out a process he thinks will work to find the right general manager for the Holly Springs Utility Department, apparently seeking to avoid a similar conflict with the board of aldermen over hiring of the last general manager.
He said there are 11 applicants so far in hand since the application process was closed Friday, Nov. 20. He wants a general manager in place as early in January as possible.
The applications are to be reviewed by experts with the Tennessee Valley Authority who are experienced in working with utility managers and can assess the applications to see if the candidates meet the requirements.
Conservationists seek Scenic Stream status for Coldwater River
By SUE WATSON
Two conservationists reached out to the Marshall County Board of Supervisors recently to educate individuals with property along the Coldwater to come on board when the Coldwater River is put up for Scenic Stream designation.
DeSoto County Greenways planner Larry Jarrett and Andrew Whitehurst with Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, presented an initiative to mark the Coldwater from about one-half mile east of the Cayce Road Bridge on downstream to Arkabutla Lake as a scenic waterway. The initiative helps attract economic development to areas from outside industries because employees who move here want nice recreational opportunities for their workers.
Police make arrests
By BARRY BURLESON
The Holly Springs Police Department made four arrests last week and investigated several thefts, according to chief Robert Pearson.
A report of grand larceny in the 100 block of South Craft Street November 30 was investigated after a Kubota excavator and 16-foot trailer were reported missing.
An attempted burglary was reported in the 100 block of West College Avenue Thursday, Dec. 3, but nothing was found missing.
Wicker co-sponsors Buckles bill
U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, has co-sponsored the Frank Buckles World War I Memorial Act, a bill to rededicate the District of Columbia War Memorial on the National Mall as the National and District of Columbia World War I Memorial. The bill is named in honor of Frank Buckles, a 108-year-old West Virginia resident, who is the last surviving American veteran of World War I.
The District of Columbia constructed a memorial on the National Mall near the Lincoln Memorial to honor the 499 D.C. residents who died in World War I. The Frank Buckles World War I Memorial Act would rededicate that memorial as the National and District of Columbia World War I Memorial, honoring all Americans who served in The Great War.
The legislation would also authorize the non-profit World War I Memorial Foundation to make repairs and improvements to the existing memorial, as well as install new sculptures or other commemorations at the memorial.
Lillie S. McNeal has seen it all at Rust College
By IRVING R. SMITH
Lillie Spell McNeal is one of the longest serving instructors at Rust College. She is an assistant professor of religion at the institution and has the task of assisting with the religious life program and teaches biblical studies.
With an overall teaching career of nearly 45 years at Rust, McNeal joined the college in 1963 and stayed until 1972 when she left the college and came back in 1975. McNeal said she has seen everything, from the different kinds of students who have come and gone from the institution, to the evolution of the school itself, including the many accomplishments and additions in the campus’ physical expansion and academic programs.
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