Thursday, March 11, 2010
Meetings, TV mention
I’m cleaning out the notebook a bit this week – from a community banning together to fight crime to Holly Springs receiving a good plug on national TV.
On Monday evening, March 1, 64 concerned citizens filled the community room at the Marshall County Library in Holly Springs to talk with police chief Robert Pearson, mayor Andre’ DeBerry and alderman Garrie Colhoun about the rash of burglaries to hit the city. It was a friendly, upbeat meeting – with residents getting advice about what they can do to help and answers to questions about the break-ins.
Neighborhood Watch and better lighting of streets and neighborhoods were just a few of the topics discussed.
Chief Pearson urged residents to “look out for your neighbor.”
He said if suspicious vehicles are seen in neighborhoods, write down tag numbers and call the police.
The residents urged more patrol. They talked about problems with certain streets as far as pedestrian traffic and loud music late at night. They also voiced concern over times when they’ve called the police department and not gotten a quick response.
Pearson talked about the number of vehicles he has on patrol at any given time and said if citizens do not get proper response, “Then you call me.”
My house was one of the ones broken into. But my situation turned out a lot better than many others – as far as the number of items taken.
I applaud those citizens who attended this meeting, and I thank Chief Pearson, Mayor DeBerry and Alderman Colhoun for their participation.
Fighting crime, like any other successful effort in our city, takes teamwork.
Citizens speaking out is one of the great things about a democracy. I saw it again the following night, Tuesday, March 2, when the board room at city hall was filled with those concerned about historic Hill Crest Cemetery.
Holly Springs residents voiced concern about the entrance to the cemetery, which is still in need of repair, plus discussions at a previous mayor and board of aldermen meeting about the possibility of limited access to the cemetery.
A Hill Crest Cemetery advisory committee was discussed.
Again, it was good to see citizens exercising their rights at a public meeting in front of officials we elect – who work for us.
Sunday afternoon, I turned on CBS to watch the Wichita State versus Northern Iowa game for the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament championship. The senior point guard for the Wichita State Shockers is Clevin Hannah of Holly Springs.
CBS commentators bragged on Clevin’s abilities several times, and once mentioned his love for his grandmother, Cheryl Brannon of Holly Springs, and in turn her support of her grandson.
Then one of the CBS cameras focused on Cheryl right there in the stands in St. Louis, as she cheered on Clevin and the rest of the Shockers. That’s when they mentioned – Holly Springs, Mississippi.
Wichita State (25-9) lost 67-52. Clevin, who was recently named to the All-Missouri Valley Conference first team, scored 12 points.
Experts say the Shockers are a “bubble team” as far as the NCAA Tournament is concerned.
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