Letters To The Editor
When I saw the headlines about a disaster program in this week’s paper, I thought it would surely address a plan to install tornado sirens for Holly Springs and Marshall County.
The article said this program will accept projects such as, and I quote “emergency protective measures to protect property and the lives of our citizens.” How can this happen when we do not have sirens to warn us about a storm and possible tornado headed our way? I know that most of the other six counties named in the article and cities within those counties have sirens.
Also, I would like to address Barry Burk’s letter in the paper. These are my sentiments exactly. There is an article in the paper about the mayor and board cleaning up some properties (messes) in town, but it really does not sound like ordinances are being enforced.
I do not know how long it will be before city hall has a wakeup call about Holly Springs and the way it looks.
After going to more than one board meeting about the cemetery gate it still has a rope and three orange cones in front of it. The last time we went to the board meeting was before the pilgrimage. That was about two months ago and nothing has been done yet. We still can’t “meander” around to visit our loved ones’ graves.
I just read Mr. Burk’s Letter to the Editor.
About eight years ago, I bought the most beautiful place on Hwy. 311 in the city limits. The person I bought it from must have spent many hours or days and money.
I would hate for them to see it now. I live in dust; it’s bad. There was a high bank just across the road, but when they started the bypass, it was taken out and a dirt road was put across the front of my house. There are two empty mobile homes about a city block across the road. They could have put a stop sign there, but they turned the road off right in the front of my house with a culvert and put three big signs there with “road closed” and moved them back out of the way so it wouldn’t stop the traffic.
I have one big window to look out and that’s what I see; the sloping bank across the road drains all the water to my place. My house sits in the water; mushrooms are growing in my yard. I have called my supervisor six times, long distance. He didn’t come.
I am so ashamed of my place.
There seems to be an increase in the abandonment of animals. I cannot understand how one can assume responsibility for a helpless animal and not care for it. If one cannot afford the animal such as a dog or a cat, or horse, etc., please do not accept an animal unless you can give it a good home, shelter and food.
Before I close, let me ask you how would you like it to be helpless and be discarded in a strange place.
Animals are a lot like us. They love us, protect us, and are good companions. Please consider them and put yourself in their place. Please take care of animals.
Thank you and God bless you.
Looking for book:
Dear Members of the Byhalia Chamber of Commerce:
I could possibly be addressing the wrong place for my question. However, I have enjoyed your website so much and I see how active you are in all areas. Just going through it all brings back memories and forgotten names from long ago.
I was given a book a few years back, “History of Byhalia,” written and beautifully edited by D. Barton Williams. Sara Williams wrote a special thanks also, in May 1989.
My objective is to ask you where I would most likely find another copy of this book, and of course I know it might be impossible. I can well believe that it is a very limited edition.
My uncle, Christopher Bowen, was the pharmacist and owner of The Bowen Pharmacy for many years. As a child, I spent some lovely times visiting my grandmother, Georgia Mims Bowen.
Now, after many years, my second cousin, Kit Bowen, and I have been able to meet, and when I showed him the book of which I write, he was so anxious to see if one could be found for his mother and his family.
This Kit Bowen is a scientist with Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. His mother lives in Granada.
My parents, Annie Bowen and Walter Scott Knotts lived in Byhalia for many years, and then moved to Belzoni where my dad practiced law. They grew up in Byhalia, and while I may not have the name correct, I believe they attended Professor Randall’s Academy in Byhalia.
I am 96 years old and memory is not always reliable. Also, computer technique leaves a lot to be desired.
I would appreciate any information that might help in obtaining a copy of this book. Congratulations to all of you for the very classy and interesting website. I would love to visit there again.
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