Thursday, September 30, 2010
Cemetery entrance not ready just yet
By SUE WATSON
The long awaited reopening of the front gate at Hill Crest Cemetery has to wait a little longer.
There will be no drive-through traffic until the wrought iron gates are repaired and installed, said Andre’ DeBerry, mayor of Holly Springs.
The matter was brought up in the recent meeting of the board of aldermen by Lois Swaney-Shipp, who said the people of the city want to use the formal entrance as she thanked the mayor for repair of the columns.
DeBerry said he wants to finish the project completely before opening the gate to the public.
The historic archway and gates provide a sense of arrival to local traffic and to visitors alike. Listed on the historic register, Hill Crest is the resting place of war heros, statesmen, and famous politicians.
Known to locals as “Little Arlington,” 10 of 12 Confederate generals from Holly Springs are buried at Hill Crest. These are Maj. Gen. Edward C. Walthall, Brig. Gen. Samuel Benton, Brig. Gen. Winfield S. Featherston, Brig. Gen. Daniel G. Govan, Brig. Gen. Absolom M. West, Brig. Gen. Christopher H. Mott, Gen. Henry E. Williamson, Adj-Gen. Thomas A. Falconer, Adj-Gen. Kinlock Falconer, and Asst. Adj-Gen. Harvey W. Walker. (Visit www.headboardsoftstone.blogspot.com for more history and a virtual tour of Hill Crest.)
In other business, the mayor and board:
• heard a request from the Holly Springs Federated Improvement Club for reimbursement of some costs the club has incurred as a result of the Martin Street project in Holly Springs. The club is restoring the Bessie Jones House, a prominent old home in African American and Caucasian history that is located at Martin Street and North Randolph Street.
• discussed a 5 percent decrease in health insurance rates for Holly Springs Utility Department employees. The new premium for HSUD employees is $426.56 for individuals per month and $1,075.52 for a family plan with Blue Cross/Blue Shield. The city employee rates were not presented.
Grace Bonds with Craft and Wynne Insurance said rates declined partly because of a nonsmoking policy and due to better health of employees.
• learned that the Main Street Blues night for Thursday, Sept. 30, will be extended one hour to 11 p.m. The night is the grand finale for the Hidden Treasures promotional event of the year by Holly Springs Main Street.
• heard a request from Powell Chapel Masonic Lodge to hold a political rally at Sam Coopwood Park before the election in November.
• discussed setting up interviews with the board for candidates for director of Public Works.
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