January 6, 2011
Election Tuesday for commissioner position
A special election will be held next Tuesday, Jan. 11, for Northern District transportation commissioner.
Meanwhile, qualifying has begun for this year’s county and state elections.
Seven candidates are seeking the transportation commissioner job, which became vacant with the death of commissioner Bill Minor of Holly Springs November 1.
They include Ray Minor, a resident of Marshall County and brother of the former commissioner, Dennis C. Grisham of Dumas, Joey Hood of Marietta, Larry Lee of Grenada, John M.M. Caldwell Sr. of Nesbit, Warner F. McBride of Courtland, and Mike Tagert of Starkville.
The deadline for voting absentee in the special election is this Saturday, Jan. 8, at the circuit clerk’s office. The office will be open Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12 noon for absentee balloting.
People who are disabled or unable to come to the circuit clerk’s office to vote absentee may request a ballot be mailed to their address. These ballots must be in the circuit clerk’s office by January 10 at 5 p.m.
If there is a runoff between any candidates in the race for Northern District transportation commissioner, that election is scheduled for Tuesday, February 1.
The transportation commissioner post will be on the 2011 general election ballot for local and state offices as well.
Anyone interested in becoming a candidate for local elections can turn in qualifying documents at the circuit clerk’s office. The deadline for qualifying for local elections is March 1, while candidates for state legislature positions have until June 1 to qualify.
One killed in accident on Wilson Golden Road
Holly Springs Fire Department first responders were called to an accident at 1679 Wilson Golden Road Tuesday, Dec. 28, and used the jaws of life to extricate the body of the driver, according to chief Kenny Holbrook .
Christopher T. Woodard, 31, lost control of the Jeep Cherokee he was driving, which left the road, rolled and landed upon its side against a tree, trapping Woodard inside, he said.
Benton County Coroner Bob Riles pronounced Woodard dead on the scene, Holbrook said.
Woodard lived in the Oxford area.
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