Thursday, April 21, 2011
Byhalia court one of best in state
By SUE WATSON
The town of Byhalia was recognized recently by the Mississippi Alcohol Safety Education Program for its compliance with court reporting of DUIs and blood alcohol concentrations for 2010.
It was announced at a Municipal Court Clerks’ seminar in Jackson.
The Byhalia court was one of 43 municipal courts reporting at least 25 DUI convictions in 2010 with at least 90 percent completion of BAC information.
“I am happy your court was one of the best in the state in 2010,” said Bill Henderson, operations coordinator with MASEP. “This is very important because it enables us to provide the MASEP participant with useful information concerning his/her drinking behavior and to more accurately identify those with potentially serious problems.”
Mayor Phil Malone said a DUI officer grant is used to install cameras in police cars and to pay the salary of the town’s DUI officer, Billy Suggs.
Police Chief Gary Looney announced the second National Prescription Drug Take Back Day set for April 30 in cooperation with the Drug Enforcement Administration.
“This is a great opportunity for those who have accumulated unwanted, unused prescription drugs to safely dispose of them,” Looney said.
Collection will take place at Fire Station #2, located at 114 Highway 309 North in Byhalia, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
“We request your support and hope you will join in this effort for our community,” Looney said.
Contact the police department at 662-838-6000 for more information on this event.
In other Byhalia news, individuals participated in the Great American Cleanup in Byhalia by painting part of the old Byhalia High School building. Mayor Malone thanked the town employees and especially Ray Butler for volunteering for this important face-lift to the building.
May 7 at 9 a.m. is set for the Byhalia 5K Walk/Run for the American Cancer Society. Call 662-838-2135 for info.
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