Thursday, January 27, 2011
Tagert elected transportation commmissioner
Mike Tagert of Starkville was the winner in Tuesday’s special election for Northern District transportation commissioner.
Unofficial results show Tagert received approximately 53 percent of the vote over the 33-county district. His runoff opponent was John M.M. Caldwell Sr. of Nesbit.
Turnout was low – with just under 40,000 voting districtwide.
Tagert, who carried 23 of the 33 counties, will fill the seat left vacant with the November 1, 2010, death of Bill Minor of Holly Springs. He will serve nearly the final year of a four-year term.
The Northern District election commissioner position will be on the ballot in state elections this year, with the winner serving a four-year term.
In Marshall County Tuesday, the turnout was extremely low. Caldwell was the leading vote getter. He received 615 votes, according to unofficial totals, to Tagert’s 379.
Fight in courtroom raises concerns
By SUE WATSON
The breakout of a fight in Youth Court Tuesday of last week prompted a flurry of discussions at the Marshall County Board of Supervisors.
County prosecutor Shirley Byers visited the boardroom saying courtrooms and public places need to have scanners on and security officers. The fight in youth court was said to have been initiated by an adult who struck a juvenile.
Oh snow, not again!
By SUE WATSON
Although the area saw only an inch or so of snow Thursday night, roads were slick and driving treacherous, according to county administrator Larry Hall.
He said driving was more hazardous, especially on four-lanes, than the January 9 snow that blanketed much of the county with the biggest accumulation in years - up to 10 or 11 inches in some places.
Job outlook good
By SUE WATSON
With looks at the hooks but no taking of the bait, Marshall County citizens will benefit from the economic and industrial growth of neighbors, said Bill Mobley, executive director of the Marshall County Industrial Authority.
The recent big snow caused the cancellation of a meeting with some prospective partners, he said. But good news in Lafayette County, with the expected expansion of the Winchester Ammunitions plant in Oxford, could mean up to 200 jobs for Marshall County residents, he said.
Job fair March 2
By SUE WATSON
The Marshall/Benton Area Job Fair has been scheduled for Wednesday, March 2, at Rust College gymnasium. Doors open at 9 a.m.
The job fair committee is seeking employers with job offerings to register for the fair. Eleven employers have already signed up for the annual event. (Visit www.jobfairs.ms.gov to register as an employer or to see which employers have already signed up to be here.)
Malone presents state of town
By SUE WATSON
Byhalia Mayor Phil Malone was guest speaker at the Byhalia Area Chamber of Commerce’s membership luncheon in January. He introduced the town board and city department heads and clerks and gave a 20-point list of accomplishments the town is proud of.
Malone, who served two terms as president of the chamber, praised the work done so well on behalf of businesses and the city by the organization.
Runoff next Tuesday
By BARRY BURLESON
Last week Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann released certified results from the January 11 special election for transportation commissioner, Northern District.
No candidate received a majority of the total votes cast, so first- and second-place finishers John M.M. Caldwell and Mike Tagert will participate in a runoff election next Tuesday, Feb. 1.
Tourism leaders attend Legislative Luncheon in Jackson recently
Stephanie McKinney, executive director of the Holly Springs Tourism and Recreation Bureau, and Suzann Williams, assistant director, attended the annual Legislative Luncheon in Jackson, on January 5, an event organized by the Mississippi Tourism Association (MTA).
Relay for Life meeting January 27
The American Cancer Society Mid-South Division 2011 Mississippi State Relay Rally was held January 14-15 in Jackson.
The rally began with Langston Moore, program director for Smokefree Air Mississippi, explaining the dangers of secondhand smoke. Karie Mooney, a 17-year -old spoke on being diagnosed with cancer at the age of 13. She also talked about how going to Rainbow Camp, an American Cancer Society sponsored camp, helped her through her illness.
Program and activities for 2011 relays was discussed. Linda Wilson, Mable Lester and Connie Mason, Marshall County Relay executive committee members attended this rally.
Register your team Thursday, January 27, at 5:15 p.m. at the Marshall County Library.
Police investigate violence, burglaries
Holly Springs police officers responded to 72 calls last week, according to chief Robert Pearson.
They include miscellaneous, 31; disturbances, 3; assaults, 4; alarms, 11; funerals, 4; larceny, 1; burglary, 2; accident, 6; welfare checks, 2; fights, 4, sheriff’s office or medical assists, 2; and 911 hangup calls, 2.
Byhalia officers go to 24 calls
The Byhalia Police Department responded to 24 calls during the past week.
Chief Gary Looney released the following report – alarm calls, 2; miscellaneous, 11; escorts, 5; assists, 2; motor vehicle accidents, 1; fires, 2; and medical, 1.
Byhalia police officers also made four arrests during the past week.
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