February 10, 2011
Qualifying deadline March 1 for local races
No new candidates signed up for political races since the publishing of last week’s newspaper.
The deadline for qualifying for local elections is March 1, while candidates for state legislature positions have until June 1 to qualify.
The primary election is Tuesday, August 2. The primary runoff election is Tuesday, Aug. 23. The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 8.
Tagert wins race for transportation position
Mike Tagert of Starkville was the winner in the Tuesday, Feb. 1, special election for Northern District transportation commissioner.
Official 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 over 40,000 voting districtwide.
Tagert, who won 21,468 votes to 18,826 votes, 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, the turnout was extremely low for the special election. Caldwell was the leading vote getter. He received 615 votes to Tagert’s 379.
Patriots advance in North AA Tournament
One Marshall Academy basketball team advanced in post-season play Monday night, while another saw its season come to an end.
The MA boys defeated Leake Academy 62-51 in the opening round of the North AA Tournament at Kirk Academy in Grenada.
Top scorers for the Patriots, who improved to 25-7 on the season, were Peyton Lewis with 25, Chase Ferrell with 17 and Taylor Maurey with 12.
The Patriots move on to face Manchester Academy in the quarter-finals Wednesday (February 9) at 12:45 p.m. The semi-finals and finals are set for Friday and Saturday, with the first game each night starting at 6.
The Marshall girls were eliminated, 37-31, by Simpson Academy. They end the 2010-11 season with a 21-13 record.
Kelsey Shaw had 12 points for the Lady Patriots. Callie Clanton followed with nine.
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