Thursday, April 17, 2014
Volunteerism abounds here
Last weekend was simply a beautiful one, and there was plenty to do right here on the local front.
We talked leading up to the weekend about the number of events coming in to the office, via e-mail, fax or in person, for posting on our South Reporter “Calendar of Events.”
Close to Nowhere
• Ah...choo is more like it! I’m betting you’ve noticed the yellow pollen everywhere. I’m betting that many of you are sneezing, sniffling, coughing and your eyes are burning.
You can guess how I know. That’s right. All of the above. Most in my house are in the same condition.
Senator highlights Mississippi’s defense role
As a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, I am directly involved with the defense authorization process and the blueprint it provides for the future vitality of our troops. In recent days, the committee has heard from various defense officials about President Obama’s proposed changes to funding and force structure, including several that affect Mississippi. Our state plays a crucial role in supporting America’s national defense, and I remain committed to seeing this tradition of excellence continues.
Letters to the Editor
Voter’s photo ID
The year 2014 is an election year, and Mississippi has a new law to reduce voter fraud. Starting this year, voters will be required to prove who they are by presenting a photo I.D. No one need be inconvenienced by this law. Those few who do not already have such I.D. can get one free of charge and even get free transportation to and from the issuing office.
For most people showing a photo I.D. at election time will not be a problem. If you drive a car, your driver’s license is a valid photo I.D. If you don’t drive a car, you most likely have some other form of photo I.D. because life in the 21st century in America requires such I.D. for all sorts of reasons — from buying tobacco to cashing a check to air travel, to visiting many sensitive government buildings. But what if you don’t have a photo I.D.?
Any registered voter who does not have a valid photo I.D. may obtain one free of charge from the Circuit Clerk’s office at the Marshall County Courthouse in Holly Springs. But what if you don’t live near the courthouse, and don’t have any way to get there? Not to worry.
Anyone requiring transportation to the courthouse to get a voter’s photo I.D. can obtain that transportation free of charge by calling Northeast Mississippi Community Services at 252-2714. When you call, someone at Community Services will either book your transportation then and give you a firm pick-up time, or take your name and number for a call back booking that afternoon or the next morning. Once booked, you will be picked up at your house at the designated time and delivered to the courthouse. The driver will wait for you while you obtain your I.D. and then drive you home. It is as simple as that. No voter should have to be without the required photo I.D.
Thanks, Jason Mills
Recently, our valuable utility trailer was stolen from our new home lot in Barton. I thought we would never see it again, yet my wife encouraged me to file a police report, So, as a formality for tax purposes, I took our trailer title papers to Officer Jason Mills at the Marshall County Sheriff’s Dept.
To my surprise, Officer Mills called a few weeks later, asking for any distinguishing features unique to my trailer, which I readily gave him. Then, in the days afterwards, he called again to say that they had found my trailer and arrested the thief, who is now charged with grand larceny. I was elated at the news!
I want to deeply thank hard working Officer Jason Mills and the Marshall County Sheriff’s Dept. for not filing away my report, but instead, investigating until they solved the crime and got my trailer back.
I have discovered that they have recovered dozens of stolen trailers over time. Truly, these guys are a great asset to our community and deserve our prayers and appreciation!
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