Thursday, September 5, 2013
Letters to the Editor
Ever since 1829, the police forces of various municipalities have had to endure a constant stream of criticism. It is understandable, especially at its inception. People hate to be told what to do -- still do! To be honest, most of the complaints were superfluous, but unfortunately, some tend to be true.
Thanks to the Internet, all of us connected to the web can discover atrocities and supposed atrocities daily, if one looks for it. Some are there. There was the cavity search in public in Texas a few weeks ago, a flagrant mistake. We hear of cops violating the law almost every week, or dragging people out of their cars by their hair.
It is unfortunate; there are bad apples in the police just as there are in any group endeavor.
All that being said, I would like to give a shout-out to our brave men and women in blue (gray in our case) that serve Holly Springs. I have found them level-headed, intelligent, independent thinkers, and evenly consistent emotionally.
In other words, I think we have one of the best police departments in the nation. I know one might get mad at them if you get a ticket, etc., but if one is going 65 mph down Craft and endangering others to that extent, one might get a ticket. Sorry folks, but there have to be a few rules, unfortunately.
The next time you see a cop, give him/her a wave, or just say “Good job!” They may be too busy to respond or immersed in other issues, but it can’t hurt. They do their best to serve and protect us; they deserve no less from the public at large.
Remember all the old jokes we know about police salaries are probably true. So remember, on that little bit of money, they risk their lives every day to make Holly Springs a safe place to live.
God bless them!
Thank you for sharing this letter of appreciation. As always, we thank The South Reporter and Pigeon Roost News for being a venue opportunity for advertising the Sounds of Summer Music & Arts Festival.
We would like to thank each and every one of you that supported the Sounds of Summer Festival. The attendance, volunteerism, donations, sponsorships, labor, items, organizing, contacts, promotions, patronizing the vendors – it takes it all to provide this special community event. Event chair Leah Grant stated, “Each year has been a wonderful learning experience. The night turned cooler. Family and friends were enjoying the music, food and activities. ”
Chair Leah Grant and the Festival Committee (Angie Cannon, Faye Woods, Montie Hamblen, Alex McClarty, Jan and Gene Sisk, Bill Kinkade and Mary Ann Cooper) organized and worked hard to make the festival full of highlights and fun. Other volunteers included Byhalia Lions Club, Byhalia FFA, Doug Grant, Daylon Cannon, Clista Ash, Jimmy Poe, Terry Rodgers, Janice Woods, Doug Royal and Prentis Woods.
Mayor Phil Malone and the Town of Byhalia aldermen, police and town employees assisted in the logistics of setting up the stage and cleanup to prepare the Byhalia Walking Park for the festival. We thank the Byhalia Police Department for their help in security and traffic control. Rural Metro Ambulance was on hand if needed. Denise Stacks, Trinity Mission of Great Oaks, and Rural Metro provided the sponsor tent.
A wonderful line-up of local music included Gunnar Sansom Band, Funky Rhythm Blues Band, Miss Ju Ju and the City Boys. The X-Citers rounded out the show with classic rock and provided the sound system for the night. Richard Woods, Byhalia Talent Show finalist, provided a song for the crowd.
A special thank you to music sponsor Northcentral EPA and Kids’ Zone sponsor Citizens Bank. Kirkwood’s Jennifer and Greg Barkley set up for the putting contest. Jimmy Poe organized the popular Cornhole Tournament.
Kids’ Zone had three bounce activities by A&J Waterslides and Bounce, Byhalia First Baptist Church, Citizens Bank, Fellowship Baptist Church, Boy Scouts, Byhalia Police Department and Byhalia High School FFA provided fun, games and prizes. Potts Camp band director Luke Ratcliff led the Kids Parade with his trumpet as the children marched and sang through the festival. The dunk tank was a huge hit with Bro. Swicegood being the good sport to entertain the children.
The wellness exhibits were a new area added and were very well received. Linda Turner with MS Tobacco-Free Coalition of Benton, Marshall and Union counties had many initiatives including free produce. Communicare and Home Choice and Byhalia Health Center were on site to educate the public on healthcare issues.
We appreciate all of the concessions, some of the best around. The arts and crafts vendors were very interesting and offered many new items. The sky lanterns were a hit as always with their lighting being a special time to remember loved ones.
The Chamber Champion Sponsors and Festival Friends are very much appreciated. They are Summers Landscape & Lawn, Tharp Construction & Farms, Byhalia Lions Club, Thistledome Honeysuckle Society, Cannon Bros. Air & Heat, A&B Distributing, State Representative Bill Kinkade, Rural Metro, MS Tobacco-Free Coalition, Carrier Corp., Charles and Joy Crain, Byhalia Family Health Center, Rust College, Griffith CPA Firm, TLC Logistics, Southern Wanderers, Barden Stone, Byhalia Package Store, Brantley Funeral Home, Reed’s Piggly Wiggly, Martin Bros. Scrap Metal, Advance Electric, Henry Chiropractic, Tiger Works Signs & Graphics, Methodist Olive Branch Hospital, The South Reporter and Work of Art Boot Camp.
Platinum Sponsors: Bank of Holly Springs, Citizens Bank, Hunter Fan, Marshall County Board of Supervisors, Northcentral EPA, Town of Byhalia, 95.3 The Rebel, Thomas & Betts Corporation, Trinity Mission Health & Rehab, Precision Metal Works.
Gold Sponsors: First Security Bank, Griffin, Inc. Smith Transportation, Woods Farm Supply.
Silver Sponsors: CenturyLink, Champion Awards, Cargill Animal Nutrition.
Other donors: Autozone, Subs, Etc., Byhalia Skateboard & Key Shop, Olive Branch Police Dept.
We are proud to be able to provide this event for the Byhalia/Marshall County area residents and visitors. It only happens with the work and dedication of those willing to give back.
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