February 6, 2014
Neighbors unite to help halt crime
A theme of citizens and police working together to combat crime dominated a Neighborhood Watch meeting last week.
About 40 residents, most from Wards 3 and 4 in Holly Springs, attended the informative session at the Eddie L. Smith Multi-Purpose Building.
Bill would allow schools flexibility
State Sen. Bill Stone and Rep. Jerry Turner are pushing a bill that would help school districts place more emphasis on teaching and maybe a little less energy on administrative regulations.
SB 2238, the Senate version of HB 112, would provide statutory authority to school districts to place more emphasis on educational outcomes of students. Five districts a year could be approved and step around some regulations in order to try something innovative.
Armed robbery suspects arrested
Two people have been arrested and charged in two armed robberies that took place in January, according to sheriff Kenny Dickerson.
Two other suspects, who have been identified, are at large, he said.
Shooting in subdivisions still a concern
A year ago in February, the Marshall County Board of Supervisors adopted a county ordinance prohibiting the discharge of firearms in subdivisions on lots of under five acres.
Other limitations also hold if houses are within 300 feet of each other.
Former city alderman, football star dies at 82
David “Nub” Strickland made a name for himself on the football field – from high school, to college, to the pros.
He was a gridiron star at Holly Springs High School, Northeast and Memphis State before finishing his professional career with the Denver Broncos. He died Sunday at the age of 82.
Police chief requests new hires
By SUE WATSON
Two new police officers were hired and four new police cars approved for purchase during a recent meeting of the Holly Springs Board of Aldermen.
Two candidates for patrol officers were presented by chief Wiliam Hollowell and later hired to serve on the police force upon his recommendation.
‘Blind Date with a Book’
The Marshall County Library is hoping to encourage readers to broaden their horizons a little in February by enjoying a “Blind Date with a Book.” The library has a “Date a Book” display. The books are wrapped so their identities are unknown until the reader gets home.
Will it be fiction or non-fiction, mystery or romance, classic or contemporary? The readers may end up enjoying a book they may have never chosen on their own.
Fireworks show discussed; sirens ordered
By SUE WATSON
Holly Springs alderman discussed a proposed venture between the city and the Main Street Chamber to put on a big fireworks display for an Independence Day celebration.
Alderman-at-large Tim Liddy introduced the topic at the January 7 meeting, saying some people say they have to go to Olive Branch or Oxford to treat their children to a fireworks show.
Byhalia police officers respond to 29 calls, including theft, accidents
The Byhalia Police Department responded to 29 calls during the past week.
Chief Gary Looney released the following report – miscellaneous, 8; escorts, 2; thefts, 1; disturbances, 2; motor vehicle accidents, 2; assists, 3; medical, 3; robberies, 1; trespassing, 1; and alarm calls, 6.
Byhalia police officers also made five arrests during the past week, according to Looney.
Holly Springs police respond to 111 calls
Officers with the Holly Springs Police Department responded to 111 calls last week, according to chief William Hollowell.
The calls included – disturbances, 6; alarms, 13; larcenies, 4; accidents, 4; domestics, 2; assists to agencies, 7; assaults, 6; burglaries, 4; funeral escorts, 4; 911 hang-ups, 1; auto burglary, 5; robbery, 1; auto theft, 1; shots fired, 1; checks on homebound, 3; and 49 miscellaneous calls.
Area students urged to participate in art contest
Students across Mississippi are invited to get outdoors and participate in the 2014 North Mississippi Fish Hatchery Youth Art Contest. Each student must submit a portfolio including entry form and artwork to the Visitor Education Center (VEC) by May 15.
The contest is sponsored by the Foundation for Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (Foundation). Winners in four age categories will have their work included in Mississippi Outdoors magazine and posted on the Foundation’s website. First place winners will receive a complimentary copy of the magazine displaying their work.
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