Fielder’s Choice

Community, community

Getting other community newspapers from across the state makes me realize many of those areas are facing the same issues we are.

On the front page of The Meteor, of Crystal Springs, March 29 was a headline about “Keep Copiah County Beautiful Clean-Up Day.”

The newspaper article urged churches and civic organizations, neighborhoods and individual residents to get involved in the clean-up efforts.

Litter is a problem state­wide. And it’s definitely a concern throughout Marshall County.

But elected officials and other groups, along with this newspaper, are keeping it in the forefront. And gradually, we will make a difference. The battle against litter in Holly Springs and Marshall County is picking up momentum. And we can make a difference.

Starting April 10, the Marshall County Board of Supervisors will be providing dumpsters at various locations as part of the annual Spring Clean-Up. See the ad in this week’s newspaper for more information. The Spring Clean-Up continues through April 24.

Last week’s Southern Advocate (in neighboring Benton County) highlighted several photos, plus a story, from the recent hailstorm in Ashland.

As reported on the front page of that newspaper, Ashland citizens’ vehicles suffered large dents, broken headlights and broken front and rear windshields. Ashland Town Hall also suffered damaged from the March 27 storm.

No doubt, it was one of the worst hailstorms this area has ever seen.

My good friend Waid Prather owns The Carthaginian in Leake County. Waid and I were both stationed at newspapers in Monroe County once upon a time. We still talk by phone – typically with newspaper-related questions or just to get updates on our families.

Industry recruitment grabbed the top headline in the March 23 edition of The Carthaginian. It focused on plans for a spec building on Highway 25 North. It is slated to become the home of Pearl River Foods, a chicken-processing plan with 150 jobs.

Jobs, jobs, jobs – those stories are crucial to any community the size of Carthage or Holly Springs.

This week’s front page of your community newspaper features a story on more development in the popular Chickasaw Trail Industrial Park. McCormick and Company is located warehousing and distribution operations in the booming, northwestern portion of the county. The Fortune 500 company manu­fac­tures spices, herbs and flavorings for retail, commercial and industrial markets.

The good news just keeps coming for Marshall County, when it comes to economic development. And your community newspaper definitely enjoys reporting the good news, as does all the community newspapers across the state.

I’m thankful to be in my 33rd year at community newspapers. And I appreciate the efforts of my fellow community newspaper folks from across Mississippi. We’re all in this together. We’re a team – all about community.

Holly Springs South Reporter

P.O. Box 278
Holly Springs, MS 38635
PH: (662) 252-4261
FAX: (662) 252-3388
www.southreporter.com

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