By SUE WATSON
Holly Springs Police Chief Dwight Harris presented an annual report, saying major crime statistics were down last year as compared to 2014.
Harris was appointed chief of police in August 2014 by the Holly Springs Board of Aldermen after a vacancy of nearly six months. He came to the department as an officer in 2000.
This is his first year to compile an annual report and compare 2015 statistics with those in 2014.
The report focused on four major crimes – homicides, rapes, robberies and aggravated assaults including domestic violence aggravated assaults.Read more...
H.W. Byers hosted an Invitational Archery Meet at the Marshall County Fairgrounds on Thursday, February 4. Six teams participated – Byers, Byhalia, Potts Camp, Center Hill, Hernando and Friendship Christian Academy.
The event was coordinated by Fred Holland and Colet Pierce, co-coaches at H.W. Byers.
Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks helped each school obtain the needed equipment to begin the program and offered support throughout the season.
Holland and Pierce would like to say a special “thank you” to officer Danny Mills for his help and support each season and for helping run the shoot on Thursday.
Also, thanks to Jerry Bolden and the Marshall County Fairgrounds for allowing the school district to use the facilities to host this meet. Those interested in supporting these athletes are encouraged to make plans to attend the Marshall County Archery Meet on Thursday, Feb. 25, at Byhalia High School beginning at 4:30 p.m.. H.W. Byers, Byhalia and Potts Camp teams will be participating.
By SUE WATSON
The Byhalia Area Chamber of Commerce recently handed out prestigious awards at the first quarterly luncheon meeting at The Flame.
Charles Crain of CLM Insurance was chosen as Leader of the Year. Alex McClarty with Thomas & Betts Corporation was named Board Member of the Year for his service to the Chamber board of directors.
The Byhalia Sports Association was chosen as the Non-Profit of the Year. Doug and Janice Wagg were recognized for years of service to the sports association.
Citizens Bank was tapped for the Customer Service Award, accepted by Walker Hurdle, Amery Moore and Dorothy Young.
Leader of the Year
Crain was praised for “representing everything we need in someone who leads because he is always willing to help anyone or any cause.”
“He is a confidant, a friend and has been to many others over the years,” another person wrote in his nomination.
Crain was recognized for his leadership in business, his volunteer work and his active involvement in civic affairs. He serves on the board of directors for Citizens Bank, Mississippi Real Estate Agents, Mississippi Insurance Agents, and is a charter member of the Byhalia Area Chamber of Commerce.
He has sponsored numerous activities and events and is a lifelong member of the Byhalia United Methodist Church.
He has owned CLM Insurance since 1972.Read more...
By SUE WATSON
There have been reductions in the hours of a number of county health departments in the state and some have been closed due to declining use and funds, according to a press release. The Marshall County Health Department, as of February 1, will be open only three days a week. The Benton County facility has been closed.
Clients are also being asked to make appointments for services. A notice posted on the door at the Marshall County Health Department says clients are now being accepted by appointment and the facility is not taking walk-ins.
New hours in the local health department are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Benton County residents will also be served in Marshall County. Employees will travel to other health departments to work on days the facility in Holly Springs is closed.
By BARRY BURLESON
Barrett Donahoe said the passion of the community for the school has drawn him back to Marshall Academy.
Donahoe, who was the head football coach at MA in 2011-2012, has been named the school’s new headmaster. He is returning to Holly Springs after four years at Heritage Academy in Columbus, where he served as head football coach, athletic director and high school principal.
“I was there (at Marshall) for only one year, but I realized then that it was a very unique place,” he said. “Honestly, the passion the people have for MA is unique to any place I’ve ever been. It’s a tremendous positive for the community.”
By BARRY BURLESON
Marshall Academy doubled its pleasure Saturday night in the Delta.
Both the Lady Patriots and Patriots claimed championships in the District 1-AA Tournament at Marks. Next up is the North Tournament this week at Winona.
The MA girls’ domination of district foes continued in the title game as they crushed the host school, Delta Academy, 58-23.
The lead was 16-2 at the end of the first quarter and when Audrey Poole drilled back-to-back threes early in the second, it was 24-3.Read more...
By BARRY BURLESON
An H.W. Byers senior is taking his football talents a few states north.
Linebacker Joseph Gomez signed a scholarship with Walsh University in Canton, Ohio, on Wednesday of last week in the school library.
He said he has had a dream of playing college football since the sixth grade.Read more...
Congratulations to MA Patriots
Jamie Lyn Smith, of Madison, was the weekend guest of Caitlyn Brooks. Delta State University’s Phi Mu Sorority toured LeBonheur Children’s Hospital Saturday. The ladies of Phi Mu help contribute to hospitals such as LeBonheur through Children’s Miracle Network.
Congratulations to both Marshall Academy varsity Patriot teams. They both took first place in the district basketball tournament held at Delta Academy last week. They advanced to the North Half Tournament this week, which is held at Winona Academy. Good luck!
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, be sure to shop local for all of your sweethearts. Angie’s Boutique, Connie’s Flowers, Jennie’s Flowers & Gifts and The Retro Rooster all have amazing gifts for anyone on your list in a variety of price ranges!
Congratulations to both Marshall Academy junior high basketball teams on their District wins Saturday in Marianna, Ark. It was a fun season following the teams of amazing young people from town to town.
The freshmen players - Mary Neely Jones, Erin Lomenick, Julia Nicholson, Savanah Woods, Drayton Potts, Kyler Moncrief, Wyle McMillan, Everett Jones, Zach Sorrell and Thomas Stewart will be sorely missed next year on the team.
The varsity Patriots begin their quest for district champions this week. The tournament will be held in Marks at Delta Academy. Good luck to both teams!