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MA Patriots state champions

MA Patriots state champions

By BARRY BURLESONEditor Photo by Linda McKinney Pictured celebrating with their Mississippi...

Focus group unveils Depot sign

Focus group unveils Depot sign

By SUE WATSONStaff Writer Photo by Sue Watson From left, standing under the new Depot District...

Winter weather continues to bite

Winter weather continues to bite

By SUE WATSONStaff Writer Photo by Sue Watson Flooding was the problem Saturday, as shown here on...


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Winter weather continues to bite

By SUE WATSON
Staff Writer

Photo by Sue Watson Flooding was the problem Saturday, as shown here on Craft Street. At right is Viez Todd with the street department.

March is supposed to roar in like a lion, but February is not through just yet.

A second freezing rain and sleet event, following the one on Monday of last week, made roads treacherous Friday. Schools and some offices were closed due to the winter weather conditions.

That freezing was followed by heavy rains Saturday, and then it was back to freezing rain conditions Sunday night and early Monday morning of this week, according to county administrator Larry Hall.

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Focus group unveils Depot sign

By SUE WATSON
Staff Writer

Photo by Sue Watson From left, standing under the new Depot District sign attached to the old hotel, are David Person, Gwen Wyatt, Alexandra Ashmead, Christy Owens and Tom Stewart.

A Depot District Focus Group met last week at Phillips Grocery to discuss business and to unveil the new Depot District signs.

The signs, designed by the Main Street Charrette team, were placed at the entrance to the Depot District and on the old hotel.

The focus group is made up of stakeholders and other citizens, according to David Person, who was asked to facilitate the meetings by Mayor Kelvin Buck.

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Holly Springs ‘High Tech’ Center ensuring students are career ready

The Holly Springs Career and Technical Center (CTC) has officially moved from vo-tech to high tech, bringing light to the new emphasis on career and technical skills students will need to be successful.

The data from the Career and Technical Center is nothing less than astounding, according to director Craven Turnage.

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City Personals Mary Clay Brooks

Congratulations to Marshall basketball teams – keep it up!

Congratulations to the Marshall Academy Patriots on their 1-A state championship title. The boys took out three teams last week at Rebul Academy in Raymond for the win. Christian Compton, Dakota Dailey, Jordon Harris, Corteze Love and Malik Riddle received all-tournament plaques. They travel this week to Clinton to play at Mississippi College for their quest to win Overall.

The Marshall Academy Lady Patriots battled against Carroll Academy Saturday after coming off of a loss to the Veritas School Friday night. Carroll proved to be a scrappy foe and wound up defeating the girls. Congratulations to Blake Martin and Wesleyann Ray, who were both named all-tournament. Wesleyann showed her senior leadership throughout the tournament, playing her heart out! The girls also advanced to the overall tournament and compete this week, as well, in Clinton.

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Goats and dog roam city

By SUE WATSON
Staff Writer

Citizens in Holly Springs recently got a thrill when three goats and a Great Pyrenees got loose and roamed the streets.

The first report of the animals running down Park Avenue was reported about 11:40 a.m. Friday, Feb. 13, according to Clay Moore, director of public works. The police department later got a call that the animals were running loose on West College Avenue. Then they showed up in Fred’s parking lot before turning to go down South Center Street.

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MA Patriots state champions

By BARRY BURLESON
Editor

Photo by Linda McKinney Pictured celebrating with their Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class A state championship trophy Saturday night are (kneeling, from left) manager Grady Brooks, Zach Sorrell, Drayton Potts, Tyler Bolden, Tobe West, Thomas Faulkenbery, Boyce McKinney, Eli Pearson, manager Bo Martin and Sarah Grace Jackson (film); and (standing, same order) assistant coach David Robilio, Juston Mask, Christian Compton, Peyton Taylor, Malik Riddle, Jordon Harris, Dakota Dailey, head coach Craig Dailey, bookkeeper Bridgett Dailey, Corteze Love, bus driver Arthur Love and manager Wyle McMillen.

Craig Dailey often sums up outstanding performances by his son on the basketball court with these words, “Dakota was Dakota.”

But Saturday night, in the Class A state championship game, Dakota Dailey played at an even higher level.

The senior Patriot was unstoppable, scoring 42 points, as Marshall Academy won its fourth state championship in five seasons, this one a 72-60 win over University Academy of Cen­tral Louisiana (Cenla).

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Double district titles for Holly High

By CLAUDE VINSON
Sports Editor

Photos by Willie Ann Shelton
(Left) Brandi Woodson shoots versus two Independence players. (Right) DeAndre Finley faces a North Panola defender.

The Lady Hawks and Hawks departed Charles­ton’s gym late Saturday after leaving everything on the floor and bringing home the first-place trophies.

It was the second year in a row for Holly Springs to claim both District 2-3A championships.

“I’m really excited for the kids,” coach Sylvester Kilgore said. “Both teams played well and showed good character.”

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Museuming Bobby Mitchell

Billy’s ghost story about Marshall County

When I was young we had no way to go anywhere so most of our entertainment was that as of generations long past, playing in the forests behind our house, or hunting, fishing, and riding horses. In the summer, especially, we rode horses every day, everywhere we went, mostly old nags which had seen better days, but we did not notice that. Many summers we were a “Gang of Four” who did things together, me, my brother Donny, Mitch Tomlinson and Billy Burdsal who came from Memphis, Tenn., in the summers to stay with his grandparents, Henry and Belle Mills Colston. Of the four, Billy Burdsal became a writer, among his other attributes.

My friends know that I typically stay up most of the night, going to bed sometime around 4:30 to 5 a.m. Thus there is no term in my vocabulary to indicate someone has called me too late at night; however, one can call to early in the daylight hours, like before 10 a.m. Having said that, I went outside and walked a bit, carefully, on our driveway and a neighbor’s driveway Tuesday morning Feb. 17 about 3:30 to look at the ice which had adhered to the tree limbs and power lines. The ice glistened as the light from the street lamp shown through it, and the only sounds were the creaking and groaning of the trees in the woods near our house, the wind blowing, and then the occasional crash of those limbs which could no longer support the weight of the ice. It was both an ethereal and an eerie moment, as if there were spirits moving about. It reminded me of the feelings sometimes generated by ghost stories.

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City Personals Mary Clay Brooks

Thanks to HSUD workers who braved the ice to restore power

The Marshall Academy Patriots basketball teams swept their North Half 1-A tournament over the weekend at Delta Academy in Marks. They travelled three days, handily beating every opponent. Their quest for the State 1-A title begins Wednesday at Rebul Academy. Good luck to both teams!

A big thank you to Holly Springs Utility Department employees who braved the elements Monday. The men could be seen all over town, working to get limbs cut and power restored to those who lost it during the storm. Our power went off several times throughout the day, staying off just long enough for the house to get chilly then, thankfully, it would return. Ice is no fun, but kudos for sure to the dedicated HSUD workers who helped everyone!

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