December 27, 2012
Redistricting in works; hearing Jan. 14
The Marshall County Board of Supervisors has set January 14 at 1 p.m. for a public hearing on the reapportionment plans.
Two plans have been drawn up using computer programs that equally apportion eligible voters within plus or minus 10 percent in the five supervisor districts. The 2010 census showed District 3 population had grown and district boundaries must be redrawn to balance the voter population. Reapportionment provides for “one man one vote” provisions of the U.S. Constitution.
The Fitch Farms All Age Field Trials at Fitch Farms-Galena Plantation drew a good crowd of spectators, and some fine bird dogs and handlers in December.
The trials are qualifying events for the National Field Trials in Grand Junction, Tenn., in February.
Winners were announced after lunch Wednesday, Dec. 12, in connection with the dedication of the trials this year to the late Frank Swords, who passed away in August 2012. He was an avid huntsman, conservationist, canine friend, storyteller and humanist. Swords contributed to the entire community but his interest in wildlife habitat, natural resources, and farm programs was unequaled for the county in which he resided and loved.
Strategy underway for next session
By SUE WATSON
“Everything is on the table, is what I’m told,” said Gary Anderson, legislative consultant for the Marshall County Board of Supervisors.
He said the delay in the passage of a Farm Bill and new Highway Bill in Washington, will affect how the Mississippi Legislature addresses the 2013 budget.
Barton residents seek help with dogs, shots fired in community
By SUE WATSON
Several residents in the Oakland Drive, Holiday Estates and Oak Grove subdivisions in Barton sought help in December from the board of supervisors regarding threats from vicious dogs and shooting near their homes.
Kathy Coburn led the appeal to supervisors, detailing how she feels threatened by a homeowner’s pit bulls, one of which attacked her horse through a hog wire fence and was taken into custody. The dog owner’s two remaining pit bulls make a habit of coming into her yard, she said.
Carlisle remembered as entrepreneur, role model
By SUE WATSON
A long-time Holly Springs grocery man was laid to rest Wednesday, Dec. 19, among rightful praises and accolades for his life as a Christian witness.
Dennis Carlisle Sr. crossed the bar Monday, Dec. 17. He was buried at the foot of the hill beside a tree in Hill Crest Cemetery following a final pass through the parking lot at Carlisle’s Big Star. The procession paused for a moment in front of the store as workers and shoppers wiped away tears and some waved goodbye.
L.J. Confidential is big winner
The annual Fitch Farms Galena Plantation Trial, a qualifier for the National Championship, started on Dec. 10, featuring 15 braces.
The winner was L.J. Confidential, handled by Steve Hurdle. L.J, in the 11th brace, impressed judges Tim Hammons and J.D Bumpus with six perfect finds and an equally exceptional ground effort. His first find was at 3, with his bracemate reluctantly backing. He scored again with a divided find at 12. After a brief absence and search by scout and handler, he was found standing at 40. After the flush and shot, he hunted on, nailing two more finds at 45 and 55, with his bracemate backing again at 55. With two minutes left he took off far to the front, and was found on point at 7 minutes after pickup time, a dramatic finish to an exciting performance.
Music, ball drop slated for Dec. 31 in Holly Springs
The Holly Springs Main Street Chamber has a ball drop event entitled “Home Community United in Fellowship” set for New Year’s Eve. The event takes place on Market Street on the square and runs from 10 p.m. until just after midnight.
Activities will include a prayer service and music with participation from churches and schools. In case of rain or sleet, the event will be cancelled. Otherwise, the event will be held, even in light rain, according to Main Street Chamber director Shanette Folsom.
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