A look back at 2008 – Part 2

July –

Budget being finalized for next school year. Blackmon to focus on children learning, not on adults, he says. Patriotism on display in Wesson on walls of Marvin Hoffner’s barbershop. Natural gas storage project seeks permission from MDEQ to proceed.

Test well to be drilled in Hazlehurst. 19-year-old killed on Highway 28. Thursdays are Family Reading Nights at Heritage House. Sheriff wants network upgrade to improve use of laptops in patrol cars. Boys Choir performs in courthouse for Board of Supervisors.

Tax rolls presented, property values up. “Catch the Reading Bug” theme of Summer Reading Program at library. Rowan Torrey resigns as Job Corps center director. Keep Copiah County Beautiful presents Wesson with portable curb sweeper. County school board concerned over uniform and cell phone problems.

Three industrial prospects could be boon to Copiah County. Most teacher positions filled in Hazlehurst school district. Library welcomes “Museum on Wheels.”

Classes begin next week. Library to open evenings for those in online courses. County prepares for future airport expansion. Parade to kick off Gospel Festival. Two injured in house fire on Massengill Street. Carroll Hood appointed to Oil and Gas Board. Copiah’s 9’s win state Dixie Youth Baseball title. Record turnout for swimming lessons.

August –

Storms leave big mess but little serious damage. Circuit Court stays busy at temporary location. 9th annual Gospel Festival draws high energy crowd.

New budget to focus on instruction and deficit at Hazlehurst City School District. Comprehensive plan, zoning update ‘long overdue’ for city. Courthouse renovations to be complete in September. Wesson applies for fire truck grant. Sylvarena Baptist Church celebrates 110th anniversary. Rushell Virgil receives Girl Scouts highest award.

City awarded grant to combat sewage in east Hazlehurst neighborhood. Receptions to honor new Co-Lin president Dr. Ronnie Nettles. Supervisors hear budget requests, audit report.

No tax increase in city budget. $591,000 in Farm Bill 2008 funding for Copiah-New Zion Water Association. Chamber of Commerce offers t-shirts for sale.

September –

Preparing for Gustav. Board of Supervisors declares emergency to prepare for Hurricane Gustav.

Payback: Copiah 8, BA 6. Not enough funds for road project. City appoints zoning board. Students miss a day of school due to bad weather. Wesson holds down millage rates for one more year. Hurricane Gustav brings gray day to Hazlehurst.

Slight tax decrease planned for Copiah County. New tanker arrives for Georgetown Volunteer Fire Department. Garbage bills going up. Natural gas flowing in new pipeline. Hazlehurst awarded CDBG to improve sewer system.

State takes steps to overhaul school district. Renovations near completion at courthouse. Allen Volunteer Fire Department receives safety gear from Mississippi Forestry Commission. Charlotte McGowan is new Job Corps center director.

October –

Courthouse work nears completion. District level test results released.

Historic renovation of courthouse complete. Cows roam downtown Hazlehurst. New garbage rates in effect Nov. 1. Smyrna Baptist celebrates 125th.

Food pantry sees increase in need. Hazlehurst invited to ‘Set the Record Straight.’ Portraits returned to walls of Copiah County Courthouse. Wesson teens face curfew. Progress made in school district’s financial recovery.

Courthouse dedication service set for Tuesday. Hazlehurst Garden Club landscapes courthouse grounds. Good weather, good fun draw crowds to Copiah for 30th Annual Fall Garden Fest in Crystal Springs and 37th Annual Wesson Flea Market. Georgetown Baptist celebrates 100.

Heavy voter turnout expected Tuesday. Robert Johnson house has new home. Twyner hearing over, Blackmon to decide.

November –

Supervisors consider adopting building codes. Major General James “Ike” Pylant to speak at Veterans Day service. Courtroom filled for dedication.

UFO seen over Hazlehurst. County alters septic ordinance. Wesson library plans Christmas with Friends. Democrats carry Copiah. Ronnie Channell to fill county school board vacancy. City to require permit for putting up signs. One killed in weekend wreck.

Veterans honored. Public hearing held on proposed private Class 1 rubbish pit in Crystal Springs. Copiah County partners for 40 years with Central Mississippi Planning and Development District. Court term begins with long civil trial. Celebrate the holidays with Bobby Rush, Dorothy Moore at Heritage House.

Golden fall in Hazlehurst. Invitation to tour state of the art technology center at Heritage House.  Hazlehurst is member of Central Mississippi Planning and Development District for 40 years. Emma Newsome to be grand marshal of Hazlehurst Christmas parade. Walt Grayson to speak at Wesson Chamber banquet. Wesson recognized as 40 year partner of CMPDD.

December –

Many benefit from Thanksgiving goodness provided by Pine Crest. Earlier curfew to be strictly enforced. Airport Commission chairman resigns, road overlay project bids again sought. Nine day civil trial ends with $1.8 million verdict. Dorothy Moore and Bobby Rush to perform with local youth.

Christmas season begins in Copiah County with parades. City to seek grant for new playground. Is it really the place where Robert Johnson was born? Protect yourself against thieves during holidays. Pine Crest sponsors Christmas toy drive. Housing authority to break ground on new project. Wesson board meeting time changed to 6:00 p.m. Antioch Church celebrates 144th.

Santa comes to town for Hazlehurst Christmas parade. Rare snow falls in Louisiana and Mississippi. New jail management system planned. Old-fashioned Christmas celebration planned by Wesson Friends. Bobby Rush, Dorothy Moore perform with youth at Heritage House Holidays. Hattie Bridges celebrates 100 years.

Merry Christmas 2008. Holiday spirit at Wesson Christmas with Friends. Holly’s symbolism at Christmas goes way back. Georgetown member of Central Mississippi Planning and Development District for 40 years.

True spirit of Christmas alive in Hazlehurst. Parents Advisory Committee coming together for Hazlehurst City School District. Airport environmental assessment hearing set for January 14.

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