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THE MEMBERSHIP NEWSLETTER OF THE ITAWAMBA COUNTY DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL

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Volume 1, Number 4,

Sept. 2009

THE MEMBERSHIP NEWSLETTER OF THE ITAWAMBA COUNTY DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL

During the three-day conference, local attendees attended lectures by some of the leading authorities of the shipping industry from both the government and business sector.

AT THE WATERWAY CONFERENCE: POINT CLEAR, ALABAMA

A tour of the Port of Mobile was enjoyed by those attending the conference

NEW HISTORICAL MARKER FOR ITAWAMBA COUNTY

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he Tennessee - Tombigbee Development Opportunities Conference was held at Point Clear, Alabama August 25-27. Pictured above at the conference are Trey Fredrickson and wife Nancy; Greg Deakle, Port Itawamba Director; Harvey Clements (Port Itawamba board member) and wife Sandy; Danny Holley (Itawamba County Board of Supervisors president) and wife Jan; Bill Coggin (Port Itawamba board member) and wife Darlene. Greg Deakle, Port Itawamba’s director, gave a presentation about container-on-barge shipping potential on the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway.

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A State Historical Landmark monument was recently installed commemorating the birthplace of Vernon Presley (father of Elvis Presley) in the Mt. Pleasant Community of Itawamba County.

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better understanding of the ARRA bond programs and how they might benefit." The schedule for the workshops, which will also touch on MDA's other stimulus programs and feature Q and A sessions, includes meetings in Jackson, Hattiesburg, Meridian, Indianola and Oxford. The Oxford meeting will be September 21 beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the Oxford Conference Center. This series of workshops is intended for Mississippi's county supervisors, county administrators, economic developers and representatives from Mississippi's Planning and Development Districts. Informational materials will be provided for attendees to reference following the workshops. The workshops are being offered free of charge, but interested parties are asked to pre-register by e-mailing stimulusworkshops@mississippi.org and entering the date and location of the workshop they plan to attend in the subject line.

Our Council Helping Communities

The Itawamba County Development Council gave $1,000 to communities in Itawamba County to help fund community storm shelters among other projects. Pictured above are residents of the Ratliff community with their new community storm shelters near the community center.

For more information about the Build America Bonds and the Recovery Zone Bonds programs, please visit http://stimulus.mississippi.org.

MDA to Host Stimulus Opportunity Workshops

MANTACHIE FEST 2009 IS THIS MONTH

Jackson, Miss. (August 26, 2009) – Beginning in September, the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) will host Stimulus opportunities Workshops, a series of workshops designed to provide pertinent information about funding opportunities available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).

One of Itawamba County’s largest festivals is set to be held September 19 at Mantachie Town Park.

The first series of workshops will focus on the Build America Bonds and Recovery Zone Bonds programs. Recently, the U.S. Department of the Treasury designated bond authority to many counties in Mississippi, but many of these bond allocations are too small to enable some of the counties to use them. The workshops will address methods of ensuring Mississippi's communities are able to take full advantage of these programs.

Mantachie Fest has been around for years and has always been a major county event and this year’s festivities is no exception. The Miss Fest Pageant will be September 12 at the Mantachie High School Gym. On the day of the festival on the 19th there will be a Fish Fry from 3 pm until 7 pm at the pavilion sponsored by the Mantachie Lions Club. There will be a kiddie carnival on the tennis courts including a cake walk and games. Registration for the 6th Annual Pet Show will begin at 1 pm. on McFerrin Field. The Mantachie Show and Shine

"These workshops will provide insight into these programs and help participants learn how stimulus programs can help their counties," said Gray Swoope, MDA executive director. "Each person in attendance will leave with a much ITAWAMBA TRENDS

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car show will be from 7 am until 2:30 pm in front of Mantachie School featuring antique cars, truck and motorcycles. Gospel Fest 2009 will be Sunday, September 20

COUNCIL PRODUCES SHOP ITAWAMBA BROCHURE

This years festival will feature plenty of live entertainment beginning at 9:30 am. A talent contest will be at 7 pm with a spectacular fireworks show after the talent show. The 5K Mantachie Fest Race starts at 8 am. Also included with this year’s event will be mini-train rides, horse and carriage rides, a large area of arts and crafts booths, a rock wall for climbing and a super slide.

Food Giant Joins the Itawamba Business Community

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he council has produced a new brochure informing residents of the importance of shopping at home. This new full-color brochure has also been published online where it can be downloaded and printed. Shopping with Itawamba County merchants is simply smart shopping. Local merchants are our neighbors and friends who invest in our local community. Each year millions of dollars in local taxes are paid by our local merchants and sales taxes reinvested in our local communities. Taxes generated by our local merchants simply support our community.

The Council would like to welcome Food Giant to the Itawamba County business community. Operating over 100 stores in eight states with the common theme of treating customers like part of the family, Food Giant is a welcome addition to our business community. The Fulton store features a bakery and deli in addition to their large line of groceries. ITAWAMBA TRENDS

It is our merchants who employ local people and it is those merchants who support community endeavors and charities. Local ownership means that important decisions are made locally by people who live in the community and who will feel the impact of those decisions made. Being a part of the community they simply understand the community’s needs.

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Volunteers Making a Difference… Pictured are Yvonne Hughes and Nancy Byrd, two members of the Edelweiss Garden Club, cleaning the beautifully landscaped area at the east entrance of the Itawamba County Pratt Memorial Library in Fulton on a late August day. Itawamba County is blessed with many volunteers giving their time and energy for the betterment of the county.

They are working very diligently to make the 2009 season better than their first year with exciting new attractions and events planned.

Holley Farm Begins 2009 Season this Month

This is the second season for the Corn Maze Days and last year’s event proved to be a success and brought many visitors to Itawamba County. Agricultural tourism is a growing sector and can be an important part of a community. This fall remember to visit the heart of Mississippi's beautiful Hill Country in scenic Itawamba County. Bring your family and "Come on Down to Holley Farm" You will be pleasantly transported back to a simpler place and a simpler time. Take time to discover Mississippi's rich agrarian history by visiting beautiful Holley Farm in Itawamba County’s beautiful hill country. For further information, visit their website at www.holleyfarms.com.

Beginning September 26, Holley Farm in the Oakland-Patton Flats community of Itawamba County will begin its 2009 Corn Maze Days. ITAWAMBA TRENDS

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Itawamba Trends: Vol. 1, No. 4 (September 2009)  

The membership newsletter of the Itawamba County Development Council, Itawamba County, Mississippi

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