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Founded 1959 50 Single Copy But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness... Matthew 6:33 THURSDAY, JULY 7, 2011 TWO SECTIONS PHONE 834-1151 LEXINGTON, MISSISSIPPI 39095 VOLUME 53 - NUMBER 27 Lexington awarded in two state ceremon'les By Justin Purdy, Editor It's all added up for Lexing- ton this year. The city claimed not one, but two awards in separate ceremo- nies over the last week, win- ning both the Mississippi Main Street Association's "Best Fa- cade Rehabilitation (Over $10,000) award, and the Plan- ning and Economic Develop- ment award from the Missis- sippi Municipal Excellence Awards. The Main Street award was given to Lexington for its re- cent renovation of City Hall, which brought the building into American Disability Act (ADA) compliance and added four public restrooms to the building. The renovations were done with American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds at no cost to the city of Lexington. "We originally started look- ing at doing this rehabilitation back in 2005," said Lexington Mayor Robin McCrory. "We got plans drawn up, spoke to theUSDA, and learned that our approved projects, and have successfully completed both of our program audits now with zero findings. It was a lot of work, but extremely worth it." McCrory went on to explain the many uses of the building to the community, noting an- ger management programs and hunter safety classes as just a few examples of off-hours uses to what is intended to be a building for the whole community's use. "This fagade rehabilitation has been vital to the whole community's use of the facil- ity, especially our aging popu- lation," McCrory said. "The look of our City Hall is now in step with all the efforts we have made to beautify our down- town court square." Speaking of those beautifica- tion efforts, they were just one of several aspects that helped Lexington win the Planning and Economic Development award, through the city's "It All Adds Up" entry. "Court Square beautification was the first project involved, census:determined income we did that through the MDOT l:ev6i was just barely- tess than a percentage point - too high to get a grant with a match the city fund could afford to ab- sorb. "The plans were forced to sit there for years, until we spoke with (Congressman) Thomp- son in Greenwood about the ARRA funds. He said that pri- ority on those funds would be given to shovel-ready projects, and those projects facing pos- sible pending litigation. We weren't in ADA compliance, and it was entirely possible that we were going to get sued for it soon. We were one of ten fund,!-Satd Lexington Mayor Pro Tern David Rule. "We modeled it after Oxford, just looking to beautify our down- town square. We did a lot of landscaping and repaving." The Lexington library also received heavy repair and im- provement. The parking lot was completely repaved, along with a small, tree-shaded walk- ing track. The roof was also completely replaced. "The existing fiat roof on the library was non-repairable," said McCrory. "It,,leaked worse after each attempted re- pair. We now have a sloped Jaekie Brown, with the city of Lexington, accepted the Missis- sippi Main Street Association award for Best Facade Rehabili- tation on behalf of the city. Pictured, from left, are: Craig Bjorgum with Belinda Stewart Architects, Brown, and Randy Burchfield, MMSA Board President. Magician Dorian Lachance performed for children at the Lexington Public Library as part of the library's "One World, Many Stories" Summer Reading Program. Events will continue at libraries throughout Holmes County for the rest of July. roof on that building. Also mentioned in the award- "A lot of people who travel winning entry were several new through Lexington stop in for homes built for Lexington prop- wireless internet access," said erty owners through the HOME McCrory. "For some locals it project grant - of nine projects is the only point of access to a appr0ved, five have already been computer to research job open- ings and make applications." Another major aspect inthe award entry focused on the renovation and opening of the Lexington Multipurpose Com- plex. The building, which had once been a national guard ar- mory, had gone derelict and was completely uninhabitable. "This successful attempt was actually our third try at open- ing such a building," said Rule. "We'd been talking about hav- ing a place for years. It took a lot of hard work, but we have finally made it a reality." I R00v,vA00s I BETHLEHEM Revival services for Bethlehem M.B. Church in Goodman will be held July 11- 15 at 7 nightly. The guest min- ister will be Pastor E.C. Pitehford of Union Grove and Providence Baptist Church. GUIDING LIGHT Revival services for Guiding Light Church of God in Christ in Lexington will convene July 11-15 beginning with prayer at 7 p.m., and services at 7:30 nightly. The evangelists for the week will be Pastor Willie Hedges, along with Elder Johnny Forrest, pastor of St. Joseph Church of God in Christ in West. completed- continuing enhance- mere work to the C.H. Bud Air- port, and the city's now-tradi- tional cleanup efforts such as Riches in the Ditches. "We had people complain about eyesores in the town," said Rule. "The cleanup helps a lot. It makes you feel good for people to talk about how clean the city is. ' The city was in competition with 56 other entries for the Mu- nicipal League award. It is the second that the city has won in the past four years - the.l-wst be- ing the City Spirit award in 2008 for the Riches in the Ditches pro- gram. Cassandra Laeey, 32, of Lex- ingron was arrested June 28 on a charge of driving with a sus- pended license. A t'me was set at $587.50. Jamie Washington, 36, of LEBANON The Lebanon Church family will hold their annual Revival July 11-15 at 7 nightly. The speaker for the week will be Rev. Osizie Grays of Cedar Grove M.B. Church of Sallis, and Pleasant Hill M.B. Church of Kosciusko. Outgoing Lexington Rotary Club President Ann Presley (pic- tured on left) was presented a plaque in honor of her service as president by incoming president David Wynne during the instal- lation of 2011-2012 club officers Tuesday, June 28. Detroit, Mich., was arrested eater valued at $299; a" Cub- June 30 on a charge of shop- Cadet Recom 48" riding lawn lifting. Bond was set at meyer valued at $7,499. $1,100. On June 27, 2011, someone Jake D. Wilson, 22, of Lex- stole a 20-foot tandem axle ington was arrested June 1' on trailer from Scott Petroleum at a charge of failure to comply. 309 Depot Street in the city Bond was set at $600. CRIMFSI'OPPERS ....... On June 5, 2011, someone stole several items from 4230 Rathell Road in the city limits of Lexington. The items taken were: a 6xl 0 utility trailer val- ued at. $919.13; a Stihl weed limits of Lexington. If anyone has information on either burglary, they are en- couraged to call the Lexington Police Department at (662) 834-3508, the Holmes County Sheriff's Office at (662) 834- 1511, or anonymously through Holmes County Crimestoppers at (662) 834-0099. Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Monday Isolated T-Storms Scattered T-Storms Scattered T-Storms Isolated T-Storms Partly Cloudy 91/71 88/71 92/71 94/72 95/72 Precip: Chance Precip Chance Precip. Chance Precip. Chance Precip. Chance 30% 30% 40% 30% 20% . Tuesday Wednesday ....................... 97/.72 92/72 Precip. Chance Precip. Chance 10% 60% DD