IN THE NEWS

**Budget hearing set**

A date has been set for a public hearing on the county’s proposed budget for the 2007-2008 fiscal year.

During Monday’s meeting of the Itawamba County Board of Supervisors, the board selected Aug. 20 as the date for the public hearing. The hearing will begin at 9 a.m. in the board of supervisors’ regular meeting room, located in the Itawamba County courthouse. All citizens of Itawamba County are encouraged to attend, where they will be given time to voice their opinions.

A final decision on the proposed budget and ad valorem tax levy will be made at a separate meeting, scheduled for Sept. 4, at 9 a.m. in the board’s meeting room.

According to county administrator Gary Franks, the proposed budget for this year will remain at the present 60.05 mills and the ad valorem tax levy to fund the budget for the school district will remain at the present levy of 47.55 mills. Although the school board has yet to present Franks with a finalized budget, according to publicized information, their tax rates should remain constant as well.

“Under normal circumstances we should not have to raise the county’s taxes,” Franks told the board. “I don’t think the millage will go up.”.

**Dove field day set**

A dove food plot demonstration and field day will be held on Aug. 11, at the Pontotoc Ridge-Flatwoods Experiment Station, Pontotoc. Activities will begin at 8 a.m.

Everyone is welcome to attend the sessions which are geared toward both private landowners and hunters. Admission is free with registration which can be completed on line at www.naturalresources .msstate.edu/events/index.html.

For more information, call the MSU-Itawamba Extension Office at 862-3201.

**Head Start openings**

The Fulton and Mantachie Head Start centers will open on Monday, Aug. 20, 2007. Each child will need to obtain a new 121 shot record and bring it to the center before he or she can enroll. New immunization requirements went into effect Aug. 1, 2007. Also, all paperwork, in addition to application, must be completed before the child can enroll. If you have any questions, please call the Fulton Center at 862-3928 or the Mantachie Center at 282-7666.