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Businesses Offer Extended Hours On Thursday

By Jack Gurner

WATER VALLEY – Main Street businesses will be open late this Thursday and again next Thursday for late evening shopping.
The event is being coordinated by the Water Valley Main Street Association and the Water Valley Area Chamber of Commerce, Mickey Howley, WVMSA Director, told city aldermen at their meeting Dec. 4.  
Howley explained that right before Thanksgiving on Saturday, Nov. 17, a downtown open house was held coordinated by Main Street and the Chamber with help from the North Mississippi Herald. “The merchants that I talked to about this Saturday open house were really thrilled and pleased with the turnout,” he said. “People coming to town and shopping downtown.”
The same merchants – with a few additions – will be open until 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 13, and Thursday, Dec. 20, he said. (See the ad on page 2.)
In other WVMSA news, on Nov. 7 several members went to Starkville for a series of 20 pocket park design presentations by student architects at Mississippi State University.
“It took the whole day,” Howley noted, getting a laugh from aldermen. “But, they were really great.”
Work on the park, which will be located in the vacant lot at Main and Wagner Streets, is expected to begin in January after a decision is made on the plan.
Water Valley was featured in the Mississippi Arts Commission newsletter in an article by Director Malcolm White. Howley said White had good things to say about the town’s creative economy.
Among other actions, Aldermen:
• Approved a $46,244.13 estimate from the contractor for work on the hangar project at the airport.
“We’ll see these monthly for the next few months,” Mayor Larry Hart said.
Under the same motion, aldermen approved payment of $6,335.50 to Willis Engineering for their portion of the project.
• Heard a report from the mayor on the city’s upcoming holiday activities including the Christmas dinner at noon on Dec. 20. Christmas holidays are Monday, Dec. 24, and Tuesday, Dec. 25, and the New Year’s holiday is Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013.
• Adjourned after meeting for just over ten minutes. The next meeting of the board of aldermen will be Wednesday, Jan. 2, at 6:30 p.m. because of the holiday.

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