Voters in Walnut today selected those to serve for the next four years. Mayor Vicki Skinner, who was unopposed in 2017, will continue in her role. In the race for aldermen, three of five incumbents ran for re-election and easily won their races. They were challenged by six new candidates. Voters selected the top five candidates to serve as alderman through 2021. They are (#votes): Chad Bateman (78), Larry Dollar (75), David Nabors (i, 101), Scott Pulliam (i, 114), and Kevin Winter (i, 105). The other candidates were Robert Harris (68), Jerry Climer (23), Russell Wells (55) and Dallas Word (28).
The votes cast represented 31.83% of registered voters. The mayor and board will take the oath of office and begin their new term on 01 July 2017. We wish them good skills and success in the new term. May God continue to bless our community!
The Wellness Center at 130 Smith Drive is now under renovation for a late summer opening. Crews are strengthening the building with external fiberglass and concrete board panels and adding several windows to brighten up the place. Plumbing has been roughed-in for the restroom expansion and new offices are being constructed in the back of the building to accommodate a soon-to-be-announced anchor tenant. All of the wellness equipment has been delivered and is ready to set up...both inside the facility as well as the outdoor equipment for the three fitness zones that will be constructed around town. Meanwhile, Walnut's Healthy Heroes closed out the school year by presenting a program for all Walnut Elementary Students on May 5th. Each month, Walnut PD and FD personnel visit the school to promote healthy choices and exercise. We especially appreciate WES and our police and fire departments for taking the lead on this portion of the greater wellness initiative. It is our hope that all of these events, services and resources will greatly improve the quality of life in the Walnut community.
If you or your organization would like to contribute toward completion of the wellness center, please reply to email@example.com. Let's get moving!
We received confirmation this morning that Mi Pueblo is opening a restaurant in Walnut! The new construction site is located Southeast of the intersection of Highways 72 and 15. We welcome Jorge and his team to North Tippah county!
Walnut candidates historically have chosen to run as independents to save the town added expense of multiple election cycles. A runoff is scheduled if necessary. Last day to register to vote in the municipal election is noon, May 6th, 2017. The election runs from 7a until 7p on Tuesday, June 6th.
Complete details for municipal elections may be viewed on the Mississippi Secretary of State website. The page also provides guidelines for voting eligibility. Click HERE to view.
Fees for the community center rental ($45.00) must be paid in full at the time the building is reserved. Any cancellation within seven days of the planned event date will result in forfeiture of the fees. During the holidays, several people "reserved" the facility but did not show up. Other folks who needed to use the facility were turned away. We hope this change in policy will benefit everyone.
Air Liquide will construct and operate a landfill gas (LFG) to renewable natural gas (RNG) purification plant in Walnut. The gases currently escaping the landfill will be captured and converted to renewable energy capable of heating an estimated 4,500 homes per year! Learn more at the Air Liquide webpage located HERE.
The annual Christmas parade is scheduled for Monday, December 12th at 7p. We encourage you to register a float, vehicle or other entry for your organization. Let's make this one of the best parades yet! There is no registration fee, but we request all participants to provide a new, unwrapped toy in the $10 to $20 range for each entry. These toys are distributed to children across the community whose families are currently experiencing financial difficulties. Download an entry form by clicking HERE. Share this info with your friends! Thanks! (IMPORTANT UPDATE: Santa Claus will stop at City Hall to visit with all the children. He will not proceed along the rest of the parade route, so downtown is the place to be! Please pass this information along to everyone you know!)
Tippah Veterans Park is asking for your support in purchasing pavers to honor Tippah Countians who have served in the U.S. Military. 4" x 8" pavers are available for $50 and 8" x 8" pavers are available for $100. Please CLICK HERE to download the form or stop by City Hall to pick up a copy. You will provide the veteran's name and rank, the unit in which they served and service dates. They are also soliciting a biography and picture that will be used in a future publication of the Memorial Park Book of Memories.
We have an awesome fall festival planned this year! No "stars", no politicians. Real people supporting important works. The final layout and schedule is available by clicking HERE. Whether you have a booth or are coming to hang out with your friends and family, we look forward to seeing you!!!
We've added information for the fall festival coming up October 15th. Cars! Blood! Contests! Vaccinations! Activities! Entertainment! Where else but your hometown can you get all this in one place! See events page for details!
Have you heard the news??? The Walnut Wellness Center project is underway! We will be looking for volunteers to help us renovate the building at 130 Smith Drive. Are YOU ready? It's gonna be good! CLICK HERE for the press release!!!
The Town of Walnut is honored to be given another award from Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation to complement our Healthiest Hometown status. $75,000 will be invested in three outdoor exercise equipment stations that will be installed at Walnut Elementary School, along the walking track adjacent to the tee ball field, and next to Kidz Town playground. It is part of a program designed by BCBS to introduce children to our hometown heroes. The Walnut Police Department will present monthly programs to children in grades K-6 at Walnut to improve their quality of life. Topics include increased awareness of healthy lifestyles, how to stay active and fit, and how to make healthy food choices. Support for the classes will be provided by Walnut Volunteer Fire Department. The overall program will highlight Walnut's hometown heroes to build relations and hopefully spur an interest in community service. Click HERE for more information on the grant application.
We are happy to see progress being made on the new Subway, which is scheduled to open in about six weeks. The Blue Sky Exxon facility is coming along nicely and will make its welcome return before too long. Finally, the property at 28191 Hwy 15 has been posted for sale after months of sitting idle. You can view the information sheet by clicking HERE. If you know of commercial investors who would like to locate in our community, please ask them to contact City Hall or the Tippah County Development Foundation. We're ready.
We are looking forward to this year's Fireworks on Main. (July 4, 2016; 7:30p.) We will honor veterans from our community, host a flag retirement ceremony led by Scout Troop 238 and Scout Pack 238, and end the evening with a fireworks show. The event is being sponsored by the gas division of Walnut Utility department and is coordinated by the administration and staff of the Town of Walnut.
Tired of hour-long traffic jams and another hour-long drive after the fireworks show? Stay in Walnut and enjoy a dignified celebration of our nation's independence!
Summer league ball registration will be held this weekend at the Walnut Community Center. T-ball players must be at least age three by May 1, 2016. Softball and baseball ages are 6-14 (must still be 14 on July 1, 2016).
Registration schedule is:
Thursday, 3/31, 5-7p
Friday, 4/1, 5-7p...
Saturday, 4/2, 8a-noon
Monday, 4/4, 5-7p
The registration fee is $40.00 per player.
The disaster declaration qualifies citizens of Benton, Coahoma, Marshall, Quitman and Tippah counties to apply for individual assistance which provides grants for individuals and families, as well as possible low-interest loans from the Small Business Administration.
In addition, public assistance was granted for Benton, Marshall and Tippah counties for local governments and certain nonprofit organizations to offset costs like... debris removal, emergency protective measures and repairing disaster damaged facilities. Hazard mitigation has been granted statewide as well.
Residents in the declared counties may begin registering online at www.disasterassistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired.
We expect a temporary local office to be set up in the coming days. We will share more information as it becomes available.