By Justin Lofton

Staff Writer

ADA — Pontotoc County commissioners voted unanimously to renew Brenda Gilstrap’s contract as marketing and tourism director Monday.

“We want to get regrouped for 2011-2012,” said Gilstrap.  “Our main goal is to focus more on tourism and try to bring some major events into Pontotoc County.”

Several members of Pontotoc County Marketing and Tourism Committee attended the meeting to support Gilstrap.

“We feel that we’re moving forward with tourism and marketing in the county,” said Billie Floyd, committee chair.  “I think we have someone who is very gifted.  She knows a great deal about the media and how to get events out to the public.”

Floyd said Gilstrap is also knowledgable about livestock events and uses both skills to optimize her usefulness at the Pontotoc County Agri-plex, where many events are held.

“We’d like to thank you all for sitting on that committee,” said District One Commissioner Gary Starns.  “It’s helped us out a lot.”

Commissioners tabled a burn ban that would have been in effect July 4.  Pontotoc County Emergency Management Director Chad Letellier said he’d been contacted by all local fire departments regarding a burn ban.

“We do meet all the criteria,” Letellier said.  He said at least three fires in the past couple weeks have been caused by fireworks.

“I’d like to get through the Fourth of July before we institute a burn ban,” said Justin Roberts, district three commissioner.

Sheriff John Christian said the burn ban would be difficult to enforce over the holiday weekend.

The item will be reconsidered on July 5.

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