Local Digest

By Staff
EMCC to host MADD presentation
East Mississippi Community College will host a Mothers Against Drunk Driving presentation Wednesday, at 8 p.m., in Stennis Hall Auditorium on the Scooba campus. The guest speaker will be Ricky Harrison, sponsor of the East Central Community College Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Entertainment will be provided by the EMCC Gospel Choir, Reflections and choir. Members of the public, civic organizations and churches are welcome to attend.
Northeast students to hold candlelight vigil
The Northeast Lauderdale High School Student Activist Team will sponsor a candlelight vigil Dec. 13 at 6 p.m. The program will be held on the front lawn of the school or in the multi-purpose gym in case of inclement weather.
The team is a division of the MADD Mississippi Youth Advisory Council. Their purpose is to increase student awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving.
The public is invited to attend.
Main Street Meridian announces holiday events
Main Street Meridian announces the following line-up of upcoming holiday events.
Dec. 7, art exhibit opening night, Bonnie Busbee Art Frame &Gallery, 5 p.m.
Dec. 7, Meridian's tree-lighting ceremony, 5:30 p.m.; Christmas parade, 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 8, Christmas fair with crafts, entertainment, food and beverages, Dumont Plaza downtown, 5 to 9 p.m. Free admission.
Dec. 8, Meridian Museum of Art art auction, 7 p.m.
Dec. 9, The "Nutcracker" by the Mississippi Metropolitan Ballet Guild, 7 p.m., Temple Theatre
Dec. 14, St. Paul's Chamber Music Series "Brown Bag" concert, 12:05 p.m.
Dec. 14, "Men of Style: A Main Street Downtown Holiday Fantasy Men's Fashion Extravaganza," with entertainment, food and beverages showcasing downtown men's clothiers, 7 p.m., Temple Theatre ballroom. Admission is $5. Proceeds go to charity.
Dec. 22-23, Free movies for the kids, Temple Theatre, noon
For more information, call the Main Street office at 484-6841.
Welcome center hosts open house
The Lauderdale County Welcome Center will host "The Season of Lights" at a Christmas open house Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The center is located on Interstate 20 West/Interstate 59 South in Toomsuba. The public is invited to attend.
J.C. Simmons to hold book signing
J.C. Simmons, a native of Union, will sign copies of his two recent mystery-thriller novels, "Blood on the Vine" and "Blind Overlook," at Books-A-Million on Saturday from noon until 3 p.m.
MLT hosts Holiday Tour of Homes
Meridian Little Theatre volunteers will present the Holiday Tour of Homes on Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 on the day of the tour. Homeowners featured this year include Danny and Linda Hill, Mark and Leslie Phillips, Ed and Rhonda Poole and Frank and Ricki Tucker.
Tickets are available at the following locations: Rhonda's Connection, Saxon's, Hart Hall, Point Rexall, Reflections and Great Southern National Bank's North Hills location.
For more information, call Mary Anne Catlett at 482-0325 and Kaye Dickson at 483-6406.
Dumpster Dogs' society to meet
The Lauderdale County "Dumpster Dogs" Humane Society will hold a meeting Dec. 12 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the board room on the first floor at the Raymond P. Davis Courthouse Annex.
The public is invited to attend.
SE Lauderdale band to perform
The Southeast Lauderdale High School Band will present a Christmas concert Dec. 14, at 7 p.m., at the Southeast High School Gym.
VFW Post No. 79 sets date for Christmas party
The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post. No. 79 of Meridian will hold a Christmas dinner party Dec. 15 at 6 p.m. All members are invited to bring a dish and enjoy the fellowship; fried fish will be provided. Members are reminded that it's time to pay dues for 2001.
The VFW Post is located on Old Highway 80 West. For information, call Marvin Weir at 626-8128, Leroy Morse at 693-4422 or the VFW at 485-4042.
Northeast students announce memory tree'
Northeast Lauderdale Middle School students have established the first annual Christmas Memory Tree, dedicated in memory of family and friends who are no longer with us. For a donation of $10, which will help support the Student Activity Fund, a personalized Christmas ball and a light will be placed on the tree and a card will be placed beside the tree.
For information, call Amy Garrett or Bill Russell at 483-3532 or Betsy Garrett at 679-8523.
Agri-Center announces new riding hours
Until April 1, 2001, the Agri-Center will operate on a winter schedule. Hours for riding will be Monday and Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Tuesday and Thursday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Open individual pleasure riding will be allowed (depending on arena availability) during those hours except for Thursdays which will be reserved for speed event practice.
There will be no charge unless arena lighting is required and then a $5 fee per horse will be charged. Anyone wishing to ride during the week, other than during the times above, must call 48 hours in advance to schedule the arena. These additional schedule times are not applicable on weekends or holidays.
The Agri-Center staff asks that you call before you come to ride. For more information, call 482-8498.