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County offers help with limb removal
Residents who need help removing limbs and other debris caused by a Dec. 16 tornado can ask for help from county workers. This includes areas not in the county right-of-way.
The help is made possible because the Board of Supervisors and Gov. Ronnie Musgrove have declared Lauderdale County to be in a state of emergency.
For information, call the Lauderdale County Central Garage at 482-9797.
Junior Auxiliary sets date for charity ball
The Meridian Junior Auxiliary's annual charity ball will be held Saturday, Feb. 10, at the Frank Cochran Center. Reservation Day will be Friday, Jan. 19, from 9-11 a.m. in the fellowship hall of First Baptist Church.
Tickets can be purchased from any Junior Auxiliary member. For more information, call 485-5170.
Jimmie Rodgers Museum temporarily closed
The Jimmie Rodgers Museum at Highland Park will be temporarily closed to visitors until March 15. However, group tours may be arranged by calling the Lauderdale County Tourism Bureau at 482-8001 or (888) 868-7720.
MSO to present third concert
The Meridian Symphony Orchestra will present the third concert of the 40th anniversary season on Saturday, Feb. 17, at Meridian Community College's Ivy Hall Theatre. Curtain time is 8 p.m.
The concert, "American Influences," will feature guest artist Christopher Rex.
A preconcert lecture led by Maestro Claire Fox Hillard begins at 7 p.m. in the Casteel Gallery in the MCC library.
Tickets may be purchased at the door for $15, $12 for seniors/military and $8 for students. Children under 12 will be admitted free.
Twelve Angry Men' auditions open
Jimmy Pigford, artistic director of the Meridian Little Theatre, has announced that auditions for "Twelve Angry Men" will be held Monday, Jan. 8, and Tuesday, Jan. 9. Auditions begin at 7 p.m. both nights at the MLT playhouse on Highway 39 North. The play has roles for 12 adult men.
For information, call 482-6371.
Red Cross mans centers for tornado victims
The American Red Cross in Meridian has two service centers to help victims of the tornado that struck Lauderdale County Dec. 16. All residents who were affected are urged to come come by and apply for disaster assistance. Please bring identification and proof of residence.
The two centers are located at Russell Baptist Church at 1844 Highway 11/80, and Dalewood Community Center at 8905 Launch Drive. For more information, call the Red Cross hotline at 482-1827.
Fund established for Katrina Hodges
A fund has been established at BankPlus for Katrina Hodges who was seriously injured Dec. 16 when her home on Willow Lake Road was struck by a tornado.
Hodges is receiving treatment at the University Medical Center in Jackson and her injuries will require a number of surgeries. Co-workers at New South Ford have established the fund to help pay her medical expenses.
Learn to play bridge
The Mississippi Bridge Association and American Contract Bridge League will host duplicate bridge lessons after the Christmas holidays. Dr. Habib Bazyari will be the instructor. The classes will be held Thursdays from Jan. 11-Feb. 22, from 6-8 p.m., in the Meridian Room at Meridian Community College. To register, call 482-7445 by Jan. 10.
Boat ramp passes on sale now
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Year 2001 Annual Day Use Passes for boat ramps and beaches are on sale at Okatibbee Lake in Collinsville.
The passes are $25 and a duplicate pass may be purchased for $5 extra at the time of the original purchase. A vehicle license plate number is required for each pass purchased. Annual passes are not transferable.
Office hours are Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, call 626-8431.
Annual passes are also available daily at Twiltley Branch Campground from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. For information, call 626-8068.

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