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By Staff
Feb. 27, 2001
Homestead exemption deadline nears
The deadline to file for homestead exemption is March 30. The following criteria must be met to be eligible to receive homestead exemption tax benefits:
Be a legal resident of Mississippi;
Own and occupy the property as of Jan. 1, 2001;
Purchase Mississippi license plates for all vehicles owned; and
Comply with Mississippi income tax requirements.
To apply for homestead exemption visit the tax assessor's office at the Lauderdale County Courthouse. For information, call 482-9779.
Public invited to investment seminar
Jay Jenkins of Edward Jones, a financial services firm, invites the public to attend a free seminar called, "The Four Most Common Mistakes Investors Make," tonight at Meridian Community College's WEBB Center. The free seminar will begin at 6 p.m. For more information, call Jay Jenkins at (601) 483-0212.
Kennel club offers obedience classes
The East Central Mississippi Kennel Club is offering Puppy Kindergarten and Basic Obedience classes at the Frank Cochran Center in Highland Park. A "people orientation," no dogs allowed, will be held tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the Frank Cochran Center. For more information or to register, call 693-7194.
Cattlemen's association to meet Thursday
The Neshoba County Cattlemen's Association has scheduled a meeting for 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Neshoba County Coliseum. Sponsoring the meal and presenting the program will be MoorMan's and The Citizens Bank. It is important that members call to pre-register by noon Thursday, so that organizers know how many steaks to prepare. You can call the Neshoba County Gin (656-3463), Neshoba County Co-Op (656-3501) or the Neshoba County Extension Office (656-4602).
MCC announces upcoming events
Look for these events, sponsored by Meridian Community College, in the coming weeks:
Today NASA Space Grant Consortium program, "Botanical Dietary Supplements: Issues Relating to Ensuring Quality" beginning at 4 p.m. in Ivy Hall Theater. For more information, call Dr. Angie Carraway 484-8660.
Thursday Dedication of Ivy Theater in honor of Meridianite Emma McCain and Arts and Letters Series Season performance by the MCC vocal group, "The Variations." The event begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Ivy Theater. For more information, call Anne Dowdle 484-8612.
Friday EMT Refresher course from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. in the Health Center, Room 215. For more information, call Glenda Kopf 484-8778.
Ronald McDonald to make local appearance
Ronald McDonald will make an appearance Wednesday, from 2:30 p.m. 5:30 p.m., at the Broadmoor McDonald's location. McDonald's will be selling Beanie babies for 99 cents with proceeds going to the local chapter of the Boy Scouts of America.
EMCC to hold Campus for Christ crusade
The East Mississippi Community College Student Christian Fellowship and Fellowship of Christian Athletes will hold a Campus for Christ Crusade March 1, at 7:30 p.m., in the Stennis Hall Auditorium on the Scooba Campus.
The guest evangelist will be the Rev. Danny Lanier of Bessemer, Ala. He has been a full-time vocational evangelist since 1984 and is a staff evangelist of Northcrest Baptist Church of Meridian. Members of the public, students and all church groups are invited to attend the crusade. For more information, call Mary M. Smith at (662) 476-5089.
Twelve Angry Men' opens March 1
Partnership offers smoking cessation seminar
The Partnership for a Healthy Lauderdale County will present a "Thinking About Quitting" smoking session March 1 at 806 Highway 19 North, Suite 385. The support group class will begin at 6 p.m. Freedom From Smoking is an eight-session stop-smoking class which includes skills for stress management, weight control, assertive communication and exercise to help the ex-smoker succeed. The cost is $65.00. For more information, call 696-4472.
Recruitment day for Head Start centers
Head Start centers in Lauderdale County will hold a special recruitment day on March 2, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Pre-registration is in progress. Children must be 3 or 4 years old to participate in the program. To register, please bring a certified birth certificate, copy of 2000 income, immunization compliance form, medical insurance card, Medicaid card and Social Security card of parent/guardian.
For more information, call: East End Head Start, 482-4640; Meridian Head Start, 482-5211; RLT Smith Head Start, 485-8047; or Toomsuba Head Start, 632-4491.
Some Enchanted Evening' to be performed
The musical, "Some Enchanted Evening," will be performed March 2, at 7 p.m., at the Auditorium of Carthage High School. The musical event will include music from Richard Rodgers and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. The music is from "Oklahoma," "Sound of Music" and "Cinderella."
The musical is sponsored by the Arts Development Committee of the Leake County Chamber of Commerce. Jeffrey Jones and Kinsey Goldman will direct the production. Tickets are $5 in advance for adults, and $3 for children under 12.
Agri-Center hosts horse sale
The Southern Miniature Horse Confederation will sponsor its first miniature horse sale in Meridian Saturday, March 3, at the Lauderdale County Agri-Center. An estimated 60 miniature horses will be sold auction-style. The sale will include Pintos, Appaloosas and Buckskin breeds from Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.
Schools to benefit from McRae's sale
McRae's Department store is inviting local schools and school organizations to participate in their annual School Benefit Sale. The event will take place March 3, from 6-10 a.m. The private morning event offers customers savings throughout the store and also gives schools the opportunity to raise funds through ticket sales.
Participants will sell tickets for $5 and 100 percent of the proceeds from the sales go to the schools. McRae's will provide schools with the tickets and advertise the sale in all of its stores. To sign up your school or get more information, contact McRae's Meridian (601) 484-7809.
Jaycees sponsor Junior Miss event
The Meridian Jaycees will sponsoring a Junior Miss program March 3, at 6 p.m., in the Meridian High School auditorium. Junior Miss is a scholarship program designed to promote the well-rounded young lady. The girls are judged in areas of scholastic achievement, panel evaluation, talent, physical fitness, presence and composure. There are 16 contestants entered and two winners will be chosen one for the city of Meridian and one for Lauderdale County. Admission is $5.

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