Local Digest

By Staff
Benefit to be held for local teen-ager
A benefit will be held Saturday to raise money to help pay medical expenses for Josh Walker, a local teen-ager injured in a four-wheeler accident. He is 14 years old, and is being treated in the pediatric intensive care unit at University Hospital in Jackson. He suffered massive head trauma, and was in critical condition for some time. He is aware of things now and needs to undergo reconstructive surgery.
The benefit will be held Saturday at the Echo Lounge and will feature performances by local musicians Britt Gulley, Scott McQuaig and many others. There will be an auction and food.
For information, call Charles or Lois at 693-1523.
Bonita Lakes Saddle club to meet
The Bonita Lakes Saddle Club will meet tonight at the Ole Farm Beef House. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. with the meeting to begin at 7 p.m. Members and people interested in equestrian activities in the Meridian area are encouraged to attend. For information, call 485-3079.
Citizens Bank to hold ACS fund-raiser
Citizens National Bank volunteers will sell barbecue plates Friday under the 18th Avenue Bridge, next to Union Station, to benefit the American Cancer Society.
The dinner plates, which will include one-third pound pulled pork, baked beans, potato salad, bread and a drink, will be available for $6 beginning at 11 a.m. Bank volunteers hope to sell 500 plates, which are being prepared by Squealer's cooks .
The sale is part of the bank's contribution to this year's Relay for Life, scheduled for June 8-9 at Ray Stadium.
4-H Club presents barrel run
The Lauderdale County 4-H Horse Club will sponsor a barrel run Saturday, at 9 a.m., at the Lauderdale County Agri-Center. For more information, call Debbie at 482-2601 or Marion at 482-1314.
March of Dimes training March 13
Team captains' training for Meridian's March of Dimes WalkAmerica will be held March 13 at Citizens National Bank. The meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. on the 5th floor. Meridian's WalkAmerica is scheduled for April 28. To attend, please RSVP to Julie at (800) 842-5117 or e-mail Jcrump@modimes.org.
Red Cross hosting CPR classes
March is American Red Cross month and the local Key Chapter will host a CPR class March 17, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., at the Meeting Place at Bonita Lakes Mall. Participants will receive certification in adult CPR and will receive a voucher for infant and child certification at a later date.
Preregistration will be accepted before March 14 for a $25 fee. Late registration is $30 and is available the day of the event from 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. The course is open to anyone 13 years of age or older. Registration is limited to 35 participants.
For information, call 485-5151.
Council on Aging to hold meeting
The next meeting of the Lauderdale County Council on Aging will be held March 16, at 2 p.m., at the Senior Citizens Center. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss an addition to the bylaws. May is Older Americans Month, and several events will be held during the month for Lauderdale County residents 55 years of age and older.
For more information, call 485-1812.
MSO to present fourth concert
The Meridian Symphony Orchestra will present the fourth concert of the 40th anniversary season on March 17. The concert will begin at 8 p.m. in the Emma McCain Theater at Ivy Hall, on the campus of Meridian Community College.
A pre-concert lecture by Maestro Claire Fox Hillard and guest artist Miroslav Loncar begins at 7 p.m. at MCC's Casteel Gallery. The concert is entitled "The Splendor of Spain." Tickets may be purchased at the door for $15; $12 for seniors/military; and $8 for students. Children under 12 are free.
For more information, call 693-2224 or e-mail: mdnsymph@mississippi.net.
Public invited to upcoming events
Check out these events, coming up in the next couple of weeks in East Central Mississippi:
Friday-Sunday Great American Civil War Exhibition at Bonita Lakes Mall. For show times, call 693-3433.
Saturday 4-H National Barrel Horse Association Barrel Race at the Lauderdale County Agri-Center. For information, call 482-8498.
March 16-18 Monster Truck Show at Lauderdale County Agri-Center. For information, call 482-8498.
March 16 The Bible Echoes will perform at the Hamasa Temple Shrine Theater. For information, call 693-1361.
March 23-25 The Sandy Ridge Bluegrass Camp and Jam will be held at Sandy Ridge Park. For information, call 693-2996 or 482-0421.
March 24 The Miss Hospitality program will be held at Merrehope. For information, call the Lauderdale County Tourism Bureau at 482-8001. The application deadline is March 7.
March 31 Queen City Speedway presents the Mississippi State Championship Challenge Race. For information, call 485-0201.