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By Staff
Feb. 7, 2002
Celebrate Black History Month by buying a book
Books by African-American authors will be on sale at 50 to 70 percent off the original price in the cafeteria at Riley Hospital from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. today.
The book sale is a fund raiser for Riley's Relay for Life team.
Kemper County supervisors hold redistricting hearing
The Kemper County Board of Supervisors will sponsor a public hearing at the county courthouse at 6 p.m. today. The topic: A proposed redistricting plan for county supervisor districts. People may submit written comments and suggestions to the board about the redistricting plan.
Museum to host Valentine Arts &Crafts Workshop
Meridian Museum of Art will host a Valentine Arts &Crafts Workshop for for children ages 4-12 from 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Saturday.
Sylvia Peterson will be the instructor. The cost is $3 a child and preregistration is required. Parent volunteers are encouraged.
Meridian Museum of Art is at 628 25th Ave. in Meridian. To register or for more information, call 693-1501.
Life Line Screening to be at Aldersgate
Life Line Screening will be at Aldersgate Retirement Community in Meridian Tuesday.
Ultrasound testing for stroke, abdominal aneurysms and blockage in leg arteries which can lead to heart disease will be performed. An osteoporosis screening also will be offered.
The screenings take about 10 minutes and are $40 each. You must preregister. This screening is limited to the first 63 people who register.
Call (800) 407-4557 to schedule an appointment.
Way of Cross to hold planning meeting
Those interested in learning more or participating in the Way of the Cross/Way of Peace are invited to attend the second planning meeting.
The meeting will be Feb. 13 at 4 p.m. and Feb. 14 at 6 p.m.
For information, call Sister Andr Burkhart at 693-1321.
Kemper COC holding prayer breakfast
The Kemper County Chamber of Commerce will host a Prayer Breakfast Feb. 14 at the Farmers Market. Registration begins at 6:30 a.m. with breakfast at 7.
The Farmers Market is off of Highway 16 East in DeKalb behind McDade Oil. For information, call Juanice Evans at 743-2754 or 485-6487, or Lyda Wyche at 743-2754.
Make-A-Wish to hold Volunteer meeting
The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Mississippi will hold its monthly Meridian Volunteer Luncheon Feb. 14.
The meeting, from 11:45 a.m-1 p.m., is at the Rush Medical Group, sixth floor board room. To make reservations, call Lynn Conerly at (800) 819-4072 by Feb. 12
McRae's begins school benefit
McRae's officials invite local schools and school organizations to participate in the store's annual "School Benefit Sale." This year's event will take place 6 a.m.-10 a.m. March 2. Participants sell tickets for $5 which entitles the buyer to special store discounts. For information, or to sign up your organization, call 484-7809.
Newton Hospital to sponsor talent showcase
Newton Regional Hospital will sponsor a talent showcase at 2 p.m. March 9 to raise money for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life 2002. The show will be in Huff Auditorium at East Central Community College in Decatur.
The entry fee is $25. Entry forms may be picked up at the hospital or obtained by calling Michael Miller at 683-0325 or 635-2509.
Head Start begins registration
Registration for the Head Start 2002-2003 school year is going on now for centers in Lauderdale, Neshoba and Scott counties.
Interested parents call register children ages 3 and 4 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday. Registration continues until 6 p.m. at the After Kare Centers (East End Center in Meridian, Exhibit Hall in Scott County and the Forest Community Center in Scott County).
The following items must be submitted at registration: Updated immunization card, birth certificate, Social Security card, income verification, Medicaid recipients and a medical checkup record.
For information, call the East End Center at 482-4640, Meridian Center at 482-5211, R.L.T. Smith at 485-8047 or the Toomsuba Center at 632-4491.
In Scott County, call the Forest Center at 469-3692 or Midway Center at 625-7763.
In Neshoba County, call the Exhibit Hall at 656-4731 or the J.W. Hunt D.O. at 656-4067.
Postal workshop to be held
The U.S. Postal Service has reopened the registration for candidates to take the rural carrier associates exam.
The Meridian area QWL-EI group is presenting a free workshop for the public. Sessions will be held Feb. 28 at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Main Post Office in Meridian, 2100 Ninth St.
Test-taking tips, sample test questions and the duties and responsibilities of a rural carrier associate will be given out.
Intervention program provides services to special children
Hudspeth Center Early Intervention Program provides services to children, ages birth to 3, who demonstrate a delay in two or more developmental areas, or who are at risk of developing delays.
Based upon a developmental evaluation provided by the EIP staff, services are provided according to individual needs and may include educational services, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech/language therapy, parent training and support, behavioral intervention and transition to school.
The services are at no cost to families. For more information, contact Tanzie Brown at (601) 692-2765.

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