Local Digest

By Staff
March 5, 2002
Neshoba County Cattlemen's Association to meet
The Neshoba County Cattlemen's Association will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Neshoba County Coliseum. Deadline to preregister is noon the same day. A steak dinner will be served.
For more information call the Neshoba County Gin 656-3463, the Neshoba County Co-Op 656-3501 or the Neshoba County Extension Office 656-4602.
Women's Build meeting Thursday
Lauderdale County Habitat for Humanity Women's Build meeting will be 7 p.m. Thursday at Union Station. Information will be distributed about the work schedules for March on the renovation at 2124 25th Ave.
April 18-29 are the dates for the Idea House fund-raiser. Money from this fund-raiser will go toward "Women Building a Legacy House" in September and October.
Youth are wanted to help during Local Youth Build week March 11-15 at 1802 39th Place. Work days are 8 a.m.-4 p.m. For information, call the center at 485-4942.
Lauderdale County Humane Society to meet
The Lauderdale County Humane Society will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Bonita Lakes Mall Meeting Place, just outside of McRae's.
People who enjoy animals and are looking for ways to get involved in the community can become a Humane Society volunteer. For more details, call Humane Society president Stephanie Lee, at 679-1919; vice president Cathy Long, at 483-4673; or volunteer Tommy White, at 693-3433.
The group meets the first Thursday of each month.
Historic Clarke County sponsoring Country Ham Breakfast
Members of Historic Clarke County Inc. will hold an "Ole Tyme Ham Breakfast and Brunch" from 6:30 a.m.-noon on Friday at the old train depot in Quitman.
Tickets cost $5 a plate; they are available from members of the Historic Clarke County and at Traweek's Book Store.
For information, contact Bea and Dick Reynolds at 776-3843 or Helen Ann Beeman at 776-6196. Proceeds will fund a variety of proposed historic tourism attractions in Quitman.
Newton Historical and Genealogical Society to meet
The Newton County Historical and Genealogical Society will hold its first meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday. The group will meet in the Magnolia Room at East Central Community College in Decatur.
Annual dues are $12 for individuals and $18 for households. For information, contact Dr. Harold Graham at 635-4553 or e-mail hgraham@nexband.com.
Registration set for Parks and Recreation classes
Registration for the spring session classes offered by the Meridian Parks and Recreation Department will be March 11, with the first classes set for March 25. For a complete list of classes, visit the Web site at www.meridianms.org or call Mary at 485-1805.
MSU to offer training course
The Mississippi State University Extension Service will offer a private pesticide applicator training class at 6:30 p.m. March 12. The class will be in the Lauderdale County Extension auditorium, on the fifth floor of the Raymond P. Davis Annex.
The workshop is intended for agricultural producers in the livestock, forestry and commercial vegetable fields who need certification to purchase restricted use pesticides.
The program is free, but participants must be landowners or growers with agricultural products. For more information or to preregister, call the Lauderdale County Extension Service at 484-9764.
Make-A-Wish Foundation to meet
The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Mississippi will hold its monthly Meridian Volunteer luncheon from 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. March 14 at Rush Medical Group, sixth floor board room.
Reservations must be made by March 12. Call Lynn Conerly, volunteer coordinator, at (800) 819-4072. The public is invited to attend.
Jackson to host Exotic Bird Fair
The 8th Semi-Annual Central Mississippi Exotic Bird Fair and Supply Sale is coming back to Jackson and features canaries, finches, macaws and African Greys.
The fair will be open to the public March 16, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and March 17, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Mississippi State Fairgrounds. Admission is $3. For more information, contact Carri at (901) 878-1307, or visit www.birdshow.com.
Ballroom dancing chapter sought in Meridian
The United States Amateur Ballroom Dancers Association is interested in establishing a chapter, especially for beginner social or recreational ballroom dancers in the Meridian area.
The purpose is to create opportunities for affordable ballroom dancing in each local community and to educate the public regarding the physical, mental and social benefits of engaging in a regular program for ballroom dancing.
For more information in helping form the chapter, call (800) 447-9047; e-mail USABDACENT@aol.com; or write to USABDA, P.O. Box 128, New Freedom, PA 17349.
Deadline nearing for Miss Hospitality program
Applications are being accepted through Friday for the 2002 Miss Hospitality Program. Applicants must be high school graduates; never have married or have children; and be at least age 18 but not older than 24 by July 24.
The Miss Hospitality Program will be in the form of a tea at Merrehope on March 23. The competition consists of an interview, a short speech and black dress competition.
The winner will represent Meridian and Lauderdale County throughout the year as a goodwill ambassador and travel to Hattiesburg July 21-July 27 for the state competition.
Applications may be obtained by calling the Lauderdale County Tourism Bureau at 482-8001 or stopping by the office at 212 Constitution Ave.

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